Issa Bombshell: Lois Lerner funneled Rep. Cummings Info About True The Vote

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released emails Wednesday afternoon showing that Lois Lerner coordinated with Rep. Elijah Cummings and committee Democrats multiple times between 2012 and 2013,  providing them information they requested about True the Vote, the 501(c)(4) voter integrity organization that was singled out for IRS scrutiny (not to mention FBI, ATF,  OSHA and  EPA-affiliated TCEQ scrutiny.)

Via Eliana Johnson NRO: 

In a letter signed by his five subcommittee chairmen, Issa raised the possibility that Cummings coordinated with the IRS, “surreptitiously” contacting the agency to request information about True the Vote.

E-mails unearthed in the course of Issa’s investigation into the IRS’s inappropriate targeting of right-leaning groups show that in January 2013, a member of Cummings’s staff contacted the IRS asking for any publicly available information on True the Vote. The matter was discussed by IRS officials that included Lois Lerner, the former exempt-organizations chief who retired in the wake of the targeting scandal. One of Lerner’s deputies, Holly Paz, subsequently sent the organization’s 990 forms to Cummings and his staff — not an illegal disclosure of taxpayer information, though sources say the exchange of such information was not routine.

The correspondence does not indicate whether the IRS’ scrutiny of True the Vote’s application for tax exemption was prompted by Cummings’s inquiries about the group and the timing of the correspondence suggests it was not, but instead that Cummings may have modeled his inquiries on those the IRS had already made.

Via Twitchy:


The excrement is about to hit the fan – Cummings has been trying to throw a wrench into Issa’s investigation since June of last year when he pronounced the partisan “witch hunt” was “solved.”  Now we know why – because he’s in up to his eyeballs colluding with the IRS — WHILE sitting  on the investigative Oversight Committee, lying and withholding information.  Jim Hoft thinks there could be jail time for Cummings, if the GOP decides to take the gloves off. (They won’t of course.)

Cummings says in response, that  “the GOP has falsely accused him of wrongly contacting the IRS about True the Vote.”

Cummings said in the letter that he has publicly stated his interest in finding more about True the Vote, which supports voter ID laws that Cummings opposes.

Cummings said in his letter that his inquiries were appropriate and did not violate any rules. His requests, Cummings added, were for publicly available information.

Cummings said the letter from Issa and others Republicans is “a desperate attempt to shift the focus on tomorrow’s contempt vote away from the serious Constitutional deficiencies in these proceedings.”

I always knew he was full of sh*t.

Expect  fireworks Thursday morning when the  Government Oversight and Reform committee convenes to vote on holding Lerner in contempt of Congress. The fun begins at 9:00 am Eastern… 
Congressman Trey Gowdy went On the Record with Greta Van Sustern to talk about the latest IRS scandal revelations:
Meanwhile on PMSNBC they have finally sprung into action to defend the poor besieged person who’s been so unfairly targeted:  Joy Reid: Holding Lois Lerner In Contempt ‘Really Does Ratchet Up The…Persecution Of Her’

After reading lengthy statements from Democrat Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Lerner’s attorney, Reid declared the GOP “Have zeroed in on Lois Lerner, she is going to be the face of their IRS witch hunt and not the White House.” Reid then attempted to minimize the scandal even further:

The bottom line, with health care dissipating as a potent political topic and scant red meat to take home to their Tea Party base over the recess, Republicans are trying to freshen up their favorite faux scandals and conspiracy theories.

Reid’s comments came during an interview with liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank who unsurprisingly mocked the investigation of Ms. Lerner:

This was a classic case, the Ways and Means hearing, which I was at this morning. First of all, they are saying explicitly they think the person responsible for this wrong doing was Lois Lerner, not part of a culture of corruption in the White House but, in fact, a career employee at the IRS. So leaving aside that means basically the entire investigation fizzled in its attempt to find a skullduggery within the White House.

Reid then proceeded to declare the House investigation a “circus” before attempting to dismiss all of the offenses leveled against Lerner:

Used her position to improperly influence agency action against only conservative organizations, which of course is factually not true. Impeded official investigations by providing misleading statements. Risked exposing and may have actually disclosed, confidential taxpayer information. But again, none of that gets to what Darrell Issa promised his Republican base, which is that he was going to locate this conspiracy in the Nixonian White House and he didn’t do it. And he very demonstrably not doing it.

