You may have missed this yesterday because the
Obama-lovin’ snooze media is not particularly interested. But in House committee hearings, the
IRS scandal moved still closer to Obama, to Washington, to one of his two IRS
political appointees, the IRS Chief Counsel. Carter Hull’s testimony was key:
comes Mr. Hull's testimony. And like Ms. Hofacre, he pointed his finger upward.
Mr. Hull—a 48-year IRS veteran and an expert on tax exemption law—told
investigators that tea-party applications under his review were sent upstairs
within the Washington office, at the direction of Lois Lerner.
April 2010, Hull was assigned to scrutinize certain tea-party applications. He
requested more information from the groups. After he received responses, he
felt he knew enough to determine whether the applications should be approved or
his recommendations were not carried out.
Seto, head of Mr. Hull's unit, also spoke to investigators. He told them Lois
Lerner made an unusual decision: Tea-party applications would undergo
additional scrutiny—a multilayered review.
Hull told House investigators that at some point in the winter of 2010-11, Ms.
Lerner's senior adviser, whose name is withheld in the publicly released
partial interview transcript, told him the applications would require further
"Did [the senior adviser to Ms. Lerner] indicate to you whether she agreed
with your recommendations?"
"She did not say whether she agreed or not. She said it should go to chief
"The IRS chief counsel?"
"The IRS chief counsel."
IRS chief counsel is named William Wilkins. And again, he is one of only two
Obama political appointees in the IRS.
And Hull also said he had not seen anything like that
before in his 48-year IRS career.
Peggy Noonan calls the testimony a bombshell and notes
that Democrats sure are eager to discredit and discourage the
investigation. And remember that
when this scandal broke, the Obama regime would have us believe this was just a
few rogue agents in Cincinnati. Uh, huh.
What we have here is a systematic use of the IRS to
attack and muzzle political opponents, directed from Washington, and a cover up
of the same.
Again, it is time for a Special Prosecutor.
By the way, if, unlike the snooze media, you really want
to dig into the IRS scandal, the Tax Prof blog regularly posts a linkarama. Here’s today’s edition.
Labels: IRS, Obama, Obamagate