The apology of IRS Dep Comm Faris Fink
I watched the entire hearing via live stream and paid close attention to the testimony of Deputy Comm. Faris Fink who played Spock in the Star Trek video. He was also one of the high ups that spent their Anaheim conference nights in the expensive presidential suites.
I really was blown away by Fink's attitude. He said he was sorry that so much money was spent. He said that making the Star Trek video was made to add humor. He thought it was a good idea at the time and that it broke no IRS rules.
While he was testifying, I felt he holds himself at a distance from the spending and the decision making. He said he was not involved in the planning. I don't believe it. He was a lead character in the Star Trek video so he knew all about it. When questioned further, he admitted that he knew before the conference was held that more than $4 million had been spent on it. But he stopped short of saying that he had approved the expenditures. He said he just knew about it.
In 2010 Fink was the Deputy Commissioner -- the #2 man at that IRS division. He can't speak of what was happening regarding the $4 million spent for the Anaheim conference as if "someone else" and not himself condoned or approved. Apparently now he is the #1 man of that IRS division.
Fink must be held accountable. One story on line says that Fink is on administrative leave. Paid leave.