Steven Miller, J. Russell George

The outgoing head of the Internal Revenue Service says politics was not a factor in the agency targeting Tea Party groups. But he still underwent a tough grilling before the house ways and means committee.

FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson reports from Washington:


Texas Republican Kevin Brady asked the question four times and eventually got an answer from acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.

(Brady) "Who was responsible for targeting these individuals?" (Miller) "I don't have names for you, Mr. Brady. And I'm willing to try to find that out."

And while Miller admits to IRS mistakes, Washington State Democrat Jim McDermott says lawmakers share some blame.

(McDermott) "By not giving any clear criteria for what a real charitable organization is."

Miller also apologized on behalf of the entire IRS for what he called mistakes and poor service.

In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio.