Miller was full of it and there was clearly targeting going on says…Chris Matthews?

posted at 8:01 pm on May 17, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Prepare to have your world rocked.

“[I]t’s like he didn’t see what he knew people certainly right, left and center could see, that when you target particular groups, you’re targeting particular groups. I mean, if this were on the other foot, and this was a George W. administration, they were targeting groups that were calling themselves progressives, I would say it’s prima facie evidence of targeting. I don’t think it’s complicated.”

It was apparently too complicated for the story to get from Treasury officials over to the White House, as Allahpundit noted earlier today:

The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was investigating allegations that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted conservative groups, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.

At the first Congressional hearing into the I.R.S. scandal, J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, told members of the House Ways and Means Committee that he informed the Treasury’s general counsel of his investigation on June 4, and Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin “shortly thereafter.” The new information came as part of a routine briefing of the investigations that the inspector general would be conducting in the coming year, and he did not tell the officials of his conclusions that the targeting had been improper, he said.

And, it may have been too complicated for Treasury Sec. Jack Lew to tell the White House when he found out about the investigation in March:

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew learned in March that an inspector general was investigating the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, but he did not know the details until last Friday.

Lew said in an interview with Bloomberg TV today that he met with the inspector general closely after assuming his post, but he was presented only with a list of ongoing investigations, not specific details of the audit on conservative groups.

“I didn’t know any of the details of it until last Friday,” Lew said.

The fact that there was an investigation going on was on the IG website as of fall, 2012, according to the same Lew interview with Bloomberg today. “The heads-up that I got was something that was a matter of public knowledge. It was posted on the IG’s website in the fall of 2012,” Lew said. “I was not aware of any details. My deputy was not aware of any details until it became a matter of public knowledge.”

Jim Geraghty:

While the inspector general’s report was still ongoing, anyone at the highest level of the Treasury Department could see that the IG had been investigating the topic for several months. And yet no one in the entire Treasury Department felt the president should be notified?

Here’s to another good week, Jay.

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I didn’t know any of the details of it until last Friday,” Lew said.

Every Administration official with Obama can only say “I don’t know—I don’t know— I can’t remember.
How much does the American taxpayers pay these brilliant Ivy League Whiz Kids?

Herb on May 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

It’s not just how much we are paying for all this incompetence, but what is it that they do all day. I mean, how much time do they spend standing around the water cooler talking about their golf game? Maybe all of these higher up jobs are nothing but no show type employment. That guy Miller gave the committee nothing but the middle finger instead of answers.

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Congressman Levin stuck to the talking points that were handed to him

J_Crater on May 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Kissmygrits on May 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Too d*mn much!

avagreen on May 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Is this a “blind squirrel” moment?

Another Drew on May 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

For Chris Matthews to have flipped speaks to the fact that this scandal, and the rest of them, are not going away! Something different is happening within the power structure!

tomshup on May 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM

that old adage about stopped clocks-need i say more.

gerrym51 on May 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Was there outside influence? Do you mean other than the numerous letters sent by Democrat Congressmen (who provide oversight for the IRS) asking them to target conservative groups?

munseym on May 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

This is 1000* worse than Watergate.
If only the media and congress would do their jobs, this whole administration would be perp walked out of D.C. and into the prison where G Gordon Liddy did his time.

esnap on May 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM