The Obama Administration has been sticking to their story about rouge IRS agents in the Cincinnati Office targeting Tea Party members for audits and intimidation. However the White House logs that document visits tell quite a different story.
According to the White House visitor logs, on April 23, 2012, the IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins met at the White House with President Obama. The very next day on April 24, 2012, the IRS Commissioner visited the neighboring Executive Office Building to meet with officials of the Obama Administration.
The following day on April 25th, the Chief Counsel of the IRS increased their attacks on conservative groups by sending out “additional guidance” to IRS agents and their lawyers that increased scrutiny of conservative applications.
The timing of the increased activity coincided with the meetings during the height of the political campaigning for 2012 and reveals the effort that increased IRS efforts to use audits and intimidation tactics came from Washington and not Cincinnati.
Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Associates fired off a letter protesting the audit of his organization after full page ads supporting traditional marriage were published during the height of the same sex marriage controversy. The timing of the audit was hardly a coincidence.
Both White House press secretary Jay Carney and Obama have been claiming the IRS scandal is “phony” and have dismissed any attempts to link Washington and the Obama Administration to any connection to the IRS intimidation. http://aclj.org/
However House leaders discovered that IRS agents were ordered to send Tea Party reviews to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Washington. The connection to what probably happened during the meetings in April hardly could not be considered.
The Family Research Council, who had its main office terrorized by a shooting after the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the group a “hate Group”, happened to be audited also by the IRS. There are accusations that information is being leaked of donors who supported traditional marriage and given to advocate groups as the Southern Poverty Law Center. That leakage of information could well involve the IRS.
The various issues involving the IRS have pointed to the fact that there is a coordinated effort to undermine conservative groups which hardly can be attributed to a few rouge IRS employees located in the Cincinnati office. Based on information uncovered, much of the effort seems to have been directed from Washington.
The Obama Administration appears to have weathered the other scandals that have been a distraction, however the IRS issues appears to be much more involved than admitted.