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IRS Chief Counsel ‘Oversaw’ Tea Party Targeting

From the Daily Caller:

IRS lawyer says scandal was overseen by D.C., names names

By Patrick Howley | July 17, 2013

Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee.

Retiring IRS lawyer Carter C. Hull implicated the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins, and Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’ exempt organizations office, in the IRS targeting scandal and made clear that the targeting started in Washington, according to leaked interviews that Hull granted to the Oversight Committee in advance of Thursday’s hearing.

Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George will return to Republican chairman Darrell Issa’s committee Thursday along with two central characters in the IRS saga: Hull and Cincinnati-based IRS employee Elizabeth Hofacre, who previously gave Hull’s name to congressional investigators, fingering him as her Washington-based supervisor.

Hull is naming names.

“In April 2010, Mr. Hull was instructed to scrutinize certain Tea Party applications by one of his superiors in Washington. According to Mr. Hull, these applications were used as ‘test’ cases and assigned to him because of his expertise and because IRS leadership in Washington was ‘trying to find out how [the IRS] should approach these organizations, and how [the IRS] should handle them,’” according to Oversight Committee documents.

“According to Hull’s testimony, Ms. Lerner…gave an atypical instruction that the Tea Party applications undergo special scrutiny that included an uncommon multi-layer review that involved a top advisor to Lerner as well as the Chief Counsel’s office,” according to Oversight Committee documents.

In August 2012, the “Chief Counsel’s office held a meeting with Mr. Hull, Ms. Lerner’s senior advisor, and other Washington officials to discuss these test applications.”

Lerner eventually told Hull that tea party applications would have to go through a round of review at the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, which “created a bottleneck and caused the delay of other Tea Party applications in Cincinnati,” according to Oversight Committee documents…

Hull is retiring from the IRS this summer, and he recently took down his Facebook page after he was publicly exposed. Hull’s interviews indicate that he is unlikely to plead the Fifth, as some lawyers involved in the scandal were expecting…

Mr. Hull is retiring. So he has nothing to lose for telling the truth. Unlike Lois Lerner.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “IRS Chief Counsel ‘Oversaw’ Tea Party Targeting”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Some old dead White guy once said, “The power to tax is
    the power to destroy.” Especially our Chicago-based Administration.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I’m quoting Hillary Clinton, “What does it matter now!?”

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    They all will receive their personal golden parachutes.
    No jail time and all will walk free to enjoy their ill gotten booty.
    We get screwed. ………nay………raped.
    But by God, Trayvons’ civil rights must have been trampled somewhere. ……… anywhere.

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