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(37,305 posts)
Wed May 15, 2013, 10:30 PM May 2013

IRS specifically wanted to reveal mistakes at lawyer meeting

On Monday, an agency statement said the IRS specifically wanted to reveal the information in that forum because it knew a report from the IRS Inspector General was about to be released.

"The ABA Tax Section conference was an important meeting for a key part of the Exempt Organization community" and it was "important" for members to "hear first-hand that we made mistakes in handling the process."

The agency had three press officers on hand to field questions from a handful of reporters who were present.

The question itself came from a long-time professional colleague of Lerner's, Celia Roady, a Washington tax lawyer at the firm of Morgan Lewis who served on the agency's Advisory Committee on Tax-Exempt and Government Entities for a two year term starting in 2010 and has attended numerous professional conferences with Lerner.

In a brief telephone interview Monday, Roady said she was "as stunned as anybody to get a response" to her question.

But she declined to comment when asked how it was she happened to ask the question in the first place, referring Reuters to the IRS, which also declined to elaborate.


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IRS specifically wanted to reveal mistakes at lawyer meeting (Original Post) dkf May 2013 OP
Ah so... the Senator is Grassley... Tx4obama May 2013 #1
Why would you you make us Jenoch May 2013 #2
I changed the title...I'm most fascinated with the weird time and place for the disclosure. dkf May 2013 #3
almost as if it were a plant notadmblnd May 2013 #6
The questioner declined to comment! dkf May 2013 #7
So, now the latest non-scandel is why did Lois Lerner create a PR mess? LeftInTX May 2013 #4
I don't think she did justice to Obama. dkf May 2013 #5


(36,974 posts)
1. Ah so... the Senator is Grassley...
Wed May 15, 2013, 10:39 PM
May 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The decision by the IRS to reveal to a small room of tax lawyers last week that it had targeted conservative groups is now itself the subject of a Congressional inquiry.

In a letter Tuesday to Steven Miller, acting commissioner of the IRS, Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley asked for all records relating to the decision to reveal its mistakes at a meeting on Friday of an American Bar Association committee instead of to Congress.



An additional link with a good article regarding Lerner, below...

IRS Official’s Admission Baffled Audience At Tax Panel



(37,305 posts)
3. I changed the title...I'm most fascinated with the weird time and place for the disclosure.
Wed May 15, 2013, 10:47 PM
May 2013

Very odd.


(23,720 posts)
6. almost as if it were a plant
Wed May 15, 2013, 11:16 PM
May 2013


But back at the Grand Hyatt on Friday, Lerner’s words were met with surprise and bafflement. The fact that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration had a report on the issue just days from release was not yet widely known. Audience members couldn’t understand why Lerner had chosen that panel as the venue in which to make her admission. While Lerner’s remarks have since been referred to as a “slip” by lawmakers and media reports, several people in the audience on Friday said they saw Lerner refer to notes when answering the question, as if she’d prepared the response in advance. The whole thing was so strange, some even speculated that the question itself had been a plant.

“We all just sort of looked at each other and couldn’t quite understand,” Ellen Aprill, a professor at Loyola Law School who was in the audience, told TPM on Monday. “It seemed so odd that it was such a detailed response to the question rather than part of her prepared remarks.”

Paul Streckfus, the editor of EO Tax Journal, an online publication for exempt organization tax practitioners, told TPM he had been “dozing off” when Roady had asked the question, but had “jumped almost out of my seat” when he realized what Lerner was saying. (Streckfus recorded the panel and provided the transcript of Roady’s question to TPM.) Once Lerner had finished, Streckfus rushed up along with another reporter to question Lerner further, but she begged off.

“I’m sorry, I can’t answer any questions, I’ve got to go,” Streckfus said Lerner told him.


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(37,305 posts)
5. I don't think she did justice to Obama.
Wed May 15, 2013, 10:50 PM
May 2013

It could have been handled much better. Instead the Prez looked clueless.

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