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IRS chief counselís office involved in targeting controversy
WaPo ^ | 7/17/2013 | Josh Hicks

Posted on 07/17/2013 12:36:58 PM PDT by mojito

The chief counsel’s office for the Internal Revenue Service, headed by a political appointee of President Obama, helped develop the agency’s problematic guidelines for reviewing “tea party” cases, according to a top IRS attorney.

In interviews with congressional investigators, IRS lawyer Carter Hull said his superiors told him that the chief counsel’s office, led by William Wilkins, would need to review some of the first applications the agency screened for additional scrutiny because of potential political activity.

Previous accounts from IRS employees had shown that Washington IRS officials were involved in the controversy, but Hull’s comments represent the closest connection to the White House to date. No evidence to date has definitively linked the White House to the agency’s behavior.

According to a partial transcript released by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and House Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the chief counsel’s office also discussed using a template letter to ask questions about the groups’ activities, despite Hull’s warning that such a boilerplate approach would be impractical.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: benghazi; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; obama; teaparty; williamwilkins
William Wilkins: remember that name. There will be a test later.
1 posted on 07/17/2013 12:36:58 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

Somehow I seem to remember that name from the Klintons.


2 posted on 07/17/2013 12:39:37 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: mojito
Chief IRS Counsel Got Jeremiah Wright's Church out of IRS Probe Before Joining Agency
3 posted on 07/17/2013 12:41:17 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
Well, isn’t that interesting.

Seems like this Wilkins fellow and Herr Zero and very well acquainted.

4 posted on 07/17/2013 12:44:16 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: thouworm; penelopesire; maggief

Tick tic tic


5 posted on 07/17/2013 12:44:53 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: Zathras

Unlikely anything will happen, they seem to be able to pretty much do what they want, with impunity.


6 posted on 07/17/2013 12:46:25 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: mojito
Q And just one more thing. The report also says that on August 4th of 2011, that the chief counsel at the IRS — I believe that’s William Wilkins, appointed by President Obama in 2009; this is one of only two political appointees at the IRS — that the chief counsel was briefed on this back in 2011. Did he share that information with the White House?

MR. CARNEY: I’ll have to look at that. I don’t know that that’s the case. I would point you to the Treasury Department for more information about I think the meeting that we’re talking about or that is represented in that.

Q But shouldn’t he have? This is one of the President’s political appointees, chief counsel.

MR. CARNEY: What I can tell you is what I said yesterday: The President found out about this through media reports on Friday. That’s how I found out about it. . . . .

Q The purpose of briefing the chief counsel, according to the IG, was so that everybody would have the latest information on the issue. As the President’s political appointee over there, shouldn’t there have been an effort for him to brief you?

MR. CARNEY: Well, you can say what should have been or shouldn’t have been. What I can tell you is what to my knowledge I’m aware of.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/carolplattliebau/2013/05/16/meet-william-j-wilkins-of-the-irs-n1598418

7 posted on 07/17/2013 12:47:22 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Errant

This is the way Hitler took Germany down to destruction. One little step at a time, no one willing to stop him and presto, a dictatorship with unlimited unquestioned power.


8 posted on 07/17/2013 12:47:46 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mojito
William Wilkins, your Overlord:


9 posted on 07/17/2013 12:51:38 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The Tipline for Zimmerman's Inquisition is: Sanford.florida@usdoj.gov ... Use it.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

10 posted on 07/17/2013 12:55:49 PM PDT by Errant
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To: mojito

Wee Willie Wilkins runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,
Tapping at the window and crying through the lock,
Are all the children in their beds, it’s past eight o’clock?


11 posted on 07/17/2013 12:57:59 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mojito

What’s the use? It’s all forgotten. Zim/martin pushed everything else off the news.
The irs can go back to auditing the enemies of the democrats.


12 posted on 07/17/2013 12:58:07 PM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: phormer phrog phlyer
Unlikely anything will happen

Quite the contrary... the guy will likely be awarded a promotion and big fat bonus.

13 posted on 07/17/2013 12:58:18 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: mojito

Is that the name the TEA party spoke of in DC this past June?


