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Treasury Sec. won’t say if IRS chief counsel has been asked about scandal

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During an appearance early today on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew would not say whether the IRS chief counsel appointed by President Obama has been asked about his participation in the targeting of conservative groups.

Following the now standard Obama administration response to any number of scandals, which is to avoid responsibility and obfuscate whenever possible, he said:

“Chris, I’m leaving the investigation to the proper people who do investigations. I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to do the investigation.”

Lew said there was “no evidence” that IRS chief counsel William Wilkins had been involved in the screening of tea party groups, a position he repeated in various media interviews last week.

Carter Hull, a now retired tax law specialist, said he was told to send documents related to the screening of tea party applications to the Office of Chief Counsel for their review — which is led by Wilkins, according to Fox News.

Wilkins met with Obama in the White House two days before the IRS suggested new criteria for scrutinizing groups applying for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status, but the agency denies this was discussed.

H/T Weekly Standard

Tom Tillison


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