Krauthammer Weighs in on Geithner Interview, Emails in IRS Scandal
Charles Krauthammer tonight weighed in on new documents released in the IRS targeting scandal and former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s interview with Bret Baier.
Read background on the new IRS emails from Fox Nation:
New documents obtained and released through a Judicial Watch lawsuit show the targeting of tea party and conservative groups came directly out of Washington D.C., not a rogue IRS office in Cincinnati.
On July 6, 2012, former Director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements Division and current Manager of Exempt Organizations Guidance Holly Paz sent an email to IRS Attorney Steven Grodnitzky asking for an explanation of how tea party group applications were being handled. Grodnitzky responded by confirming the cases were being handled in Washington.
"EOT is working the Tea party applications in coordination with Cincy. We are developing a few applications here in DC and providing copies of our development letters with the agent to use as examples in the development of their cases. Chip Hull [another lawyer in IRS headquarters] is working these cases in EOT and working with the agent in Cincy, so any communication should include him as well. Because the Tea party applications are the subject of an SCR [Sensitive Case Report], we cannot resolve any of the cases without coordinating with Rob," Grodnitzky wrote.
When the IRS targeting scandal broke last year, officials in Washington immediately pinned the blame on the Cincinnati office. This documentation proves not only that direction was coming out of Washington, but that Washington instructed Cincinnati about how to handle tea party applications.
A new email from Lois Lerner also details how BOLO lists (be on the look out) were specifically created for tea party groups or groups with issues related to government spending, debt, taxes and "how the country is being run."
Krauthammer said the release of the documents “gives lie to the administration claim that this had nothing to do with the election, nothing to do with targeting opponents of the administration,” calling it a major abuse of power.
"They covered up for two years and now they say, ‘Hey, dude, 2-year-old story.’ So it’s old news," he said.
Watch the segment on the IRS emails above.
Krauthammer also discussed Geithner’s interview, saying that what Geithner wrote about Pfeiffer was “pretty unequivocal,” and that he danced around the issue in his interview with Baier.
“I would go with what he actually writes in a book rather than going with the dancing in your interview,” Krauthammer said to Baier.
Watch the segment on Geithner below.