14 posted on 07/17/2013 12:59:30 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Irenic
As Zero's man at the IRS, Wilkins has been a “person of interest” for awhile. But this is the first time that someone, an IRS lawyer no less, has intimated that political direction for Tea Party harassment came from Wilkins - and hence from the WH.
15 posted on 07/17/2013 1:07:17 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

How many times was he at the White House?


16 posted on 07/17/2013 1:14:34 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mojito

Thanks! I also found what I was remembering...Audit the IRS Rally -—”I want you to remember this name - Bob Bauer”


17 posted on 07/17/2013 1:29:37 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: phormer phrog phlyer
Unlikely anything will happen, they seem to be able to pretty much do what they want, with impunity.

I believe we can thank the rubber stamp Congress for that. Oh, it so-called "investigates," all right, but take action? Do anything? We'll see shiny bright new silver dollars falling out of the sky before that.

18 posted on 07/17/2013 1:34:23 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Standing Wolf; maggief; thouworm; penelopesire; MestaMachine

On fox now Issa; progress report. DC to Lerner and office of the council
100 cases to office of the consul.
Discussion of Lerner testimony and other who are appearing tomorrow

D are pointed finger at George. Standing up for him

Asks about T Geintner

Must get to the truth. Working with Camp to get as much in front of public as possible


19 posted on 07/17/2013 1:57:38 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: Errant

There a bunch of F’n racists and they are in our face about it.


20 posted on 07/17/2013 2:14:13 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - shall not be questioned)
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To: hoosiermama
On fox now Issa; progress report.

Don't hold your breath until Issa makes progress... How long has he been working on fast and furious now?

21 posted on 07/17/2013 2:19:43 PM PDT by Errant
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To: ConservativeInPA

Yep, Alinsky rule #13: identify, isolate, freeze and escalate.


22 posted on 07/17/2013 2:22:16 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
Yep, Alinsky rule #13: identify, isolate, freeze and escalate.

And they got to me. I wasn't even able to spell, "They're" correctly given that I was so infuriated.

23 posted on 07/17/2013 2:24:36 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - shall not be questioned)
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To: hoosiermama; thouworm; maggief; SE Mom; onyx; Liz

Wow!! Thank you for the ping! This is impeachable stuff folks!! I am calling my reps today and tomorrow and posting the info on Twitter!

By the grace of God, my jury duty for tomorrow got cancelled, so I can watch the hearings! Woohoo!!


24 posted on 07/17/2013 2:43:10 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: penelopesire

Whoa...good grief. I wondher if he’s going to plead the fifth. .


25 posted on 07/17/2013 2:50:56 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: I want the USA back
Look! Squirrel! (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!)


26 posted on 07/17/2013 2:59:43 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("...the press had better learn from their experiences of being duped "...-Sarah Palin 5/17/13)
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To: SE Mom

I am sure he will try...just not sure how long he will get away with it.


27 posted on 07/17/2013 3:47:06 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: penelopesire
More here: posts 21-30

IRS officials in Washington ordered special scrutiny: congressional investigation

Related thread:

Surprise: Obama-Appointed IRS Chief Counsel "Helped Develop" Targeting Methods

28 posted on 07/17/2013 3:59:46 PM PDT by thouworm (Steyn: They let [Stevens] die, and then told lies over his coffin.They did that to one of their own.)
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To: mojito

If he was in the US Congress, he’d still have his seat and no punishments (see Al Franken).


29 posted on 07/17/2013 4:14:46 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: mojito

Obama ordered his IRS to rig the election for it and democrats/communists in the Congress and Senate.

the media says don’t look at that , but look at these rabbits for you to chase , zimmerman, Trayvon, Snowden, Adam Lanza.

and the media (our slavers) says don’t think of the Amnesty bill think of Kimd Kardishian , sports and holly wood.


30 posted on 07/17/2013 5:11:03 PM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS rigged election for Obama and democrats by shutting down tea party)
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To: thouworm

Thank you very much!! Reading every post with great interest.


31 posted on 07/17/2013 5:14:28 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: mojito

Itsy bitsy spider...


32 posted on 07/17/2013 5:55:31 PM PDT by unixfox
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