Taylor claimed that Lerner’s life has been threatened if she testified. TheDC has independently verified Taylor’s claim.
Taylor claimed that Lerner’s life has been threatened if she testified. TheDC has independently verified Taylor’s claim.
Last week, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced that Lois Lerner, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS, would be testifying this Wednesday about her role in the improper targeting of conservative groups.
Issa reiterated that Lerner would testify before his Committee during an appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.
Despite being issued a subpoena, Lerner’s attorney said Issa doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
That attorney, William W. Taylor, said Issa is wrong.
“As of now, she intends to continue to assert her Fifth Amendment rights,” Taylor told POLITICO. “I do not know why Issa said what he said.”
SC Congressman Trey Gowdy, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee was on Fox News earlier today, to clear things up.
“I’ve read the emails – they are clear and unambiguous between Chairman Issa and Miss Lerner’s attorney. They agreed to come Wednesday and they agreed to answer our questions,” Gowdy said. “She is coming Wednesday. There is no question about that.”
The caveat, apparently, is that she is asking for a one week delay. “Why she’s not ready – I can’t answer that,” Gowdy said. “She’s not prepared to answer questions from 40 different members of Congress after nine months.”
As for why she’s not prepared to testify after nine months to think about it, he said, “she knows that most of her previous comments are demonstrable false and untrue. This did not originate in Cincinnati. Remember what she said last time she testified before Congress ‘I’ve done nothing wrong, broken no laws, and broken no rules and regulations.’ All three of those comments are false.”
Gowdy promised that he planned to reveal the motive for the targeting of conservative groups whatever Wednesday she decides to come.
“She’s coming back not out of a sense of civic duty. We have the evidence,” he said. “And it’s either save yourself or go down in flames. She needs to save herself.”
Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell is facing accusations from Republicans that he misled lawmakers about the Obama administration’s role in crafting the bogus storyline that a protest gone awry was to blame for the deadly Benghazi attack.
Among other discrepancies, Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee allege Morell insisted the talking points were sent to the White House for informational purposes, and not for their input — but emails, later released by the administration, showed otherwise.
“We found that there was actual coordination which could influence then — and did influence — what CIA conveyed to the committees about what happened [in Benghazi],” Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., told Fox News.
Burr was one of six Republicans who leveled the allegations against Morell, who also served as acting director, in an addendum to a recently released Senate Intelligence Committee report. According to the claims, in late 2012, Morell testified the so-called Benghazi talking points were sent to the White House “for their awareness, not for their coordination.”
The 16-page addendum continues, “No effort was made to correct the record … the Acting Director’s (Morell) testimony perpetuated the myth that the White House played no part in the drafting or editing of the talking points.”
In an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record” with Jeanine Pirro (filling in for Greta Van Susteren), Monday, Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC) enumerated the things Congress can do to counter Obama’s executive overreach, including removing funding for his vacations.
When Pirro asked him what Congress can do to stop the president’s abuse of power, the former federal prosecutor answered, “number one, my colleagues in the Senate have advise and consent, if they want to shut down the Senate over appropriations bills or ambassadorships or other things. The Constitution gives them the power of advise and consent. The Constitution gives us power over the purse,” Gowdy explained. “So we have appropriation bills that are going to be coming to the House this spring. We ought to strip money away from this executive branch, because our framers gave us that exclusive right to do so. If one branch overreaches then maybe the other branch ought to stick up for itself.”
Americans For Prosperity·Julie’s Story: It’s Time to Listen:
In typical liberal fashion, Peters’ loyalists had their lawyer filed paperwork to get the ad taken off the air, using the far left Washington Post to back up their claims.
Julie Boonstra, the Michigan mother in the ad, went on “The Kelly File” to discuss her situation with Megyn Kelly.
Julie told Megyn she cannot afford her medical treatments thanks to Obamacare.
The Dem strategist called the ad an “amateurish fraud,” and takes a few wild swings at “the Koch brothers” who fund AFP. Because he and the Washington post know more about her health care needs and costs than she does. This is the real #WarOnWomen.
Julie Boonstra came on to defend the ad when the strategist was through ranting.
MI Dems are taking their cues from candidate Obama, who has a history of threatening TV stations that run ads he doesn’t like. If you can’t beat them – shut them up. If they can’t get the ad off the air – at least plant seeds of doubt into the public’s mind as to the ad’s veracity.
