Where There’s Smoke: White House and IRS Employees Union Collusion Against Conservative Groups
BREAKING: "Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment" - Lois Lerner
Not so fast on that plausible deniability for Obama, especially when he met with the Treasury Department to discuss how to present the IRS story before the press and the nation.
Jeffrey Lord @ The American Spectator has some interesting finds on the White House visitors' log timeline, and the IRS's targeting of TEA Party and conservative groups...
President met with anti-Tea Party IRS union chief the day before agency targeted Tea Party.
“For me, it’s about collaboration.” — National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelleyon the relationship between the anti-Tea Party IRS union and the Obama White House
Is President Obama directly implicated in the IRS scandal?
Is the White House Visitors Log the trail to the smoking gun?
The stunning questions are raised by the following set of new facts.
March 31, 2010.
According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that Wednesday noon time of March 31st.
The White House lists the IRS union leader’s visit this way:
Kelley, Colleen Potus 03/31/2010 12:30
In White House language, “POTUS” stands for “President of the United States.”
The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department’s Inspector General’s Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America. The IG report wrote it up this way:
April 1-2, 2010: The new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on the Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager Agreed.
In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS “Determinations Unit Program agreed” to open a “Sensitive Case report on the Tea party cases.” As stated by the IG report.
The NTEU is the 150,000 member union that represents IRS employees along with 30 other separate government agencies. Kelley herself is a 14-year IRS veteran agent. The union’s PAC endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles to anti-Tea Party candidates.
Putting IRS employees in the position of actively financing anti-Tea Party candidates themselves, while in their official positions in the IRS blocking, auditing, or intimidating Tea Party and conservative groups around the country.
It's long, so you may want to click the link and print out the whole article.
Must've been one of those rare celestial crap-shoots, huh?
Previous post over the weekend: "Straight-Up Fascism: The IRS Scandal Timeline in a Spreadsheet"
Meanwhile, the TEA Party is alive and pissed as they protest outside of ISR offices across the nation.
VIDEO: In testimony, former IRS Commissioner refuses to apologize for IRS scandal
Jay Carney: Everybody but Obama knew, okay???
THIS would NOT have been accepted under George W. Bush.