Reid brought Milbank on for the sole purpose of having a liberal voice to slap down the GOP, primarily Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA): “Over in the Oversight Committee it’s just about a contempt vote that everybody knows is going nowhere.”

It would be funny if I didn’t know they actually have an audience weapons grade stupid enough to buy their “ratchet”  snake-oil.


Catherine Engelbrecht appeared on the Kelly File to talk about  her testimony before Congress back in February and her formal ethics complaint against Cummings.



The IRS Scandal Is Heating Up Again


The IRS scandal is heating up on several fronts keeping it in the news and hopefully on the minds of the American people as we head to the midterms.

Former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner pled the Fifth for a second time, last month, prompting the Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa to consider contempt charges. Today he announced that the the process for holding Lerner in contempt begins next week.

 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today announced that the Committee will convene for a business meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building to consider a resolution holding Lois G. Lerner, former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions before Congress on May 22, 2013 and March 5, 2014, at a hearing entitled, “Targeting Americans for their Political Beliefs.”

“Documents and testimony point to Lois Lerner as a senior IRS official responsible for conduct that deprived Americans of their rights to free speech and equal protection under our laws,” said Issa.  “Americans expect accountability and want Congress to do all it can to gather relevant evidence about what occurred and who was responsible so that this never happens again.  Ms. Lerner’s involvement in wrongdoing and refusal to meet her legal obligations has left the Committee with no alternative but to consider a contempt finding.”

Ms. Lerner presided over the IRS division where targeting and improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups took place. She, herself, directed unprecedented scrutiny of Tea Party applicants and worked on new restrictive rules for non-profits after President Obama and other prominent Democrats expressed outrage at the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.  Lerner is the only IRS official who has refused to testify before Congress in the IRS targeting investigation.  At one point her lawyer actually told the Committee she was ready to testify publicly, but subsequently rescinded that offer.

The Committee released the report, “Lois Lerner’s Involvement in the IRS Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations”, on March 11, 2014.  As Ms. Lerner is the only IRS official who has refused to testify to Congress, this report is based on e-mails, documents, and other testimony about her role in targeting and efforts to mislead investigators about improper conduct. The Oversight Committee continues to conduct a broad investigation of IRS targeting abuses beyond Ms. Lerner’s personal role.

Additional background about the contempt process:

Contempt of Congress, as defined in 2 U.S.C. §192 states as follows:

Every person who having been summoned as a witness by the authority of either House of Congress to give testimony or to produce papers upon any matter under inquiry before either House, or any joint committee established by a joint or concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress, or any committee of either House of Congress, willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than [$100,000] nor less than $100 and imprisonment in a common jail for not less than one month nor more than twelve months.

On March 26, 2014, the House Office of General Counsel wrote a memo to Chairman Issa refuting claims brought forward by Members of the Democratic Minority that the Committee had not followed procedures necessary to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.  The memo notes the significance of the fact that the Committee passed a resolution, on June 28, 2013, that Ms. Lerner had in fact waived her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions.

If the full House of Representatives ultimately holds Ms. Lerner in contempt, the statute directs the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia “to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action.”  While in two past instances House contempt findings have also been accompanied by resolutions authorizing civil action, each still included a criminal contempt finding.  Civil action has only been authorized in cases where the President of the United States has asserted executive privilege over documents or testimony.  To date, President Obama has not asserted executive privilege to prevent Ms. Lerner’s from testifying.

The April 10 proceeding will be open to the public and debate by Members of the Committee.


“Lois Lerner is the focal point of the IRS targeting scandal”, the ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow told Fox News recently. “It was her office that did this, it was her leadership that presented this. She has a series of emails, some of which have been released, and others that have not been, (and you can imagine what those might say.) But the ones that have been released show that this was politically motivated by Lois Lerner and by people higher up than Lois Lerner. In one sense she was the key implememter, but I don’t think that this originated with her and they’re very hesitant….”

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He went on to say, “we don’t yet have the depth and detail of what was going on here.” He went back to Obama’s SOTU speech of 2010, which is what many people think was the trigger for the targeting that would come. “With in weeks, action started at the IRS”, Sekulow said.

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On Wednesday, B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had trouble explaining to Congress why his agents made two visits to True the Vote’s Catherine Englebrecht’s place of business in a 13-month period.