PJ Media: Even Libs Say Common Core Is Rotten to the Core:
Liberals forced the Common Core education standards on America. Now liberals quoted in the New York Times are opposing the school standards, and even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) called the scheme flawed. Will Common Core make schools worse in America?
Weasel Zippers: Obamacare Named One of Top Scams of 2013…
Ukraine protesters topple Lenin statue:
Venezuela’s President Maduro threatens to expel CNN over its coverage:
Katie Pavlich, Townhall: Obama Silence on Venezuela Violence Based in Far Left Ideology:
When Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez passed away in 2013, the White House issued the following statement.
At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government. As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.
Now that Chavez’ protege Nicolás Maduro is ordering a violent crackdown on thousands of people who dare to speak out against the failures of the communist regime, does the White House still “stand with the people?” Is this the “new chapter” of “policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights” the White House hoped for?
Thousands of supporters and opponents of Venezuela’s socialist government have taken to the streets this past week. Initiated by student groups, the protestors are voicing their grievances against soaring crime rates, high inflation, a shortage of basic goods, and a lack of political and economic freedom.
All the while, the Obama Administration has been relatively silent. The occasional press release from the State Department uses the same recycled lines of “deep concern” that we’ve come to expect from an indifferent Administration. Not even the expulsion of three U.S. diplomats Sunday evening could elicit a stronger statement.
The Caracas Chronicles: The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch:
Dear International Editor:
Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night.What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.
What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.
Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries onmotorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.
People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmenshooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street.
And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.
What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.
RARE: Would You Help A Freezing Child? (Social Experiment):
A video in which Norwegian researchers mount a hidden camera and watch to see who helps a shivering young boy is going viral.
The approximately two-and-a-half-minute video, posted Wednesday to YouTube, has more than 150,000 hits.
THE OFFICIAL Hot Scots drum line – Talent Show at LHHS:
5 high school boys in FLA show off their epic drum skills and win the talent show.
Listen to this young girl playing her sheng, a Chinese instrument invented thousands of years ago. The woodwind may be ancient, but the sound is pure 1980s nostalgia—it’s the Super Mario Brothers theme, right down to the sounds of Mario collecting coins and mushrooms. Amazing!
Four Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are looking onto the highly suspicious indictment of conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who appeared on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, Friday night, to talk about the case.
Concerned that the indictment on campaign finance charges may be an example of “selective prosecution,” Senators Charles Grassley, Jeff Sessions, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz have sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey asking the bureau to explain the practices that led to D’Souza’s arrest, last month. Byron York of the Washington Examiner reported:
“The Washington Post and other news outlets reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that the investigation that led to the [D'Souza] indictment began as a result of a ‘routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC of various candidates after the 2012 election,’” the senators wrote. “The articles, however, did not provide any details regarding the scope and methodology of these routine reviews.” Noting speculation that D’Souza might have been singled out for scrutiny, the senators added, “To dispel this sort of public perception that Mr. D’Souza may have been targeted because of his outspoken criticisms of the president, it is important for the FBI to be transparent regarding the precise origin of this investigation.” Reminding Comey that during his Senate confirmation hearings he had promised a more transparent FBI, the senators posed several questions.
I really do wish Republicans would stop tip-toeing around these scandals. Obama is only going to get worse because they are letting him. Nixon was impeached for much, much less than this guy has gotten away with.
On the Kelly File, D’Souza was able to tell Megyn Kelly that he knew that the president had been “unnerved” and “upset” by his first film 2016 . He then added, if that if Obama was unnerved by 2016 – wait until his new film, America comes out.
Asked how he knows that the president was upset about the movie, 2016, D’Souza answered, “a few weeks after the movie came out, there was a vituperative attack on me and on 2016 that appeared on Barack Obama’s personal website, barackobama.com in which he railed against the film as a smear campaign and took issue with a number of the facts in the film — he was wrong on every instance, but it was very clear from his diatribe that the film got under his skin.”
The “vituperative attack” was by Obama’s “Truth Team”, Sept. 5, 2012: “2016: Obama’s America” is a deliberate distortion of President Obama’s record and world view.
Kelly asked D’Souza if after the movie came out, he feared he may have “pushed it too far”, and would be retaliated against. D’Souza answered that he had always heard that Obama was a very vindictive guy. He added that while he was in Kenya, the Obama family was extremely paranoid and protective of Obama.
