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IRS Director: ‘Some People Call Me Maurice’

By on 5.17.13 | 12:12PM

In bizarre testimony on Capitol Hill today, IRS acting director Steve Miller told Congress that agents used secret codenames to identify him, including "space cowboy," "gangster of love," and "Maurice."

"People talk about me, baby. Say I'm doing you wrong, doing you wrong," Miller reportedly said in his opening remarks. "Well don't you worry, baby, don't worry. Cause I'm right here, right here, right here, right here at home."

Miller repeatedly used the word "pompatus" throughout his testimony in an ambiguous way that caused confusion among members of the House panel. "Can we get a dictionary in here?" Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked at one point. "I'm pretty sure he's just makin' up words."

The hearing, which lasted about three minutes and thirty seconds, took several uncomfortable twists. Miller made inappropriate remarks and told female members of the panel: "I really love your peaches, want to shake your tree." Additionally, Miller spoke unprompted about his tobacco and marijuana use, which may lead to further investigation.

This morning's events ended abruptly when Miller departed, saying he had to catch a "big ol' jet airliner" and "fly like an eagle."

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