Englebrecht testified about the visits at a hearing last month before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. She explained that shortly after filing the IRS form to establish 501(3)(c) and (3)(4) tax exempt organizations, “an assortment of federal entities, including law enforcement agencies” came knocking at her door. Engelbrecht declared, “in nearly two decades of running our small business, my husband and I never dealt with any government agency outside of filing our annual tax returns. We had never been audited, we had never been investigated, but all that changed upon submitting applications for the non-profit statuses of True the Vote and King Street.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is one of the agencies that harrassed the Engelbrechts, conducting “comprehensive audits” at their place of business in 2012 and in 2013.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) had an opportunity to query Jones about those visits during an Oversight and Reform hearing, Wednesday,  on the ATF’s botched undercover storefront operations.


Jones, clearly deploying the Regime’s tried and true “run out the clock” strategy, provided no answers for Jordon and no promise of ever doing so. The documents Jorden requested six weeks ago need to be subpoenaed.

Savor the words of the acting IRS Commissioner re the IRS’s new regulations for 501 (C) (4) non profit organizations.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s remarks at the National Press Club on Tuesday.

 “When Americans speak up, it makes a difference,” said Sen. Cruz. “A record number of Americans spoke out against a regulation being considered by the IRS to stifle free speech of 501(c)(4) political groups. As a result, it is unlikely those rules will be implemented this year. This is a substantial victory for the grassroots and should serve as motivation to continue pressuring the IRS to drop the rule completely.”


Specifically, Koskinen said:

Another recommendation by the IG was that the Treasury Department and the IRS should provide clearer guidance on how to assess the permissibility of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations’ activities. So last November, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations that are designed to clarify the extent to which a 501(c)(4) organization can engage in political activity without endangering its tax-exempt status.

While I was not involved in the issuance of this draft proposal, because it happened before I was confirmed as Commissioner, I believe it is extremely important to make this area of regulation as clear as possible. Not only does that help the IRS properly enforce the law, but clearer regulations will also give a better roadmap to applicants, and will help those that already have 501(c)(4) status properly administer their organizations without unnecessary fears of losing their tax-exempt status.

During the comment period, which ended in February, we received more than 150,000 comments. That’s a record for an IRS rulemaking comment period. In fact, if you take all the comments on all Treasury and IRS draft proposals over the last seven years and double that number, you come close to the number of comments we are now beginning to review and analyze. It’s going to take us a while to sort through all those comments, hold a public hearing, possibly repropose a draft regulation and get more public comments. This means that it is unlikely we will be able to complete this process before the end of the year.

Mission accomplished.

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The Washington Post gave Koskinen 3 Pinocchios for some of his  testimony before Congress, last week:

The Blaze: Washington Post: ‘Cat’s Out of the Bag’ on IRS Targeting Scandal:

The Washington Post says it’s just “bureaucratese” in fact checking IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who told Congress the tax collecting agency was never accused of targeting tea party organizations and other conservative groups from 2010 through 2012.

Koskinen testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on March 25, but the Post on Thursday, said it spent several days fact checking his testimony before giving it three Pinocchios. The newspaper’s fact check column has a maximum of four Pinocchios.

“The Inspector General found inappropriate criteria were used to select organizations for further review – he did not refer to it as targeting,” the commissioner told the committee. He also said, “Yes, inappropriate criteria were used. I don’t think I used the word target, but I do acknowledge that applications were delayed unnecessarily and for too long.”



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Krauthammer on Morell Testimony: ‘It’s Passing Strange That CIA Analysts’ Account on Benghazi Was Precisely The Cover Story Obama WH Needed’ (Video)

Former CIA Acting Director Michael J. Morell testified Wednesday morning before the House Intelligence Committee on his role in the shaping of the administration’s widely discredited talking points on Benghazi. Republicans have been saying that Morell’s past accounts of his role on Benghazi were “often misleading and sometimes deliberately false.”

Republicans got few answers at the hearing, but a lot denials of wrongdoing. “I never allowed politics to influence what I said or did. Never,” the 33 year veteran of the agency who has served both Republican and Democrat presidents insisted.

Morell testified that he was deeply troubled by allegations “that I inappropriately altered and influenced CIA’s classified analysis and its unclassified talking points about what happened in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012 and that I covered up those actions.”

“These allegations accuse me of taking these actions for the political benefit of President Obama and then Secretary of State Clinton. These allegations are false,” Morell said.

When Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL) asked Morell if he complained to the White House following Susan Rice’s appearances on the five Sunday talk shows, he said that he did not complain to anybody.

