Shock: DOJ Attorney Defending IRS Formerly Worked at the IRS and Was Involved in Targeting Scheme (Video)

The Obama administration routinely engages in the left-wing equivalent of Taqiyya - which is defined as lying to non-Muslims to advance the cause of Islam and defeat unbelievers. You can see a perfect example of this in the interview Sean Hannity did, Wednesday night, with London Imam Anjem Choudary.

Likewise, it is permissible for an Alinsky-trained radical to lie to non-Marxists (and lofo default libs) to advance the cause of Socialism and defeat the non-believers.  As Obama in particular has demonstrated time and time again – they have no compunction about deceiving fellow Americans if it will help them push forward their toxic agenda. The light of truth on their actual agenda is like garlic to a vampire, to be avoided at all costs.

The Regime is now embroiled in too many scandals to keep up with – and they like it that way. They’re overwhelming the enemy (you and me)  with shock and awe. The latest full frontal assaults: threatening to bypass Congress on immigration and impose unilateral amnesty, threatening to bypass Congress by signing a UN climate change treaty.

The IRS scandal is bubbling to the surface again as new revelations come to light, but the Regime knows that if they stall and stonewall long enough – the MSM will allow them to run out the clock as they have again and again.

Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, Jay Sekulow says that the one thing we can count on as we learn more about the IRS  scandal is “the Obama administration’s dedication to misleading the American people and Congress.”

Via Fox News:

After being told repeatedly by a number of administration officials — including the IRS Commissioner — that former top IRS official Lois Lerner’s computer problems resulted in the destruction of thousands of her key emails, we have now been told that those emails actually exist – backed up by an emergency system in the event of a catastrophe.

Justice Department officials have now told a federal court that the problem was not that the Lerner emails couldn’t be found, but that the back-up system was “too onerous to search.”

“Too onerous to search”? Unbelievable. The truth is that the Obama administration is doing everything it can — including presenting false and misleading information — to stall what can only be described as a faux investigation.

At the same time, we are now learning from the filing in federal court that Lerner’s Blackberry was wiped clean — destroyed — after her computer hard drives “crashed” and after Congress began its probe into the targeting scheme.

Sekulow notes that this has become “standard operating procedure for the Obama administration. Delay. Derail. Deceive.”

Meanwhile, the Oversight and Reform Committee has discovered another example of an outrageous conflict of interest.

New documents obtained by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveal a current Justice Department attorney defending the IRS actually worked at the IRS and was involved in the IRS’s illegal scheme to target conservatives. And, as it turns out, he also worked in the White House Counsel’s office.

This disturbing finding, posted here, is outlined below:

The Committee has learned that Andrew Strelka, currently an attorney at the Justice Department’s Tax Division, worked from 2008 to 2010 at the IRS in the Exempt Organizations (EO) Division, formerly headed by Lois Lerner. Emails show that Strelka was directly involved in the IRS targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants. In March 2010, Strelka received an e-mail from IRS manager Ronald Shoemaker directing him to “[b]e on the lookout for a tea party case.” Shoemaker directed Strelka: “If you have received or do receive a case in the future involving an exemption for an organization having to do with tea party let me know.”

Strelka also received an email in June 2011 about the crash of Lois Lerner’s hard drive.  Until recently, Strelka represented the IRS in civil litigation relating to the IRS targeting.

Sekulow appeared on Fox Business with Lou Dobbs to discuss the latest revelations. Sekulow said we’re talking about “a classic case of obstruction of justice.”

State Dept. Rejected Benghazi Compound Security Requests To Avoid Alarming The Terrorists Next Door

I can picture Benghazi Special Committee Chair,  Trey Gowdy looking at this latest information and just shaking his head. Multiple sources that were on the ground in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 have revealed to Fox News more facts about what happened in Benghazi on that fateful night.

According to these sources, the Consulate notified the State Department that the Islamic militia Ansar al Sharia had moved next door to the Benghazi compound less than a year before the attack, and the State Department’s response was something akin to, “and your point is?”

And when the Ambassador responded with, “um okay, can we at least have some uh – sandbags and um –  weapons so we can protect ourselves?” the response was, “no, that might upset the neighbors” (aka TERRORISTS.) Wish I were kidding.  So do the loved ones of the four dead Americans who were on the ground, there.

This is more of that amazing “smart diplomacy” we were promised in 2008. Oh yeah – the Obama brain trust were totally going to show up the Bushies with their “smart power.”.

