Ohio senator demands answers in IRS targeting

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator is demanding to know if any disciplinary action has been taken against IRS employees at the agency’s Cincinnati office for targeting conservative groups.

Sen. Rob Portman spoke on the Senate floor in Washington on Thursday, condemning the IRS and saying that the first step in repairing the public’s trust in the agency will begin with getting to the bottom of what happened.

Portman is calling on IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel to identify by name and title every employee in the Cincinnati office who targeted conservative groups and explain if and how they’ve been punished.

Portman also wants to know whether other employees are under review and who is directly responsible for evaluating their involvement.

Workers at the Cincinnati office have declined requests for comment.

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