Thursday on Capitol Hill, employees of the IRS tax exempt section and Treasury Inspector General Russell George will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The hearing will specifically focus on the IRS’ systematic delay and scrutiny of Tea Party applications.

Yesterday we learned chief-counsel at the IRS appointed by President Obama, “helped develop” targeting methods.

The chief counsel’s office for the Internal Revenue Service, headed by a political appointee of President Obama, helped develop the agency’s problematic guidelines for reviewing “tea party” cases, according to a top IRS attorney. In interviews with congressional investigators, IRS lawyer Carter Hull said his superiors told him that the chief counsel’s office, led by William Wilkins, would need to review some of the first applications the agency screened for additional scrutiny because of potential political activity.

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