I read the article you cited. The President appoints the commissioner to five-year terms subject to approval by the Senate. And the President may not direct or request audits. The President can remove the IRS Commissioner from office for reason..Ok, so if an appointee directs an audit on Political terms, it’s wrong. The question remains, aside from political pundits, where is the proof that Obama directed the Commissioner (a Bush appointee, by the way) to target Tea Party groups?.Following Occams Law, the more likely reason is the simplest: understaffed and flooded with requests by political groups flush with cash from anonymous donors, the IRS struggled to make sense of the tax-exempt rules, and made a hash out of it. The more complex reason espoused (of course) by Republicans is that it’s yet another conspiracy by the power-mad Obama administration..Sorry, I see no scandal to paint Obama with here, but that’s not going to stop the Republican Inquisitors from wasting time with yet another witch hunt at taxpayer expense.