Former IRS chief Doug Shulman told a congressional hearing this morning that he “absolutely” did not inform the White House of the IRS’s targeting operation and investigation.
Citing evidence that Shulman visited the White House 118 times between 2010 and 2011 and received information about IRS political targeting from 132 members of Congress, Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) asked whether Shulman had ever mentioned this information to White House officials.
“Absolutely not,” replied Shulman. “It would not have been appropriate.”
Moments later, Shulman testified that, despite the complaints from Congress, he never felt it was necessary to visit the Cincinnati IRS office — the office that handles the bureau’s tax-exempt-organizations operation, and which has been identified as Ground Zero in the political-targeting scandal.