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Obama renews pledge to get to bottom of IRS scandal

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President Obama has chosen a replacement for the IRS commissioner forced to resign amid scandal. He is renewing his pledge to hold accountable those in the tax agency responsible for targeting conservative groups while lawmakers demand more answers.

President Obama is pledging to work with Congress to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal.

Fielding questions in the Rose Garden with the Turkish Prime Minister, the President insisted the White House had no knowledge the tax agency was targeting conservative political groups.

Wednesday he canned acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller after seeing an inspector general's report showing the agency used "inappropriate criteria" to single out groups with names like "tea party", "9-12" and "patriots" that were applying for tax exempt status.

President Obama has tapped one of his senior budget officers, Daniel Werfel, to take over as the new acting IRS Commissioner.

While the Justice Department digs into whether any laws were broken, three Congressional committees have launched their own investigations.

Leaders of several Tea Party organizations joined Republicans on Capitol Hill demanding those responsible be held accountable.

Lawyers for some conservative groups plan to file civil lawsuits against the IRS for damages.

Steven Miller,  the former acting IRS Commissioner, is still scheduled to testify at a Congressional hearing Friday.

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