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The Internal IRS Whitewash of the Great Tea Party Purge: We Need A Special Prosecutor
Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 05/16/2013 7:22:48 AM PDT by Kaslin

On Tuesday night the report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on the great Tea Party purge was released.

This is a terrible report. Just begin reading it and you will quickly realize that you are in the the swamp of obfuscation and CYA.

On the "Highlights" page there are more questions raised than answered --questions such as who ordered "donor information received in response to a request destroyed" and who at the IRS, specifically, rejected some of the IG's recommendations and "alternative corrective actions?" Mixed into the first page of sanitized disclosures is the "request that social welfare activity guidance be developed by the Department of the Treasury," an invitation to Obama Administration appointees and senior bureaucrats to issue regulations that include or exclude groups from tax exempt status --from the very same agency that has been unable to stop a campaign of intimidation against Tea Party groups that reached far and wide and which extended back to "[e]arly in Calendar Year 2010."

What is most remarkable about the report is the wholesale lack of detail about who, what, where and when? Take page 3, for example, when the report states "During the 2012 election cycle, some members of Congress raised concerns to the IRS about selective enforcement and the duty to treat similarly situated organizations consistently." There is no footnote citing which members or to copies of their complaints or to transcripts of hearings at which such concerns were voiced. Readers are thus unable to judge if the report is referring to a couple of complaints that arrived via form letter from low level Congressional staffers or if this reference is intended to cover the willful deception of Senator Hatch.

On page 4 the report states that this "review was performed at the EO function Headquarters office in Washington, D.C., and the Determinations Unit in Cincinnati during the period June 2012 through February 2013." No detail is provided on the IG personnel who conducted it, who was interviewed by those personnel and when those interviews occurred, and who was kept informed of the progress of the report. No list of interviews, no record of transcribed depositions --if any occurred-- and no schedule of meetings between investigators and IRS personnel is included. No one can read this and conclude whether the investigation is a complete whitewash and cover-up or a bureaucratic exercise in carefully calibrated CYA.

No one can read it and say "Well, they certainly got to the bottom of that!"

Beginning on page 5 comes the maddening use of non-specific terms like "the Determinations Unit." This is creepy, Orwellian cant, and instead of learning "that on June 21, 2010, Joe Bag-of-Donuts in the Cincy office ordered Sally Slow-starer to make a pile of all the Tea Party apps," we learn instead that the "Determinations Unit developed and began using criteria to identify potential political cases for review that inappropriately identified specific group..."

More of the same follows:

"EO function officials stated that, in May 2010, the Determinations Unit began developing a spreadsheet that would become known as the "Be On The Look Out" listing (hereafter referred to as the BOLO listing), which included the emerging issue of Tea party applications."

Who in the "EO function" stated that? When did the EO function become aware of this spreadsheet? Did anyone at anytime realize this was at a minimum wrong and quite possibly a federal crime? Did anyone in the "EO function" call the DOJ and blow a whistle?

On page 31 we learn that on April 1-2, 2010 (!) the "new Acting Manager, Technical Unit, suggested the need for a Sensitive Case Report on Tea Party cases. The Determinations Unit Program Manager agreed." Who was this "new Acting Manager," and was he or she a long-time IRS GS 10 employee with a stellar record promoted to fill a vacancy, or a new hire from the non-federal workforce, and if the latter, why was he or she hired and by whom? This April 1-2, 2010 sequence appears to be the "original sin" and it is astonishing that no detail is provided on this incident and people involved with it. Imagine not knowing who broke into the Watergate Hotel and not caring?

The heart of this mostly meaningless exercise in CYA is on pp. 6 and 7, which gives the barest of outlines of what happened within the IRS, and the announcement of the most cursory of inquiries into political motivation:

We asked the Acting Commissioner, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division; the Director, EO; and Determinations Unit personnel if the criteria were influenced by any individual or organization outside the IRS. All of these officials stated that the criteria were not influenced by any individual or organization outside the IRS. Instead, the Determinations Unit developed and implemented inappropriate criteria in part due to insufficient oversight provided by management.

Right. No names, no dates, no transcripts of the questions. Nothing to worry about, just imprecise guidance. No record of whether senior IRS management told anyone outside of IRS about the "low-level" practices in Cincy, and no details on who developed the policies in the first place and whether those people were lifers in the IRS or relatively recent hires.

What we know from this report is that the IG of IRS labored a long time at a very slow pace to produce a nearly worthless report. We also know that the Congress has a lot of work ahead of it, and that lawyers from the DOJ will conduct an investigation into a very old crime scene long after the elections impacted by the suppression of legitimate political activity have passed, and long after the stories have been straightened out and files dumped and emails deleted.

