IRS Chief Counsel Wilkins appears involved in targeting and coverup
The IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups consisted mostly of delaying tactics. Groups were identified as they applied and the applications forwarded to the IRS Chief Counsel's office, where the applicants were kept in limbo indefinitely and interrogated, presumably to develop political intelligence:
When Willkins was called to Congress to testify, he claimed he was unable to recall anything about what happened:
The IRS Chief Counsel's office was involved in the targeting and apparently ran the cover up operation, too.
He did not resign when news broke, even though a lot of other people did:
Instead, he is still in office and presumably still running the cover up team redacting documents before they are provided to Congress or the public under FOIA:
It looks to me like the political appointee who was running the targeting operation... is the same person who "could not recall" anything he did... is the same person who was put in charge of providing documents to Congress and redacting those documents:
I think Lerner pled the 5th to protect Willkins, who was also in a position to protect her and anyone else at the IRS who slipped up and left documents exposed, and the link to the White House. Wilkins, it seems, was smart enough not to put anything in writing that he couldn't cover up.
This entry was published Wed Jun 10 09:19:21 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2015-06-10 09:19:21.0.