Yes, reporting. It happens. Two examples of actual reporting – one from the conservative media, one from NBC.
Yes, you read that right. NBC’s Lisa Meyers is a good investigative reporter who seems to have forsaken NBC’s ideological bent in favor of traditional shoe leather – shoe heel? – reporting.
Myers found a 38-year IRS veteran who used to work in the IRS Cincinnati office. While the woman does not believe the investigation was politically motivated, she’s certain this was no rogue operation.
Meanwhile, over at the National Review, Eliana Johnson found herself some real live actual sources – pity them, I hope they met her in an underground garage and didn’t communicate by email or phone – who told her that the Washington Technical Unit of the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements office was holding wide sway over the targeting.
Officials in the Technical Unit of the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements office played an integral role in determining how the targeted applications were treated, provided general guidelines to Cincinnati case workers, briefed other agency employees on the status of the special cases, and reviewed all those intrusive requests demanding “more information” from tea-party groups. At times, the Technical Unit lawyers seemed to exercise tight control over these applications, creating both a backlog in application processing and frustration among Cincinnati agents waiting for direction.
An IRS employee who asked not to be identified tells National Review Onlinethat all members of the agency’s Technical Unit are based in Washington, D.C. A current list of Technical Unit managers provided by another IRS employee shows that all such managers are based at the agency’s headquarters on Constitution Avenue in the District of Columbia, and the IRS confirmed, in a testy exchange with National Review Online, that the Technical Unit is “based in Washington.”
According to the IRS source, who is based in Cincinnati, complex cases are routinely elevated to the Technical Unit for guidance. Many of the questions that agents sent to groups most likely came “from Tax Law Specialists — lawyers — in D.C.,” the Cincinnati employee explains. “With tea-party cases, questions from the Tax Law Specialists were way too aggressive,” he says.
The House Oversight Committee has a lot more people to call in to testify. And they won’t have to fly in from Cincy – they’re just a cab ride away.
They’re also a cab ride away from the White House and Treasury.