For anyone who really still thinks there is no connection between the IRS and the White House… as the administration tried to sell America on this past weekend, read this:
FireAndreaMitchell.com: Now-chief counsel of the IRS, William Wilkins helped (Obama’s friend, mentor and pastor of 20-years) Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his church get out of an IRS probe in 2008. William Wilkins was working as a private attorney at the time. I’m sure this yet another amazing coincidence, isn’t it Hussein?
William Wilkins, then a WilmerHale law firm partner, said, “We were so interested in the case we offered to do it pro bono.”
Lowe wrote that Wilkins and other firm lawyers worked with the church’s national counsel, Donald Clark, and proved they had invited Obama to the event before he announced his candidacy for president. “Evidence presented in a letter sent to the IRS in late March pointed to ground rules the organization had established for Obama’s visit; the church even cautioned churchgoers against engaging in any political activity,” Lowe wrote. “Had the IRS pursued the matter, it would have raised serious questions about the First Amendment’s application to church activities, Wilkins says.”
When President Obama nominated Wilkins to be the IRS’s chief counsel on April 17, 2009, his White House cited Wilkins’ experience as an attorney on issues relating to tax-exempt status organization. “He has a broad tax practice that includes counseling nonprofit organizations, business entities, and investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions, and government investigations,” according to the White House release announcing Wilkins’ nomination.