Anonymous IRS official — everything comes from the top… McConnell: ‘There is culture of intimidation throughout administration’

A story in the Washington Post yesterday about the Internal Revenue Service’s Cincinnati office, which does most of the agency’s nonprofit auditing, clearly contradicted earlier reports that the agency’s targeting of Tea Party groups was the result of rogue agents.

The Post story anonymously quoted a staffer in Cincinnati as saying they only operate on directives from headquarters:

As could be expected, the folks in the determinations unit on Main Street have had trouble concentrating this week. Number crunchers, whose work is nonpolitical, don’t necessarily enjoy the spotlight, especially when the media and the public assume they’re engaged in partisan villainy.

McConnell: ‘There is culture of intimidation throughout administration’

President Barack Obama’s team emerged on Sunday to defend his handling of revelations that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, as senior Republicans conceded they lacked evidence — so far — that the president directed the abuses.

Republicans appeared on the Sunday talk show circuit with hopes of sustaining their political momentum generated during this past week, one of the toughest weeks of Obama’s presidency. A series of controversies — that the IRS had targeted conservative groups, new questions about the administration’s response to last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi, and news that the Department of Justice seized phone records of Associated Press journalists as part of an investigation regarding national security leaks — have forced the White House onto the defensive.


Sen. Portman: IRS will need special counsel

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Sunday said he believed a special counsel probe of the IRS targeting scandal would likely be “necessary,” but other lawmakers expressed caution, saying that Congress needed to gather more facts.

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Portman welcomed an inspector general’s report and the launch of congressional hearings, but said there were still many unanswered questions.

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  • Pearson Jeffrey Tucker

    If the MSM had been doing their job for the last 15-20 years instead of parroting what the Gov. tells them to all of this would never have happened.

    The fastest way to get this mess straitened out (including Benghazi, this IRS scandal and the illegal wiretapping of the AP) is to charge Obama with treason. (Not only because of Benghazi.) Then everyone in all branches of Gov. are going to start ratting each other out to save their own butt.Then everything Obama has done during his presidency will be null and void. It`s a win win situation for we the people. It will also serve as a deterrent for anyone in the Gov. to try such a thing again (at least in the near future).

    Then we can work on getting rid of anyone who is a dual national in office. No one can serve 2 masters.We only want people in office who put America first, second and third.