Dem Congressman on IRS Scandal: ‘I Am Not Convinced That This Is Some Great Political Conspiracy’

By Melanie Arter | May 17, 2013 | 2:24 PM EDT

Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) (AP Photo)

( – Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) said Friday that he’s not convinced that there was a “great political conspiracy” that led the IRS to target conservative groups.

“After listening to all of the discussion and reading all of the information that I’ve read, I am not convinced that this is a great big political conspiracy. I would certainly admit that there has been some ineptitude, there has been some lack of serious management procedures used and adhered to,” said Davis at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS scandal.

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The Illinois congressman asked ousted IRS chief Steve Miller and Treasury Inspector General for the Tax Administration J. Russell George for their recommendations to the new IRS commissioner coming in to replace Miller.

“There’s no question that this has damaged the reputation of this organization, and the new commissioner needs to take steps to ensure that we’ve restored that trust that’s so essential, and that’s where he or she should take action,” Miller answered.

George suggested that IRS staff at all levels be trained.

“And I would point out sir, and this is one of the recommendations that we made, training is necessary at all levels on a repeated basis of IRS staff, and especially in terms of the political season,” George said.

“You have a lot of turnover, especially at lower levels at the IRS, and people are simply need to know and to kept up to date of the new regulations and requirements,” he added.