Cleta Mitchell: ‘The IRS Became The Enforcement Arm of the Democratic Party’ (Video)

Megyn Kelly had Washington Attorney Cleta Mitchell on the Kelly File, Monday night to talk about the new IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee that show Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings’ staff communicating with the IRS on several occasions between 2012 and 2013 about Catherine Engelbrecht’s voter integrity group, True the Vote.

Kelly noted with a degree of disgust that Cummings was on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, Sunday, where he fielded zero questions about the IRS scandal. Instead they talked about – get this -  equal pay for women! (See, over at CBS – they like to cover the tough issues … just ask Sharyl Attkisson.)

Kelly and Mitchell proceeded to review the latest evidence that Cummings colluded with the IRS to target True the Vote, and lied about it. The evidence is, frankly, overwhelming that Cummings inappropriately coordinated with the IRS to target True the Vote, even though he had no business investigating the group. 

No wonder the Democrat media complex wants to ignore the story and talk about binders full of women.

Mitchell summed up the underlying problem of the entire scandal, saying “Lois Lerner and the top brass at the IRS came to see its role as somehow the enforcement arm of the Democratic party and Democratic members of Congress, and the White House. And they began to carry out these activities – to pursue conservative groups because these politicians were demanding it. And yet all of these people – Lois Lerner – all of them – they have civil service protection. And the only difference between what happened at Watergate, when Richard Nixon asked the IRS to go after his political enemies, was when Richard Nixon asked – the IRS refused. When these Democratic politicians asked the IRS to go after these groups because they’re challenging us and we don’t like what they’re saying about us, the IRS took it upon themselves to do their bidding and to try to silence these groups.”

Because we are dealing with a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party.

Video: Trey Gowdy Hints at Contempt of Congress Charges For IRS Commissioner

In an appearance in the studio with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News’ On the Record, Wednesday evening following the contentious Oversight and Reform hearing with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen,  SC Congressman Trey Gowdy suggested that lawmakers may consider holding Koskinen in contempt of Congress if he refuses to hand over Lerner’s emails. Video of Gowdy’s questioning during the hearing, here.

Greta noted that if someone subpoenaed her emails, it would only take her only a day or two to provide 12 years worth of those emails. “And I email a lot,” she said.

Gowdy said that  he has recommended to Issa that they give the IRS Commissioner an ultimatum, “you’re gonna come back next Wednesday, and you’re going sit at that table until we get the documents we asked for. And if we don’t get them that day, you’re going to come back the next day and you’re going to stay with us until we get the documents.”  He said the Commissioner had indicated a willingness to provide the January 2010 emails – which he hoped would come as soon as this Friday.

Asked if he thinks he’ll get the emails, Gowdy hinted at what might be in  Koskinen’s future if he continues to stonewall, “Well, we’re already going to do contempt of Congress for Lois Lerner,” he said, “that’s coming up in the very near future.”

“One of the reasons they don’t answer our subpoenas is they don’t fear any consequences,” Gowdy explained. “And that’s something I’ve never been able to explain to you, is why we don’t stand up for our institution more.”

“And that’s why we’re back to contempt,” concluded Susteren.

Gowdy reiterated on Thursday morning that the Committee would be “holding Lois Lerner in contempt no matter what” and complained that this body is too slow to mete out legal consequences when other agencies don’t do what we tell them to do.

The Horrendous Criminal Enterprise Known As The Democrat Party

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Conservative writer Michael Walsh likes to call modern Democrats a Criminal Enterprise masquerading as a political party. The best way to understand them, he once told Rush Limbaugh, “is as the unholy love children of 1930s big-city political/gangster machines and 1960s Alinskyite Communists — now out and proud.”

Sounds about right. They are out and proud – and the beaten down and demoralized Republicans are perpetually in a defensive posture because that’s the only way they know how to respond to the criminally insane psychos who are currently running things. Recall how they reacted when Ted Cruz tried to go on the offense last Fall on the government shutdown. Crouching, trembling fear. “They’ll blame us!!!!” Meanwhile, the Gangster in Chief was shutting down open air national parks and monuments and booting wounded vets from war memorials. They tried to shut down privately owned hotels and museums.

Because they are criminally insane.

Last week, Al Sharpton and fellow Dems in Cincinnati gave a woman who was convicted of voter fraud a hero’s welcome – — at a voter rights rally. 

They are criminally insane.

Dingy Harry rails against private entrepreneurs and philanthropists the Koch Brothers on the Senate floor for a daily two minutes of hate.

He is criminally insane.

The Massachusetts Department of Families And Children (DFC) have kidnapped a sick girl and won’t give her back to her parents because

They are criminally insane.

Why do you think Democrats are trying to use the IRS to silence conservative political speech. You got it:

They are criminally insane.

Here’s this week’s shiny examples of criminally INSANE executive overreach – let us marvel together:

OBAMA SEEKS EXECUTIVE OPTIONS TO AID ILLEGAL ALIENS

President Barack Obama has launched an internal review on how he can provide additional leniency to illegal aliens inside the United States of America, the White House announced on Thursday evening.
Obama “has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law,” the White House said in a Thursday press release.
Obama’s announcement that he would seek to grant more executive amnesty to illegal aliens came after he met with three Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members on Thursday — CHC chairman Rep. Ruben Hinojosa and Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Xavier Becerra. Hispanic lawmakers have complained vociferously of late about the number of deportations executed by the Obama administration.
“The president emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system,” the White House said in its readout from the meeting.

29th Obamacare Delay: WH Uses ‘Honor System’ to Extend Deadline

Last month, the Obama administration said it lacked “the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period” for Obamacare. Moreover, when embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was asked by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) during testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee if she planned to delay the Obamacare enrollment deadline, Sebelius said flatly, “No, sir.”

On Tuesday, however, the White House announced it has decided to extend Obamacare’s open enrollment period another two to three weeks, marking this at least the 29th Obamacare delay. The White House says it plans to use the “honor system” for those wishing to enroll past the March 31 deadline. According to the Washington Post, the Obama White House will “not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.”

