In March of 2012, then-Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman appeared before the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight. During the hearing, Shulman was asked whether or not the IRS would investigate organizations based on political motivations.
"As you know, we pride ourselves in being non-political, non-partisan organization," Shulman said.
He continued, "There is absolutely no political targeting."
Shulman continued to explain the checks and balances the IRS goes through in order to ensure no group is targeted for political reasons. He mentioned that his position term is five years long "just so we will have none of that political intervention in things that we do."
Shulman was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2008, and served as commissioner during the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. He completed his term in November 2012.
Watch a clip of Shulman's 2012 testimony above.