Megyn was incredulous that the president be capable of this sort of retribution, but D’Souza reminded her that the director for the movie, Gerald Molan was targeted by the IRS shortly after the movie came out. (Much like the ObamaCare critics, Bill Elliot and C. Steven Tucker, last Fall.) “It’s part of the broader pattern of going after people who are critics”, he continued. “Not just me. The Hollywood guys - the Friends of Abe…he treats his critics not as merely people who disagree – but as enemies.” He pointed out that this is a big theme of Saul Alinsky, “you don’t treat opponents as well meaning people who disagree with you – but as bad guys who must be polarized and demonized – and that’s what the Obama administration has been doing in general.”
We should all be painfully aware by now of how Obama frames every dispute with Republicans. They never oppose him because they have principled disagreements with his policies. It’s because they’re playing petty politics, or they just don’t want to let the black man win. It’s a horribly divisive tactic he’s employed time and again.
In an exclusive report for WND, investigative journalist Aaron Klein revealed that the IRS has contracted with ”an avowedly progressive organization funded by George Soros to process data filed by smaller tax-exempt groups.”
The federal agency process sends details contained in the annual filings for organizations with $50,000 in annual receipts or less to the Urban Institute, which is funded at least partly by government payments as well as contributions from far-left activist George Soros.
The IRS page directs groups to file with the Urban Institute, although apparently other providers also can file the Form 990 documentation, which is required of every nonprofit, small and large.
The IRS.gov page on the “Annual Electronic Filing Requirement for Small Exempt Organizations – Form 990-N (e-Postcard)” includes instructions to file online, and includes a direct link to the Urban Institute.
It’s for “most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less,” since they are “required” to electronically submit Form 990-N, unless they choose an alternative Form 990 or Form 990-EZ.
“The organization that fails to file required e-Postcards … for three consecutive years will automatically lose its tax-exempt status,” the IRS warns.
There, in the “How to File” box, are instructions to use “this link” to file. The IRS explains, “When you access the system, you will leave the IRS site and file the e-Postcard with the IRS through our trusted partner, Urban Institute. The form must be completed and filed electronically. There is no paper form.”
Click here to see images of the forms.
Klein goes on to note that employees at the Urban Institute” have a record of donating nearly 100 percent of their political contributions to Democrats, and officially, the Urban Institute advocates for totally socialized medicine, carbon taxes and amnesty for illegal aliens.”
The president of allegedly nonpartisan organization is Sarah Rosen Wartell, who is also the co-founder of the Center for American Progress, which is widely considered to be the brain trust behind many of the Obama administration’s progressive policies.
Cleta Mitchell, the attorney for a number of tea party and conservative groups targeted by the IRS, told WND, “If true, this is a violation of federal law. And since most of the tea-party groups have annual revenues of [$50,000] or less, this would redirect their filings to a group whose mission is fundamentally at odds with tea-party organizations.”
She continued, “Federal law strictly prohibits the disclosure of confidential taxpayer information to persons outside the IRS. It is a felony to disseminate the information.
“Surely this cannot be happening. Surely,” she said. “This would be well more than a ‘smidgen’ of corruption.”
A disgusted Christopher Monckton said the entire IRS is corrupt. “Sack the lot,” he declared.
“Where a department behaves as corruptly as the IRS, first selectively moving against conservative nonprofits only and then forcing all nonprofits to file their tax returns with a hard-left group only, with the menace that if they did not do so they would lose their nonprofit status, one statute springs to mind.
“The RICO statute,” he wrote.
“The IRS, by its actions, has shown itself to be a racketeer-influenced criminal organization. The nonprofits should band together, now, and mount a RICO action against it.
“Their lawyers will tell them they cannot possibly win. But they will win. And win big. The RICO statute, designed to deal with an earlier generation of Chicago gangsters, pays the successful plaintiffs three times their costs in fighting the action. Once the courts have held the IRS to be corrupt, it can and will be closed down,” he wrote.
He said a foreign company should be contracted for the IRS work.
“An organization that has behaved with such outrageous disregard for the iron obligation of strict political neutrality that is the first and most sacred duty of any tax-gatherer can only have done so because throughout its senior management there is ingrained contempt for the taxpayer and for the law,” he added. “The IRS has put politics above the law. Sack the lot.”
