January 14, 2014

Burying the IRS Scandal

No one's to blame.  Nothing to see here, move along.

The Fix Is In in the IRS Abuse Scandal

President Obama himself at least set the tone that led to the abuse of conservative, Christian and Tea Party groups by calling for them to be investigated in several of his public comments. He may have done a whole lot more than just set the tone. Obama placed William Wilkins into the IRS counsel’s office, and that office was responsible for developing the IRS guidelines that led to the targeting of the president’s opponents. IRS chief counsel Wilkins met with President Obama just two days before his office handed out the guidelines that agents used to target the president’s opponents. A day after that, the head of the IRS workers union also met with President Obama. Either of these meetings looks bad, but both together look terrible. Also, then IRS commissioner Doug Shulman attended 118 meetings in the White House across the time of the abuse.

The IRS targeted more than just groups formed to oppose the president. It went after individuals, too, including Christine O’Donnell and Catherine Engelbrecht.    Engelbrecht, founder of the election integrity King Street Patriots group, has had to fend off an alphabet soup of federal executive branch agencies. Who has the power to coordinate the activities of all those agencies, and send them after someone doing something that the president, by suing states that enact voter ID, has made clear that he does not like? The power to make all those agencies jump rests in the White House. Nowhere else.

Holder Will File No Charges In IRS Harassment of Tea Partiers Matter;

Tea Party Lawyer: “This has been a big, bureaucratic, former-Soviet-Union-type investigation, which means that there was no investigation”

As you know, Barack Obama, who heard about this when you did, was "outraged" by it all.

Obama admin’s IRS investigation appears to be a sham

The federal government’s criminal investigation of the IRS targeting scandal, spearheaded by the FBI and Holder’s Department of Justice, has long been considered a joke by insiders. DOJ civil rights lawyer Barbara Bosserman, who contributed $6,100 to Obama’s political campaigns between 2008 and 2012, was secretly chosen to lead the DOJ’s investigation, Issa’s oversight committee recently discovered.

FBI investigators went more than half a year without contacting any of the 41 victimized conservative groups represented in an American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) lawsuit against the IRS, even though White House press secretary Jay Carney was able to conclude that the IRS matter was just one of a number of “phony scandals” surrounding the Obama administration.

Wall Street Journal editorial:  The IRS Gets a Pass:'

Not every scandal is a crime, but if the report is right it means no one will be held accountable in any meaningful way for the misuse of the taxing power of the state. This is why Americans don't trust government.
Posted by Jill Fallon at January 14, 2014 9:57 PM | Permalink