White House Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest gestures while speaking during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, May, 31, 2013. Credit: AP
White House spokesman Josh Earnest couldn't provide a direct answer when asked by a reporter on Friday if President Barack Obama would "apologize" to conservative groups who were unfairly targeted by the IRS.
Rather than saying the president is sorry or planned to apologize, Earnest said Obama was "troubled" by the IRS targeting scandal that "apparently occurred."
"What the president has said, is he is troubled by the wrongdoing that apparently occurred at the IRS," he said. "And he is committed that we get to the bottom of what exactly happened and make sure we have safeguards in place to prevent those kinds of things from happening again."
Earnest also said Obama expects that anyone behind the IRS' targeting of conservative groups will be held accountable following a thorough investigation.
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