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06/01/2013 01:49 pm ET | Updated Jun 01, 2013

Reince Priebus Questions IRS Scandal, Obama 'Culture Of Hostility Toward Conservative Groups'

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus slammed President Barack Obama over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups in the lead-up to the 2012 election, alleging Obama played a role in the incident.

"Will anyone take responsibility for the IRS scandal? When will we hear the whole truth?" Priebus writes. "And will the president ever admit to creating a culture of hostility toward conservative groups?"

The op-ed, published Saturday by RealClearPolitics, is made up of a series of questions asking about Obama's role in the IRS scandal:

Does President Obama think his endless attacks on conservative groups had no effect on the IRS’s thinking? Did the IRS take years of name calling as a sign that these groups deserved to be harassed? After the president and his allies called the groups “terrorists” and “tea-baggers,” did the IRS think targeting them was what the president wanted? Were they egged on by the letters from Democrat Senators Schumer, Whitehouse, and Baucus calling for the IRS to scrutinize conservative groups?

Doesn’t the administration recognize the IRS could’ve taken cues from people at the top?

If this wasn’t politically motivated, why weren’t liberal groups targeted? Why did the IRS wait until after the 2012 election to admit their actions? Isn’t it interesting that none of President Obama’s supporters were targeted?

The White House denied any senior officials were involved in the tea party targeting and insisted Obama only found out about the incident "when it came out in the news." Obama has called the scandal "outrageous" and said he has "no patience" for the actions.

Despite his criticism, Priebus recently urged Republicans to show restraint, telling them to think twice before calling for Obama's impeachment over a number of recent scandals.

"We have to be persistent but patient,” Priebus said. “I think where there’s smoke, there’s fire. If we present ourselves to the American people as intelligent, we’re going to be in a great place as far as showing that this administration is not transparent, is obsessed with power and hates dissent. But you don’t call for impeachment until you have evidence.”

Click here to read Priebus' op-ed on RealClearPolitics.

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