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.”
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!
Friends of Abe, a conservative group in liberal Hollywood has been waiting for their 501(c)(3) tax exempt application to be approved for approximately two years, and like the tea party groups that were targeted by the IRS, they have also been presented with detailed questionnaires about their activities, and asked to provide the IRS with access to their security-protected website, which would allow them to see their highly protected membership list.
The New York Times has the exclusive story.
A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum.
Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status. Last week, federal tax authorities presented the group with a 10-point request for detailed information about its meetings with politicians like Paul D. Ryan, Thaddeus McCotter and Herman Cain, among other matters, according to people briefed on the inquiry.
The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the organization’s confidentiality strictures, and to avoid complicating discussions with the I.R.S.
Those people said that the application had been under review for roughly two years, and had at one point included a demand — which was not met — for enhanced access to the group’s security-protected website, which would have revealed member names. Tax experts said that an organization’s membership list is information that would not typically be required. The I.R.S. already had access to the site’s basic levels, a request it considers routine for applications for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
Friends of Abe — the name refers to Abraham Lincoln — has strongly discouraged the naming of its members. That policy even prohibits the use of cameras at group events, to avoid the unwilling identification of all but a few associates — the actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, or the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, for instance — who have spoken openly about their conservative political views.
The Friends of Abe is seeking a 501(c)(3) tax status that would let donors claim a tax deduction, but prohibits partisan activity.
Jeremy Boreing, executive director of Friends of Abe, told the NYTs that “it’s been a long process,” and the “Friends of Abe has absolutely no political agenda.”
They are hoping to receive tax-exempt status similar to that of the left-wing People for the American Way Foundation.
People for the American Way, Mr. Lear’s group, stands as something of a liberal counterpart to Friends of Abe, though the organization is far larger, with an affiliate that spends millions of dollars a year on issue advocacy in Washington and beyond. But the entertainment industry has been crisscrossed by progressive groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, which maintains a tax-exempt educational adjunct under the 501(c)(3) provision, and includes the producer Laurie David and the actor Leonardo DiCaprio among its trustees. Another, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, is a nonprofit that supports marriage rights for gay people and counts the producer Bruce Cohen and the writer Dustin Lance Black among its founders.
In the questionnaire, IRS officials asked about “membership criteria and social events, according to the people briefed on the matter, with pointed queries about meetings with a Los Angeles mayoral candidate, Kevin James, and Republican politicians like Mr. Ryan, Mr. Cain and Rick Santorum.”
Officials particularly wanted to know why a speech introducing Mr. Cain at a Friends of Abe event in November 2011 — when he was a presidential candidate — should not be regarded as potentially prohibited political campaign support.
While tax-exempt groups are permitted to invite candidates to speak at events, it is not uncommon for the I.R.S. to scrutinize such activities to determine whether they cross the line into partisan election activity. One issue is whether the organization invites all the qualified candidates.
Marcus S. Owens, a former director of the I.R.S.’s exempt organizations division said, “the I.R.S. would say that if you are inviting only conservative candidates, that’s a problem. But it’s never really been litigated.”
I wonder why?
In July of 2012, The People For The American Way held a gala in honor its founder, Norman Lear and the Young Elected Officials Network (which consists of nearly 700 progressive officeholders between 18 and 35 years of age.) Nancy Pelosi gave a very political speech at the gala at a time when she was running for reelection in California.
“Together, we will fight for a new politics free from special interest money. We will ‘DARE’ – to disclose, amend, reform, and elect reformers. We must fight for disclosure, to pass the DISCLOSE Act and get unlimited, secret, special interest money out of our politics. We must amend our Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision that strengthens the hands of special interests at the expense of the people’s interest. We must fight for reform to empower the grassroots with a greater role in our elections and with citizen funding for campaigns. We must elect reform-minded leaders to fight for the American dream. Our founders established a democracy – not a plutocracy. We must make certain that the votes of the many determine the outcome of our elections, not the checkbooks of the few. We must fight voter suppression and protect the right of every citizen to vote and every vote to be counted. I believe the attempt to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is really an attempt to weaken his strong voice in fighting voter suppression.”
Would the IRS view that as an example of “potentially prohibited political campaign support?” Did the People for the American Way send invitations to all qualified candidates – including conservatives to speak at the gala to balance out Pelosi and the progressive Young Elected Officials Network? If not, why is the IRS not interested in “scrutinizing” them?
