The House Oversight Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing today at 11:00am ET on “The IRS’ Systematic Delay and Scrutiny of Tea Party Applications.” (Livestream also at the bottom of this post).

FOX News’ Carl Cameron reported Wednesday evening on the O’Reilly Factor that major evidence is expected to be revealed at Thursday’s hearing that proves, according to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, that the IRS targeting scandal goes “way higher up in the government” and that the IRS in DC “was ultimately calling the shots.”

Cameron on O’Reilly:

“Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the committee, has said they have new testimony, they’ve interviewed some new witnesses, who have evidence that, Issa claims, tomorrow will reveal that this goes way higher up in the government, that the IRS in DC was ultimately calling the shots.  Even if it did originate in Cincinnati, it was taken over by Lois Lerner and the bureaucrats and they’re denying it…What he [Issa] said to me today was, make sure we watch tomorrow’s hearing because he’s going to present the evidence to prove it.”

h/t Gateway Pundit

Issa also claims that the IRS chief counsel’s office is involved in the targeting controversy as well.

In addition, on July 17th, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, and Ways and Means Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr. M.D. sent a letter to Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel, requesting documents “related to IRS employee discussions about the 2010 election, the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and the tax-exempt status of Tea Party groups.”

From the letter:

“As a part of this ongoing investigation, the Committees have learned that the IRS Chief Counsel’s office in Washington, D.C. has been closely involved in some of the applications.  Its involvement and demands for information about political activity during the 2010 election cycle appears to have caused systematic delays in the processing of Tea Party applications,” wrote Issa, Camp, Jordan, and Boustany in their letter to Werfel.  “[B]ased on his decades of experience, [career IRS official Carter Hull] determined he had enough facts to make recommendations whether to approve or deny the applications … However, Mr. Hull’s recommendations were not carried out.  Instead, according to Michael Seto, the head of Mr. Hull’s unit in Washington, Lois Lerner instructed that the Tea Party applications go through a multi-layer review that included her senior advisor and the Chief Counsel’s office.”

Read the full letter, which includes witness testimony.

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You can view the livestream for this morning’s committee hearing in progress and follow Twitter updates below.

 


Videos from the hearing:

Darrell Issa Opening Statement

Common Cents has also got some posts on the hearing.