While appearing Tuesday on KABC’S morning show, “McIntyre in the Morning,” veteran ABC News analyst Trey Hardin dropped a bombshell when he said he is convinced that the IRS scandal emanates from the West Wing of the White House.
Hardin states his case with “with a very strong sense of certainty,” but does not offer any new information to support the claim:
“I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it.
It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization that didn’t know about it.”
Careful not to implicate President Obama directly, “at least, not yet,” Harden does suggest that “staff or advisers will insulate their boss, the elected official or political candidate, so that person has deniability.”
This is a serious allegation because using the IRS to harass political enemies is a federal crime and was one of the articles of impeachment drawn up against President Nixon. Ironically, the Senate Watergate hearings began 40 years ago this week.