The IRS Scandal Now an Obama DOJ and FBI Scandal (Video)

Documents released by Judicial Watch Tuesday showed the Department of Justice colluding with the Internal Revenue Service to cook up criminal prosecutions of targeted non-profit conservative groups, begging the question of how the DOJ can possible investigate a scandal that it was involved with itself.

Via PJ Media: 

The newly obtained records include an official “DOJ Recap” report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI. The documents also reveal that the Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving them to Congress.

Records also detail how the Obama IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, containing 1.25 million pages of confidential IRS returns from 113,000 nonprofit social 501(c)(4) welfare groups  – or nearly every 501(c)(4) in the United States – as part of its prosecution effort. According to a letter from then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, “This revelation likely means that the IRS – including possibly Lois Lerner – violated federal tax law by transmitting this information to the Justice Department.”

The documents were produced subsequent to courtorders in two Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits: Judicial Watch v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:14-cv-1956) and Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:14-cv-1239).

“These new documents show that the Obama IRS scandal is also an Obama DOJ and FBI scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The FBI and Justice Department worked with Lois Lerner and the IRS to concoct some reason to put President Obama’s opponents in jail before his reelection. And this abuse resulted in the FBI’s illegally obtaining confidential taxpayer information. How can the Justice Department and FBI investigate the very scandal in which they are implicated?”

In January of 2014, Senator Ted Cruz sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to look into actions by the tax-collecting agency.

Fox News Political analyst Monica Crowly was on Fox News to talk about this weaponization of federal agencies to target Obama’s enemies.

“This now cries out for a Special Prosecutor,” Crowley said. “Because obviously we’re not going to get answers if left to the congressional members of congress -who were trying to get answers, but can’t because the administration continues to stonewall.”

Obama First Heard About Hillary’s Email Problem Through News Reports

He’s trolling us.

According to reports, the White House knew back in August of last year that Hillary had a secret email account. But Obama – as always – was left in the dark.

We can add this scandal to the host of other Obama-era scandals that he first learned about in the news:

Via WFB:

The President finds out a lot of things going wrong in his government from news reports.


Weasel Zippers: Breaking: Gowdy: Huge Gaps Of “Months And Months” In Emails Hillary Turned Over

The Long Knives Are Coming Out For Rev. Al


By now you’ll have read (or heard about ) the NYTs piece on the good Reverend Al Sharpton:

Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.

And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.

With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.

Why now? According to the Times piece, Sharpton’s been flouting our tax laws (while living the high life) for many years. I’m guessing it’s not exactly a secret in liberal circles that the guy’s a corrupt shyster. It’s also not a secret that he’s become a bit of a laughingstock as host of his own show on MSNBC.

Is he becoming a liability to the progressive cause? Magic 8 Ball says….“Signs point to yes.”

Mediaite has an embarrassing clip from his press conference: Sharpton Disputes NY Times Report About His Taxes, Clashes with Reporter

The Daily Caller: Brit Hume calls Sharpton a ‘Crook,’ ‘Tax Cheat’

Washington Times: Al Sharpton’s ‘regularly sidestepped’ on debts — owes $4.5M back-taxes: report

Here’s today’s quiz: When I say “Al Sharpton,” what other name immediately comes to mind?

A. Bill de Blasio.

B. Barack Obama.

C. Tawana Brawley.

Tick-tock, time’s up. The correct answer is “all of the above,” which explains much of the current racial trouble in New York and America.

Sharpton, left to his own antics, is a public nuisance. It is a free country and he is entitled to his prejudices and polarizing activism. Sometimes he happens to be right and his megaphone occasionally brings attention to deserving cases that otherwise get none. America is big enough and strong enough to have space for people like him.

On the other hand, his personal conduct is often reprehensible, with his behavior in the Brawley hoax Exhibit A. And it’s not as if he’s cleaned up his act.

He remains a cop hater to the core, a race man who cannot see past skin color and whose business model is based on using a charge of racism as a negotiating tactic. The corporations buying his silence with their “contributions” ought to be boycotted.

He’s also a tax scofflaw who refuses to pay his fair share, thus ripping off fellow citizens, black and white.

Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Challenge Democrat Adam Schiff To A Debate (Video)

I’ve been meaning to get to this. It’s important.
Two members of the Benghazi Annex Security team who disobeyed stand down orders to rush to the sound of guns on 9/11/2012, joined Sean Hannity on Fox, Wednesday night, to talk about their new book,  “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
Mark Geist and Kris Paronto were asked by Hannity to respond to Democrat members of Congress who have essentially accused them of lying, asserting that the stand-down order was never given. This issue may be key to what exactly was going on that night and why they were there in the first place.. There is something very fishy about the Democrats’ refusal to admit the truth.
Congressmen Smith and  Schiff have both heard  closed door testimony in which the security team members made the same assertions about the stand down order, and yet in front of the cameras, they call it a Fox News conspiracy theory. Geist and Paronto would like for them to say that to their faces.
From the Hannity show rush transcript:
 GEIST: They’re trying to play on words — no official stand-down…
GEIST: … no improper stand-down…
PARONTO: It happened.
GEIST: I mean…
PARONTO: We were delayed. The stand-down — the words “stand down” were given and we were delayed (INAUDIBLE)
HANNITY: The words — the actual words “stand down” were given.
PARONTO: Yes. And John Tiegen Tigg (ph) has said that on multiple occasions…
HANNITY: The person that gave them.
PARONTO: He was the one that received it. I received the two waits…
HANNITY: You wouldn’t — you wouldn’t possibly know where the — where it started from.
PARONTO: No. We know from our immediate chain of command, which was — which we say in the book is Bob.
HANNITY: Would he make that decision on his own, when he knows — you guys were listening to the communications at the consulate, right?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were — yes. The distress calls, definitely.  Oh, yes.
HANNITY: And what finally pushed you over the top to disobey orders – – you disobeyed orders.
PARONTO: Yes, we did.
HANNITY: What finally pushed you to that point was you heard over the communications, If you don’t get here, we’re going to die. True?
PARONTO: … say that multiple — multiple times, yes, we did.
HANNITY: And you believe that people did die in the — in the 30 minutes, the interim…
PARONTO: And keep in mind, 30 minutes that we stood down, and it took us another 30 minutes to go on foot just to get there because their defenses were — they basically were able to reinforce their defenses. So it cost us 30 minutes just for the stand-down, but we don’t know how much longer it really cost us because we couldn’t drive all the way. We actually had to disembark and go the rest of the way on foot.
HANNITY: You know, there’s a lot of things — my kids, if they get in trouble, like every kid, you know, I’m fine with it. I can live with mistakes. All kids are going to make them. But when they lie to me, they’re in big trouble.
Now, my question is, they are — you’re telling us that these politicians that weren’t there, and you were there…
HANNITY: … and you left your safe annex at the time and you went into the firefight at the time and you brought back 25 people, which makes, in my mind, you guys are heroes that night. And they’re calling you liars.  So I want to know, you know, what would you like — what do you want to do about that? I would be pretty pissed.
GEIST: I’d like to invite Mr. Schiff to a debate.
PARONTO: We could talk — and we can talk to him about it.
GEIST: We can talk about it.
PARONTO: We can discuss it.
GEIST: He wants to see and say that to my face, we can talk about it and talk about everything.
PARONTO: It’s difficult for me because you’re calling a Ranger, a SEAL and three Marine liars.
HANNITY: Two of the SEALs died.
PARONTO: Well, then you’ve got all — yes, and two of the SEALs did, and you also still have the one Jack (ph), the living SEAL. He’s still alive. We all — we all went, we all testified at one point, some point during the hipsy(ph), said the same thing we’re telling you now.
HANNITY: I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I am willing to invite all of these Democrats…
HANNITY: … that accused you two of lying on this program, and see – – I would be surprised if they’ll say it to your face. Let’s see if they have the guts to come on the program, gentlemen. You’ve accused American heroes of lying. Congressman Smith, Congressman Schiff, they’re invited on the program. We’re going to make calls first thing tomorrow and see if we get statements from their offices.
Have you been called — I’m watching the hearings today, and I’m thinking — all right, I read your book. Your account is so different.  You talk about stand-down orders they deny. You said there was no YouTube video connection. You said that there was no spontaneous demonstration, that this was a planned terror attack, right?
GEIST: That’s what it looked like, yes.
HANNITY: OK. And — but that’s — we heard a totally different story! Were the American people lied to, in your opinion?
PARONTO: If their — if it differs from what we said in the book and that same time, same account, I would say, yes, they have been.
HANNITY: Well, you heard almost from the beginning YouTube video, spontaneous demonstration. I don’t know many spontaneous demonstrations where you have RPGs in your pocket, do you?
GEIST: I would agree…
PARONTO: I haven’t seen any. I haven’t been in any, and I’ve been through a lot of demonstrations and a lot of…
GEIST: You don’t see them bring those things.
PARONTO: … a lot of protests. No, doesn’t happen.
GEIST: You know, I it to the readers and there listeners out there and the television viewers, just read the book. And you know, you’ll make your decision based on the information you have and what we say in the book because we were there, like you said.
PARONTO: And keep in mind, we quit our jobs. We resigned from working government work and contracts to do this. So it wasn’t that we wanted to sell books or we wanted — it got to us so badly that we actually got together as a team and said, Hey, you know what? This story’s getting spun way out of control. It’s either us standing up and telling the truth, or it’s just going to continue down that (INAUDIBLE)
HANNITY: So when you heard about the YouTube video, when you heard there was no stand-down order, when you heard a spontaneous demonstration and you were both there and you say this didn’t happen and you hear from the president, you hear from Susan Rice, you hear from Hillary Clinton, you hear from, I think Leon Panetta — they all said it. And you — so are you guys watching this on TV? And what are you thinking?
GEIST: I was laying in a bed, a hospital bed…
GEIST: … surgery in Germany. And there was a consul general from State Department and his wife right there. They could have asked, or — and any question they would have wanted about what happened there and gotten the truth from on the ground.
HANNITY: Why have you never been called to testify?
PARONTO: No, we have. We have gone in front of the House Intel subcommittee.
PARONTO: And we did tell them…
HANNITY: Behind closed doors?
PARONTO: Behind closed doors. Why our testimony wasn’t part of their findings, or maybe it was and they just decided not to listen to it, I don’t know. But we said the same thing to them as we’re telling you now on TV, as we wrote in the book. It has not changed.
HANNITY: All right, so what we’re going to do — I’m going to follow up with these congressmen, and we’re going to — hopefully, we’ll put you all in the same room…
HANNITY: … and we’ll hash this out because if they lied about men that were heroes that night, the country needs to know that. And if they want to call you a liar, I think they ought to do it to your face. They ought to have the character to do it to your face.
PARONTO: I would say so.
GEIST: I would — I agree with that 100 percent. Looking forward to it.
PARONTO: We’re OK with that, too. I’m OK with that.
HANNITY: All right. And what you did that night was amazing. You were there when Ty Woods died, too.
GEIST: Yes, he was right beside me.
HANNITY: Right beside you. He died right in front of you.
At some point the Select Committee on Benghazi is going to address this  little discrepancy. Democrats are still determined to shoot down Fox News’ two year old “Stand Down Order” scoop as a “conspiracy theory.” Dems in Congress know that if they just keep denying it happened even though the guys who were there on the ground on 9/11 say it did happen, the MSM will carry their water. There are probably conversations about this on left-wing “journo-lists” as we speak. Just keep denying. Call it a “conspiracy theory” propagated by ideologues trying to sell a book.
What are they trying to hide?
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Bombshell: Former Clinton State Dept. Official Describes Benghazi Cover-Up Operation

