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Issa: No way we’re going to let Obama administration investigate the IRS by itself
Hotair ^ | 05/14/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/14/2013 11:47:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Yesterday, Barack Obama tried to get ahead of the IRS scandal by promising a full investigation into the policy of targeting the administration’s opponents for extra scrutiny and harassment when applying for tax-exempt status for their groups. Color House Oversight chair Darrell Issa … unimpressed. Appearing on CBS News this morning, Issa told Charlie Rose that there is no way the House will allow the executive branch to conduct the only investigation into the systematic targeting of conservatives:

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday blasted President Obama for suggesting the administration could fairly investigate claims the IRS unfairly targeted conservative political groups.

“How dare the administration imply that they’re going to get to the bottom of it,” said Issa in an interview on CBS’s “This Morning.”

“This was the targeting of the president’s political enemies effectively and lies about it during the election year so that it wasn’t discovered until afterwards,” he added. “The fact is this is the kind of investigation that has to be open and transparent to the American people.”

Issa also calls out Lois Lerner for her bizarre attempt to spin the Inspector General report ahead of time. I’ve been writing about that since the weekend. She insisted that the issues were located only in one office (a lie) and that it was restricted to low-level workers (another lie).

Today, IRS Commissioner Steve Miller — who knew about this since May 2012 and didn’t inform Congress — tried apologizing for a “lack of sensitivity” in investigating conservative groups:

The IRS acting chief acknowledged Tuesday that the agency demonstrated “a lack of sensitivity” in its screenings of political groups seeking tax-exempt status, but he said those mistakes won’t be repeated.

In his first public comment on the case, Steven Miller said there was “a shortcut taken in our processes” for determining which groups needed special screening.

Miller has emerged as a key figure in the controversy over the IRS’ singling out of conservative groups for extra scrutiny. President Barack Obama said Monday that if the agency intentionally targeted such groups, “that’s outrageous and there’s no place for it.”

In an opinion piece in Tuesday’s editions of USA Today, Miller said conceded that the agency demonstrated “a lack of sensitivity to the implications of some of the decisions that were made.” He said screening of advocacy groups is “factually complex, and it’s challenging to separate out political issues from those involving education or social welfare.”

“The mistakes we made were due to the absence of a sufficient process for working the increase in cases and a lack of sensitivity to the implications of some of the decisions that were made,” Miller wrote.

Er, sure. It was just “a lack of sensitivity” to the fact that the IRS targeted the administration’s political opponents while they were attempting to organize effectively during not one but two election cycles, and Miller and other officials never told Congress about it. That’s practically Lerneresque in terms of spin.

No wonder Issa has zero confidence in the White House.

Update: One former IRS commissioner told CBS News that the agency “absolutely did the wrong thing,” but notice how CBS News emphasizes a sinister sense about these groups first:

Maybe the DoJ is looking into CBS’ phone records, huh?

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 113th; bho44; bhocorruption; bhofascism; bhoirs; corruption; criminalpresident; democrats; highcrimes; irs; irsscandal; issa; issairsscandal; obama

1 posted on 05/14/2013 11:47:16 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The wolves are going to get to the bottom of an attack on the hen house?


2 posted on 05/14/2013 11:51:46 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Second American Revolution)
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To: ryan71

Yeah, 0bumble should let Eric Holder spearhead the investigation.


3 posted on 05/14/2013 11:53:48 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Congressional subpoenas all around, Benghazi-Gate, IRS-Gate, Project Gunrunner-Gate- the list goes on and on and on...
4 posted on 05/14/2013 11:55:49 AM PDT by nomad
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To: SeekAndFind

Al Capone is going to investigate the mob


5 posted on 05/14/2013 11:56:15 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: SeekAndFind
The OSTAPO (via IRS) also targeted Jewish groups.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/israel-related-groups-also-pointed-to-irs-scrutiny-91298.html


6 posted on 05/14/2013 11:57:10 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Great idea :
Obama can have Holder investigate this so whenever asked questions they can ALL say that they cant talk about it till the investigations over, then Holder can destroy all documents/evidence, payoff or threaten all witnesses and in mid 2016 announce that he could find NO wrongdoing.
7 posted on 05/14/2013 11:57:12 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: SeekAndFind

we desperately need to give all the nice irs agents jobs doing something better than trying to administer or enforce the most concentrated pile of corruption in human history (the federal tax code)


8 posted on 05/14/2013 12:01:44 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (()
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To: sickoflibs

Let Holder investigate, put his name on it.

