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The new head of the IRS has apologized to those who suffered because of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, after he testified before a House subcommittee for the first time.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters after the hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee that the singling out of such organizations for special scrutiny would be “intolerable,” and vowed the IRS is not doing so now.

“It won’t happen going forward,” Koskinen said. “And to the extent that people suffered accordingly, I apologize for that.”

Koskinen also expressed concern over the amount of time and manpower being spent by the IRS on the investigation into the scandal, calling the probe a “major drain” on resources.

“Which is one of the reasons I hope we can get to closure as soon as possible to get it behind us,” he said. “The facts will be what they are and we’ll respond appropriately. But we have a lot of resources that we could actually put to productive use dealing with services to taxpayers.”

It is somewhat heartening to see that the old Democrat tactic of merely repeating a lie (with generous help from the press) until the public believes it isn’t quite as reliable as it used to be. Sure, there are those who long ago killed all of their brain cells getting drunk on the Obama Kool-Aid and will gobble up whatever garbage is fed to them. But it doesn’t work on everyone now. Baby steps.

I do agree with Koskinen that too much time and manpower is being spent by the IRS investigating this. The agency shouldn’t be investigating itself — we know how that usually works with these internal government reviews. They find a couple of scapegoats and say it was an isolated problem or they find no fault at all.

If only the attorney general would hel…oh, never mind.