When the story broke this spring about the IRS targeting conservatives, officials blamed “rogue” employees in the IRS’ Cincinnati office. It was an outright lie. Employees told investigators that Washington called the shots.
Then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman made numerous visits to the White House between 2009 and 2011, according to The Daily Caller. The Atlantic, a reflexively liberal magazine, counters that just because Mr. Shulman was cleared 157 times to meet with dozens of administration personnel, mostly about Obamacare, does not mean that he actually attended. He signed in only 11 times, but it stretches credulity to suggest that he may have skipped lots of meetings.
Sarah Hall Ingram, now in charge of Obamacare enforcement, directed the IRS’ Tax-Exempt and Government Entities division, under which Ms. Lerner was director of exempt organizations before taking Ms. Ingram’s place. According to The Daily Caller, logs show that Ms. Ingram was cleared to visit the White House 165 times. Again, maybe she never actually went. Maybe.
By contrast, during George W. Bush’s tenure, IRS Commissioner Mark Everson officially visited the White House — once. However, the Bush White House kept lousy records, the Atlantic insists.
Well, even if that’s so, here’s the question: With the kind of power the IRS wields, don’t all those visits presumably about Obamacare make you a little nervous?
There’s more. Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, visited the White House on March 31, 2010, to meet with President Obama. The very next day, “the new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases,” according to the inspector general, as reported in The American Spectator, which also noted: “The union’s PAC endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles to anti-Tea Party candidates.”
With all the evidence of lying, wrongdoing and possible wrongdoing, it’s time to ask Congress when the indictments will come.
As the scandals pile up, exposing a massive government power grab, where is the Tom Paine for our time?
Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.