A couple thoughts:

1. If you’re thinking no, no, no….NO administration – not even a Democrat one –  can be this weak and pathetic – congratulations, you are correct.

2. I know I’ve said this before, but does Hillary really think she’s running for president with this clusterfark under her belt? No, she’s done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newly Released Emails Show Lois Lerner Tried To Hide Online Conversations From Congress (Video)

Newly released emails from IRS Arch Villainess Lois Lerner, were the star attraction at a House Oversight Committee hearing,  Wednesday.  The emails, which are from an exchange that took place between Lerner and  IRS IT employee Maria Hooke, and Nanette Downing, the Director of Exempt Organizations, were dumped on Congress at 4:00 pm on July 3rd according to Rep. Jordan in the video below – which is just how this Regime rolls.

The emails clearly show Lerner trying to find a way to engage in conversations online with fellow conspirators away from the the prying eyes of Congress.

Warning staff to “be cautious” about what they said in email, she explored other ways to communicate online in secret.  She asked IT if chat conversations on the internal instant messaging service would be saved in a searchable format.

When she was informed that the data could only be saved if someone copied and pasted them to a file or email, Lerner replied “perfect”.

 

Hmmm!

Via Truth Revolt:

Not a smidgen of corruption, all right. What we’ve got here is a  boatload of corruption.

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The Noisy Room: The IRS Is Playing Hide And Seek With Emails:

I stand with Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who bravely asked why it has taken six months to get any of these emails. Establishing a chain of evidence is required here and this level of stonewalling is not just egregious, it’s ridiculous in the extreme. It is obvious that Lerner is trying to hide and destroy evidence. She is hoping to run out the clock, until some new emergency takes the limelight off her sullied visage. Lerner is sticking to her bogus line, claiming that the computer that sent the emails crashed and burned and the backup tapes were destroyed after six months. But you see, emails are forever, so no one believes that. Nor do we believe that six of her colleagues magically had the same thing happen to them – it’s just coincidental they were all involved in the scandal. And where did those emails go? I’m sure whoever received them has copies somewhere as well.

The GOP has been addressing this item though. I asked the GOP specifically about this issue: “I understand they are still gathering info on the matter. However, while they are doing so, shouldn’t they be subpoenaing people who also received emails from the individuals who claim that their emails were lost? I think we all know those emails are being hid and/or destroyed. My husband and I are both in IT and this doesn’t meet the smell test even remotely.” The answer:

Both the Oversight & Government Reform and Ways and Means Committees have asked for the emails between personnel, Lois Lerner and one of the five document custodians from the White House, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, EPA, FEC, and OSHA. To date, the White House has produced a very limited number; The Treasury Department has produced nearly 4,000 emails; and DoJ is in the process of producing its emails.

Rep Brady to Koskinen: “This is the most corrupt and deceitful IRS in history.”

While Congressman Ryan’s exchange with the hapless IRS Commissioner Koskinen has garnered the most attention, today. Rep. Kevin Brady also had an interesting and edifying back and forth with him - blowing holes in IRS cover story.

Via The Houston Chronicle:

In a tense exchange between the commissioner and the Texas Republican, Brady claimed Koskinen withheld information from the congressional investigation on the IRS.

“You knew in March, and you withheld the information from this congressional investigation, and in May you assured this committee that all of Ms. Lerner’s emails would be provided to us and yet you knew that was not possible,” Brady said.

Koskinen fervently denied he had any knowledge that Lerner’s e-mails were irretrievable by March, or that he withheld any information from the investigation.

Brady said, “the IRS denied for two years targeting of Americans based on their political beliefs. That wasn’t the truth. They said it was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati. That wasn’t the truth. You said you were targeting liberal organizations. That wasn’t the truth. Then you assured us you would provide us all the emails in May and that wasn’t the truth. And today, you are telling us out of thousands of IRS computers, the one that lost the emails was a person of interest in an ongoing congressional investigation. And that is not the truth either.”

Exit question: What’s the penalty for lying to Congress?

SEE ALSO:

Ace of Spades: Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive “Crashed” Ten Days After House Ways & Means Chairman David Camp Made His First Inquiry About Targeting Conservatives

 IRS Commissioner John Koskinen knew in February that Lois Lerner’s hard drive had “crashed” — but did not inform Congress until last week.

Worse yet, he has repeatedly told media outlets that he only knew of the crash in “late spring.”

Furthermore, a Treasury letter from April (repeatedly referenced by Rep. Brady) states that that department agreed with the IRS that Congress should be informed as soon as possible. And yet Koskinen did not inform Congress until last week.

