Obama has only two appointees at the IRS. William Wilkins is one, and he is close enough to Obama personally, that he defended Obama’s Chicago church, Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) and Obama’s mentor, close friend and pastor, Jeremiah Wright – free, pro-bono, no cost – as in FREE when the IRS believed Senator Obama delivering a political speech inside the church may have violated TCCU’s 501(c)(3) status. Wilkins won the case.
According to testimony this week:
Michael 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.
Mr. 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 theapplications would require further review:
Q: “Did [the senior adviser to Ms. Lerner] indicate to you whether she agreed with your recommendations?”
A: “She did not say whether she agreed or not. She said it should go to chief counsel.”
Q: “The IRS chief counsel?”
A: “The IRS chief counsel.” Source: Bob Owens
Some of the heads of those organizations seeking tax exempt status were targeted personally as well.
A presidential appointee does the bidding of the president. He isn’t elected. He has no one to satisfy but the president. In this case, Wilkins is the IRS Chief Counsel who also reports to the Secretary of the Treasury (Obama appointee) for which he serves as Assistant General Counsel. Wilkins oversees 1,600 attorneys for the IRS. Yesterday’s testimony said applications were to be sent directly to “the Chief Counsel.”
Congressional testimony on Thursday from a retired IRS tax law specialist claimed that the Office of Chief Counsel, led by William Wilkins, was involved in the screening of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status.
Wilkins — a former tax lobbyist-turned-attorney — happens to be a Democratic donor and the only IRS official at the time of the scandal to have been appointed by Obama. Source: Fox Nation
Before becoming a lobbyist for the now known as WilmerHale, he was staff counsel for Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee.
Here’s the bombshell revealed this week:
A senior GOP aide, however, tells National Review Online that witnesses interviewed by congressional investigators claim Wilkins became aware of the targeting at some point in 2012. According to White House press secretary Jay Carney, Wilkins informed neither his boss — the Treasury Department’s chief counsel — nor the White House when he learned of it. Whether he personally helped to develop the guidelines for reviewing tea-party applications remains unknown.
In interviews with congressional investigators, three IRS lawyers involved in the processing of tea-party cases — Carter Hull, Ronald Shoemaker, and Michael Seto — said that lawyers in Wilkins’s office, as well as Lerner’s adviser, [Judith] Kindell, put the applications of conservative groups through a complex, multi-layered review process that delayed their processing. An IRS source says that Kindell is considered the “political guru” in the Exempt Organizations division as well as “the definitive expert” on “political activities in exempt organizations tax law.”
The applications elevated to Washington, D.C. were “test” applications whose treatment was to provide guidance for the Cincinnati agents processing the bulk of the tea-party cases; lacking a determination on their status, Cincinnati was unable to process any other tea-party applications while agents there waited for word from Washington…
…The head of the Determinations Unit in Cincinnati, Cindy Thomas, said that for nearly a year, between October 2010 and September 2011, tea-party applications languished while agents waited for guidance from top lawyers in Washington….
If Seto’s testimony is to be believed, Lerner appears at best to have withheld information from, and at worst to have misled, Congress about her knowledge of the scrutiny to which tea-party applications were being subjected….
She did not tell the committee that her senior adviser and lawyers in the chief counsel’s office had worked to craft guidelines for reviewing the applications about which the committee had inquired.
…The disclosures amount to a counterpunch to a 36-page memo from Democratic committee staff released Monday accusing the GOP of engaging in a “sustained and coordinated campaign” to politicize the investigation. Source: National Review Online and also here.
The stated mission for the IRS Chief Counsel:
Serve America’s taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. Source: Peter Pappas
At least two IRS officials have plead the Fifth Amendment in this scandal, Lois Lerner and Gregory Roseman. Lerner will likely receive immunity to give up information. Public Servants? It’s a bad joke, a nightmare for the average American taxpayer. Traitorous.
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