Political Aide of “Apolitical” IRS Visited White House As Many as 310 Times

From The Washington Examiner:

While congressional lawmakers are questioning why former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas Shulman paid dozens of visits to the White House  during his tenure, Shulman’s top political aide seems to have spent even more time working side-by-side with members of the Obama administration. White House visitor logs show Shulman’s chief of staff, Jonathan M. Davis, appears to have visited the White House and adjacent Eisenhower office building as many as 310 times between the fall of 2009 and February 2013. … “The involvement of the service in a major domestic initiative like the Affordable Care Act does create the risk that the independence of the IRS can be eroded, and that is of concern,” Everson said. … Davis met there with economic policy advisor Jason Furman and Melody Barnes, director of Obama’s Domestic Policy Council. Davis also had meetings scheduled with Nancy-Ann DeParle, then Obama’s deputy chief of staff for policy; Cecilia Munoz, head of Obama’s Domestic Policy Council; Chris Lu, assistant to the president and cabinet secretary; and Alan Krueger, chairman of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Yes, that’s the same Cecilia Muños who is Obama’s point person on the current amnesty bill. I can’t imagine why anyone would have lost trust in the ability of the IRS to enforce the tax laws fairly, can you?

And, check this little nugget out, which of course, comes at the end of the story.

During [Steve]Miller’s tenure[former IRS Commissioner], his chief of staff was Nikole Flax, who also regularly visited the administration officials in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and made several visits to the White House.

In 2008 and 2009 she served as a senior technical advisor in the agency’s now-embattled Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, which is under congressional investigation for targeting conservative groups.

Flax  helped to write the IRS response to the audit that uncovered the targeting, according to transcripts of interviews with IRS staff conducted by congressional investigators.

White House logs show Flax, during her time at the IRS, met with Munoz as well as health care advisors Ezekiel Emanuel (emphasis mine) and Jeanne Lambrew.

Yes, THAT Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm, and well-known admirer of the British National Health Service.

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