Here’s HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, a couple weeks ago blatantly lying about their  plans to delay the Individual Mandate.

What else could she be lying about. I don’t know —- everything? 

Breaking: GOP Leaders Say They HAVE PROOF Sebelius Misled Congress & Knows Number of Paid Obamacare Enrollees

It appears Secretary Sebelius was not telling the truth.
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) and Congressman Kevin Brady (D-TX) have discovered the administration has been collecting the data, despite telling Congress they do not have the information.
The Hill reported:

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday saying she had been “evasive and perhaps misleading” in her testimony before the committee earlier this month.

Administration officials have repeatedly said they’re not able to break down enrollees by who has made a payment because they only have access to information about those selecting plans on the HealthCare.gov website, as consumers are expected to pay the insurers directly after enrolling.

Sebelius reiterated that claim in her March 12 testimony to the House panel.

But Reps. Camp (R-Mich.) and Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) say they have uncovered “new evidence” that “strongly suggests that the administration knows who has enrolled and paid their first month’s premium.”

One day story – tops.

Ever wonder how the Regime manages to stonewall everything until no one remembers or cares about the scandal anymore? Remember how Obama told Bill O’Reilly in calming dulcet tones  that there had been hearings on all of  those  “phony scandals”  (as he calls them.) They’ve all been litigated. There ain’t nothing there, sucka.

ORLY? In every case, those hearings had been stonewalled by his Regime. And he knows it.

ONE MORE REASON WHY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS THE LEAST TRANSPARENT EVER

The Obama administration has a standard response to all scandals: it stonewalls. Getting information from the administration is like pulling teeth, only slower. Document requests and subpoenas go unanswered, or inadequately answered, for years.

So far Obama’s stonewall strategy has worked quite well. After a year or two, a scandal is treated as old news, even though the administration has never produced the information that would allow Congressional committees, reporters or the public to evaluate it. If the administration stalls long enough, it wins.

In perfecting the art of the stall, Obama has done something that has been tried by no previous president: he has put the White House into the loop when federal agencies respond to subpoenas and Freedom of Information Act requests. A group called Cause of Action has uncovered an April 15, 2009 memo by White House Counsel Greg Craig that lays out the administration’s unprecedented stonewall strategy. Craig’s memo went to every executive department and federal agency. You can read it here. The memo says, in part:

This is a reminder that executive agencies should consult with the White House Counsel’s Office on all document requests that may involve documents with White House equities. …

This need to consult with the White House arises with respect to all types of document requests, including Congressional committee requests, GAO requests, judicial subpoenas, and FOIA requests. And it applies to all documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such communications.

The phrase “White House equities” is undefined. It is not a legal term; it cannot be found in the Freedom of Information Act. Apparently a document has “White House equities” if it potentially could embarrass the Obama administration.

Shocker: After First Claiming to be Ready to Comply With Congressional Demands for Lois Lerner’s Emails, IRS Now Says It Will Delay Releasing Them… Until After the 2014 Elections

That’s Ace being snarky. (It’s not a shocker at all — these people are criminally insane.)

OUT: A healthy democracy requires a responsive government and a well-informed citizenry

IN: Go F*ck Yourself Peons

They claim that it will take too long to review and redact so many documents.

Apparently Republicans shot back that they should prioritize this, and assign more personnel to the task, if that’s what it takes.

Democrats, meanwhile, chose to question the propriety of investigating alleged government harassment of citizens at all.

HARRY REID TO RETURN CAMPAIGN FUNDS PAID TO GRANDDAUGHTER FOR ‘HOLIDAY GIFTS’

Forced by the Federal Election Commission to explain where $17,000 from his campaign went, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged giving the money to his granddaughter for “holiday gifts” in late 2013, and finally reimbursed the money to his campaign. The FEC sent the treasurer for Friends of Harry Reid a letter asserting that the treasurer “must include a brief statement or description … to clarify the following description: ‘holiday gifts.’” Reid’s campaign operation had listed the “holiday gifts” as two separate payments to Ryan Elisabeth of Berkley, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2013. One payment amounted to $5,416.93; the other was $11,370.00.

Harry Reid’s FEC Whoopsie Not His First

No! Could he be……insane?

You’ll be shocked to learn that this is not Reid’s first run-in with the FEC. In 2006, Reid used campaign funds to pay out bonuses to the staff at the Ritz-Carlton where he resides in Washington, D.C. (It is illegal under federal election law to use campaign funds for personal use.) Here’s an Associated Press story that contains additional examples of Reid’s general shadiness:

Questioned about the campaign expenditures by The Associated Press, Reid’s office said Monday his lawyers had approved them but he nonetheless was personally reimbursing his campaign for the $3,300 he had directed to the staff holiday fund at his residence. His office said he got the money to buy the Ritz condo from an earlier house sale.

Reid also announced he was amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a Las Vegas land deal — highlighted in an AP story last week — that allowed him to collect $1.1 million in 2004 for property he hadn’t personally owned in three years.

In that matter, the senator hadn’t disclosed to Congress that he first sold land to a friend’s limited liability company back in 2001 and took an ownership stake in the company. He collected the seven-figure payout when the company sold the land again in 2004 to others.

Reid portrayed the 2004 sale as a personal sale of land, not mentioning the company’s ownership or its role in the sale.

Meanwhile, Reid continues to attack libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch for allegedly using their wealth and status to enrich themselves and those around them. Keep it up, Harry!

BOMBSHELL IN WAPO/KEYSTONE SCANDAL: DID THE POST COORDINATE WITH CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS?

Collusion of the criminally insane with the criminally insane.

A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Post’s story of March 20.

