The President’s defenders keep attempting to poo-poo the significance of the three-year ATF/EPA/FBI/IRS/OSHA, etc plot against Tea Party groups, first attempting to minimize it, then attempting to claim liberal groups were harassed as well, then spinning it as an isolated incident, without links to Washington. That final lie was destroyed when Obama political appointee IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins was fingered as part of the plot.
Now Paul Caron of TaxProf Blog drops another bombshell: Wilkins met directly with Obama in the White House just two days before the plot kicked off in a meeting that “shouldn’t ever happen.”
In my seven years of working at a General Counsel’s office, I have never once heard of our general counsel meeting with the President. OLC would go crazy if he did. I have worked on a couple of legal opinions that did go to the White House. And each time they were staffed through OLC. Nothing went to the President that wasn’t signed off on by OLC and delivered to him by OLC.
So I can’t for the life of me come up with any kind of innocent explanation for why Obama would have met with the Chief Counsel of the IRS. That meeting shouldn’t ever happen, and especially not without the Commissioner of the IRS being there. Presidents just don’t go to agency chief counsels with legal questions. Presidents don’t go to anyone with legal questions.
Clearly, Wilkins is in a position to bring down the Presidency, if he was told by Obama to target the Tea Party as circumstantial evidence strongly suggests. The question is whether enough pressure can be brought to bear by Congress on Wilkins to force him to testify, and get him to testify truthfully.
We’ve hit the point where an independent counsel is desperately needed, but we can’t trust an Attorney General in criminal contempt—the only one in the history of the United States, I’d note—to have the integrity to appoint one.