Obama’s IRS fall guy? Hearing begins this morning

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Published on May 17, 2013

Surely this is some kind of joke:

The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

(Update: She also got a lot of money in bonuses for doing such a great job.)

Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.

Grant was on the job for all of one week when he announced he was retiring.

If this is the Obama administration’s idea of accountability — find some patsy to impale and protect the person who was actually in charge when the scandal occurred — then it’s going to be a rough second term.

You don’t need to believe the president personally ordered the IRS to target conservative groups to see what’s wrong here. If his administration is genuinely holding those responsible to account, then why are we getting this clumsy game of bureaucratic whack-a-mole?

Republicans are aware of this, and Ingram’s name is sure to come up in this morning’s House Ways and Means hearing. Eastern Time.  Click here to watch the hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. Eastern.