The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in favor of the pipeline; if the pipeline is built, Koch will make no use of it to ship oil from Alberta or anywhere else; and construction of Keystone would actually damage Koch’s economic interests by raising the price of midwestern oil that flows to Koch’s Pine Bend refinery. The reporters who wrote the Post article that tried to portray Koch as the driving force behind the Keystone pipeline, Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, did not dispute any of these facts.

After my first post appeared, Eilperin and Mufson tried halfheartedly to respond to it. They posed the question, why did they write the article, given all of the facts that Power Line pointed out? Their answer was: “[I]ssues surrounding the Koch brothers’ political and business interests will stir and inflame public debate in this election year.” So their intention in writing the article was explicitly political.

But it may have been even more political, and more nakedly partisan, than we suspected. Today Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman wrote a letter to David Robertson, President and COO of Koch Industries. The Democrats’ letter was premised almost entirely on the Washington Post’s discredited article; it repeatedly footnoted that article and the IFG report on which the Post story was based. The two Democrats concluded by requesting that Koch answer questions and produce a long series of documents relating in various ways to the Keystone pipeline.

The Democrats’ letter raises an obvious question: did the Washington Post publish its article attempting to link Koch to Keystone at the request of Whitehouse and/or Waxman, or at the request of other Democrats who were coordinating with Whitehouse and Waxman? Given the blatantly political purpose to which the Post’s article has now been put, it is reasonable to inquire into its genesis: was it a Democratic Party plant from the start?

I keep wondering when and if  the public at large will ever wise up to how dirty, rotten, nasty and corrupt the modern Democrat party has become. Never-mind the fact that as a party they’ve veered so far to the left in recent years that they are in virtually indistinguishable from the Communist Party USA.  Lot’s of Democrats don’t have a problem with that, I guess.

But don’t they even care that their party is criminally INSANE?

 UPDATE:

Ed Driscoll was on the same wavelength as me, last night. I swear I wasn’t copying him: ‘A Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Party’

“Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party,” my friend and fellow PJM columnist Michael Walsh wrote in 2009 in the guise of his leftwing alter-ego, David Kahane.

Certainly, at a minimum it’s safe to say that Democrats were rather active on the nation’s police blotters today. Since this is one narrative the MSM will never assemble (as they’re in on the fun), it’s up to the Blogosphere — so here we go.

“BREAKING: Anti-Gun CA Senator Leland Yee Charged With Gun Running,” reports The Truth About Guns:

It what would surely place his likeness prominently on the Mt. Rushmore of hypocrisy if the allegations are proven in a court of law, famously anti-gun California state Senator Leland Yee has been charged with, in addition to bribery and public corruption…yes…gun running. Specifically conspiring with known organized crime lord Kwok Cheung “Shrimp Boy” Chow to illegally import firearms and sell them without a license . . .

The affidavit charges that the $2 million worth of weapons to have been secreted into the country from the Philippines included rocket launchers and machine guns, some of which Yee himself had fired while on Mindanao. A portion of the weapons Yee conspired to bring into the U.S. through New Jersey were to have been forwarded on to North Africa via Sicily.

Of course there’s more, as I noted in my previous post - yesterday was a banner day for the criminal enterprise masquerading as the Democrat party.

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Liberty’s Torch: Our Time Is Up:

I really do hate to be the one to tell you, Gentle Reader, but, as my favorite fictional protagonist once said, we’re in the deepest of deep shit and sinking fast. Liberty and justice are no longer reliable conditions of American life, evende facto.

Each and every American lives under the threat of the sort of random oppression the Hartes experienced. Anyone of a conservative or libertarian inclination who dares to make his views public is vulnerable to the sort of assault Tyler Cowen experienced. Ordinary passers-by on public streets must go in fear of “knockout game” gangs, about which the police seem disinclined to concern themselves. Businesses of any size that don’t kowtow to unions are constantly watchful for “union representatives,” who are protected from prosecution under federal law for anything they might do “in furtherance of union objectives.” The IRS seeks the power to discriminate among advocacy groups on the basis of their political stances, while its top man has defied Congress’s demand for the evidence that it’s already done so. The EPA is about to rule that your backyard is a “federally protected wetland,” because it’s damp for a day or so after a rainstorm. ObamaCare has proved to be a “law” written in water, for whose failure its principal promoter and his co-partisans seek to evade all responsibility. Meanwhile, scores of politicians — “our representatives,” remember? — are going down on charges that range from bribery to conspiracy to violate the firearms importation laws.

Jim Geraghty, NRO’s Campaign Spot: Unruly Progressives:

Shortly after Barack Obama rose to the presidency, the Right became fascinated by Saul Alinsky, and in particular by the philosopher and community organizer’s “Rules for Radicals.” Many on the right focused their attention on Alinsky’s Fourth Rule: “Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

The strategy of “making them live up to their own book of rules” is frequently mentioned and discussed these days at Breitbart.comInstapunditAce of Spades, and just about every other conservative website and blog.

James O’Keefe, the activist and journalist behind the famous ACORN videos,articulated the approach directly: “The Left doesn’t care about the laws or the rules. They are hypocrites, and the only way to win is to make them live up to their book of rules. I have found that the only thing they care about is racism, sexism and exploitation.”

Not to take away from O’Keefe’s work, which generates must-watch videos and scandal-inspired resignations with metronomic regularity, but there may be a flaw in this strategy. Ultimately, not that many liberals care whether their brethren are following their own book of rules. They’ve demonstrated a remarkable acceptance for one another’s hypocrisy.

Erick Erickson, Red State: Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media’s Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief:

More importantly, Matthew Yglesias believes it is okay for liberals to lie in debates. He claimed “Fighting dishonesty with dishonesty is sometimes the right thing for advocates to do”. After all, according to Yglesias, Republicans are bad people; there are few if any conservatives he respects; and liberals aren’t condescending enough to conservatives who make stupid arguments no matter how smart they are.

So it’s okay to lie.

Which brings us to his video at the JuiceVox Media website. He tries to explain the National Debt and out of the gate beings with a lie. He claims the national debt is $5 trillion less than the U.S. Treasury says it is.

