IRS employees were ordered by their superiors--including Lois Lerner who pleaded the 5th Amendment against self-incrimination rather than testify in Congress--to send certain Tea Party tax-exemption applications to the office of the IRS's Chief Counsel, which was headed by William Wilkins, who at that time was the only Obama political appointee at the IRS, according to a letter released today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“As a part of this ongoing investigation, the Committees have learned that the IRS Chief Counsel’s office in Washington, D.C. has been closely involved in some of the applications,” reads a letter released today by the House committees on Oversight and Government and Ways and Means. “Its involvement and demands for information about political activity during the 2010 election cycle appear to have caused systematic delays in the processing of Tea Party applications.” ...............
Wilkins, the IRS chief counsel, had been appointed by President Obama to his position in 2009
IRS Employees Ordered to Send Tea Party Cases to IRS's Only Obama Political Appointee
Originally posted by SquirrelNutz
There might be more people reading your post, than watching that channel.
Originally posted by sealing
What could have possibly provoked these guys into believing
that certain 501c groups like Karl Roves' Crossroads might be
illegally using billionaire money to sway an election.
Originally posted by HauntWok
If it were a truly grass roots movement of the people, why so eager to hide the donor lists? Who's on those lists that might show the American public what the TEA Party really is all about?
As witnesses have testified to the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief counsel for the Internal Revenue Service may have played a role in the IRS’s practice of reserving special scrutiny for Tea Party and other conservative political groups. William Wilkins, chief counsel and one of two political appointees at the IRS, was “closely involved in some of the applications” for tax-exempt status, according to a press release from the committee.
WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key posts at the Department of the Treasury: Herbert M. Allison, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability, who will also have the title Counselor to the Secretary and be an advisor on policy matters; and William J. Wilkins, Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury.
Originally posted by derfreebie
reply to post by whyamIhere
I have always kept my fingers crossed that Lois would get at least
immunity for starters-- so she could open up with what she's got.
Trouble is, I wonder if she was even around when the orders were
given for a dogpile or not... much less who was handing them out.
If it was Valerie transferring a "request", who cares? Policy running in
the face of USCode is still a blatant gaffe, and nobody south of the
DOJ top levels would have to carry the stuff out. If it was an "either-or-"
set of orders, the job or the illegal/ unconstitutional dig, it could get
sizzlin' sarge... depending on the source if it gets nailed down right.
BTW Thanks(!) for the heads-up and the cSpan link, it's the first one
ever that hasn't timed out on my ultra modern AMD sundial over here