A clue as to whether the targeting by the IRS of Tea Party and other conservative groups was discussed at the 157 meetings that former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman had at the White House may be found in remarks by Stephanie Cutter, deputy manager for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, in a recent appearance on Jake Tapper's show "The Lead" on CNN.
As reported by Gateway Pundit, Cutter attempted to dismiss charges they were political meetings but admitted she had attended meetings with Shulman at the White House. "I was in them with him," Cutter said. "So there was nothing nefarious going on."
Well, if they were not political meetings, why was she there at all? Was she there to offer her health care or tax code expertise? ... Cutter became Obama's deputy campaign manager in September 2011. Shulman, a Democratic donor, was IRS commissioner from March 24, 2008, to November 9, 2012. Cutter was an Obama attack dog during the 2012 campaign.
So I took a look at the White House Visitor Access Records (most transparent administration evah!) to get a sense for when Shulman and Cutter might have been in meetings together.
Here are the 2011 records:
And here are the 2012 records:
I can find only one date -- June 5, 2012 -- where their paths appeared to cross at the White House. Notice that many of the expected details during this period (who they were visiting, number in the party, etc.) are missing.
Given the track record of this administration, one must wonder whether even the vaunted White House Visitor Access logs are accurate and complete.