Then he uses deficit and debt interchangeably.

Then he claims the U.S. Government can never run out of money.

He goes through all of this to conclude that the national debt, which he understated, is just not anything to worry about.

This isn’t education. It is not explaining. It is left-wing propaganda. It is also sponsored by General Electric. Why is General Electric sponsoring left-wing propaganda?

Perhaps they don’t know. After all, Yglesias himself says it is okay for the left to lie in order to win an argument.

And they all practice this left-wing version of Muslim  taqiyya.  Why? Because they’re criminally insane, silly.

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Neil Cavuto had a little pep talk for the Stupid Party – Get off your Grand Old Ass:

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

 

CIA sat on Benghazi investigation, US personnel Outraged

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Despite at least  two complaints filed by CIA employees who are concerned  about the overall decision-making, and possible destruction of evidence re Benghazi, we now hear that there was never a CIA investigation into what went wrong.

Fox News reported:

American personnel on the ground in Benghazi the night of the 2012 terror attack are outraged after learning that the CIA’s inspector general never conducted an investigation into what happened — despite two CIA workers being killed in the attack and despite at least two complaints being filed by CIA employees.

Former Ambassador Chris Stevens, another State official and two ex-Navy SEALs working for the CIA were killed in that attack.

Many in the agency were told, or were under the impression, that an investigation was in the works, but that is not the case.

One person close to the issue told Fox News: “They should be doing an investigation to see what the chief of base in Benghazi and station chief in Tripoli did that night. If they did, they’d find out there were some major mistakes.”

This source claimed an investigation would likely uncover a lot of details the public does not know.

Asked why such a probe has not been launched, a CIA spokesman said: “CIA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) always reviews carefully every matter that is brought to its attention, and takes appropriate action based on a variety of factors.”

Can you say “cover-up” boys and girls? I thought you could.

Meanwhile, in case you missed it, Fox reported last week that the DOJ appears to be stonewalling Congress on the investigation of former CIA Director David Petraeus, which is nearly two years old. At a hearing last May, Eric Holder (who for some reason is still our Attorney General) promised that he would get back Congressman Jason Chaffetz on the investigation – if there indeed is one.

Not surprisingly, Holder hasn’t gotten back to Chaffetz and no one has heard from Petraeus since he left the CIA, leaving suspicious minds to speculate that it’s being used to “keep Petraeus quiet.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, pressed Holder on the matter in a letter, which was reviewed by Fox News — and suggested the probe is being left open to keep Petraeus “quiet” on issues like the Benghazi terror attack.

“My understanding is that, as of today, the investigation into General Petraeus, is still ongoing. Why is the investigation still ongoing? When will the investigation conclude? What are the issues still in question?” he wrote.

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“It’s been nearly two years since the investigation started on General Petraeus — if there is something serious and sinister, then let Congress know. If not, give this man’s reputation back. But I worry that the White House is just holding this over his head to keep him quiet,” Chaffetz said.

Republicans on these Committees should know by now that when a member of this Regime tells them that they’ll get back to them on something, that’s their way of saying “F*ck you, I think we’re going to run out the clock, instead. Suck it up, losers.”

They’ve got three more years to play this game with us, and believe me, they’ll make the most of it.

As for the latest spy scandal – don’t worry, Senate Democrats and their  media allies will kiss and make up with Obama over that minor kerfuffle by St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s up to Republicans to save the Republic……

Yeah, I know – we’re screwed.

Ron Fournier: POTUS May Be In The Middle Of “Full Blown Constitutional Crisis” (Video)

Another major scandal for the regime is coming to light as the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee is accusing the CIA of “breaking laws and breaching constitutional principles in an alleged effort to undermine the panel’s multi-year investigation of a controversial interrogation program.”

Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused the CIA of ­secretly removing documents, searching computers used by the committee and attempting to intimidate congressional investigators by requesting an FBI inquiry of their conduct — charges that CIA Director John Brennan disputed within hours of her appearance on the Senate floor.

Feinstein described the escalating conflict as a “defining moment” for Congress’s role in overseeing the nation’s intelligence agencies and cited “grave concerns” that the CIA had “violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.”

Brennan fired back during a previously scheduled speech in Washington, saying that “when the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.”

The lapdogs couldn’t rouse themselves to bark about Fast and Furious, Benghazi or the IRS and they barely blinked at the NSA and DOJ spy scandals, but now that a liberal Senator has  been spied on by the CIA, we’ve got a “full blown constitutional crisis on our hands according to National Journal’s Ron Fournier.

“What we have here is the President of the United States in the middle of what could be a full blown Constitutional crisis with the executive branch accused of intimidating and spying on Congress,  and Congress accused of stealing documents from the CIA and that is not  a pretty place for the President of the United States to be in the middle of that kind of catfight.”

All I can say is, welcome to the party, pal. We started crying foul in Obama’s first few months in the White House when the Regime closed down Republican Chrysler dealers, screwed over the bondholders and non-UAW workers in the auto bailout,  and used its power to fire and discredit an Inspector General who had found corruption and wasteful spending in one of Obama’s pet projects – Americorps, and more. Michelle Malkin wrote a 500 page book on the Obama administration’s already gut-wrenchingly obvious corruption six months into his sorry regime.

#CPAC2014: Cleta Mitchell on the IRS Investigation: ‘We’re Going to Have To Take Matters Into Our Own Hands’

I stayed in town with my 13 year old daughter for a couple days to tour the DC area after CPAC, this year – got back late yesterday afternoon, in case you’re wondering about the dearth of posts for the past few days.

I’m still working on uploading the videos I took at CPAC which I’ll be sharing as soon as I get it all together. But in the meantime, here’s video from my favorite panel of the conference: Obama’s IRS: Political Arm of the Left? (Not sure why they felt the need to use the question mark.)

Hans von Spakovsky moderated the panel featuring Cleta Mitchell,  Eliana Johnson and former Senate candidate and IRS victim Christine O’Donnell.

