Friday May 31, 201311:51 AM GMT
Former IRS chief visited White House 157 times
Fri May 31, 2013 11:51AM
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Douglas Shulman

The former Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) visited the White House at least 157 times during the presidency of Barack Obama, according to an analysis.

 

The analysis by The Daily Caller of the White House’s public “visitor access records” showed the White House visits by Douglas Shulman was more than any other cabinet member.

 

According to the Daily Caller analysis, no other top official logged more than 100 visits during the same period.

 

The nature of those visits has raised questions, especially since the IRS was targeting conservative groups including tea party and conservative nonprofits some time during that period.

 

He had visited the White House 118 times during the period that the IRS was focusing  on conservative groups.

 

His predecessor, Mark Everson, had visited the White House once during his service at the time of former president George W. Bush

 

Although the records do not reflect every single visit because some officials do not have to sign in every time they come to the White House, it still raised concern among lawmakers at a hearing last week about the frequency of the visits.

 

When asked about the frequent visits to the White House by lawmakers, Shulman gave a list of answers.

 

"The Easter Egg roll with my kids ... questions about the administratibility of tax policy ... our budget, us helping the Department of Education streamline application processes for financial aid," he said.

 

The scandal of the IRS targeting the conservative political groups is deepening as more evidence is emerging from other cities and agents.

 

On May 14, a nearly 50-page report by the IRS inspector general claimed a few low-level staff members of the Cincinnati office were responsible for the tea party flap.

 

But new reports indicate that the IRS scandal has not been limited to the Cincinnati office. According to an NBC News report, other offices from other locations had made similar requests, signed by higher-ups, to receive information about conservative groups. 

 

According to a new poll, almost 25 percent of Americans say they want an independent special prosecutor to probe allegations that IRS targeted the conservative political groups.

 

The Quinnipiac poll suggests that Americans support an outside IRS special prosecutor by 76% to 17%.

 

"There is overwhelming bipartisan support for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

 

AHT/DT

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