Especially starting in 2010, when the IRS began targeting conservative groups:
The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that Mark Everson, Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 2003 to 2007, during the Bush administration, visited the White House exactly once while in office. Indeed he felt like he’d “moved to Siberia” so out of the ordinary political loop was he. But Douglas Shulman, Commissioner from 2008 to 2012, during the Obama administration, visited the White House 118 times just in 2010 and 2011. His successor, Steven Miller, also visited “numerous” times.
I doubt even the Secretary of State saw Obama that often.
The question is why Shulman was there so often. John Steele Gordon notes that some visits covered implementation of the IRS role in enforcing Obamacare, but most had no purpose listed in the visitor logs. Were they discussing revenue collection? Playing basketball? Toking some choom? We don’t know.
And that silence speaks loudly, given the timing of the increase in visits by Shulman, the fact that the harassment began the day after the anti-Tea Party Treasury employees union chief visited the White House, and the massive anti-tax, anti-Obamacare Tea Party protests that were taking place in Washington at the same time.
Quite a coincidence, no?
I suppose Shulman could be brought back before Issa’s committee to explain what these mysterious meetings were about, but, poor man, he seems to be as clueless as his boss about how this all happened.
Must be all the choom they smoked together.
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)