Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference Monday, President Obama said if the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS is true, it is "contrary to our traditions" and that "people have to be held accountable." Obama said he would not comment on specific findings by the IRS inspector general about specific targeting.
"If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the practices being reported on then...that's outrageous," President Obama said. "I’ve got no patience with it, I’ve got no tolerance on it."
The IRS apologized for inappropriately targeting groups with the words "tea party," "patriot" and those teaching about the U.S. Constitution late last week.
“We don’t want the IRS every being perceived to be biased or anything less than neutral,” Obama said.
Obama was asked about when he first found out about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. He responded by saying he found out through media reports.
"I first learned about it through the same news reports other people learned from," Obama said.