Koskinen’s defense for what appears to be perjury or at least withholding critical information from Congress is this: I knew about the hard drive crash, but I didn’t know that emails would be irretrievable (and he maintains he doesn’t know if they can’t be retrieved), so I didn’t tell you because I didn’t want you jumping to unwarranted conclusions.

Ed Morrissey, The Fiscal Times: Lost IRS Emails Point to An Abuse of Power and Cover-Up 

The closest insinuation between the IRS targeting scandal has been an unusual meeting between the IRS’ chief counsel, William Wilkins, and Obama on April 23, 2012. The chief counsel for the IRS would have no discernible reason for a private meeting with the president; his job would be to brief the IRS commissioner – at the time Douglas Shulman – who met with Obama the very next day.

The day after that, Wilkins sent a revised set of guidelines to Lois Lerner for the tax-exempt unit to use when applying extra scrutiny. To this day, no explanation for this meeting has been made public, even though records show that Wilkins spent hours at the White House with “POTUS” as his host.

Nor was this the first time that Wilkins appears in the targeting narrative. Carter Hull, a retired high-ranking IRS official with 48 years’ experience at the agency, testified that after he approved a Tea Party-related tax-exempt application, it got routed to Wilkins rather than finalized.

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Watch Hagel Get Defensive When Congressman Asks Why Bergdahl Is Still In Germany (Video)

There were some fireworks at the House Armed Services hearing, yesterday, when Florida Republican Congressman Jeff Miller questioned Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel about Bowe Bergdahl. Hagel got offended when Miller asked why the administration was still keeping Bergdahl isolated in a Army base hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Members on both sides of the aisle – including Miller – wanted answers from Hagel as to why the White House neglected to inform them of the release of the five high risk Taliban commanders for the deserter, Bergdahl — as required by federal law. Hagel’s answer – essentially that time was of the essence – failed to satisfy most of the congressmen.

Things heated up when Miller asked Hagel why  Bergdahl  is still stuck at the Landstuhl Army base in Germany, unable to be questioned.

Transcript via Daily Caller:

“You keep saying we can’t get the facts from Sgt. Bergdahl until he returns home,” the lawmaker asked. “Have you ever thought about going to Landstuhl and talking to him there?”

“Well I don’t know how much medical training you had, congressman,” Hagel replied. “I haven’t had much. what we’re doing is we’re allowing –”

“Wait a minute. Wait a minute,” Miller interrupted. “Why hasn’t he been returned to the United States? We have seriously wounded soldiers that have returned to the United States almost immediately after they are stabilized . . . You’re trying to tell me that he’s being held in Landstuhl, Germany because of his medical condition?”

“Congressman, I hope you’re not implying anything other than that,” Hagel replied. “The fact — ”

I’m just asking the question!” Miller pushed back.

“I’m gonna give you an answer too,” the Defense Secretary said angrily. “I don’t like the implication of the question! He’s being held there because our medical professionals don’t believe he’s ready until they believe he’s ready to take the next step to rehabilitation.”

“So you’re telling me he cannot be questioned because of his condition?” Miller later asked.

“I’m telling you that the medical professions that rely on their judgment for his health — which I assume everybody respects — have made the determination and will make the determination that when he is ready to move and move to the next step, which most likely in San Antonio, then we can proceed,” Hagel concluded. “That’s what I’m saying.”

If the issue is Bergdahl’s psychological condition, why does Hagel keep saying it’s a medical doctor’s call?

Here’s the implication of the question, in case there was any doubt: There is now widespread suspicion that there is witness tampering going on at that army base in Germany – that Bergdahl is being told exactly what to say as instructed by a “hand-picked”, “very devoted team”.

Sadly,  we will probably never know what happened to Bowe Bergdahl during his captivity.

Fox News Bombshell: Regime Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack While It Was Happening

In an explosive interview on Fox News’ Special Report, Wednesday, Eric Stahl, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, told Bret Baier that  U.S. spy agencies were able to hear terrorists making phone calls to their superior commanding officers while the attack on the consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi was taking place on September 11, 2012. The reason the communications were easily intercepted is because the attackers were using State Department cell phones they had seized during the attacks.

It wasn’t weeks, days, or even hours before the “fog of war” had cleared and the Regime could piece together what had happened. They knew in real time - as it was happening – that it was a terrorist attack because they heard the terrorists themselves talking on their own State Dept cellphones.

