'Not to defend Schulman, but there is the adage, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
- Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Eureka! That explains why he contributed to Democrats and not Republicans. He needed to pay ‘protection money’ to the Democrats when, for example in 2004, the Republicans controlled the White House, both chambers of Congress, and there was a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
'You’re the second person to imply going to the WH is equal meeting with Obama, personally. Why do people think going to the WH must mean Obama saying more than “Hello!” in the hallway to people who go the WH, much less seeing him at all?'
- Dusty on May 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM
The White House logs identify with whom officials, including the President, meet. According to those logs, Douglas Shulman met with President Obama at least six times. The POTUS meetings occurred in 2009, 2011 and 2012. No POTUS meetings were reported in 2010.
Shulman’s predecessor, Mark Everson, visited the White House exactly ONCE during the Bush administration and it was not to meet with the POTUS. According to Mr Everson, he attended an inter-agency policy meeting with members of the West Wing staff. He has said that being appointed as the IRS Commissioner was like being sent to Siberia.
Attorney General Eric Holder: 62 publicly-known White House visits, which is not even half as many as Shulman’s 157.
Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, to whom Shulman reported: 48 publicly-known visits.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: 43 publicly-known visits.
Secretary of State John Kerry: 49 publicly-known White House visits when he was still a Senator.
Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius: 48 publicly-known visits.
Secretary of DHS Janet Napolitano: 34 publicly-known visits.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: 31 publicly-known visits.
Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu: 22 publicly-known visits.
Former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates: 17 publicly-known COMBINED visits to the White House during both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank: 86 publicly-known visits.
Asst. Attorney General Thomas Perez: 83 publicly-known visits.
Obama’s nominee for Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker: 76 publicly-known White House visits.
Caveat: The Washington Post database of visitor log records cautions: ‘The log may include some scheduled visits that did not take place and exclude visits by members of Congress, top officials and others who are not required to sign in at security gates.’
Thus, all of the above individuals may have indeed visited the White House MORE times than the WH logs suggest, which still doesn’t help the Obama administration vis-a-vis the IRS scandal.
The entire matter stinks to high-heaven. I could chalk up Shulman’s entirely extraordinary number of WH visits and the unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, unethical, tyrannical, oppressive and UN-AMERICAN activities of the IRS to coincidence, but Occam’s Razor provides me with a far more realistic explanation.
'if schulman was colluding with the white house, why would they have kept record of his attendance?'
- nonpartisan on May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Seriously??? It is required that visitors sign in unless the rules otherwise require. The Secret Service starts with the presumption that a visitor MUST sign in before being admitted to the White House.
If the President and/or the White House were colluding, would you rather they have reduced their illicit scheme to paper or sent electric communications? If you were remotely educated in the law, you would know why it would be preferable to meet in person at the White House, which can be waived off with some plausible reason for the visit, than for the collusion be recorded on paper. Executive privilege does NOT extend to officials or documents where a law has been broken. Intelligent, educated people know this...if for the only reason because of what the Supreme Court ruled in United States v Nixon, 418 U.S. 683 (1974). The Court held:
'No person, not even the president of the United States, is completely above the law; and the president cannot use executive privilege as an excuse to withhold evidence that is 'demonstrably relevant' in a criminal investigation or trial.'
In its unanimous decision, the Court said:
'There is a sufficient likelihood that each of the tapes contains conversations relevant to the offenses charged in the indictment...Neither the doctrine of separation of powers, nor the need for confidentiality can sustain an absolute, unqualified Presidential privilege of immunity from judicial process.'
Nixon was required to turn over his tapes and resigned 15 days later.
If not in writing, recorded electronically, or in person at the White House, where else would you suggest a President and others meet to collude in an illegal scheme? I know! A carpark in Rock Creek Park at midnight. That would be so much less unusual, conspicuous, illegitimate, suspect, and/or draw any unwanted attention or ‘less than noble’ conclusions, n’est-ce pas? /
Each and everyday, you prove that you fell off the turnip lorry the previous day. Just exactly how many times did your mum drop you on your head when you were a baby?
Important piece by Jeffrey Lord: The IRS and FBI: Breach of Faith