An investigation into how the IRS shared private information about Conservatives has run into another White House cover-up.
Once again we have an Administration that promised transparency refusing to cooperate with any attempt to learn the truth. In this case the White House has not officially claimed privilege; they have simply lied about what is going on. The Washington Times reports:
The White House told Congress last week it refused to dig into its computers for emails that could shed light on what kinds of private taxpayer information the IRS shares with President Obama’s top aides, assuring Congress that the IRS will address the issue — eventually.
The tax agency has already said it doesn’t have the capability to dig out the emails in question, but the White House’s chief counsel, W. Neil Eggleston, insisted in a letter last week to House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan that the IRS would try again once it finishes with the tea party-targeting scandal.
“It is my understanding that in May 2014, Commissioner Koskinen responded to this request by indicating that the IRS would be able to address new topics such as these following its completion of document productions already in progress,” Mr. Eggleston wrote in a Feb. 17 letter. “To the extent that the committee continues to have an oversight interest in this matter, I encourage you to continue working with the IRS to address those questions.”
But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s letter last year didn’t say that. Instead Mr. Koskinen said the IRS was logistically incapable of performing the search because it would have required combing through 90,000 email accounts.
In this particular scandal the issue is whether (or to what extent!) the IRS gave the private information of conservative groups to liberal groups.
There is also the question of whether such information was shared with the White House. It is a question the White House doesn’t want to help us answer.