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Congress complained about his future.
Did it just never reach you guys hear the White House that there was these complaints that conservative groups felt that they were being singled out targeted.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- for people were aware of and knew that some of the stories that I that have been reported about the complaints but we were not aware of any activity.
Or -- any review conducted by the inspector general until several weeks.
More calls now for an independent investigation into the IRS.
And it's admitted practice of targeting conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.
Today new questions about just how limited this practice really was.
For example in August -- 2010.
President Obama is then chairman of the council of economic advisors Austan Goolsbee.
Revealed to reporters that a billion dollar energy company Coke industries.
Which is opposed to much of president Obama's agenda.
Allegedly paid no income taxes.
Since -- as a private company it's tax records were not public.
At first the White House claim that information had already been made public.
-- denied that then it claimed that mr.
Goolsbee was only speculating about -- tax data.
The IRS promised to look into the matter at a report was never made public.
This week an inspector general report revealed that at this very same time.
The IRS had an entire team of specialists.
Devoted to targeting certain conservative organizations.
Raising new questions about trust in government.
Joining me now Ted Olson.
The former solicitor general of the United States.
Under President Bush mr.
-- represents Coke industries and in February 2012 he wrote an op Ed in the Wall Street Journal accusing President Obama of creating a quote.
The -- it's a pleasure to have you on I just want to tell our viewers and many are familiar with you some or not.
But in addition to being voted did one of the most -- 100 influential people in the world back in 2010 by time magazine.
You've -- 59 cases in the Supreme Court yet to 75% success rate.
You argued successfully bush V gore before and -- US Supreme Court Citizens United which -- gotten a lot of press.
You are someone who has actually served as an appointee of President Obama to the council of administrative conferences of the United States.
You have worked for a Republican administrations but you've also worked.
Two push for the legalization of gay marriage.
And you work with your counterpart on bush V gore on that -- you -- somebody who is not as a pure partisan although most of your work has been on the GOP side.
And now you find yourself representing a company that employs tens of thousands of Americans that use today.
Has been targeted by President Obama and this this business we've seen with the IRS going after conservatives.
Does not come as a huge surprise to you tell us sir.
While it's very very disturbing.
As you pointed out I wrote that piece in February.
Of last year -- sixteen months ago.
We were concerned with an orchestrated campaigns starting at the very top of the White House.
Com and disparage.
They Coke -- play and their enterprises they employ 50000.
People in America.
They've given millions of dollars to.
Fights against cancer and other Philanthropic.
Com and today to have -- they're conscientious citizens.
They believe in citizen participation in government.
They've spent a lot of money contributing to organizations.
That support free enterprise and limited government now it's very disturbing that the auditor report that just came out.
Two days ago showed that the IRS was targeting organizations.
That were concerned about limited government.
And and criticizing.
The size of government -- not just conservatives.
Who was someone that was questioning government and in this country.
It's fundamental to our constitution.
To our society and to our government.
That we be able to criticize our government for of the government then descended stacks agencies.
After organizations or people that are critical of government is very very scary.
The treatment that Coke industries has gotten from this administration.
Has been controversial I mean they were they were named repeatedly in Barack Obama's reelection campaign by team Obama.
They were demonized by team Obama that the Coke Brothers in particular private citizens again.
And that it was telegraphed in a letter by the campaign manager for team Obama Jim Messina.
But the Coke Brothers received that specifically set.
Any -- tell me whether this was a harbinger of things to come.
When you attempt to drown out the people's voices through unlimited secret contributions to pursue a special interest agenda.
That conflicts with what is best for our nation.
You must expect some scrutiny.
Of your actions.
Isn't that appalling.
What what was done by that -- family.
-- and their contributions was permitted and it got explicitly.
Approved by the First Amendment they were participating.
In government by allowing.
Themselves to express their views about government what it should look like.
And enabling other people.
Free enterprise and limited government that is what it is all about if you are targeted.
By a very powerful government if you are named.
And as good as critical all of by the -- to the White House and top officials in government.
Those agencies of government are going to go after you.
-- it is like Henry the second said who will rid me of this -- some priest which resulted in the murder of Thomas Becket.
It is very damaging.
For people that are given.
As a great authority and our government to select private citizens forecast -- geisha like that it has consequences and now we're seeing those kinds of.
-- do you believe because in your op Ed as you point -- you suggest that this campaign against certain conservatives including.
The Coke Brothers -- you -- has been choreographed from the very top now the IRS and they administration want us to believe that the current.
And it was born out of this Cincinnati.
Determinations unit big -- examine the applications for tax exempt status that it was really -- this group of people some Washington involvement.
But that's it doesn't touch the White House and the White House is a responsible.
Now as as you've pointed out in that clip that you.
There were complaints about this that -- ongoing.
For the last couple of years that the IRS was targeting conservative organizations.
The White House said it didn't know anything about it but what did it ask why did it not try to find out why do well why did not -- -- the president himself.
Say wait a minute he said just this week it's outrageous.
But those reports were out there.
And someone needs to asked the president.
And others in the White House why didn't you look into it if you did if you didn't look into it why didn't you look into it.
Because you knew from reports.
That citizens of this country were being attacked.
And targeted by the Internal Revenue Service why wasn't something done now there's an acting head of the -- Internal Revenue Service that was fired yesterday why didn't that -- long ago if that individual was not taking responsibility.
For these reports.
There's something very wrong here and we don't know the answer to it.
But we -- know that citizens know this was happening that editorial that op Ed that I wrote with sixteen months ago.
No one in our government did anything about it to protect the citizens of this country from their own government that is very scary and very damaging.
In that app -- you wrote about how we have a system of separated powers and checks and balances precisely in order to inhibit the exercise.
Of tyrannical power by government officials.
How big do you think this is.
Well it is huge we have this country.
Because we had a revolution.
Against exactly that type of tyrannical conduct the framers of our constitution used the exact words that I was quoting.
In that op Ed piece to protect our citizens.
To protect our liberty.
And protect our freedom from.
Exercise of tyrannical power by government.
That's why we have the constitution that we have so -- give immense power to people in authority.
What you expect them to exercise it with restraint and responsibility.
And according to the rule of law that.
Obviously did not happen here was out of control government there was no management no control and we've seen it in.
Various different connections this week but it's been happening for years now and people have been complaining about it and nothing was done about it so.
We get all this slogan is -- that the fish rots from the head you have to look at the top of government when the subordinates.
Of the White House the subordinates of the president.
Our -- -- an -- controlled way to damage the rights of individual citizens we have to hold the very top.
Of this government responsible for that.
Ted Olson honour to speak with you sir thank you so much for being here thank you it's my pleasure.
Taking your thoughts on that follow me on Twitter at -- Kelly.
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