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How The Obama Administration Is Having The Worst Week Ever

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters "The IRS activity was inappropriate, inconsistent with our policies and practices as a country, very concerning."

In a press conference Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder justified the seizure as part of a DOJ investigation into information that was leaked to the AP about a foiled terror plot.

Holder said: "trying to determine who was responsible for that, I think, required very aggressive action.”

But the White House is staying far away from the AP scandal.

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Press Secretary Jay Carney said: "We are not involved in decisions made in connection with criminal investigations, as those matters are handled independently by the Justice Department."

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