CINCINNATI — Two Internal Revenue Service employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office told congressional investigators that IRS officials in Washington helped direct the probe of tea-party groups that began in 2010 — contradicting earlier statements by top IRS officials that two low-level workers were to blame, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Transcripts of the interviews were viewed Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal and appear to contradict earlier statements by top IRS officials, who have blamed the “rogue” Cincinnati agents.
According to the Wall Street Journal , Elizabeth Hofacre said her office in Cincinnati sought help from IRS officials in the Washington unit that oversees tax-exempt organizations after she started getting the tea party cases in April 2010.
Hofacre said Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in Washington, closely oversaw her work and suggested some of the questions asked applicants.
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