William Wilkins, IRS Chief Counsel and Obama political appointee, was a lobbyist for clients including the Swiss Bankers Association for 21 years.
50-year IRS tax specialist Carter Hull testified last week before Congress that the inappropriate screening of tea party-related applications reached the office of the IRS chief counsel William Wilkins.
IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins met with Barack Obama in the White House two days before the IRS released its criteria to target Tea Party groups.
The Daily Caller reported:
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The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 24, 2012, according to White House visitor logs.
On April 25, 2012, Wilkins’ office sent the exempt organizations determinations unit “additional comments on the draft guidance” for approving or denying tea party tax-exempt applications, according to the IRS inspector general’s report.