Jack Coleman @ Newsbusters:
The signs keep accumulating that the IRS scandal is worse than liberals are willing to concede.
On Bill Press’s radio show yesterday, a reporter with left-leaning Politico told Press that the Internal Revenue Service dragging its feet on applications for tax-exempt status from tea party groups probably affected the outcome of last year’s election. (Video after the jump)
Here’s what Politico’s Lauren French told Press (audio) —
PRESS: So, Lauren, you’ve been covering this IRS scandal. How big is it really? How serious is it really, do you think?
FRENCH: I think it’s really serious, depending on the groups that were targeted, you could say that this easily influenced the 2012 election. A lot of these groups’ applications were delayed to the point that they weren’t able to get their tax-exempt status until after the election and depending …
PRESS (interrupting): Do you really believe that?
FRENCH: I think that you should be able to, if you are following the rules, partake in the political process and the IRS and the government shouldn’t hold you back. I think that that’s a very fair way to look at this. So, whether or not these groups were going to spend a lot of money or really be the top five of these non-profit groups is a different matter. A lot of these groups actually are really small, but if they have the right, they have the legal right to partake in the election and they should be allowed to. And I think it depends, really, I mean, we’re seeing kind of a drip-drop out of the White House and out of the IRS of who knew what and when, which is something I have been covering, of when was Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin first told. And as of right now, all we know is that neither the Obama administration or the White House or the Treasury, no one knew before 2013 about the results of this audit. But if we find out that key administration people outside of the IRS knew about it, that’s going to have a significant effect on this scandal. It’s going to turn it into a whole different direction.
A section of the Inspector General’s report (see page 14) on the IRS scandal that Press clearly missed or quickly forgot: