Thursday, June 6, 2013

IRS Employees Name Washington DC IRS Official Carter Hull as Overseer in Targeting of Conservatives


Carter Hull Washington DC IRS lawyer official who oversaw targeting of Conservative groups.  Image courtesy of Facebook.
Carter Hull Washington DC IRS lawyer official who oversaw targeting of Conservative groups. Image courtesy of Facebook.

“A Washington IRS attorney named Carter Hull closely oversaw the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups and suggested questions that IRS employees could ask of conservative and Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt nonprofit status, according to interviews that two IRS employees gave with congressional investigators.
‘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,’ said Elizabeth Hofacre, an employee of the Cincinnati IRS office, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. …”
Hull worked close enough with the IRS Cincinnati office that he supplied sample correspondence to better enable the staff to follow D.C.’s lead.

The offices involved in IRS targeting are Americans opposed to Obama’s agenda are Cincinnati, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Laguna Niguel and El Monte, California. 

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It is certainly appears that the chips are starting to fall into place as low level employees at the IRS Cincinnati office have complained that they are being thrown under the bus.
“Q: So what do you think about this, that allegation has been made, I think as you have seen in lots of press reports, that there were two rogue agents in Cincinnati that are sort of responsible for all of the issues that we have been talking about today.  What do you think about those allegations?
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A:  It's impossible.  As an agent we are controlled by many, many people.  We have to submit many, many reports.  So the chance of two agents being rogue and doing things like that could never happen.

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 Q: And you've heard, I'm sure, news reports about individuals here in Washington saying this is a problem that was originated in and contained in the Cincinnati office, and that it was the Cincinnati office that was at fault.  What is your reaction to those types of stories?
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A: Well, it's hard to answer the question because in my mind I still hear people saying we were low‑level employees, so we were lower than dirt, according to people in D.C.  So, take it for what it is.  They were basically throwing us underneath the bus.

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 Q: So is it your perspective that ultimately the responsible parties for the decisions that were reported by the IG are not in the Cincinnati office?
A: I don't know how to answer that question.  I mean, from an agent standpoint, we didn't do anything wrong.  We followed directions based on other people telling us what to do.
Q: And you ultimately followed directions from Washington; is that correct?
A: If direction had come down from Washington, yes.
Q: But with respect to the particular scrutiny that was given to Tea Party applications, those directions emanated from Washington; is that right?
A: I believe so…..”
Now back to Carter Hull, who the heck is he?
“Last night, the Wall Street Journal reported on transcripts of congressional interviews with IRS employees.  In them, the name ‘Carter Hull’ -- an IRS lawyer in Washington -- surfaces as someone in DC who oversaw the targeting in Ohio and even suggested some of the questions used to harass conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. 
Here is a technical instruction document Hull co-authored, and his name appears as the author of articles and e-books on tax matters.  Here is his Facebook page….”


 





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