IRS employee points to D.C. as source of orders to target the Tea Party

by Robert Maynard

It looks like some IRS employees are not willing to lay down and play the role of good soldiers when it comes to answering questions about the IRS targeting of conservative groups.  The mantra that has been thus far chanted by the Administration, various media outlets and a few senior Democratic officials, is that this targeting was solely the work of a few rogue agents acting on their own.  As it turns out, some of these agents are claiming that their orders came from Washington D.C.  Here is an excerpt from a BigGovernment.com article covering the testimony of at least one whistleblower:

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.