In his usual ‘not me’ fashion, President Barack Obama claimed he had no knowledge of the IRS targeting of tea party and conservative groups until just before the public announcement. With the mounting evidence, I find Obama’s denials to be a lie and offensive to the American people. He is not enough of a man to own up to his mistakes when caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Instead, he tells America it’s someone else’s hand and not his.
On May 31, I provided evidence that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman had visited the White House more than any other Cabinet member. In fact, he visited the White House more times than the combined visits of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius and former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. It’s hard to believe that Obama had no clue what was going on in the IRS when he spent more time with IRS leadership than with anyone else in the Cabinet.
Washington IRS officials tried to lay the blame for the targeting on the Cincinnati IRS employees, but several of them have sworn under oath that their orders came from Washington and they were not acting on their own accord.
Now The Daily Caller reports that William Wilkins, IRS Chief Legal Counsel, met with President Obama just two days prior to when the new IRS policy of targeting tea party and conservative groups was handed down. Furthermore, Carter Hull, a retiring IRS agent, named Wilkins as one of his supervisors who were involved in handing down the targeting directives. The timeline of events as reported by the TDC are:
“IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 24, 2012, according to White House visitor logs.”
“On April 25, 2012, Wilkins’ office sent the exempt organizations determinations unit ‘additional comments on the draft guidance’ for approving or denying tea party tax-exempt applications, according to the IRS inspector general’s report.”
“Wilkins’ meeting with Obama on April 23 was attended by 13 people.”
Would you believe that Wilkins is one of Obama’s two appointees to the IRS? Before his appointment, he worked as a lobbyist for WilmerHale, spending most of his time:
“…counseling nonprofit organizations, business entities, and investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions, and government investigations.”
While at WilmerHale, Wilkins was tasked with defending Obama’s longtime personal pastor and religious advisor, Jeremiah Wright, when he was charged with violating the church’s non-profit status by promoting Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign from the pulpit. Wilkins was successful in his defense of Wright. Officially, Wilkin’s defense of Wright was a pro bono case, but he was duly paid for his services in July 2009 when Obama appointed him to be the Chief Legal Counsel of the IRS.
I’ve seen people convicted of murder and all sorts of crimes based on evidence like this. Obama had motive and opportunity to get the IRS to do some of his dirty work. It’s never bothered the President to violate the law or the Constitution in the past, so this was no different. I believe he is guilty of orchestrating the whole thing and that he needs to be removed from office and imprisoned for life.