Why is it only “a problem” when conservative groups engage in what can arguably be called partisan politics?
When Holder’s politically weaponized Justice Department filed a $5 billion dollar fraud lawsuit against S&P a year ago, who didn’t think it was political retaliation for crossing Obama? Now, according to claims made in their multi-billion dollar lawsuit, S&P have removed all doubt.
The financial services firm, Standard & Poor’s, threw down a stunning challenge in court claiming that former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner threatened the chairman of S&P’s parent company in a phone call that warned of consequences after the downgrade came.
It came just days after S&P angered the White House by downgrading the U.S. credit rating in the middle of the 2011 debt ceiling debate.
Harold McGraw III said, according to the sworn legal declaration, “[Geithner] said that, ‘you have done an enormous disservice to yourselves and to your country.’”
He went to attribute the following threats from Geithner, “S&P’s conduct would be ‘looked at very carefully’ he said. Such behavior could not occur, he said, without a response from the government.”
The Justice Department filed a $5 billion dollar fraud lawsuit about a year ago, accusing S&P of lying about the credit worthiness of complicated financial instruments in the run out to the 2008 financial crisis.
Megyn Kelly opened her show, last night, with the bombshell allegations. She had on Chief Counsel from the ACLJ, Jay Sekulow, and Chris Stirewalt of the Washington Examiner to talk about it.
Stirewalt noted that the man making the allegation, Harold McGraw III “ain’t Glenn Beck….. he’s not a conservative activist, not somebody who is known for his criticism of any political figures – or anyone at all. What he’s known for is being a white shoe, elite, New York, big business, Chamber of Commerce, gives money to Democrats and Republicans kind of guy. He’s not someone who you would ever expect to hear criticizing anyone in power from either party.”
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.
The Senate Intelligence Committee finally released a report Wednesday faulting both the State Department and the intelligence community for not preventing attacks on two outposts in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in 2012.
The bipartisan report laid out more than a dozen findings regarding the assaults on a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex in the city. It said the State Department failed to increase security at its mission despite warnings, and blamed intelligence agencies for not sharing information about the existence of the CIA outpost with the U.S. military.
The committee determined that the U.S. military command in Africa didn’t know about the CIA annex and that the Pentagon didn’t have the resources in place to defend the State Department compound in an emergency.
“The attacks were preventable, based on extensive intelligence reporting on the terrorist activity in Libya — to include prior threats and attacks against Western targets — and given the known security shortfalls at the U.S. Mission,” the panel said in a statement.
Today, on Special Report, the panel discussed the report, and reactions to it on Capitol Hill. Even though Hillary Clinton’s name wasn’t mentioned in the Senate report, the panel agreed that Benghazi is going to be a problem for Hillary in the 2016 race. As Charles Krauthammer pointed out – no one was held accountable in the report, other than buildings and entities like the entire State Dept., the military, the CIA. “No individuals – no humans were held responsible on either side of the attack.”
Krauthammer then brought up the chilling fact that “15 people in Libya who cooperated with us – are now dead. They’ve been held accountable.”
That bit of information comes courtesy of the House Intelligence Committee report of previously classified information by the House Armed Services Committee.
According to the documents, senior military officials told the panel there were no discussions related to any specific threat in Libya despite general warnings about the possibility of terror attacks around the anniversary of 9/11. As a result, additional military assets were not deployed to the area.
On the investigation, the FBI was quoted in the report as saying the 15 deaths have severely hampered its probe.
“The FBI’s investigation into the individuals responsible for the Benghazi attacks has been hampered by inadequate cooperation and a lack of capacity by foreign governments to hold these perpetrators accountable, making the pursuit of justice for the attacks slow and insufficient,” the report said.
The big rumor coming out of Washington is – if you can believe this – that the FBI doesn’t plan to file criminal charges over the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups (!)
Law enforcement officers leaked that investigators haven’t found the kind of political bias or “enemy hunting” that would amount to a violation of criminal law.
Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy enforcing rules about tax-exemption applications it didn’t understand, according to the law-enforcement officials…
CNN’s Carol Costello interviewed reporter Joe Johns, for his unbiased take on the story, which happened to include the left’s favorite BS talking point: “it’s pretty clear some progressive groups were targeted as well.”