Cleta Mitchell is the Washington power lawyer representing many of the conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS.

Cleta Mitchell said,  “I began to realize in 2009 that there was something going on because- normally it would take about 3-4 weeks to get a 501 C $ application processed. I filed one for an organization in October of 2009 – they cashed our check within 30 days, and we never heard another word until June of 2010 – and guess who were heard from? We heard from Washington. We didn’t hear from Cincinnati. Later – another year passed – I talked to the IRS in Cincinnati about 2 applications from clients who had been waiting now for more than a year and the agent in Cincinnati told me basically, ‘lady there’s nothing I can do because we’re waiting from instructions from Washington.”

Later on in the discussion she revealed an “Exempt Organizations Update” that came to her from the IRS last week via email:

“At 4:55 on Tuesday, the IRS has stuck into a newsletter – buried in it! – no announcement, no news release –  that from now on, all applicants for (c) (4) status, will have to answer (if they appear to be engaged in lobbying, or any kind of advocacy) will have to answer all the questions that the tea party groups were subjected to for the past several years – it is a very lengthy set of questions.”

She continued, “it’s the same subjects as the tea party questionnaires – it’s the same subjects as the regulations. And they did that THIS WEEK.”

After noting that they also just found out that Lois Lerner had testified to the DOJ’s ‘criminal investigators’  Mitchell exclaimed, “but she still won’t testify in front of the American people?  And we have the president of the United States calling this phony?  And the IRS doesn’t announce until today they’re going to turn over the emails?”

She later stated that “we’re going to have to take matters into our own hands – set up private investigations… rewards for whistleblowers…”

This is well worth your time.

Lois Lerner Returns To Congress – Gowdy Maintains Immunity Is Off The Table

Former Director of IRS Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner returns to Congress today to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee –  to settle some unfinished business.
There’s been a question of whether she will testify this Wednesday, or be granted a one week delay.
Congressman Trey Gowdy told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that it looks like she’ll be testifying this Wednesday, and he has a bone to pick with her about some “demonstrably false” statements she’s made about the IRS’s political targeting.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor says she will not be granted immunity, “she is not getting immunity – period! he repeated.
When asked where the targeting originated from, Gowdy replied firmly and deliberately, “Washington DC. You remember the State of the Union where the president famously  chastised the Supreme Court for their decision in Citizen’s United? To their face at the State of the Union. Democrats don’t like that opinion and they immediately started a project and that’s not my word that’s her word.”
Gowdy went on to say, “they started a project to unravel Citizen’s United because they were tired of outside groups going after Democrats. This was orchestrated, it was planned, and we’ll prove it tomorrow or whenever she testifies.”
He confidently stated, “I think we’re building a pretty good case, and I think you’ll see that tomorrow, or a week from tomorrow.
The Daily Caller is reporting that Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor, has been negotiating for immunity for Lerner since at least September, and is now  trying to delay or prevent her from testifying.
Taylor claimed that Lerner’s life has been threatened if she testified. TheDC has independently verified Taylor’s claim.

Trey Gowdy on Lois Lerner: ‘I Think She Connects this Scandal all the Way to Washington’ (Video)

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has recalled the Regime’s former IRS henchwoman, Lois Lerner to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the agency’s targeting and abuse of Tea Party and conservative groups.

As noted by PJ Media’s Bryan Preston, “she has since retired from the IRS and is receiving a six-figure retirement income, making more money per year after leaving her government job in disgrace than most Americans make working full-time.”

Last time America saw Lerner was last May, when she raised her hand and was sworn in to testify, then declared her innocence and took the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) pointed out at the time that Lerner is not allowed to declare innocence and then take the Fifth. The committee reserved the right to bring her back and compel her to testify.

When asked by Fox’s Bill Hemmer today if the Oversight Committee would consider giving Lerner immunity in order to get her to testify, he answered, no way.

“We’re not giving her immunity – period.”

Asked what it means that she would ask for immunity, he answered, “that she’s guilty and we should buy a used car over the telephone. Nobody does that. We don’t know what she’s done so why would you give someone immunity when you have no idea what criminal conduct they’ve engaged in.   I don’t know if she killed Jon Bonet Ramsey. He went on to explain the proper procedure, “you write out a proper, the prosecutors evaluate  it and then we decide if we would rather have you as a defendant or a witness.” He said right now, he would prefer for her to testify as a defendant because he doesn’t think she has any credibility.

But I’m thinking, if they gave her immunity, they might be able to wrangle out of her some valuable information they might otherwise not be able to get.

Gowdy went on to say, “I think she connects this scandal all the way to Washington and she’s holding out for a better deal. But it’s not going to be immunity until we know what your testimony would be. And you can’t sit there and say you’ve done nothing wrong, and nothing illegal, and then hide behind the Fifth Amendment and expect us to give you immunity. That is not going to happen.”

There are two things that could happen, next week, when she reappears before Congress, according to Gowdy. 1. She could plead the Fifth, again, in which case she would be held in Contempt of Court which he said “could include a visit from the Capitol police” or 2. “her lawyer smartens up and says, ‘let’s go in the back and discuss a resolution to this.”

SEE ALSO:

Bradley A. Smith, the WSJ: Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal The ‘smoking gun’ in the targeting of conservative groups has been hiding in plain sight.

The mainstream press has justified its lack of coverage over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups because there’s been no “smoking gun” tying President Obama to the scandal. This betrays a remarkable, if not willful, failure to understand abuse of power. The political pressure on the IRS to delay or deny tax-exempt status for conservative groups has been obvious to anyone who cares to open his eyes. It did not come from a direct order from the White House, but it didn’t have to.

First, some background: On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens Unitedv. FEC upholding the right of corporations and unions to make independent expenditures in political races. Then, on March 26, relying on Citizens United, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rights of persons (including corporations) to pool resources for political purposes. This allowed the creation of “super PACs” as well as corporate contributions to groups organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that spend in political races.