Then do a real investigation or better yet a concurrent one.

Get holder under oath, ask him point blank questions.

Compare facts and prosecute.


9 posted on 05/14/2013 12:04:12 PM PDT by BookaT
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To: luvbach1

How many times has Obama said , ACCOUNTABILITY ?


10 posted on 05/14/2013 12:05:08 PM PDT by molson209
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To: sickoflibs; SeekAndFind

” Obama can have Holder investigate this so whenever asked questions they can ALL say that they cant talk about it till the investigations over, then Holder can destroy all documents/evidence, payoff or threaten all witnesses and in mid 2016 announce that he could find NO wrongdoing. “

Word for stinking word!!


11 posted on 05/14/2013 12:07:08 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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12 posted on 05/14/2013 12:07:48 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: BookaT; sickoflibs

” Get holder under oath, ask him point blank questions.”

Holder: “ I don’t recall”


13 posted on 05/14/2013 12:08:29 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: SeekAndFind
"He said screening of advocacy groups is “factually complex, and it’s challenging to separate out political issues from those involving education or social welfare.”

Has anyone released a list of the left-wing groups who found their applications to be 'factually complex' during the same time frame? I'm betting it's pretty damn short.

14 posted on 05/14/2013 12:08:51 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Holder won’t ever answer questions.


15 posted on 05/14/2013 12:08:57 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe this time the GOP will show some energy & seize and maintain the initiative, rather than adapt the usual apologetic tone allowing the administration and the democrats to win the PR battle - again.


16 posted on 05/14/2013 12:09:41 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree with ISSA. Remember, this is the same Administration that has TEA Party group on a DHS Terror Watch List. Are we supposed to believe that a Administration that believes the TEA party to be potential terrorist is not also directing the IRS to review the tax status? Given the depth of the questionnaires sent to the TEA party the answers would be very useful to DHS.


17 posted on 05/14/2013 12:20:33 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: SeekAndFind

18 posted on 05/14/2013 12:21:17 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mandatory BB Guns for 10 Year Old Boys would solve most of America's problems.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Issa, speed is required before spin and destruction of documents. Also the communists Holder will find a few low level employees to throw under the bus. SPEED! DAMN IT, SPEED!!!!!
19 posted on 05/14/2013 12:21:33 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind
hey Issa, how did that Fast and Furious inquiry go for you? how are any other inquiries into this crime family in the WH by you or any other politician going to be any different than the F&F inquiry?
20 posted on 05/14/2013 12:23:55 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s face it, I think the Republic is lost. Issa has not been very aggressive in anything he’s investigated and the majority of Repubs in the House and Senate have been a major disappointment and continue to be. Boehner is an obstructionist. Whatever is coming, and we know it can’t be good, it must be a very powerful motivator to cause so many seemingly good men to become compromising turn coat Republicans. It can’t just be their lack of a spine as the temptation to fold seems so great to most all of them. A black time for our country for sure. Make no mistake, this is the final test. If Obama survives these latest scandals or is not compromised badly in the process, we are lost.

First, they came for the Tea Partiers but I was not a gun and Bible clinger so I did not object. Next they came for the moderates and independents but I did not object for I was an Obama loving liberal fool. Then they came for my food stamps and forced me into slave labor. All private property (not that I had any) has been confiscated by the government and the execution of political enemies on TV has begun. Now I understand.


21 posted on 05/14/2013 12:27:28 PM PDT by Lake Living
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To: SeekAndFind

The outcome is always so predictable when they investigate themselves....


22 posted on 05/14/2013 12:28:37 PM PDT by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


23 posted on 05/14/2013 12:32:13 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would hope not given the way Obama Gerry ridged the Benghazi investigation.


24 posted on 05/14/2013 12:34:03 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: nomad

We ;ve got to pick 1 or at most 2 things to focus and hammer.

