IRS Official May Have Traded Confidential Taxpayer Info with White House, Big Three Networks Censor
On October 9 The Blaze reported the following: “Sarah Hall Ingram, the Internal Revenue Service official who used to head the office directly involved in the targeting of conservative groups, may have shared confidential taxpayer information with White House officials, according to 2012 emails uncovered by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Ingram, who now heads the IRS’s Obamacare enforcement division, counseled senior White House officials on how to deal with a lawsuit from religious groups opposed to the Obamacare contraception mandate.”
So far ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to report on the latest IRS scandal disclosure. In fact they’ve stopped reporting on the IRS scandal altogether. It’s been 106 days since ABC last mentioned the IRS targeting scandal, way back on June 26. NBC hasn’t touched the story in 105 days and CBS last did an IRS story 77 days ago on July 24.
The article by the Blaze’s Becket Adams went on to report that: “White House officials, including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew, were also apparently involved in sharing confidential taxpayer information, according to the Oversight emails.” Adams also noted the emails were “littered with redactions” citing the 6103 section of the IRS code the prohibits federal employees from disclosing information, meaning the emails “may have contained private taxpayer information.”
During Ingram’s October 9 testimony to the House Oversight Committee she claimed she couldn’t recall if any of the documents had any confidential taxpayer information. To which Oversight staffer Frederick Hill responded: “Her response has not put concerns to rest, this caught people’s eye.”
— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.