It looks like we will be getting some proof those rogue IRS agents in the Cincinnati office weren't so rogue, they got some some direction from the bosses in DC.
Today House oversight committee Darryl Issa told CNN's Candy Crowley that his staff has interviewed IRS agents from the agency's Cincinnati office who say Washington, DC headquarters was calling the shots.
The appearance was followed up with the committee sending UK MailOnline a partial transcripts of two interviews with unnamed IRS workers about the agency's actions in early 2010, on whose testimony Issa based his bombshell statement.
One of those interviewees said it was 'impossible' for a few IRS agents to have orchestrated such widespread partisan targeting on their own.
'Did [your supervisor] give you any indication of the need for the search [for tea party groups], any more context?' one IRS witness was asked in a closed-door interview.
'He told me that Washington, D.C., wanted some cases,' came the reply.
The employee, who said he or she was evaluating 40 such applications for tax-exempt status from conservative organizations at the time, said 'some went to Washington. D.C. ... I sent seven.'
The employee told those congressional investigators that IRS headquarters had also requested two specific cases for review.
Another employee, that witness said, 'wanted to have two cases that she couldn't -- Washington, D.C. wanted them, but she couldn't find the paper. So she requested me, through an email, to find these cases for her and to send them to Washington, D.C.'
'[The] allegation has been made, I think as you have seen in lots of press reports, that there were two rogue agents in Cincinnati that are sort of responsible for all of the issues that we have been talking about today.,' the investigator noted. 'What do you think about those allegations?'
'It's impossible.,' the employee replied. 'As an agent we are controlled by many, many people. We have to submit many, many reports. So the chance of two agents being rogue and doing things like that could never happen.'
Asked whether the problem 'was originated in and contained in the Cincinnati office,' as some Obama administration officials in Washington have claimed, the agent replied that 'I still hear people saying we were low level employees, so we were lower than dirt, according to people in D.C. So, take it for what it is.'
'They were basically throwing us underneath the bus.'
'[W]e didn't do anything wrong,' the agent said, according to the partial transcript. 'We followed directions based on other people telling us what to do.'When Issa has these people testify in public, their testimony will be a "Smoking Gun" for the most scandalous of the scabdals facing the administration. In other words it will be so obvious that even the most hardcore of scandal deniers such as Tim Carney and Chuck Schumer will no longer be able to deny it (neither will MSNBC).
Did those directions came from Washington, D.C.? the investigator wanted to know.
'I believe so,' was the answer.