Today we learned from IG George that George attends monthly meetings with Treasury. We learned that the Chief Counsel of the IRS was briefed by George before the IG's audit began (May 2012).
George explained that his was an audit, not an investigation. That the findings in his audit report were based upon interviewing IRS employees. That it was not sworn testimony by them and that no subpoenas were issued. And that only IRS employees (not treasury) were interviewed. That based upon the audit findings, there will be followup by the IG and that folllow up could mean an investigation. That the focus of an investigation would be on the persons and their misconduct.
Apparently that is why no names in the audit report and that the audit report did not report "criminal" activity. Mr. George seemed to indicate that the IG followup would lead to a full blown investigation. His audit did not include investigating instances wherein the IRS shared tax returns and other private information -- for example, the private info given to Politico.
George said his unit is still processing reviews of what IRS regulations were violated.
We also learned that ex-IRS Commissioner Shulman did not know what was happening and when he did hear about it, he did nothing. There was no internal investigation.
Miller said he asked Nancy Marks to go to Cincinnati in March to find out what was going on. She reported back to him on May 3, but he could not recall her report nor who she said might have been responsible for telling application processing agents to target certain organizations.