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Friday, October 11, 2013

6103 Skidoo -- By James Taranto, The Wall Street Journal

"Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials," the Daily Caller reports. The revelations came in a set of emails released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating the IRS's efforts to suppress opposition to President Obama's re-election.

At issue was the White House's assault on religious liberty. Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS's top ObamaCare official, "attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare's contraception mandate," the Caller reports. Emails between Ingram and White House officials Ellen Montz and Jeanne Lambrew, "had numerous redactions with the signifier '6103' ":
Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code forbids a federal employee from "disclos[ing] any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee."
Committee chairman Darrell Issa "has requested unredacted copies of the emails, citing a prohibition from misusing Section 6103 'for the purpose of concealing information from a congressional inquiry.' " Keep in mind that the information in question was already supplied to the White House.
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