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WASHINGTON (AP) -

The following is an update from the Associated Press:

 

President Barack Obama says the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, has submitted his resignation in the aftermath of an investigation that found the agency improperly targeted conservative groups.

Obama says Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew requested Miller's resignation.

Obama says the IRS conduct was inexcusable, and he's angry about it.  He also insists that safeguards be put in place to prevent reoccurrence of improper actions.

Obama has been under pressure to act in the aftermath of acknowledgement by top IRS officials that conservative groups were improperly singled out. An investigation by a Treasury inspector general found that the IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review tea party and other conservative groups that were seeking tax exempt status.

Obama spoke from the White House East Room after conferring with Lew and his top deputy.

The president said he would answer questions about the matter at a news conference tomorrow.

 

 

 



 

President Barack Obama says he's ready to take questions at a news conference Thursday about revelations that the IRS singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

The president announced plans for the news conference on Wednesday as he made a brief statement about how his administration is handling the IRS situation. Obama says the IRS conduct was inexcusable, and he's angry about it.  He also said the acting IRS commissioner has resigned.

The president is sure to get questions about other matters related to his administration as well. Those include ongoing questions about how the administration responded to last year's deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.