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Former IRS commissioner visited White House 118 times

Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman
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During questioning on Capitol Hill Wednesday, it was discovered that former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House 118 times in 2010 and 2011, during which time tea party groups were being targeted.

This somewhat surprising revelation is according to U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and White House visitor logs, as Townhall’s Katie Pavlich reports.

Testifying before Congress, Shulman acknowledged that many of the meetings were to discuss the implementation of ObamaCare and denied ever discussing 501c(4) groups with White House officials. He failed to name who he met with during his visits.

When pressed on whether the issue ever came up, Shumer replied: “Not to my memory and it wouldn’t be appropriate. So I certainly believe I did not have any conversations.”

Almost comically, when asked what would be some of the reasons he might be at the White House, Shulman’s initial response was: “Um, the Easter Egg Roll with my kids.”

It was previously reported that President Obama met with the president of the union that covers IRS employees the day before tea party groups began being targeted.

As reported by American Spectator, White House visitors logs show that Collen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, visited the White House on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.

The Spectator notes that “the very next day,” April 1, 2010, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees began targeting tea party and conservative groups.

It was also reported on Wednesday that the IRS conducted its own internal investigation that concluded on May 3, 2012, that discovered essentially the same results as the IG report that was released a year later on May 14, 2013.

Yet, in spite of several congressional inquiries, the IRS did not share this news.

It was on May 10, 2013, that Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of approving applications for tax-exempt status, first disclosed that the agency had targeted groups with tea party language in their name.

That same afternoon, press secretary Jay Carney said he didn’t know when the White House first became aware of the investigation.

On Monday, May 13, 2013, during his press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama said he first learned about the IRS story from the press.

Carney has since acknowledged that the president’s chief counsel Kathryn Ruemmler was informed weeks before that, and that White House chief of staff Denis McDonough. and “other members of the senior staff” were also told last month.

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