Emmett Tyrrell

Who is Gary Muthert? Well, he is the Internal Revenue Service officer in Cincinnati who gathered applications in 2010 -- presumably from the Tea Party and other conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status. He did it, he says, at the behest of a local Cincinnati IRS manager, who incidentally remains unidentified. According to transcripts of Muthert's testimony to the House investigative committee, the unidentified manager informed Muthert that, "Washington, D.C. wanted some cases." That is to say, Tea Party cases.

Who is Elizabeth Hofacre? She too is an employee of the IRS in Cincinnati. She somehow received Muthert's cases and sought help with these cases from the Washington, D.C. office, whose purview it is to oversee tax-exempt organizations. This gets complicated. Why were Muthert's cases not sent directly to Washington as the unidentified manager requested? How did Hofacre get involved?

Then there is Holly Paz. Who is she? Well, she is a career IRS lawyer with vast experience in several IRS posts. She coordinated with the Cincinnati office on matters of tax-exempt organizations. She seems to be pivotal in this smog of named and unnamed IRS officers, but for what?

These three employees of the IRS are but three named employees of that vast and bewildering smog that is emerging from the IRS scandal. If it continues to grow, soon it will drive all intelligent observers away. All these named and unnamed IRS officers have one thing in common. They were dealing almost exclusively with conservatives' applications for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012, which they insist is purely coincidental. That is what we are told.

Oh, and a few more things we do know about Holly Paz. Roel Campos, her lawyer, has notified us that she is "the hero" in this IRS smog. Moreover, she has been placed on administrative leave. And finally she is a good citizen. She contributed $4,000 to President Barack Obama's election campaign in 2008. Her lawyer assures us that "her political preferences have absolutely no impact on the discharge of her duties." Her donations were just another coincidence.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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