While appearing as a guest on KABC\’s \”McIntyre in the Morning,\” ABC political analyst Trey Hardin said Tuesday that he believes the IRS scandal emanates from the west wing of the White House.
“I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it,\” he said, being careful not to blame Obama directly for the scandal.
\”It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization,” he added.
Hardin was not the only person to make the charge.
Newsmax reported Tuesday that Cleta Mitchell, one of Washington\’s most respected elections attorneys, said that she had \”tangible proof that high-ranking IRS officials in Washington were fully aware of the agency\’s campaign to target conservative groups for heightened scrutiny, despite their denials.\”
She also believes the president knew about the practice.
\”If proven, she said, it could be an impeachable offense,\” Newsmax said.
\”There were nearly 100 groups across the country that got the very egregious set of letters from the IRS that were almost identical and they came from offices all over the country so I know of at least 85 to 90, maybe more, organizations,\” she told Newsmax.
\”I\’ve thought for some time that this is politically motivated and that\’s the reason it was happening. And, as I said, I\’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and I\’ve never seen anything like this until 2009, 2010. And the only thing that changed was we had a different administration,\” she added.
While the recently released inspector general\’s report on the controversy blamed “ineffective management,” Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday it was an effort to gather information on conservative groups for a progressive Soros-funded media outlet.
\”They were collecting it to pass it on to ProPublica, a left-wing journalism nonprofit. And ProPublica was then telling the world with reports to journalists how fraudulent these conservative nonprofits were and how much of the money that was being raised for the 2012 election was illegal. Amazing,\” he said.
The powerful House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the scandal this Friday, CNN reported.