The Latest: ‘Sixth Senior IRS Official Departs in Wake of Targeting Scandal’

National Review Online’s Eliana Johnson continues to cover the (still developing) IRS scandal:

A senior Internal Revenue Service official who until recently served as an adviser to embattled official Lois Lerner is leaving the agency, according to an IRS agent with knowledge of the situation. . . .

Light will be replaced by Cindy Thomas, a 35-year IRS veteran who ran the Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati throughout the 2-year period that conservative groups were targeted. . . . Thomas’s promotion will not be without controversy, given that, in November of last year, she signed off on the illegal release to the left-leaning ProPublica, of nine pending, confidential applications for tax exemption filed by conservative groups. . . .

The targeting of conservative groups involved officials senior to Thomas, however. While heading the Exempt Orgnizations office in Cincinnati, she repeatedly sought updates — to no avail — on the applications from officials in Washington, D.C.

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Update:  Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey and others have some interesting thoughts on how we got here, and how to fix it:  “Get the IRS out of the political speech business”

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