Administration Knew of Targeting Before the Election

Carol Platt Liebau
Posted: May 17, 2013 4:43 PM

So there it is -- a hitherto-missing link in the chain of information that every Obamaphile was dreading. 

Senior Obama administration officials knew that the Inspector General was auditing the IRS for political targeting of conservatives in June of 2012.  The Treasury's general counsel -- that's right, William J. Wilkins -- was told on June 4, 2012 by the IG; Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin was informed shortly thereafter.

Neal Wolin was Tim Geithner's Deputy.  That's the second-in-command at the Department of the Treasury.  And Wolin had been around the block; he had held high government posts in the Clinton administration before the Obama one.

It is inconceivable that someone like Wolin would have learned of such politically explosive information during an election year and failed to inform anyone at The White House or on the President's campaign.  The Obama administration kept this information hidden from the American people until it had to be revealed because of the pending IG report.

Would it have changed any minds had it been reported before the election? We'll never know, but it doesn't do anything to enhance the credibility of the President's reelection victory.  

Surely, surely no one in the MSM had wind of this and sat on the story lest it hurt the Obama campaign.