Eric Stahl, who recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force, served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four casualties from the Benghazi attacks – then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – as well as the assault’s survivors from Tripoli to the safety of an American military base in Ramstein, Germany.

In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were “confused” by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” Asked how, Stahl told anchor Bret Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups.”

Stahl also told Baier that his crew could have reached Benghazi in time to have played a role in rescuing the victims of the assault, given their alert status and location – but they were never asked to do so.

“You would’ve thought that we would have had a little bit more of an alert posture on 9/11,” Stahl added. “A hurried-up timeline probably would take us [an] hour-and-a-half to get off the ground and three hours and fifteen minutes to get down there. So we could’ve gone down there and gotten them easily.”

What more, Stahl contends that a C 1-30 had been requested a month prior to 9/11 to be on stand-by at the airport, but that request had been denied.

Watch the video – as Major Stahl explains it, you can actually picture these CIA guys looking at each other and going “WTF?” while the Regime was pushing the YouTube video narrative.

Of course, it took nearly two years for anyone to interview any of these guys.

That sham Accountability Review Board, of course, somehow missed them.

 

I can’t believe Hillary Clinton would even think of  running for president with this FUBAR cover-up on her record. What nerve.

As for Obama… #IMPEACH

Pat Caddell: Bergdahl Press Conference Obama’s “Jump the Shark” Moment

Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, and John LeBoutillier joined Harris Faulkner on Fox News’ Political Insiders, Sunday evening, to talk about the controversial Bergdahl swap.

Faulkner asked the group if the story was evolving in a way that was favorable to the Regime.

Schoen answered, “I’m seeing more and more questions being  asked. For example, was money paid to the Haqqani network? …How much restrictions are on the five detainees released in Qatar?”

He also questioned John Kerry’s strange comment Sunday, that suggested we have the ability to drone these militants once they’re back on the battlefield. “We need to find out what he was talking about – and what he meant,” Schoen noted.

Harris wondered if any other administration would have done differently.

LeBoutillier said, “maybe, but as time goes on, you can’t believe anything anybody in this administration says about it.”

He made the point that the administration – Hagel specifically – have denied that any of Bergdahl’s troop mates died while looking for him.” Faulkner played a clip of Hagel weakly trying to make that assertion.

“We’ve seen the parents of dead soldiers who died (were killed) looking for Bergdahl on the TV shows this past week, complaining about this thing,”  LeBoutillier exclaimed.

Caddell said, “I think the poll numbers are changing to their detriment.”

“we have these five Taliban top commanders one of whom engaged in genocide, living in luxury. I want to know how many Americans died to capture those Taliban,” (that were just set free) Caddell thundered.

In 2011, and 2012, “everyone refused to make this trade,” Caddell noted. “It was a White House operation. They wanted the VA off the front page – they got something much worse.”

Schoen added, “the deal itself was very very problematic, but as John suggested, I think the credibility of this administration in terms of its overall foreign policy – what they say and what they do are completely at variance, and we saw this week an absence of coherence between the US and the Europeans. Ultimately, this is a president losing credibility, and losing stature.”

LeBoutillier repeated the conventional wisdom that the swap was made to get the VA scandal off the front pages, but they botched the rollout of the news horribly, starting with the Rose Garden announcement with Mr. and Mrs. Bergdahl.

“Can you imagine!” he exclaimed, “having the father of this prisoner standing with the president tweeting with the Taliban leadership, promising to work to get all of the prisoners out of Guantanamo – he’s standing with the Commander in Chief whose soldiers are getting killed by the Taliban! How can this be?!”

Caddell piped up, “let’s talk about incompetence for a moment”, referring to the Rose garden presser with the family. “That moment may go down in history as a “jump the shark moment” for the administration. All of a sudden, everything it says and does is exposed. It goes to far!”

In an aside, Caddell also slammed the president for “standing there tie-less.”

They’ve had a whole office of people dealing with the “eccentric ” Bergdahls for years – “no one said to the president – they seem to come off as a little eccentric, maybe we shouldn’t have this going on – maybe there are going to be some problems?I know from my experience, you would try to do that,” Caddell explained.

The easy answer is – Obama’s White House is filled with youthful liberal hipsters and ideologues who don’t find anything eccentric about the Bergdahls and cluck their tongues at us for “judging” the elder Bergdahl for his questionable appearance and behavior.

Caddell calls them “a team of clowns who took over from a very qualified team in foreign policy.” The Obami call it “smart power.”

The partisan divide is as wide as it’s ever been.

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