President Obama will address the investigation into the IRS's targeting of "Tea Party" and "patriot" groups (among others) in an early evening statement at the White House. The administration has seemed to take the IRS scandal relatively seriously this week: after Tuesday night's release of a Treasury watchdog report on the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, the president responded in a statement. On Wednesday, after word surfaced that two officers at a Cincinnati IRS office had been disciplined, the president met late in the afternoon with the Treasury Department and Senator John McCain to discuss the ongoing investigation.
We're expecting this statement to be short, without any questions that might balloon an already busy evening with the White House releasing nearly 100 pages of Benghazi emails — and a busy late afternoon with Attorney General Eric Holder on Capitol Hill talking about the AP investigation. But that doesn't mean it won't be inconsequential, according to some reports:
I'm told POTUS will announce irs changes— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) May 15, 2013
Watch the White House statement live below — it's scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern — and stay tuned for updates: