This week, new testimony from career IRS officials revealed that “the chief counsel’s office for the Internal Revenue Service, headed by a political appointee of President Obama, helped develop the agency’s unfair guidelines for reviewing tea party cases.
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 applications that the agency had screened for additional scrutiny because of potential political activity.
Kerry Picket at Big Government reported that Wilkins has a connection with Obama’s former pastor, the repellent Jeremiah Wright, that goes back to 2008, and according the WH visitors logs, he visited the White House several times between 2010 and 2012.
Wilkins has a long history with the Democratic Party since the early 1980’s and was the lawyer who defended President Barack Obama’s former preacher Jeremiah Wright in 2008, when the church was under investigation for being in violation of its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. According to visitors logs, Wilkins visited the White House at least nine times since 2010.
I was wondering when someone would check those WH visitors logs.
According to the White House visitors logs Wilkins visited the White House when the President was present. Only one of those times in April of 2012, was it with a smaller group of 11 other government officials or policy advisors as opposed to a large reception. Wilkins also visited the White House for an appointee event and to meet with White House staffers at the Old Executive Office Building.
It was in Wilkins’ office that the conservative 501(c)(4) applications were, as the WSJ’s Peggy Noonan put it, “deliberately held in a holding pattern” through two election cycles.
In an interview with Uma Pemmaraju on Fox News, Saturday, SC Rep Trey, Gowdy made clear his contention that the White House was embroiled in the scandal, but stopped just short of saying the president himself was involved.
“Last time I checked, Jay Carney works for the White House”, he said. “You can’t have it both ways – you can’t say the WH wasn’t involved when the spokesperson for the leader of the free world is perpetuating a myth – that these were two rogue agents in Ohio…How do you square that? That the White House wasn’t involved when the spokesman for the White House, Jay Carney is advancing a demonstrably false narrative? Step back for one minute…Is that the new defense in this town? – that the president himself was not directly involved? No one has alleged that.”
Driving his point home, Gowdy continued, “Jay Carney works for him. Jay Carney took it upon himself to advance this false narrative, and the notion that you can now claim that the White House wasn’t involved is just balderdash…it’s false …it’s …wrong….I would use another word but the FCC would get involved…It’s just wrong!”