I say it is the IRS scandal and stopping the big brother Amnesty bill

I think the AP “scandal” coming out at the right time to distract from the IRS scandal(as it was breaking) was planned by the news media to distract from the IRS scandal


25 posted on 05/14/2013 12:34:16 PM PDT by Democrat_media (D's & Mary Landrieu voted 4 UN to take away our 2nd amendment rights)
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To: SeekAndFind
The Executive branch investigating the Executive branch?


26 posted on 05/14/2013 12:40:39 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: musicman


27 posted on 05/14/2013 1:06:14 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Like every thing else that the repubs do it will be half assed and dropped after they look like idiots. I have no faith in the repubs doing anything but roll over so the dems can rub their bellies and say good boy.

I will just keep buying ammo so I can defend myself and my family when the dictator rises to the top.


28 posted on 05/14/2013 1:10:14 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sorry but Issa means nothing. all I ever hear is Issa investigations but i have yet to see one head roll in this very target rich environment.


29 posted on 05/14/2013 1:23:02 PM PDT by Finatic (I ran out of change and have given up on hope. FUBO, I am so sick of your sorry a$$ you effin punk)
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To: jimpick

Issa and the House aren’t the problem... look to the demonic-rat Senate.


30 posted on 05/14/2013 1:27:32 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeekAndFind

So who is left pursing the treason and malfeasance in Benghazi?
Mission accomplished?


31 posted on 05/14/2013 1:29:37 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: SeekAndFind
DEFUND IT!

Time to abolish this criminal organization and put every employee that works for them in the streets!

32 posted on 05/14/2013 1:35:53 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: unixfox

RE: DEFUND IT!

How do we collect taxes from now on?


33 posted on 05/14/2013 2:15:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: onyx

(I just now saw your pings!!)

34 posted on 05/14/2013 2:33:04 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

OKay......LOL.
Thanks so much!!!!!
There’s a bigger one on the FReepathon thread.


35 posted on 05/14/2013 2:34:21 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeekAndFind
How do we collect taxes from now on?

Either a national sales tax or a flat tax. Either way would be better than the criminal organization called the IRS.

36 posted on 05/14/2013 3:06:59 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Lake Living

Issa has not been very aggressive in anything he’s investigated and the majority of Repubs in the House and Senate have been a major disappointment and continue to be.


True. I expect Issa to stir the pot, create a headline or two, then disappoint. Nobody fears him because he’s never knocked anyone down.


37 posted on 05/14/2013 3:13:33 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Nachum

Good for Issa...


38 posted on 05/14/2013 4:14:49 PM PDT by GOPJ ( A gang rape by Eight isn't 'immigration reform'... Send the millions of illegals home.)
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To: onyx

“”””Issa and the House aren’t the problem... look to the demonic-rat Senate.””””

He has not accomplished anything yet, and I don’t expect him to. If we had the senate, presidency and house nothing would get done. We had all three and SSN reform was not done and niether was the reform of Fanny and Freddy mac. The repubs knew something had to be done and yet folded under pressure. I expect the same thing again.

In other words I expect the current set of repubs to fail as is their normal behavior. You can believe, but I will hold my breath hoping for the best while preparing for failure.


39 posted on 05/14/2013 5:47:58 PM PDT by jimpick
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To: SeekAndFind
Under 0bama, tyranny rules and Congress is irrelevant. Issa will soon find this out. If Holder is allowed to investigate himself, all bets are off. This must not be.

That SOB Black Panther should've been FIRED after Fast & Furious.

40 posted on 05/14/2013 6:38:48 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: sickoflibs

Obama can have Holder investigate this so whenever asked questions they can ALL say that they cant talk about it till the investigations over, then Holder can destroy all documents/evidence, payoff or threaten all witnesses and in mid 2016 announce that he could find NO wrongdoing

This is exactly what Issa and the Republicans have been letting them get away with for 4 1/2 years, so why wouldn’t they?


41 posted on 05/14/2013 6:58:57 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: BookaT

Holder needs to be removed from his office immediately.


42 posted on 05/14/2013 7:02:26 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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