Morell affirmed that he read the email the CIA Station Chief in Libya had sent him on September 15, informing him that the attack was “not an escalation of protests.”

The Special Report Panel discussed Morell’s testimony, Wednesday evening. Steven Hayes made note of the different stories that the former Deputy CIA Director has told. He said he expected more contrition from Morell about lying (by omission) to Congress when they questioned him about the talking points. There were two substantive pieces of information that came out at the hearing, Hayes said – that the video narrative came from the White House, and the other thing was that he said that the agency had taken the word of CIA analysts over eye witnesses on the ground. No matter how hard he spinned that at the hearing, he was unable to not make it seem absurd.

The Hill’s AB Stoddard said, “I was really surprised how completely confused, beyond inconsistant he was. It’s really beyond disconcerting. He couldn’t get to contrition because he really countered himself so many times it’s unbelievable.”

Krauthammer said, “It’s a curious coincidence that when he decides to ignore what he’s hearing from the people on the ground who are right there, who can actually see what’s going on – who are communicating on the ground live while it’s happening to other people, he decides that evidence is going to be ignored and he goes with an analyst in Langley whom he said — was not aware of eyewitness accounts… It is passing strange that the account of the analysts in Langley is precisely the cover story that will get the White House off the hook.”


Video: In Senate Floor Speech, Ted Cruz Slaps Down Dingy Harry Like A Boss

Harry Reid took to the Senate floor today to accuse  Republicans of holding up legislation to help Ukraine so they can help billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Sound like a fantastical stretch?

Keep reading.

Senators are still quibbling over a proposed aid package to Ukraine that passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and must now be taken up by the full Senate. The package includes reforms to the International Monetary Fund that a number of Republicans oppose.

CNN reports that “some Republicans” have floated the idea of trading the IMF reforms for a delay in proposed regulations by the Internal Revenue Service that would change the definition of “political activity” by tax-exempt groups, like some of the tea party groups that say they were improperly targeted by the IRS in 2012.

Excuse me CNN, but what do you mean by “tea party groups that say they were improperly targeted? The freaking IRS admitted to improperly targeting them and apologized. Obama initially declared that he was outraged over the offense. (If the tables were turned there would be no “that say.” Anyone even tangentially connected to the scandal would have been fired, impeached, tried for treason,  and jailed by now.

Anyway enter Dingy Harry to conflate defending the First Amendment rights of all Social Welfare groups with “protecting the Koch brothers.”

“This is hard for me to comprehend, how in clear conscience [Republicans] could say, ‘Ukrainians, we probably can’t help you because we’re trying to protect the Koch brothers,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said at a press conference Thursday. “And not only that, they’re saying to the American people that protecting the Koch brothers is more important than protecting our country.”

The man is batshit. But what really scares and saddens me – is that there are legions of mindless drones out there, who hear that —- and think it makes sense.

It is about damn time someone took to the floor to defend the Koch brothers from Dingy Harry’s now daily 2 minutes of hate from the  Senate Floor. He is supposed to be the Majority Leader of the Senate. Talk about impropriety.

Cruz released the following statement blasting Senate Dems for holding Ukraine aid hostage to politics.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to Sen. Reid’s measure to inject unnecessary provisions to the International Monetary Fund into a U.S. aid package to Ukraine.

“The world, Russia and the people of Ukraine should understand – Mr. Putin should understand – that all of us are united in standing with the people of Ukraine, that the United States will act,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am convinced we will act decisively to impose sanctions and serious consequences on Russia for their unprovoked act of war. We will act decisively to stand with the people of Ukraine. There should be no doubt in any observer’s mind that this will unify both parties, we will stand together. We would have done so tonight had the Majority Leader not made the cynical decision to hold Ukraine aid hostage to politics. Politics should end at the water’s edge, and I think it’s unfortunate to see the Majority Leader trying to use the crisis in Ukraine for political advantage. That’s the mistake, but there should be no ambiguity. We will impose sanctions. We will stand with Ukraine.”

Sen. Cruz highlighted four main reasons that the IMF provisions contained in the Ukraine aid package are harmful to the U.S. and misguided:

  • They are unnecessary. Estimates show that Ukrainian aid would cost no more than 5 percent of IMF’s current resources, which it is completely capable of handling without increased contribution from the U.S.
  • It could double the U.S.’s contribution to the IMF. We should not be opening up U.S. taxpayers to billions in additional financial reliability.
  • It would diminish U.S. influence on the IMF, reducing our ability to control IMF’s decisions and taking away the U.S.’s veto authority over the funds.
  • Most astoundingly, it would increase Russia’s control over the IMF, at a time when we are seeking to punish Russia for its act of war and aggression.

