Update at the end of the article
The president and Jay Carney said they only found out about the IRS targeting from newspapers when we all found out.
White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler was told about the IG audit of the IRS on April 24th but she never mentioned it to Barack Obama.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he heard about the audit in the news in May 2013 but he now admits it was mid-March 2013 when the Inspector General, J. Russell George, spoke with him. Mr. Lew said he only knew the details May 10th. He did not mention it to Barack obama.
Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin learned of the IRS audit June 4, 2012. He too said nothing to Barack Obama.
Douglas Shulman, while serving as IRS Commissioner made 118 visits to the White House, many visits concerned ObamaCare yet he insists the targeting never came up. The Tea Party members were and are opposed to ObamaCare.
All of these people said they did not tell the president.
J. Russell George, the Inspector General who was appointed by George Bush and who socialized and ostensibly dated Michelle Obama when they attended Harvard together. George led the IRS audit which found the targeting allegations to be true.
The IG report blamed the agency’s managers for allowing the improper practices to continue for more than 18 months. George did not find any criminality during the audit. An investigation is now under way.
Douglas Shulman was appointed by George Bush but is an Obama donor. He led the IRS from March 2008 until November 2012.
In March 2012, Shulman told Congress there was no targeting. He found out shortly after that was indeed targeting but he did not correct the record. He failed to tell Congress.
Shulman said, “What I knew sometime in the spring of 2012 was that there was a list [that] was being used, knew that the word ‘tea party’ was on the list, didn’t know what other words were on the list, didn’t know the scope and severity of this, didn’t know if groups that were pulled in were groups that would have been pulled in anyway.”
Apparently he didn’t ask for details. Neither he, nor anyone for that matter, were the least bit curious.
Steven Miller was the deputy IRS commissioner until November 2012 when he became acting commissioner. He concluded an internal review in May 2012 that came to some of the same conclusions as the IG report. He also did not correct the record.
Holly Paz, a senior official in the policy making division of the exempt organizations unit, participated in the audit which concluded May 2012. She told no one the truth.
Sarah Hall Ingram was the head of the IRS’ tax-exempt division during the Tea Party targeting and she now heads the agency’s ObamaCare office. The White House senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer supports her and said “No one has said she did anything wrong yet.” on Fox News Sunday this past week.
She has been keeping a low profile. We have yet to hear from her but she will hopefully be brought before the House and Senate committees.
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division in charge of tax-exempt organizations, was briefed on the “tea party” searches in June 2011. She said that she told her staff to revise their criteria. The criteria were made worse!
Lois Lerner weaseled out of testifying today. Like a true weasel, she also took the opportunity to make a statement in her own defense.
The very haughty Mrs. Lerner did mislead Congress despite her statement asserting otherwise.
How do we get these arrogant people in bureaucratic jobs, pay them large salaries, and, in her case, give $40,000 in bonuses while they are abusing their power?
video of Lois Lerner’s statement and her invoking of the Fifth Amendment
Update: 20:00: House and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Lois Lerner will be hauled back into Congress for questioning because she waived her rights.
“When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.”
If she refuses to answer questions, she could be held in contempt.