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Sarah Hall Ingram is being written out of the IRS scandal
Sarah Hall Ingram is being written out of the IRS scandal. Take, for example, this selection from an article in today's Insurance Journal which states:
The height of the scandal was January 2012 when, for the second time, a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) list was instituted which specifically targeted groups whose names included words such as "Tea Party." And Ingram was Commissioner of the relevant IRS division at that very time:
Ingram and those above and below her in the IRS hierarchy were excoriated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in the May 14, 2013, report (Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review) which stated:
In other words, the management team that she was part of permitted the targeting of groups which had words such as "Tea Party", "Patriot" or "9/12" in their names and permitted unreasonable delays in the processing of these groups' applications. Ingram's boss (Steven Miller) and her boss's boss (Doug Shulman) have both been forced to retire.
And there may have been more than incompetence involved. Ingram's immediate underling in the IRS hierarchy, Lois Lerner, pleaded the Fifth Amendment rather than give testimony that might incriminate herself.
We do not know whether Ingram discussed the targeting of conservative groups during her frequent meetings at the White House, nor do we know whether Ingram discussed the targeting of conservative groups with Lerner. If White House staff wanted the IRS to target Tea Party groups in order to neutralize them in the run-up to the 2012 election, Ingram could possibly have been their conduit.
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