Cincinnati IRS Staffers Say DC Officials Directed Tea Party Targeting

Posted by on Jun 06, 2013 at 7:30 am

Yes, we know, this is shocking! Actually, it’s no surprise at all. Anyone with half a brain knows this came straight from the White House and it’s simply a matter of time until it’s confirmed.

Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010.

Transcripts of the interviews, viewed Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal, appear to contradict earlier statements by top IRS officials, who have blamed lower-level workers in Cincinnati.

Elizabeth Hofacre said her office in Cincinnati sought help from IRS officials in the Washington unit that oversees tax-exempt organizations after she started getting the tea-party cases in April 2010. Ms. Hofacre said Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in Washington, closely oversaw her work and suggested some of the questions asked applicants.

“I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull’s influence or input,” she said, according to the transcripts.

Mr. Hull could not be reached for comment.

Of course not. They’re never available for comment, even though we pay their salaries. They work for us, not the other way around.

Ms. Hofacre said she was outraged last month when IRS higher-ups, including Lois Lerner, then the head of the IRS tax-exempt division, blamed the problem on employees in Cincinnati. “I was furious,” Ms. Hofacre told interviewers. “It looked like Lois Lerner was putting it on us.”

Lerner clearly is looking out for herself. She should actually be measuring drapes for her prison cell. Meanwhile, The Daily Caller reports that this guy is Carter Hull. And here’s his Facebook page.  He might need a dental checkup before he’s hauled before Congress.




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2 Responses to “Cincinnati IRS Staffers Say DC Officials Directed Tea Party Targeting”

  1. Zombie John Gotti on 6/06/13 at 10:49 am

    Why is anyone surprised that they squealed? These aren’t some administration officials that can be counted on to keep quiet knowing that taking a bullet for the big guy means they get a fat private sector job. These are people liable to be fired and that are being sued over this. They aren’t going to be thrown under the bus. They are going to fight for control of the steering wheel and throw others under the bus.