In his remarks, Sen. Cruz also outlined four immediate actions that the U.S. should take to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

  • Press to expel Russia from the G8;
  • Immediately enforce the Magnitsky Act (which the Administration has so far failed to do) to punish human rights by Russian officials and expand the act to include Ukrainian human rights abusers;
  • Immediately reinstall the anti-ballistic missile program (cancelled under President Obama in an unsuccessful effort to appease Mr. Putin) so that Eastern Europe can defend itself;
  • Offer the government of Ukraine a free trade agreement, particularly access to energy exports, including liquid natural gas (LNG), which will help free Ukraine from economic blackmail by Russia.

In regard to creating a free trade agreement with Ukraine, Sen. Cruz said, “We should move immediately to give Ukraine access to U.S. energy exports, particularly liquid natural gas, not just because it would help Ukraine and represent a serious blow to Russia, but because it makes perfect sense from the perspective of the United States. At a time when we’ve got the lowest labor rate participation since 1978, when millions of people are out of work and hurting, we should be developing and expanding our resources, and energy provides an opportunity to transform the geopolitical playing field, to use our abundant resources in a free market manner to free and liberate the people of Ukraine.”

Video: How Conservative Activists Got 140,000 Comments Opposing The IRS Regulation For 501 C 4 Groups

Conservative activists have been working overtime to stop the proposed IRS regulation for 501 (C) (4) social welfare groups that is designed to silence conservatives. The new regulation “popped up” without prior notice on Thanksgiving weekend, last year, when most of America was focused on the holidays, giving them only two months to act. In the end, over 140,000 comments were posted on by the deadline of Feb 27. This means the IRS has to comb through and address every single one of them, comment by comment. They have gummed up the works for the IRS on this rule change in a huge way.

Conservative leaders Andrew Langer from the Institute of Liberty, Ralph Reed of the rapidly growing Faith and Freedom Coalition and Phil Kerpin of the American Commitment were on hand at CPAC 2014 to explain how they were able to achieve this herculean effort.

As Langer would tell us, “my dream has always been… to slow down the wheels of the bureaucracy – bury them under an avalanche of comments – that we can now do.”

Andrew Langer: “Congress passes a law, and it goes to the agencies for interpretation through the regulatory process, and you file substantive comments – comments that get to the heart of the rule, and why it’s bad. But you also need to get grassroots comments in. This is what the left has always done very well. It’s how weird interpretations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, OSHA rules – how those all move forward, is because they all go out – the Sierra Club will go out and get tens of thousands of postcard comments. So we knew we had to do the same thing with this.”

Ralph Reed: “We feel strongly about this because we think that one of the things that separate the United States from every other nation in recorded history until the time of our founding – the thing that makes us unique and exceptional, and it’s the reason why people are willing to crawl across broken glass and cross oceans at the risk of their own lives to become Americans – is because we believe the government derives its legitimacy from the consent of the governed. And if you don’t think that is different than what goes on in the rest of the world, just look at Syria where there’s over 140,000 innocents that have been slaughtered recently, look at what’s going on in the Ukraine and Crimea, look at what’s happening in Egypt, in Iran and I can go on. What happens here – is not normal. It is not the normative human experience. Now, the right to organize – to mobilize, to educate, to register people to vote, to ensure that they’re properly activated – that they have an effective means of petitioning their elected officials – is critical to this Democratic experiment.”

Phil Kerpin: “Elected Democrats are behind this…they think the only way they can survive is to shut us all up. They’re willing to throw their own grassroots overboard and the First Amendment of the Constitution to do it, and given the fact that the IRS has already taken it as far as they have, in the face of all the opposition across the ideological spectrum, I think it’s very likely that they’ll take the next step and attempt to finalize the rule before the election. If they do that, I’m not going to abide by the rule. I think it’s an illegal rule and we’re going to litigate it..”

These conservative men may look like mild mannered milquetoasts but they are warriors who are doing God’s work. We should support their organizations in any way we can.

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.