The reaction to Citizens United was no secret. Various news outlets such as CNN noted that “Democrats fear the decision has given the traditionally pro-business GOP a powerful new advantage.”

The 501(c)(4) groups in question are officially known as “social-welfare organizations.” They have for decades been permitted to engage in political activity under IRS rules, so long as their primary purpose (generally understood to be more than 50% of their activity) wasn’t political. They are permitted to lobby without limitation and are not required to disclose their donors. The groups span the political spectrum, from the National Rifle Association to Common Cause to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. If forced out of 501(c)(4) status, these nonprofit advocacy groups would have to reorganize as for-profit corporations and pay taxes on donations received, or reorganize as “political committees” under Section 527 of the IRS Code and be forced to disclose their donors.

Now consider the following events, all of which were either widely reported, publicly released by officeholders or revealed later in testimony to Congress. These are the dots the media refuse to connect:

Keep reading at the link…

The Conversation: Senate Democrats Vote Unanimously To Kill Amendments to Protect Americans From IRS Abuses:

This morning, Sen. Cruz offered two amendments in the Judiciary Committee to safeguard citizens’ free speech against unlawful and unjust targeting and designations by the Internal Revenue Service.

He brought to light the disturbing hypocrisy of Democrats who all objected to the IRS’s abuses when the scandal first broke, but are now playing defense for the IRS.

 “Nearly nine months ago, President Obama declared the IRS’s illegal targeting of conservative groups ‘intolerable and inexcusable,’ yet his administration has authored a new rule to specifically limit free speech for many of those groups, which are classified as ‘social welfare’ organizations,” Sen. Cruz stated.
“Free speech is not a partisan issue. The IRS has no business meddling with the First Amendment rights of Americans. Rather than further stifling free speech, the IRS and the Department of Justice should provide the American people with all the facts surrounding the IRS’s targeting of certain organizations based on their political activity. We should all agree the IRS should not be used as a tool for partisan warfare.”
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Democrats on the Judiciary Committee unanimously defeated both of Cruz’s proposals.

Obama’s “Not a Smidgen of Corruption” Line Looking Pretty Nixonian

Of course, comparing Barack Obama to Richard Nixon is a huge insult to Richard Nixon. Via The Independent Journal, this Ben Howe video  contrasts Obama’s words with testimony from last week’s House Oversight hearing.

As Steve Huntley at the Chicago Sun Times noted, “it is unimaginable that IRS special scrutiny of liberal groups during a Republican administration would be written off as bureaucratic bungling. To many conservatives, Obama’s assertion of “not even a smidgen of corruption” sounds a lot like another White House’s claim that Watergate was ‘a third-rate burglary.’”

Exit question, now that some liberals are getting tired of defending Obama on ObamaCare - will they also tire of defending him on the IRS scandal? (Not to mention the Benghazi, NSA, DOJ spying, Fast and Furious and the rest of the scandals.)

ACLJ Head Says Newly Discovered IRS Emails Are A “Smoking Gun” – Calls For Special Prosecutor

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, is representing 41 conservative groups that say they were illegally targeted by the IRS.

After testifying on the scandal before the House Oversight committee yesterday, he appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to talk about the latest.

During his testimony, he pointed to what he called “smoking gun” emails sent by former IRS official Lois Lerner that directly contradict the Regime’s claims that there wasn’t a “smidgen of corruption.”

Via Fox News Insider:

The emails were released by the House Ways and Means Committee as part of its probe of the IRS scandal.

Sekulow explained that the emails show Lerner in contact with the IRS’ chief counsel and other top lawyers at least a year before the scandal became public. He said that Lerner wrote about coming up with new rules to restrict non-profit groups.

“They wanted to do it ‘off-plan,’ which means off the books so it’s not on the public calendar. And all of that was taking place while the targeting was going on,” he explained. Sekulow says the emails disprove the Obama administration’s story about the targeting originating in a remote office among lower level IRS agents.

“Legally, the IRS has been caught red-handed and the American people and certainly our plaintiffs are not taking it lying down,” said Sekulow. He believes a special prosecutor must be called on to investigate, since the head of the current probe has been found to be a big Obama campaign donor.

“When you see these emails and you understand what’s in them, you realize the highest level of the IRS was conspiring with Lois Lerner at least a year before this scandal broke. And what they’ve attempted to do now is just cover their tracks.”

“The reality is, the more information that comes out – including the information that we are now receiving with the high level IRS Chief Counsel involved with this – I think this is the smoking gun in this case, and of course the Chief Counsel is appointed by the President of the United States,” Sekulow said.

In a statement after the hearing, Sekulow said:

The Obama Administration refuses to provide Americans with the truth about the unlawful and unconstitutional targeting scheme by the IRS – a scheme that violated the First Amendment rights of numerous Tea Party and conservative groups,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, following today’s hearing. “The latest proclamation from President Obama himself – asserting that there’s ‘not even a smidgen of corruption’ at the IRS – simply fails to reflect the facts.”

It is difficult to overstate the extent and magnitude of federal government misconduct so far uncovered,” added Sekulow. “In our lawsuit, we provide specific evidence that focuses on no less than 12 IRS officials, including the IRS’s Commissioner and Chief Counsel. The facts clearly show that our clients were unlawfully singled out because of their political views – a politically-motivated attack designed to derail the emergence of a new political movement. With the Obama Administration continuing its strategy of denial and deflection, Congressional oversight is absolutely essential. That’s why the work of this – and other – committees must continue unimpeded.”

Meanwhile, Republican leaders are requesting that the newly appointed IRS commissioner scrap the new 501 (C) (4) rule that would codify into law the illegal targeting…

“This proposed rule is an affront to free speech itself,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

The letter — signed by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and others — marks the most coordinated effort yet by the GOP to fight the rule change, first proposed in November.

The letter comes as more conservative groups testified Thursday about IRS targeting, before a House oversight subcommittee.

