‘IRS scandal goes to Obama’

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The Daily Caller reported that IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, the Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal, met with Obama in the White House two days before giving his marching orders on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Wilkins is one of only two Obama appointees at the IRS. He was named in House Oversight testimony by IRS agent Carter Hull as his supervisor in the improper targeting of conservative groups.

Wilkins met with Obama in the Roosevelt room of the White House on April 23, 2012. White House visitor logs showed Wilkinsí boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 24, 2012.

The IRS inspector generalís report showed on April 25, 2012, Wilkinsí office sent the exempt organizations determinations unit guidance for approving or denying tea party tax-exempt applications. I am sure the timing of the meetings with Obama and the issuance of guidance for the illegal targeting of conservative groups is just a coincidence.

The IRS sent letters demanding most conservative groupsí training materials, personal information on groupsí donors and college interns, and even the content of a religious groupís prayers.

The media found a few liberal groups that were scrutinized so they could claim there is nothing to see here, but the inspector general of the IRS said it was conservative groups who were targeted.

This shameful scandal goes all the way to Washington.

Fran Hanus

Milton

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