We need a Special Prosecutor, period. Congress should insist and hammer Eric Holder and President Obama until they consent. Use all tools to accomplish this, as the American people understand the threat posed by a politicized IRS and they understand why the Chicago gang cannot be trusted to investigate this. The IRS is an enormously powerful agency and one that causes quite a lot of fear in Americans. It went badly off the rails, and credibility has to be restored. It won't be restored by the Obama-Holder DOJ. If Speaker Boehner has to use the debt limit to force this, it is a show down worth having. The vast majority of IRS employees are hard-working, ethical civil servants and they will rally to any genuine effort to clear their own names and restore the agency's credibility. If the agency has been infiltrated by political hacks, they will be quick outed by the serious career people if the career folks are protected along the way.

On Friday the House Ways and Means Committee holds the first of what will be many Congressional gearings into this scandal. The House GOP members need to tamp down their desire for some air time and YouTube video, and ask very specific questions about the conduct of the IG investigation, getting into the details about who knew the investigation was underway and why it took so long, who was interviewed, by whom, and under what circumstances. Crucially, we need the names of the people who came up with the criteria, and dates on when they were interviewed and answers on whether those interviews were recorded.

The Democrats want this to be a story of bad management and incompetent front-line staff "that did not consider the public perception of using politically sensitive criteria when identifying these cases." (p. 7) Perhaps that is all it is --that is how the New York Times is spinning it this morning-- but it could be much, much more sinister, and getting to the answer of what it was and what went on will never emerge if this pace and these techniques are used as the cover-up ball is lateraled to DOJ.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: igreport; irsscandal; irsteaparty; treasuryig

1 posted on 05/16/2013 7:22:48 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Sure do....


2 posted on 05/16/2013 7:24:18 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: Kaslin

The MSM is so compromised that there has not been one editorial calling for the resignation of Holder. Can you imagine the response if Bush’s Justice Department tapped the phones of the Associated Press for any reason?


3 posted on 05/16/2013 7:28:36 AM PDT by allendale
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To: sickoflibs

All the work of two low level “rogue” employees.......yet the head of the IRS gets canned. Sure.


4 posted on 05/16/2013 7:29:02 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Kaslin

I’m getting tired of them only firing the perps. I want to see some perp walks with orange jumpsuits and handcuffs. This isn’t about government employees who come in to work late everyday, CRIMES WERE COMMITTED HERE.


5 posted on 05/16/2013 7:30:40 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (If you think ObamaCare is a train wreck, wait until you see the amnesty bill.)
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To: Kaslin

we do

Impeach Obama

Imprison Obama

abolish the IRS

Obama’s IRS basically shut the tea party and conservatives out of the 2012 election and out of politics.

The tea party grew and in the 2010 election the tea party won a great victory

So Obama’s IRS shut down or prevented many tea party groups from starting . This is why the 2012 election favored democrats and why Obama won.

Obama’s IRS intimidated many conservatives form taking part in the political process and from raising money for causes they believed in

basically the IRS shut down the tea party to rig the election for democrats in 2012 and for Obama

there would have been a lot more conservatives elected to congress if the tea party groups were allowed to raise money. additionally maybe a conservative would have been nominated for the GOP (as tea party groups couldn’t raise money for a conservative in the primary)

so the election is invalid , Obama must be impeached and the IRS must be abolished not given more power with obamacare. democrats/socialists stole the U.S. senate and the presidency in the 2012 election.

government is the problem


6 posted on 05/16/2013 7:31:41 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS shut down tea party so that Democrats could steal the Senate & Presidency)
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To: Kaslin

7 posted on 05/16/2013 7:32:36 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: Kaslin

president hussein and his entire teflon administration will slide on this, assisted by the troops of hard Left apologists in the media.


8 posted on 05/16/2013 7:33:20 AM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Kaslin

COVER-UP!

Who ordered the cover-up?


9 posted on 05/16/2013 7:33:57 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (WHO IS ON THE ENEMIES LIST?)
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To: sunny48

I noticed that yesterday and thought it was hilariously appropriate! LOL!


10 posted on 05/16/2013 7:34:22 AM PDT by MWestMom ("All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for all good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
crimes were committed by Obama and his IRS (oppressing conservatives ,shutting down the tea party to rig the election etc)

this Obama must be impeached and marched out in an orange jump suit

11 posted on 05/16/2013 7:34:50 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS shut down tea party so that Democrats could steal the Senate & Presidency)
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12 posted on 05/16/2013 7:36:10 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: Kaslin

Yes we need a special prosecutor. First Obama should cut his losses and get rid of Holder, Duncan, Big Sis Napolitano, Brennan and all the Czars. Start fresh.


13 posted on 05/16/2013 7:36:28 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama abandoned the defenders in Benghazi - They died; he lied.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
impeach Obama , arrest him and march him out in an orange jump suit on to prison.
14 posted on 05/16/2013 7:36:29 AM PDT by Democrat_media (IRS shut down tea party so that Democrats could steal the Senate & Presidency)
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To: Kaslin

Amen!