“They were harassed at the hands of their very government,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said.

There are currently 22,587 comments on the rule change at the Regulations.gov website - almost all of them negative.

Does the Regime really think they’re going to get away with this?

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Issa and Jordan To IRS Commissioner: Withdraw IRS Political Speech Rule

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Tuesday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan today requested that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen withdraw the controversial proposed IRS regulation that would limit political speech by nonprofit organizations. Issa argues that his Committee’s investigation into the IRS’s targeting scandal “has raised serious flaws and concerns about the process and substance of the proposed rule.”

“The proposed regulation is intended to clarify the tax-exemption determinations process and resolve problems identified in a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) audit report. It does not,” wrote Chairman Issa and Chairman Jordan. “As written, the Administration’s proposed rule will stifle the speech of social welfare organizations and will codify and systemize targeting of organizations whose views are at odds with those of the Administration.  In addition to these substantive concerns, we also have serious concerns about the process by which the Administration promulgated this rule.”

Concerns include the following, detailed in the letter:

·         The proposed rule codifies the Obama Administration’s earlier attempts to stifle political speech.

·         The proposed rule improperly applies Federal Election Commission standards to tax-exempt organizations.

·         The IRS’s efforts to develop new restrictions on political speech for non-profit groups, led by Lois Lerner and the IRS chief counsel’s office, began long before the TIGTA audit was released.

·         The proposed regulation will needlessly harm social welfare organizations.

Read today’s letter here.

Jordan Sekulow of the ACLJ appeared on the Blaze, yesterday to talk about the IRS rule change.

Meanwhile,  it is now being reported that Obama didn’t consult Justice before saying there was not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS.

President Obama didn’t check with the Justice Department before saying there was no corruption at the IRS, the department’s deputy told Congress on Tuesday, ahead of several potential showdowns on Capitol Hill this week.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is scheduled to appear before the tax-writing committee Wednesday, where he will likely have to defend new rules clamping down on non-profit groups. And Republicans have invited a Justice Department lawyer involved in investigating the IRS to testify Thursday — though Deputy Attorney General James Cole has said he won’t allow her to appear.

 

Wednesday Thursday morning’s Oversight  hearing, The IRS Targeting Investigation: What is the Administration Doing? starts at  9:30 a.m.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Jonathan Karl Asks Carney:Didn’t Obama Prejudge DOJ Investigation Of IRS When He Said ‘Not a Smidgen of Corruption’

I blogged about this at The Conversation earlier, today: President Declares ‘Not a Smidgen’ of Corruption in IRS Scandal Despite Ongoing DOJ Investigation:

White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler brings up another thing from the Obama/O’Reilly interview more people should be talking about – Obama’s total dismissal of the IRS scandal as a big Fox News driven nothingburger with “not a smidgen” of corruption involved – was articulated while there’s still an active investigation going on!

I can’t think of a better example of Chicagoland politics than to signal to your investigators how the probe is supposed to turn out. Now, Justice Department officials have their marching orders. And anyone who uncovers a “smidgeon” of corruption will have to worry about making the boss look like a liar or a fool, not to mention worrying about their employment status.

Actually, the fix has been so in with the DOJ sham IRS “investigation”, I don’t think we have to worry about any officials worrying about making their boss look bad.

The boss, by the way, did the same thing during his softball interview with Chrissy Matthews on MSNBC, back in December.

Kudos to Jonathan Karl for catching this. Bill O’Reilly admitted on his show just now that he missed it.

Karl asked, “Jay, in the president’s interview with Bill O’Reilly, last night, he said that there was not even a smidgen of corruption regarding IRS targeting of conservative groups. Did the president misspeak?”

Carney, scoffing, answered, “no he didn’t.” And then demonstrating that he was anticipating an question about Obama’s dismissal of the IRS scandal, he arrogantly went on, “but I can cite I think I have about 20 different news organizations that cite the variety of ways that  was established including by the independent  IG….etc etc bs bs bs…” and read from a prepared script about how it has been so concretely established

But before he could finish talking, Karl threw him the curve ball he wasn’t expecting: “Jay, he said there wasn’t a smidgen of corruption – nothing about some qualifier about being outside the IRS, and there’s an active Justice Department investigation – unless it’s been concluded without anyone telling the news media – I mean – there’s an active Justice Dept. investigation – doesn’t the president prejudge that investigation?  To which Carney could only mumble in response, “what we have learned through the independent Inspector General and through the testimony that we’ve seen, completely backs up what the president said.” He went on to say that “a lot of that has been very good reported on by various news organizations” ( which he makes sure to sneer), some people might have missed.” One wonders what they hell he’s talking about. Daily Kos, Huffpo, PMSNBC? The Oversight investigation into the scandal isn’t over,  although the Regime has been stonewalling their investigation. They’ve found evidence that it goes to the White House.  Lois Lerner pled the fifth.

“So the Justice should just pull the plug on this investigation?” Karl pressed.  Carney shot back, “obviously we don’t interfere with a Justice Dept. investigation.”

A favorite Carney ploy is to use peer pressure against reporters who ask tough questions. “Hey dummy, everyone in this room knows the IRS scandal is over, except you. “

I’m so glad Karl isn’t intimidated by it. He keeps coming back with more headaches for Carney.

Starts at 9:18:

It’s Hillary’s Turn For The Woodshed On Justice With Jeanine Pirro (Video)

In this week’s opening statement of Justice with  Jeanne Pirro, the Judge took former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to the woodshed, (and how) calling her conduct in the Benghazi affair, “a gross deviation from the standard of care that any reasonable Secretary of State would observe.”

“You knew it!” Pirro blasted.  “That’s why you didn’t go on the Sunday Shows!

You knew it! Which is why you waited until everyone else had spoken so you could get your ducks in a row.

You knew t because of the cables from your friend and the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi.

You knew it! which is why you appointed your friends to an Accountability Review Board – which never even called you to testify!

You knew it! Which is why no one was ever fired in your department.

