Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.
Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division, also received an email alongside White House officials that contained confidential information.
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.
(Hat tip, Greg Hill, who I’m sure didn’t mean to ruin my day.)
This Administration is lawless, reckless, corrupt, and probably just plain evil. This is the Abu Ghraib of domestic politics — that wrong thing that goes so far wrong it turns your stomach.
Congress of course has so disgraced itself that the word “impeachment” can’t even be whispered without igniting gales of laughter in half the country and weary shrugs from the other half. Not that Harry Reid’s Senate is any better, and wouldn’t vote to remove a Democrat from office, even if that Democrat got caught on video dismembering kittens and the elderly with a spork. And Reid would have the Mainstream Media fetching the Hefty bags and the bleach.
The thing we can do, I suppose, is get serious about starting a real movement to repeal the 16th Amendment and abolish the IRS. Let Washington live on whatever it can raise with excise taxes — and fuck’em if they can’t.