The IRS scandal (the one about targeting Tea Party organizations) is creeping closer to the White House. As reported on Dick Morris.com Friday and seconded by the Daily Caller today, the IRS Counsel named in last weeks hearing of the House Government Oversight Committee, William Wilkins, IRS Chief Council and one of only two Obama political appointments was not only involved the process of targeting Tea Party groups, but met with the Barack Obama in the white house two days before issuing his final comments on the anti-conservative rules.
Wilkins’ Boss “Easter Egg” Shulman met with the President the next day, which also happens to be the day before Wilkins issued his new rules.
J. Russell George, the Inspector
General who found inappropriate procedures regarding the Tea Party
applications, indicated that on April 25th, 2012, Wilkins’ office
provided Hull and Lerner “additional comments” on the draft criteria.
is key about that date is that it comes just two days after Wilkins met
with President Obama and the day after his boss, former IRS
commissioner Douglas Shulman, saw the president at the White House.
April 23, 2012, according to White House visitor logs, Wilkins had a
meeting with President Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
There is no indication of what was discussed. On April 24, the day
before the criteria for Tea Party groups was developed, former IRS
commissioner Douglas Shulman — the other of the two political appointees
at the IRS — also visited the White House.
According to Morris, when he was working for the Clinton administration the Roosevelt Room was the only place where political meetings were allowed to be conducted.
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The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House
two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to
scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt
IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was
named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as
one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups,
met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House
on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas
Shulman, met with Obama on April 24, 2012, according to White House
On April 25, 2012, Wilkins sent Hull and
fellow Washington-based IRS official Lois Lerner “additional comments
on the draft guidance” for approving or denying tea party tax-exempt applications, according to the IRS’ inspector general’s report.
Is the Obama Administration loosing it’s Teflon coating? Possibly. While the mainstream media will probably ignore this latest news, I’m sure that the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep Issa, will not. Lets hope the truth does come out politicizing the IRS has no place in the United States.