15 posted on 05/16/2013 7:36:57 AM PDT by District13 (I miss my country!)
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To: Kaslin

I wondered what happened last November in the election. It seemed like the Tea Party influence had fallen off the planet or gone into hibernation. NOW I KNOW THE ANSWER. The last election was an effin’ FRAUD!


16 posted on 05/16/2013 7:37:58 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: Kaslin

Actually, with the current administration, we need water boarding and special rendition.


17 posted on 05/16/2013 7:39:50 AM 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: Kaslin

HEAR, HEAR!!


18 posted on 05/16/2013 7:40:25 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: allendale

The Dems did a number on Ashcroft for just being a conservative. The MSM are co-conspirators with the current administration in the most treasonous corruption ever.


19 posted on 05/16/2013 7:42:06 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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We need a Special Prosecuter for Benghazi first, then for the Tea Party, then for AP. We need Benghazi first, because these other ones were brought out to deflect from Benghazi.


20 posted on 05/16/2013 7:56:11 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Rapscallion
Start fresh?

After watching this cretin for over four years you really think he would appoint anyone different than them?

21 posted on 05/16/2013 7:59:10 AM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Kaslin

The communist hold on America is huge. The total corruption of the Federal Government is beginning to unravel.


22 posted on 05/16/2013 8:09:18 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Democrat_media
So Obama’s IRS shut down or prevented many tea party groups from starting . This is why the 2012 election favored democrats and why Obama won.
Obama’s IRS intimidated many conservatives form taking part in the political process and from raising money for causes they believed in
basically the IRS shut down the tea party to rig the election for democrats in 2012 and for Obama


Democrats: The Party that Can't Win
without Cheating

...and won't even take the chance of trying.



23 posted on 05/16/2013 8:19:37 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world." -- Francis)
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To: ThomasMore

Basically, the Democrat party and Obama came up with a way to shut out the Tea Party from having any influence in the 2012 election.

They were caught flat footed in 2010, and quickly came up with a way to thwart them before 2012.


24 posted on 05/16/2013 8:23:22 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

So we need Kenneth Starr?
What we need is for the PUBLIC to stand up to these thugs and demand some folks be arrested. When it’s time to fight give me a shout. If we are just going to get Kenneth Starr then I’ll go back to sleep. The WH is probably monitoring my post.

These people have assaulted the Constitution and The Bill of Rights!


25 posted on 05/16/2013 8:39:46 AM PDT by DOGHEAD
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To: DOGHEAD

Oh, it’s quickly becoming a “descending on DC with pitchforks and torches” situation.


26 posted on 05/16/2013 8:41:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

Problem is, as I understand it, the Watergate Special Prosecutor law has expired, and the only way to get one is if Eric Holder agrees to it. Not bloody well likely.

The GOP may have to play the card of cutting off ALL Justice Dept. funding in the House until they capitulate.


27 posted on 05/16/2013 9:07:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

Try to imagine who Holder would appoint as an “independent” counsel.


28 posted on 05/16/2013 9:11:17 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: USNBandit

They fire the IRS chief presumably for not knowing what was going on. At the same time, Obama gets a complete pass for not knowing what was going on.


29 posted on 05/16/2013 9:11:55 AM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: allendale

The MSM is so compromised that there has not been one editorial calling for the resignation of Holder. Can you imagine the response if Bush’s Justice Department tapped the phones of the Associated Press for any reason?

I doubt it would top this major scandal:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002/01/29/statues.htm


30 posted on 05/16/2013 11:32:59 AM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: Democrat_media
IRS was supposed to be just a money collector. But the taxing system has become a major instrument for redistribution and “fairness,” and of course a monitor of electoral finance. Add to this its role as implementer of Obamacare and we have this huge thing that is as oppressive and inept as Homeland Security.
31 posted on 05/16/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: Kaslin

“We Need A Special Prosecutor”

Fat chance. Ain’t gonna happen. No way Jose.

It just ain’t gonna happen.

The propaganda mill is too effective and a large percentage of the population worships these people.

IMHO


32 posted on 05/16/2013 3:13:19 PM PDT by ripley
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To: ThomasMore

You just came to the conclusion today?


33 posted on 05/16/2013 5:11:50 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: ThomasMore
I wondered what happened last November in the election. It seemed like the Tea Party influence had fallen off the planet or gone into hibernation. NOW I KNOW THE ANSWER. The last election was an effin’ FRAUD!

You do get a sense momentum was lost, even though many went more mainstream in working to influence legislators etc at the state level.

But the apparatus to get new blood or start voter drives was definitely thwarted....

34 posted on 05/16/2013 5:16:42 PM PDT by taildragger (( Tighten the 5 point harness and brace for Impact Freepers, ya know it's coming..... ))
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To: Kaslin

No. Just restating the obvious. Moreso, I wondered why I didn’t see as much Tea Party activity as I did in 2010.


35 posted on 05/17/2013 3:16:18 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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