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?
Publicly 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.