As Reuters reports, IRS lawyer Carter Hull will be questioned by congressional investigators today about his involvement in the targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that transcripts of interviews by congressional staffers point the finger to IRS attorneys in Washington, further confirming that the targeting of conservative groups originated by the IRS in Washington, D.C. and that it was not the mistake of a couple of rogue, low level IRS agents in one Cincinnati office as the Obama Administration and the IRS continue to claim.
One Cincinnati IRS official directly named an IRS attorney who she reportedly says was micromanaging her work. The WSJ reports:
Ms. Hofacre said Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in Washington, closely oversaw her work and suggested some of the questions asked applicants.
“I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull’s influence or input,” she said, according to the transcripts.
But more importantly, Carter Hull sent targeted inquiry letters to our targeted Tea Party clients, as evidenced here, demanding answers to intrusive questions “under penalties of perjury.”
The more we learn about what happened the more it becomes clear that the IRS targeting and abuse is severe, widespread, and ongoing, despite the repeated claims of the Administration.
Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.