At the hearing, Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said, “Who was aware?”
Neither witness answered so Baucus asked, “How did this happen?”
Shulman said, “Mr. Chairman I can’t say that I know that answer.”
“I’m six-months out of office,” said Shulman. “When I left the IG [inspector general] was looking into this to gather all of the facts. I have now had the benefit of reading the report and that’s a full accounting of the facts that I have at this point.”
When asked by Senator Rob Portman (R- Ohio) if the practice of targeting conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4) status with the IRS was still going on, Miller said, “What practice?”
Miller and Shulman denied any knowledge of partisan actions and the lack of an investigation by the IRS has caused several members of the Finance Committee to call for a possible investigation at all levels of the IRS to determine who ordered the politically charged scrutiny and who was aware of this scrutiny.
The inspector general, Hon. J. Russell George, did not give a breakdown of the remaining 202 applications as the names were generic.
Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) asked for an apology for his constituents from Shulman who again denied involvement. Shulman stated he was sad that the targeting happened on his watch and mentioned that he did not personally touch the cases, nor did he make the list. But he refused to apologize for the actions of the IRS.