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The Daily Caller uncovered new potentially explosive information that William Wilkins, one of only two political appointees at the IRS, met with Barack Obama two days before telling his colleagues the new plan of how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups who were seeking tax-exempt status.
A former lobbyist who once represented Rev. Jeremiah Wright pro bono, William Wilkins, was implicated in the IRS scandal during last week’s testimony by Carter Hull before the House Oversight committee. Wilkins headed up the Chief Counsel’s office that led the targeting of conservative groups.
Wilkins coincidentally met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. His boss at the time, Douglas Shulman, met with Obama on April 24, 2012 according to White House logs.
On April 25th, Wilkins sent the additional guidelines to Carter Hull, one of his counsel, and to Lois Lerner, who headed up the office for tax-exempt status.
Wilkins’ new instructions included a complex multi-tiered system for review of conservative groups:
Neither Shulman nor Wilkins thought to mention the targeting to the president one day and two days, respectively, before initiating the targeting, though they were in meetings with him?!?
The president continually says he is learning about everything from news accounts when we learn about them. How believable is the president?
Full story at Daily Caller
Update: July 23:2013: President Obama promised to do something about Citizen United in 30 days after the decision came down – but never did – unless this is what he did.
Between 2010 and 2012, the IRS sent letters demanding groups’ training materials, personal information on groups’ donors and college interns, and even the content of a religious group’s prayers.
Ronald Shoemaker, a supervisor for tax specialists, said the chief counsel asked about the group’s activities related to the 2010 election.
“We discussed it to some extent and they indicated that they wanted more development of possible political activity of political intervention right before the election period,” Shoemaker said.
The Republican lawmakers called (in vain) for Werfel to turn over documents related to the 2010 elections. (Politico)
Lerner insisted on the unusual multi-tier system and having them sent to counsel’s office or her.
Michael Seto, Hull’s boss, said Lerner — who has refused to testify before Congress — sent him an e-mail in 2010 saying certain Tea Party cases had to “go through multi-tier review, and they will eventually have to go … to the chief counsel’s office.”
The IRS said there was a meeting with staffers in the chief counsel’s office in August 2011 with Lerner about how to deal with Tea Party cases.
Carter Hull said that there was pressure from Obama appointee William Wilkins who sent down his additional guidance on the targeting and who happened to have met with Obama two days before, April 23 2012, prior to the election.
Wilkins has denied knowing anything about groups being singled out by name until 2013.