It’s Sen. Max Baucus, he of Obamacare “train wreck” fame. From the Washington Examiner:
Senior Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who recently slapped Obamacare as a “train wreck,” believes that the IRS scandal is just beginning and that “a lot more” damaging information will be revealed, likely at congressional hearings.
“I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out, frankly,” Baucus, whose pending retirement seems to have freed him up to speak bluntly, told Bloomberg Government’s “Capitol Gains” TV show.
Moments ago, during testimony from former acting IRS chief Steve Miller before the House Ways and Means Committee, we learned that last Friday’s disclosure of the targeting by Tea Party and other conservative groups was NOT some off-the-cuff answer to a question from the audience at a meeting of tax attorneys. Not only was it was pre-planned. The questioner was an IRS operative. From Kevin Williamson at National Review:
In fact, the question came from tax lawyer and lobbyist Celia Roady. Ms. Roady has some interesting career highlights: She was part of the 1997 ethics investigation of Newt Gingrich, but, more to the point, she was appointed to the IRS’s Advisory Council on Tax-Exempt and Government Entities by IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman. She is a longtime colleague of Lerner, who is director of tax-exempt organizations. Ms. Roady has declined to comment on whether her question was planted, but it obviously was. The IRS had contacted reporters and encouraged them beforehand to attend the otherwise un-newsworthy event, and it had an entire team of press handlers on hand. So what we have is the staged rollout of what turns out to be — given the rest of this list — a disinformation campaign.
So, we have a rolling disclosure, which is the classic M.O. of those with a lot to hide.
The floodgates are about to open. Stay tuned.