An IRS watchdog report obtained by CNN admits the agency deliberately targeted some conservative groups.
The report from the agency's inspector general reads:
"The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions."
The report also says the agency delayed processing those group's applications and requested unnecessary information. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday the Justice Department had launched a criminal investigation into this matter as well.
This scandal is just one of many plaguing the White House tonight.
Our Jim Acosta has the story.
As the hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay nears its 100th day, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder renewed his pledge to shut down the detention center.
"What we're going to try to do is to close Guantanamo. The president has indicated that it's too expensive, it's a recruitment tool for terrorists. It has a negative impact with our with our allies so we're going to make a renewed effort to to close Guantanamo," Holder said.
Despite the administration's mounting pressure to close Gitmo, there has been little will in Congress to actually do it - partly because no lawmaker wants detainees in their state.
According to the Defense Department, 74 freed detainees have returned to terrorist activities.
Chris Lawrence is live at Guantanamo Bay with an OutFront investigation.
Guantanamo Bay detention camp has 166 detainees despite President Obama's promise to close Gitmo more than 1500 days ago.
And of those detainees more than 100 are on a hunger strike. This Friday marks 100 days since that strike began. Dozens of detainees are being fed with feeding tunes.
Our Chris Lawrence is taking you inside the Guantanamo Bay detention camp all week with our OutFront investigation: Inside Gitmo.
Consumer Reports says the Tesla Model S is the best car they've ever tested.
The magazine gave the electric car 99 points out of a possible 100. But there is still one big problem with it.
Erin Burnett tells you what it is in tonight's OutTake.
The IRS is under fire after admitting it targeted tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status. An IRS director said many cases were grouped together for further review because they had names like "tea party" and "patriot."
But she blamed workers for taking a "shortcut" - not "political bias."
Former IRS attorney Igor Drabkin tells us it's possible they tried to centralize similar cases to optimize processing, but says the question that remains is, why did the IRS apply extra scrutiny to these applicants.
President Obama vowed Monday to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting turn out to be true.
IRS political targeting alleged in multiple cities
"If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. And there's no place for it," Obama told reporters.
Our Jim Acosta has the latest.