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Bryan Preston


October 9, 2013 - 3:36 pm

According to the Daily Caller, emails released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveal that IRS official Sarah Hall Ingram was among top officials who shared sensitive taxpayer information with the White House in 2012.

Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials — including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew — contained confidential taxpayer information, according to Oversight.

The emails provided to Oversight investigators by the IRS had numerous redactions with the signifier “6103.”

Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code forbids a federal employee from “disclos[ing] any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee.”

Federal employees who illegally disclose confidential taxpayer information could face five years in prison.

“Thanks, David. Thanks for the information on [6103],” White House official Lambrew wrote to IRS official David Fish in a July 20, 2012 exchange. “I am still hoping to understand whether the 50 percent rule is moot if the organization does not offer goods and services for sale to the general public. Do we assume that organizations like [6103] do offer goods and services for sale?”

Another email from Montz to Ingram and others refers to the “[6103] memo” and the “[6103] letter” while discussing organizations that are not required to file 990′s.

Ingram appeared in the House today to testify about the IRS abuse scandal, but could not recall the discussions involving taxpayer information. Democrats treated Ingram’s appearance with even less seriousness than they have treated previous IRS abuse testimony, with one Democrat member of the committee asking the IRS official if she is a witch, among other idiotic time-wasting questions.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Sooooo, Rep. Issa....whatcha gonna do now, send another strongly worded letter to the rogue DOJ or his boss in the White Mosque? When are you going to start indicting these criminals and throw their "collective" asses in jail along with their fellow travelers?

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Issa can't indict anyone. What should be done is impeachment of Holder, and any IRS official still in office.

The most criminal administration in modern history.
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It makes no difference what Issa does. Holder has to prosecute any crimes the House accuses Obama's minions of. He's not going to do that. Obama holds all the aces right now and he knows it.

The Democrats will stand behind Obama 1,000% on everything, so the only way the Republicans can stop him before 2016 is to get 67 Senators in 2014 to impeach and convict him. What are the odds of that, with the quisling media set to destroy all their candidates?

Even with that, the repercussions for the world if he just refuses to step down are horrendous. As they say, how many divisions does Congress have?
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Just wait til they get ahold of our medical information.
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