IRS Commissioner went to the White House for meetings 118 times in two years, while IRS Agent states all decisions regarding applications from Conservative groups were handled in Washington DC.
Not that this is any surprise, because I contend Obama has been waging war on America and Americans who he considers his enemies since he was crowned emperor in 2008 by his Marxofascist sycophants. But today we learn that an IRS agent in Cincinnatti, whom the Obama regime blames the entire scandal on two “rogue” employees – states that ALL DECISIONS REGARDING PROCESSING OF CONSERVATIVE GROUPS, was handled by a special ‘Task force” in DC.
Right Scoop picked up the slip from an NBC News story this morning:
Cincinnati IRS Agent: Special ‘task force’ in DC made decisions about processing Tea Party applications
NBC News has an article out this morning that is mostly a rehash of information we already know. But there was something else in the article that caught my eye:
Cleta Mitchell, another attorney representing conservative groups that allege they were targeted, said an IRS agent in Cincinnati told her a “task force” IRS office in Washington, D.C., was making the decisions about the processing of applications, and that she subsequently dealt with IRS representatives there.
“(The IRS agent in Cincinnati) told me that in fact the case would be transferred to a special task force out of Washington, and that he was told – he was the originally assigned agent – that he wasn’t allowed to make decisions, the decisions were all going to be made in Washington,” Mitchell said. “I know that this process was going on in Washington because I’ve dealt with those people.”
I’m betting this Cincinnati agent also knows names since he dealt directly with these people. Let’s hope it doesn’t take Issa long to follow this lead because I’m betting this one’s gonna make some people in the White House a little nervous.
That special ‘task force’ I believe was run directly OUT OF OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE. I would submit Obama or Jarrett actually reviewed those applications themselves and directed they be harassed and targeted as we have learned the IRS did. How else does an honest person explain the IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, visiting Obama at his White House 118 times in 2010 & 2011. Shulman’s successor, Steve Miller also visited Obama at the White House NUMEROUS TIMES since last November as Acting Director of the IRS. By contrast, Shulman visited the Bush White House only ONCE in four years. What this Obama IRS scandal accomplished is to dry up any funds going to Conservative candidates and intimidate Conservative activist groups into silence BEFORE and during the 2012 election cycle.
118 visits by the IRS Commissioner to Obama in 2010 and 2011. That’s ONCE A WEEK. And it was during this time that the TEA Party and Conservative groups say they were denied their applications, harassed and intimidated into silence.
This is what a despotic mob-like government does before it decides it has the power to simply execute their political rivals.
IRS Chief’s 118 White House Visits Must Be Explained
Scandal: One IRS commissioner visited Obama’s White House 118 times in 2010 and 2011. His successor also dropped in often. But under George W. Bush, the tax chief visited once in four years.
Time for an audit.
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As the Washington Examiner noted last weekend, ex-commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service Douglas Shulman went to the White House some 118 times in 2010 and 2011, while Steven Miller, the acting director who took over from Shulman last November, himself made numerous trips there, White House visitor logs show.
Business as usual for one of the most powerful arms of the federal government, you might think. Not so.
Mark Everson, who ran the IRS during most of the George W. Bush administration, from 2003 to 2007, apparently visited a single time, grousing that he felt like he had “moved to Siberia” because the tax collection agency was so out of the policy loop.
The alibi the White House has wedded itself to is that it had to work closely with the IRS to implement ObamaCare. But House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says “it’s hard to believe” the IRS’ abusive targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups did not enter into the conversations that took place at these meetings, at least “in passing.”
But the Bush administration actually did some IRS revamping during its tenure, to “provide IRS with the modern tools needed both to deliver first-class customer service to America’s taxpayers and to ensure that compliance programs are administered efficiently,” with one of the major goals being to address “the drop in customer service … over the past several years.”
Yet that didn’t seem to require the IRS commissioner to scurry to the West Wing more than 100 times, or anything close to it.
Commentary’s John Steele Gordon points out that the managerial post of IRS commissioner coming over to the White House once a week on average might make sense if President Obama had been planning a big tax code restructuring. But that was not the case, and “Obama’s sole interest in the tax code has been to raise rates on high earners,” Gordon notes.
Shulman admits he knew by spring 2012 that the IRS was targeting conservative groups.
So, “Is it really believable that someone who had a Wall Street career before coming to Washington five years ago was so politically naive that he didn’t see the potential for scandal in that information and give the White House a heads-up?” Gordon asks. And that no White House staffer then passed it on to the president?
Then again, Shulman is the same guy who, with a straight face, answered Congress’ questions about the 118 visits with the alibi that he visited the White House to attend “the Easter Egg Roll, with my kids.”
That’s a lot of Easter Eggs — but not a lot of credibility.
There is a lot the American public do not yet know about communications between the White House and IRS. The integrity of free government demands a full, serious investigation.