(Bloomberg) Douglas Shulman, the former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, said he was “dismayed” and “saddened” to learn that IRS employees had singled out small-government groups for tougher scrutiny.

In his first public statements on the matter, Shulman said in testimony Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee that he didn’t have the full facts until an inspector general’s report came out May 14, though he did know last year that Tea Party groups received more attention. He also said mid-level officials who learned what was going on in 2011 should have “run it up the chain” and didn’t.

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