An Internal Revenue Service official in Washington now is admitting she knew of the agency's discrimination against conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. That makes it clear the White House claim the harassment occurred only in the IRS's Cincinnati office simply is not true.
Some tax-exempt applications submitted by conservative groups were tabled, with no action taken, for as much as a year, IRS official Holly Paz, based in Washington, has admitted in interviews with congressional investigators.
And Paz has said IRS field agents were waiting for guidance from Washington on how to treat the applicants.
Another of her comments simply is not believable, however. She told investigators that when Cincinnati office personnel talked about "tea party" groups, she assumed that merely meant organizations with political ties that might be conservative or liberal.
Come on, now. A liberal tea party organization? Paz's claim would be laughable were it not for the IRS's strategy of targeting conservatives. But what she admitted makes it clear a strategy was involved.