Opening act: P. Jeffrey Black, IRS "whistle-blower."

No, the White House Didn't Have Anything to Do With the IRS Tea Party Targeting

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June 19 2013 8:49 AM

Opening Act: P. Jeffrey Black

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The story of P. Jeffrey Black goes some way toward explaining why Republicans want to expand the IRS investigation from the nonprofit branch to individual audits.

P. Jeffrey Black bumped up against his bosses in the Federal Air Marshal Service, eventually becoming a whistle-blower and testifying to a closed-door congressional hearing before his retirement in 2010. ... The year-long investigation included the placement of a $24,000 lien against his home. In the end, the IRS found out Black owed them $480 -- while the government owed him $8,300.

Also explaining that: the Democrats' release of IRS agent interviews, which find zero White House involvement in "Tea Party targeting."


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