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Cummings Claims IRS Scandal Has Been ‘Solved’

From the Daily Caller:

Washington IRS official who oversaw targeting is a registered Democrat

By Patrick Howley | June 9, 2013

Carter C. Hull, the Washington-based Internal Revenue Service lawyer who oversaw improper targeting of tea party groups, is a registered Democrat… according to the Real Voters Database.

As The Daily Caller reported, Hull instructed Cincinnati-based IRS employee Elizabeth Hofacre to target tea party groups and provided her a copy of a letter he wrote to a conservative group requesting additional information in an audit….

“I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull’s influence or input,” said Elizabeth Hofacre, an employee of the Cincinnati IRS office, according to an interview with congressional investigators…

Meanwhile, we have this from Mr Cummings hometown paper, the Baltimore Sun:

Cummings Call for End to IRS Probe

By John Fritze | June 9, 2013

Arguing that the congressional investigation into the IRS should be concluded, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Sunday that closed-door interviews with the agency’s staff show neither the White House nor officials in Washington had a hand in targeting conservative groups for added scrutiny.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been conducting interviews for several days with managers in the Internal Revenue Service’s Cincinnati office, which is responsible for reviewing applications for tax exempt status.

What about the people who say they are instructed to do this targeting by Washington? Including the aforementioned Mr. Hull? How do they know who was ordering the people in Washington to act?

Moreover, why trust any of these people, whose jobs are hanging by a thread?

Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on that committee, released snippets of a transcript from an interview with a 21-year manager in that office, a man who describes himself as a "conservative Republican," who said he had no reason to believe the White House was involved in the scandal.

So from now on Mr. Cummings is going to accept the word of self described conservative Republicans as dispositive? That’s good to know.

"I think this interview and these statements go a long way toward showing that the White House was not involved in this. This thing started with this guy — it started with a screener in this unit," the Baltimore Democrat said on CNN’s State of the Union — one of two political shows he appeared on Sunday morning.

Really? So Mr. Cummings knows who started all of this? But he won’t tell us his name.

"Based on everything that I’ve seen, the case is solved," Cummings said —

Besides, even if the White House was not directly involved, how does that mean the case is solved? What this shows is that Cummings is solely concerned with protecting Obama.

[Cummings added] that he would release the transcripts from the interviews by the end of this week if the Republican chairman of the committee, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, did not…

Yes, let’s see all of the transcripts.

Issa has said other interviews conducted by the committee suggest the employees in Cincinnati were being "directly ordered" from Washington.

Journalists who have seen the transcripts have reported this as well.

On Sunday, Issa issued a statement in response to Cummings’ comments, saying he "strongly" disagreed.

"His extreme and reckless assertions are a signal that his true motivation is stopping needed Congressional oversight and he has no genuine interest in working, on a bipartisan basis, to expose the full truth," Issa said.

"The American public wants to know why targeting occurred and who was involved," he said. "The only thing Ranking Member Cummings left clear in his comments today is that if it were up to him the investigation would be closed.  Fortunately, the decision to close the investigation is not his to make."

Someone should also remind Mr. Cummings that this is a civil rights issue. The civil rights of these conservative groups were violated. Or does he think only black people have civil rights?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Cummings Claims IRS Scandal Has Been ‘Solved’”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    A flat tax is the answer.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Grinding teeth
    You cannot be an honest-to-God American Citizen and work for the IRS.
    It ain’t possible. They have to all be alien hybrids and Chinese moles.

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