You knew it! Which is why only one who suffered consequences was the whistleblower who who went against your dictates.”

“So which is it?” Pirro purred. “If you didn’t know, you’re incompetent, if you did know, you’re guilty of criminal negligence. People though, are so afraid of you that your name isn’t even mentioned in the review by the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

“What happened in Benghazi was preventable. You had a duty and a responsibility and they relied on you. They ASKED you for safety and security, and you not only breached that duty, but you breached the public trust we have in our government. “

The judge concluded sagely that even though Hillary and her boss may not face consequences now, “Justice is about accountability and consequences, The facts have now been told, and the consequences have yet to be determined – and in the meantime, we continue to wait for justice.”

Pirro had on former Asst. Sec. of Defense, KT McFarland to talk about the Senate report.

Judge Jeanine Pirro – Benghazi Terror Attack Lawmakers Continue To Demand Answers From Obama Admin:

Judge Jeanine Pirro – Benghazi Terror Attack Lawmakers Continue To Demand Answers From Obama Admin:

“Let me make something very clear”, said former SEAL Christopher Mark Hebon. “Nobody who wears a SEALs trident on their chest…is a fan of Obama – nobody s a fan of Hillary Clinton, period.. Those four men who were killed in Benghazi should be getting the Congressional Gold Medal right now.”

 

House Republicans Call For Probe Of DOJ’s Sham IRS Scandal Review (Video)

After eight months of a whole lotta nothing happening in the DOJ’s sham IRS investigation, House Republicans wants to see Holder’s investigators investigated.

Fox News reported:

Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Wednesday formally requested that the Justice Department’s inspector general launch his own probe into the department’s review of IRS activities. 

The request marks a serious escalation of their complaints about the department’s conduct and, specifically, a decision to have a President Obama backer lead the investigation.

“The Department has created the appearance that it is not taking seriously its responsibility to conduct a thorough investigation of IRS misconduct,” Issa and Jordan wrote in a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

***

In their letter, Issa and Jordan cited a litany of concerns, including recent claims from administration officials that criminal charges in the case are unlikely. But they centered on the decision to appoint Barbara Kay Bosserman to lead the FBI probe. Campaign finance records show Bosserman has given more than $6,000 to Obama’s two presidential campaigns.

“Publicly available information suggests that Ms. Bosserman may have a conflict of interest in this matter,” they wrote, also citing a Fox News report that she attended a bill-signing ceremony at the White House in 2009.

Separately, the lawmakers wrote to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez asking him about any possible involvement, given his prior position as Bosserman’s boss in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department.

Oh – well! If Thomas Perez was involved, we’ll know for sure everything was on the up and up! /sarc

Last night, Sean Hannity talked to two of the IRS’s tea party victims, Becky Gerritson and Catherine Engelbrecht  and Congressman Jim Jordan..

American Center for Law & Justice Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow Appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, yesterday, to discuss the ongoing IRS scandal that the Regime is currently trying to sweep under the rug.

Via Gateway Pundit, Sekulow told Fox host Bill Hemmer that not one of his clients had ever been contacted by the FBI during what he called their “sham” investigation.

“None of our clients were ever interviewed by the FBI. So the reported crime that Eric Holder talked about that may have been committed, the victims of that crime were never interviewed… Some people are asking how the investigation is going. I don’t think it ever got off the ground. It took eight months before we had the first contact by an FBI agent. When we did have the contact they were already closing the file. I think it was a sham from the beginning. Eric Holder is closing a file before talking to a purported crime. I don’t know when that’s ever happened before in our history.

Fox News Exclusive: Transcripts Show Obama Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack – Not A Spontaneous Demonstration – Right From the Beginning

Fox News has the exclusive on the 450 pages of sworn testimony, under wraps until now, that reveal  what America’s highest ranking officers and the president knew about Benghazi from the earliest moments.

The transcripts reveal that top defense officials briefed Obama on an attack – not a reaction to video or a demonstration.

James Rosen reported:

Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president’s Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.

Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tense briefing — in which it was already known that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens had been targeted and had gone missing — occurred just before the two senior officials departed the Pentagon for their session with the commander in chief.

According to declassified testimony obtained by Fox News, Ham — who was working out of his Pentagon office on the afternoon of Sept. 11 — said he learned about the assault on the consulate compound within 15 minutes of its commencement, at 9:42 p.m. Libya time, through a call he received from the AFRICOM Command Center.

“My first call was to General Dempsey, General Dempsey’s office, to say, ‘Hey, I am headed down the hall. I need to see him right away,’” Ham told lawmakers on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on June 26 of last year. “I told him what I knew. We immediately walked upstairs to meet with Secretary Panetta.”

No these guys didn’t politicize national security at all….

Reminder of Jay Carney’s pathetic BS spin circa Sept 19, 2012, repeating the Administration line that it was not a pre-planned attack just “bad actors” who had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…” he told reporters, hoping to ward off more questions.

One reporter, clearly not buying it, said, “so a random crowd that had come together with their heavy weapons – got insulted by the film, and decided to – you know – blow up…”

Carney doubled down with, “there has certainly been precedent in the past where bad actors  -  extremists who are heavily armed who have exploited situations that have developed in order to attack Americans…”

Via my report from last May:  After Months of Dishonest Spinning on Benghazi, Jay Carney Clings to ARB Report (Video) for more of JC’s dishonest spinning. Go ahead, click on the link and relive the lies.

Thanks, MSM for doing your due diligence on that story.

How is it that this mendacious miscreant can still hold his head high in DC. Why is anything he says in that WH briefing room still taken seriously?

See Also:

Fox News Insider: Poll: Majority of Americans Believe White House ‘Deliberately Misled’ on Benghazi:

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton reacted this morning to a new poll that points to deep distrust between the American people and the Obama administration over the Benghazi attack.

In a Quinnipiac University survey this week, 52% said they believe the American people were deliberately misled by the government about what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, when four Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate.
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