IRS SCANDAL UPDATE: Cincinnati Office Testifies Tea Party Targeting Was Directed From D.C.

6-6-2013-12-34-23-AM-7618157Someone is lying— now Congress just has to figure out who’s the perjurer. According to the testimony of two officials in the IRS Tax-exempt unit in Cincinnati  the directions regarding the Tea Party 501c(3) applications came from Washington DC. The DC office of the IRS even came up with the questions to ask the conservative applicants.

The WSJ was allowed to read the transcripts of the interviews which contradicted the “official story” that the targeting was dreamed up and executed by rogue workers in the Cincinnati office.

Elizabeth Hofacre testified the Cincinnati sought guidance from IRS officials in the Washington after she started getting the tea party cases in April 2010. She identified Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in the Washington office the person who closely oversaw her work and even suggested some of those inappropriate questions asked applicants.

“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,” she said, according to the transcripts.

Ms. Hofacre said she was extremely angry  when senior IRS management (including Lois Lerner) threw the Cincinnati office under the bus,

 “I was furious,” Ms. Hofacre told interviewers. “It looked like Lois Lerner was putting it on us.”

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