Former IRS Official: Only Illegal Activities He's Seen in Tea Party Scandal Were Directed at IRS, Not by IRS

Stephen Gutowski
By Stephen Gutowski | May 28, 2013 | 12:15 PM EDT

Marcus Owens, a former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, said on C-SPAN on Tuesday that the only illegal activity he has noticed in the IRS-Tea Party scandal are threats directed at IRS employees, not anything directed by the IRS.

While appearing on this morning's edition of C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Owens saidL

"The only thing I have noticed illegal here are the threats that I know some IRS employees have received as a result of having been named in media reports. That's the only illegal activity I've seen. The other activity appears to be a combination of inadvertence, of misunderstanding of what the Internal Revenue code rules are" he said.

"I can't speak to the accuracy of statements before Congress because I didn't hear the first go-round of those," Owens said, "but I suspect that there were not misstatements there, either."

"So, I think it all boils down to the only illegal activity includes, really, are those threats against government employees," he said.

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