The Wall Street Journal reports that transcripts of interviews by congressional staffers point the finger to IRS attorneys in Washington, further confirming that the targeting of conservative groups originated by the IRS in Washington, D.C. and that it was not the mistake of a couple of rogue, low level IRS agents in one Cincinnati office as the Obama Administration and the IRS continue to claim.
One Cincinnati IRS official directly named an IRS attorney who she reportedly says was micromanaging her work. The WSJ reports:
Ms. Hofacre said Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in Washington, closely oversaw her work and suggested some of the questions asked applicants.
"I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull's influence or input," she said, according to the transcripts.
But more importantly, Carter Hull sent targeted inquiry letters to our targeted Tea Party clients, as evidenced here, demanding answers to intrusive questions “under penalties of perjury.”
The more we learn about what happened the more it becomes clear that the IRS targeting was severe, widespread, and ongoing, despite the repeated claims of the Administration.