If you thought there were no more Benghazi bombshells left to drop – think again.

Writing now at the Daily Signal, former CBS investigative Sharyl Attkisson reports that a top former State Department official is alleging that while the September 11, 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack was being investigated, senior aides were part of a secret operation to sift through and remove documents that were damaging to her highness – Sec. of State Hillary Clinton – before they could be turned over to the Accountability Review Board.

The Accountability Review Board was the internal State Department probe that was derided as a “whitewash” by Republicans on the Oversight and Reform committee for completely omitting Clinton and Obama from the investigation.

According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.

At the time, Maxwell was a leader in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which was charged with collecting emails and documents relevant to the Benghazi probe . . .

When he arrived, Maxwell says he observed boxes and stacks of documents. He says a State Department office director, whom Maxwell described as close to Clinton’s top advisers, was there. Though the office director technically worked for him, Maxwell says he wasn’t consulted about her weekend assignment.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” says Maxwell. He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisors.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

A few minutes after he arrived, Maxwell says in walked two high-ranking State Department officials.

Yes, House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah have been made aware of this incriminating information. The first hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi will be held this week.


Twitchy: Cover-up unraveling? Brit Hume sees ‘big deal’ in Sharyl Attkisson’s Benghazi ‘bombshell’


Gateway Pundit: Rand Paul on Hillary’s Iowa Trip: I’d Like to See Her Back in DC Testifying on Benghazi (Video)

I’d like to see her back in Washington testifying about her role in the Benghazi tragedy. Frankly, there’s still a lot of questions. I asked herpoint blank when she came last time what were they doing in the CIA annex and did it have anything to do with the attacks. And, she acted as if she knew nothing about it. But, it’s funny now reports have been coming out for about a year, saying she was the biggest and most eager to get arms out of Libya to send them into Syria. So, there’s still a lot of questions we’ve got for her if she decides to come back here.”

I know that the Clinton machine has had two years to come up with a strategy to deal with the Benghazi scandal, and even with the MSM pulling in her favor, I still don’t know how she weasels out of this. Of course, history tells us, when the Democrat media complex and their chosen candidate have all their ducks in a row – they will mow down everything in their path – first and foremost, the truth.

Hat tip: White House Dossier

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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.

And 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.”

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