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The audience rose to its feet after Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) chided Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller about the Internal Revenue Service’s treatment of taxpayers at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday.

The hearing focused on the agency’s targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, including those with names that included “tea party” or “patriot.”

“You get a letter from you folks, or a phone call, it’s with terror that you look at it, and now this kind of reconfirms that–you know what–they can do almost anything they want, to anybody they want, anytime they want,” Kelly said. “This is very chilling for the American people.”