IRS Shulman 157 Visits Tops White House list

Early on in the IRS Scandal, the Obama administration called the IRS a quasi independent agency.  Which begs the question, why did IRS commissioner Doug Shulman visit the White House some 157 times?  In contrast, during the Bush administration, the IRS chief visited the White House just once.  Shulman visited the White House three times more often than his boss Tim Geithner.

What where they chatting about, a patriotic chat with a spot of Tea?

Obama-admin-visitorsPublicly released records show that embattled former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House at least 157 times during the Obama administration, more recorded visits than even the most trusted members of the president’s Cabinet.

Shulman’s extensive access to the White House first came to light during his testimony last week before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Shulman gave assorted answers when asked why he had visited the White House 118 times during the period that the IRS was targeting tea party and conservative nonprofits for extra scrutiny and delays on their tax-exempt applications.

By contrast, Shulman’s predecessor Mark Everson only visited the White House once during four years of service in the George W. Bush administration and compared the IRS’s remoteness from the president to “Siberia.” But the scope of Shulman’s White House visits — which strongly suggests coordination by White House officials in the campaign against the president’s political opponents — is even more striking in comparison to the publicly recorded access of Cabinet members.

Read more: The Daily Caller.

Former IRS Commissioner visited WH more than twice as often as Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder: 62 publicly-known White House visits, which is not even half as many as Shulman’s 157.

Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, to whom Shulman reported: 48 publicly-known visits.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: 43 publicly-known visits.

Secretary of State John Kerry: 49 publicly-known White House visits when he was still a Senator.

Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius: 48 publicly-known visits.

Secretary of DHS Janet Napolitano: 34 publicly-known visits.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: 31 publicly-known visits.

Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu: 22 publicly-known visits.

Former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates: 17 publicly-known COMBINED visits to the White House during both the Bush and Obama administrations.

Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank: 86 publicly-known visits.

Asst. Attorney General Thomas Perez: 83 publicly-known visits.

Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker: 76 publicly-known White House visits.

Via Hot Air.

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