Jay Sekulow: The New Emails May Result in Contempt Proceedings For Lerner (Video)

New emails were released today by the House Oversight and Reform Committee, as Chairman Issa builds his case for contempt against IRS’s Louis Lerner,

In e-mails released today by a congressional committee, Lerner wondered why Congress wasn’t getting more criticism, hoped that the Federal Election Commission would “save the day” and wrote that political nonprofit groups “itching for a constitutional challenge” might file a court case that leads the IRS to accelerate the release of specific information about groups denied tax-exempt status.

The e-mails are part of a 141-page report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The panel is building a case designed to lead to a vote to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer the panel’s questions and for providing false and misleading information in prior questioning.

“She led efforts to scrutinize conservative groups while working to maintain a veneer of objective enforcement,” the report said of Lerner. “Her unwillingness to testify deprives Congress the opportunity to have her explain her conduct, hear her response to personal criticisms levied by her IRS coworkers, and provide vital context regarding the actions of other IRS officials.”

Jay Sekulow discussed the latest on Fox News, Tuesday, “I think the most troubling aspect of the emails is that Lois Lerner was clearly cognizant of the fact that this increased scrutiny would result in litigation – which ultimately it has – and when you look at that and what she wrote, she slow tracked these approval processes and reviews because of this concern about litigation and it may challenge their ability to control political speech – which of course is not within the IRS’s purview in the first place.” He added, “it kinda gives you an insight into what she was thinking, what the leadership at the IRS was thinking, as they went through this process of intentionally tracking these non profit applications and slowing them down because of the politics involved…”

He went on to say, “the Supreme Court in all the cases I’ve handled have always been unanimous when it came to viewpoint discrimination – the court just does not tolerate it.”

As for what to do next, Sekulow said, “you can try a Special Prosecutor, but I think we gotta move forward with the Contempt proceedings. She is one of the key, central figures in this – she’s not the only one – but she clearly had an agenda and that agenda was silencing these groups, and she was pretty effective in doing that – she’s just being called on the carpet now because she’s been caught.”


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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’s Testimony – We Have The Evidence – She Needs To Save Herself Or Go Down In Flames

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.”

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Althouse: Who put “acute political pressure” on Lois Lerner “to crack down on conservative-leaning organizations,” and why did Lerner need a “plan” to avoid “a per se political project”?

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Saturday Movie Matinee: Coordination Found Between WH and CIA On Bogus Benghazi Talking Points

Fox News: Former CIA official accused of misleading lawmakers on Benghazi:

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.”

The Conversation: Gowdy: Congress Can Defund Obama’s Pet Projects And Vacations If He Continues Executive Overreach:

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:

This anti-ObamaCare ad that was too much truth for “vulnerable Democrat” Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) to handle:

Now this: MI DEMOCRATS FILE CHARGES to Get Truthful Obamacare Ad Taken Off Air (Video):

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:

About time.

Venezuela’s President Maduro threatens to expel CNN over its coverage:

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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.

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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.

Gizmodo: This Centuries-Old Musical Instrument Sounds Exactly Like Super Mario:

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!

Dinesh D’Souza: Obama’s Vindictive, His Kenyan Family Paranoid (Video)

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, 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.

Shock: IRS Partners With Progressive Organization To Process Data Filed By Small Tax-Exempt Groups

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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 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.”

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 website - almost all of them negative.

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

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White House Rejects Privacy Board’s Finding That NSA Data Sweep is Illegal (Video)

Last month, a federal judge said that he believed the National Security Agency’s  mass collection of domestic phone records is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the government’s bulk collection of metadata  probably violates privacy rights.

Today, in a newly released report, the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board said that the NSA’s data collection isn’t legal, isn’t doing anything to stop terrorism, and should be stopped.

“We have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,” the board wrote in the report released Thursday.

Unfortunately, the board doesn’t have any legal teeth, so the Regime feels free to ignore its recommendations.

Fox News reported:

“We simply disagree with the board’s analysis on the legality of the program,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

He was responding to a scathing report from The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), which said the program ran afoul of the law on several fronts.

“The … bulk telephone records program lacks a viable legal foundation,” the board’s report said, adding that it raises “serious threats to privacy and civil liberties” and has “only limited value.” The report, further, said the NSA should “purge” the files.

The president did not go nearly as far when he called last week for ending government control of phone data collected from hundreds of millions of Americans.

Carney claimed the president, in his address last week, did “directly derive” some of his ideas from the board’s draft recommendations. But he made clear that Obama does not see eye to eye with them on the legitimacy of mass phone record collection.

“The administration believes that the program is lawful,” he said.

But he couldn’t cite one terror plot that had been disrupted using the data collected.

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