Things are getting very, very interesting in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal targeting tea party and other 501(c)(4) organizations, with the House Committee on Oversight leading the investigation issuing a wide-reaching subpoena for executive branch documents.
Included in the request made by committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ind.) to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are all of the communications of IRS officials at the center of the scandal, Lois Lerner and Holly Paz, from 2009 to present.
Issa also wants all communications to and from agency chief counsel William Wilkins, as well as those to and from chief of staff for former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, Jonathan Davis, between Feb. 1, 2010 and present. Both were repeated visitors to the White House, and have been implicated in the scandal by other IRS employees.
Even more broadly, the committee is asking Lew to produce all communications between Wilkins’ office, the Department of Treasury, and the Executive Office of the President pertaining to tax-exempt organizations or applicants for tax-exempt status. And all documents pertaining to the same at Treasury.
Will Lew — and in the process Obama — claim executive privilege over the documents?
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Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.