“We can say, at this point, no charges may be filed,” Johns said. “Sources have told CNN criminal charges are not likely, but we’ve got no indication the investigation is over.”
“This news may sound surprising but making a criminal case out of IRS targeting was always a stretch, according to legal experts,” Johns continued. “They look for false statements or perjury, but those charges only stick if someone is found to have intentionally lied to investigators or under oath. They could’ve looked at alleged violation of civil rights or discriminatory conduct, but then you have to show only conservative groups were targeted. it’s pretty clear some progressive groups were targeted as well.”
Johns concluded by noting that “there are people on Capitol Hill who were outraged and have been demanding charges. We’re not likely to have heard the end of this,Carol.”
Indeed, Issa noted in an interview with Fox News, last week, that “this administration has taken a lot of time – sent false statements repeatedly through intermediaries – that somehow this targeting went beyond conservatives, when in fact, the facts keep coming back that this was a one sided attempt to stop the people on the opposite side of Obama’s re-elect.”
You can add CNN and Mediaite to the “intermediaries” willing to uncritically accept the Regime’s false talking points on this.
Today, Issa blasted ”what he called a questionable U.S. criminal investigation into the screening of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service, saying that anonymous leaks had harmed the inquiry.”
“These revelations further undermine the credibility of the Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department under his leadership,” Issa and Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, said in a statement released late Monday night. “Given the circumstances, there is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation.
“Anonymous — and apparently politically motivated — leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials further undermine the public assurances by the current and former FBI directors that this is a legitimate investigation. These leaks come after the Justice Department, citing the confidential nature of the investigation, refused to brief Congress on its progress and congressional investigators independently discovered that a high dollar contributor to the Obama Administration failed to recuse herself,” Issa and Jordan wrote in the letter.
The IRS said in May that it had given extra scrutiny to Tea Party groups applying for nonprofit status, unleashing a scandal that led to the ouster of the agency’s acting chief and several other senior officials.
Congressional committees, including the House Oversight panel led by Issa, have begun investigations and the Justice Department has been conducting a criminal probe.
Issa was responding to a report in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn’t plan to seek charges.
Spokesmen with the Justice Department and the FBI either declined to comment or didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Darrell Issa appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Monday, to talk about Obama’s continuing scandals. The latest ATF scandal, which involves manufacturing crimes using mentally challenged individuals, he called “Fast and Furious revisited.”
Issa made clear that the ATF never acts alone, these are multi-agency operations.: “This is President Obama’s Dept of Justice that continues to support these rogue operations that lead to harm in communities,” Issa charged.
in response to the question of why a select committee has not been been appointed, he noted that “ the IRS scandal is a good candidate for a Special Prosecutor.” But in the case of Select Committees, “the fact is, I have all the same powers and have used the same authorities as a Select Committee would use. This administration is slow.”
He argued that the Obama administration does the same type of stonewalling to ALL the committees that have lawfully subpoenaed material.
“And I think that’s where we’re beginning to have some real headway, he continued. “An Obama appointee – a federal judge, has begun in fact going forward to order the administration to turn over the false statements and the information related to it in Fast and Furious. It may break loose – the whole idea that this administration cannot deliver us what we want, lie to us whenever they want to, and then slow roll any kind of discovery relating to information about false statements.”
Issa plans to pursue, the Fast and Furious, Benghazi and IRS scandals, in 2014, set to be his last year as Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee.
On Sunday’s edition of Political Insiders, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, and John LeBoutillier with Harris Faulkner discussed “Duty”, the explosive new book by Bob Gates, and Chris Christie’s BridgeGate scandal.
Schoen characterized the reaction to Gates’ book as a firestorm because of the revelation that political aides have been making foreign policy in unprecedented ways. Caddell reminded viewers of what he said about Tom Donilon being the chief leaker in 2012, when foreign policy secrets were pouring out of the White House to help the president. Gates accused Donilon of having poisoned the atmosphere – and having the nerve to call 4 Star Generals – something absolutely unheard of before now.
“It is unbelievable how political this was,” Caddell said. Also unbelievable was how the media avoided covering the WH leaks like the major scandal it was.
LeBoutillier added, ”the idea of political people involving themselves in national security issues for political reasons is really a corruption of the system.”
He noted that back in the day someone like Henry Kissinger ran foreign policy.
