#IRS: those “rogue agents” aren’t going to go quietly under the bus

Posted by: Phineas on June 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Ben Franklin once said “Three can keep a secret, if two are dead.” The same holds true for scandals, particularly when one party tries desperately to make the other take the fall, as the administration has in the burgeoning IRS scandal. The risk with that strategy is that it gives the assigned patsy every reason to start talking.

Which is what those “rogue agents” are starting to do:

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) revealed new testimony from IRS employees in Cincinnati involved with the IRS’s political targeting today on CNN’s State of the Union.
 
The Committee released excerpts from bipartisan transcribed interviews between Committee Investigators and Cincinnati IRS employees. In these interviews Cincinnati IRS employees reject the White House’s claim that the targeting was merely work of “rogue” agents and say targeting of conservative political groups came from Washington, D.C.

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Q: In early 2010, was there a time when you became aware of applications that referenced Tea Party or other conservative groups? 
A: In March of 2010, I was made aware.
 
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Q: Okay.  Now, was there a point around this time period when [your supervisor] asked you to do a search for similar applications?  
A: Yes.
Q: To the best of your recollection, when was this request made? 
A: Sometime in early March of 2010.

March, 2010, is also when the head of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, which covers IRS employees, had a meeting at the White House with President Obama. Hmmm…

Back to the transcript, emphasis added:

Q: Did anyone else ever make a request that you send any cases to Washington?
A:  [Different IRS employee] wanted to have two cases that she couldn’t ?? Washington, D.C. wanted them, but she couldn’t find the paper.  So she requested me, through an email, to find these cases for her and to send them to Washington, D.C.
Q: When was this, what time frame?
A: I don’t recall the time frame, maybe May of 2010.

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Q: But just to be clear, she told you the specific names of these applicants.
A: Yes.
Q: And she told you that Washington, D.C. had requested these two specific applications be sent to D.C.  
A: Yes, or parts of them.  

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Q: Okay.  So she asked you to send particular parts of these applications.
A: Mm?hmm.
Q: And that was unusual.  Did you say that?
A: Yes.
Q: And she indicated that Washington had requested these specific parts of these specific applications; is that right?
A: Correct.

So it wasn’t just looking for keywords and taking random samples: if what this agent says is true, specific groups and specific people were targeted. It would be very interesting to know just who these people were, and who asked for their files. I suspect that question will be prominent in this week’s hearings.

Meanwhile, someone identified only as a “more senior” employee had this to say to the committee’s investigators:

Q: But you specifically recall that the BOLO [“Be On The Lookout”] terms included “Tea Party?”  
A: Yes, I do.  
Q: And it was your understanding ?? was it your understanding that the purpose of the BOLO was to identify Tea Party groups?  
A: That is correct.  
Q: Was it your understanding that the purpose of the BOLO was to identify conservative groups?  
A: Yes, it was.  
Q: Was it your understanding that the purpose of the BOLO was to identify Republican groups?  
A: Yes, it was. 

Don’t be surprised if more people start spilling what they know, the higher this goes.

via Jim Geraghty.

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Former IRS Commissioner Shulman, who was at the White House so often he probably had a guest room set aside for sleepovers, is married to Susan Anderson, who works at the leftist Public Campaign. Not too eyebrow-raising of itself, until you learn a) that Public Campaign received a lot of money from groups hostile to Tea Party and conservative goals (see prior link) and b) you discover that Anderson herself held training sessions for the Occupy movement and posted tweets showing herself to be very hostile toward the Right at just the very time her husband’s IRS had a BOLO out on conservative groups.

But, naturally, they kept their work and private lives separate. Really. No doubt about it. Care to buy a used bridge?

Finally, remember Lois “I did nothing wrong but I’m pleading the 5th” Lerner? It seems her animus toward conservatives goes way back at least to her days at the FEC, where she badgered a Republican candidate to promise never to run for office again in return for dropping an investigation against him.

One wonders if she was slapping a paid of brass knuckles against her palm at the time.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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6 Responses to “#IRS: those “rogue agents” aren’t going to go quietly under the bus”

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  1. Carlos says:

    Carney-val wants out of his job, that is obvious. Even he can’t lie like he has to and sleep without a bottle of Tums.

    So don’t be a bit surprised if he throws himself on the entire carton of grenades known as “The Scandals” afflicting this administration right now and blow himself up in disgrace as the one in the WH who had requested everything from the Benghazi and F&F coverups to the IRS targeting to telling Sebelius to extort from insurers to everything else that will protect his tin god and those closest to him.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    As stated in an earlier post, the corporate structure of government is the same as the military in two regards, RHIP or rank has its privileges and sh*t runs downhill. In this administration the different layers are as close as the pages in a Quran, meaning everyone knew the chain of command and explaining the trashing of those at the bottom or downhill.

    That line of crap that Shulman was a Bush appointee is “a dog that won’t hunt”. His 25 year career as a Civil Service employee started under the Reagan administration so which Bush are they lying about, 41 or 43?

  3. Nate says:

    There isn’t enough room under the bus for all these ‘rogue agents’.

  4. Carlos says:

    This is a perfect illustration of the phrase, “Do not go gently into that dark night.”

    And what darker night could there be than working for the IRS and being asked to not only do the criminal act of extortion required by the tax laws, but also extending the criminal act of that extortion with the completion of destroying (Duh)-1’s enemies as specified by the tin god of your leg-tingling worship?

    Personally, I suspect that if Benny Arnold were alive today he would have plenty of company in the acts of treason and sabotage that made him famous to begin with.

  5. Cump says:

    Take care of yourself, dear…this can get ugly and I don’t doubt the administration has an enemy’s list. I am sure you are not important enough to be near the top, but I am sure the list is long

  6. tommy mc donnell says:

    i have my doubts about this. there are 88,000 full time irs employees and not one came forward to complain about an agency policy of repession of american citizens because of their political beliefs. a policy that was in effect for over two years. it seems like irs employees were in agreement with what was being done. the silence of the irs employees would indicate that we are much further down the road to complete government tyranny then most of us realize.