A Washington-based IRS supervisor acknowledged she was personally involved in reviewing Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status as far back as 2010, Fox News confirms — a detail that further challenges the agency’s initial claim that the practice of singling out those groups was limited to a handful of employees in Ohio.
Congressional sources confirmed to Fox News that Holly Paz, who until recently was a top deputy in the division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, told congressional investigators she reviewed 20 to 30 applications. Some requests languished for more than a year without action.
The account undercuts the narrative that senior officials only learned of the practice after it had already started in the Cincinnati office.
Yes, we’re all shocked and stunned at this revelation. But, that doesn’t stop IRS people from doubling down on stupid. Instead of providing evidence of exactly where these instructions came from Paz babbles something incredulous……
Instead, Paz described an agency in which IRS supervisors in Washington worked closely with agents in the field but didn’t fully understand what those agents were doing. Paz said agents in Cincinnati openly talked about handling “tea party” cases, but she thought the term was merely shorthand for all applications from groups that were politically active — conservative and liberal.
Right, because nothing says George Soros like saying TEA party. And, then, she runs back to the ‘we’re not evil, merely incompetent’ routine.
Paz said dozens of tea party applications sat untouched for more than a year while field agents waited for guidance from Washington on how to handle them. At the time, she said, Washington officials thought the agents in Cincinnati were processing the cases.
That is, except when Washington officials were processing the cases. She stated she personally handled 20-30 applications and a co-working in Washington handled 40.
By the fall of 2010, the legal expert in Washington, Carter Hull, was working on about 40 applications, Paz said. A little more than half had “tea party” in the name, she said.
IRS agents in Cincinnati were singling out groups for extra scrutiny if their applications included the words “tea party,” “patriots” or “9-12 project,” according to the inspector general’s report.
So, as they were processing the applications, they thought Cincinnati was processing the applications. ………. riiiiight. It happens all the time. When I’m doing something, I often think someone else is doing it for me.
And, of course, none of this identifies who actually gave the order to carry out an egregious abuse of power. Really, this isn’t a hard question. The agents in Cincinnati say they were operating under directives from Washington. They’ve even produced evidence of such. But, the people whose finger prints are all over the documents won’t say where this came from.