“He wasn’t over in campaign meetings, deciding campaign strategy.” He said there was a wall between the two things, “until this administration.”
Faulkner brought up some text from the book that should come as no surprise to anyone who has been studying this president’s character, or lack thereof over the years: “one quality I missed in Obama, was passion, especially when it came to the two wars. In my presence, Bush, unlike his father, was pretty unsentimental… but he was passionate about the war in Iraq; and on occasion, at a Medal of Honor ceremony, or the like, I would see his eyes well up. I worked for Obama longer than Bush, and I never saw his eyes well up.”
Just a devastating indictment, that. 3/4 of the casualties in Afghanistan have been under his dry-eyed watch.
Caddell went on to ask the $64,000 question: “why didn’t Gates resign? When is somebody going to resign over principle the way Cy Vance did?
They segued over to the Christie scandal about which LeBoutillier thought the biggest take-away was how muted the Republicans have been in defense of the embattled governor.
“In New Jersey, they (the Republicans) don’t like him, and they’re afraid of him, he claimed. “He’s steamrolled over a lot of Republicans….”
Democrat Doug Schoen piped in , “isn’t it John, that they’re seeing a guy who embraced President Obama during the last week of the election, during the hurricane clean up? He’s a moderate Republican, and this is, bottom line - payback.”
“But in New Jersey,” Leboutllier insisted, “Republicans have had a tough relationship with him.”
And the fact of the matter is – Republicans don’t know for sure whether or not Christie’s hands are clean in this. It may turn out that they’re not. One thing Republicans have, which the vast majority of Democrats lack, is integrity. We’re not circling the wagons for someone who may turn out to be corrupt. And yeah – the romantic interlude on the NJ beach with Obama didn’t help him with fellow Republicans, either.
Leave it to Caddell, though, to cut to the chase. “What STUNS me about it though – and this really bothers me,” he said, “is the Democratic party is going after Christie with hook and tong – the DOJ, they’re talking impeachment….” Compared to all of Obama’s scandals, Caddell suggested it was no big shakes, but the Republicans investigate Obama’s scandals like the “three blind mice.”
“The fury with which the Democrats are going after Christ Christie in four days, just like that!” Leboutllier insisted, snapping his fingers. “They’ve got committees, subpoenas flying all over the place…..we’re NINE months into the IRS scandal. We’re a year and a half since Benghazi, we have 179 Congressmen saying ‘please, Speaker Boehner, have a Select Committee to get to the bottom of it – and by the way, it might hurt Hillary’, and they they don’t do a thing.”
Schoen concluded, “the Democrats play for keeps, the Republicans play beanbag.”
Sure wish I understood why.
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The Hill is reporting that Rep. Darrell Issa will be pursuing the IRS scandal, the Benghazi attack and the lethally stupid Fast and Furious operation in 2014 – which will likely be his last year as the House GOP’s chief investigator.
Issa sounded a cautionary note that the investigations might not conclude while he has the gavel.
“The administration wraps up investigations. We are done when we are done … there shouldn’t be any sort of effort to load in or unload” before his term limit of six years as the top Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee ends in December.
Rep. John Mica (Fla.), who is the favorite to replace Issa as Chairman, told The Hill that he hopes to “have a shot at” the gavel if he gets reelected, and the GOP continues to control the House.
Key Oversight and Reform member Rep. Jason Chaffetz told the Hill that “there’s a lot more to come” on Benghazi, as well as “investigations from healthcare to the IRS to Fast and Furious.”
Issa said, “I’d like to have Fast and Furious be a closed case,” noting that the courts are still reviewing access-to-documents disputes between Republicans and the administration.
FNC’s Judge Jeanine Pirro scorched Obama in her Opening Statement on Saturday night’s ‘Justice’ for the myriad of scandals his DOJ has studiously avoided investigating – at least until a political rival, Chris Christie, had a scandal of his own – in which case, Holder’s hyper-politicized Department of Justice leaped into action.
So here we are, prosecutorial resources directed not against the killers of Americans, or the violators of the Constitution, but instead against his Democratic administration’s political rival, Pirro said morosely.
“I know the role of a prosecutor, she continued. It is not a political one. The role of a prosecutor is to do justice.”
“Justice cannot be fueled by partisan Presidential Politics,” Pirro concluded. “Shame on you, Mr. President.”