Skip to comments.House Oversight e-mails: IRS IG report was originally supposed to be released … last September?
Posted on 05/23/2013 4:32:59 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
See for yourself. Issas committee was told last year that the report would be ready in September, two months before the election. Eight months later, the bomb finally dropped. Why? Did the IG initially underestimate the volume of malfeasance and how long it would take to dig it up? Or are there other, more cynical reasons?
Even if the report wasnt ready, Issa claims the IG had a statutory obligation to keep Congress updated on its findings as they were made. He didnt. Why not?
Issa is referring to part of the Inspector General Act that requires watchdogs to report serious problems to Congress through the head of an agency within seven days. Its known as the seven-day rule but its often used sparingly.
The Oversight Committee asked the inspector general about conservative group targeting a number of times, and Issa read some of the emails in the hearing Wednesday.
George also raised concerns that incremental information provided to lawmakers would ultimately leak to the public.
That is not fair to the people we are investigating, George said.
Issa responded that the White House is the source of plenty of leaks as well.
Issa himself said a few days ago that he knew last year approximately what would be in the report, but its one thing to think you know based on a leak and another for the IG to confirm it with an update. Heres the real question: Why was George, the IG, reluctant to release incremental information when the IRS itself had concluded in May 2012 that its anti-conservative criteria for tax-exempt orgs were FUBAR? Didnt his office specifically say theyd keep the committee updated? (We would be happy to provide a status update to the Subcommittee staff and provide a copy of our interim and final reports on the matter when they are issued.) More from Issa:
Just yesterday the committee interviewed Holly Paz, the director of exempt organizations, rulings and agreements, division of the IRS, Issa said. While a tremendous amount of attention is centered about the Inspector Generals report, or investigation, the committee has learned from Ms. Paz that she in fact participated in an IRS internal investigation that concluded in May of 2012 May 3 of 2012 and found essentially the same thing that Mr. George found more than a year later.
Think about it, he continued: For more than a year, the IRS knew that it had inappropriately targeted groups of Americans based on their political beliefs, and without mentioning it, and in fact without honestly answering questions that were the result of this internal investigation.
We already knew that, more or less, from the results of the IG report itself. Check the timeline on page 13. The media starts picking up reports of tea-party complaints in February 2012, and soon thereafter the director of the exempt organizations puts a halt to IRS demands for more intrusive info from conservative groups. Three months later, in May, they hold a workshop providing guidance on tax-exempt groups to its analysts and approv more neutral criteria for scrutinizing applications. Thats probably why Issas committee had an inkling at the time because the IRS itself already knew it had done wrong and was moving to undo it to some extent. And yet no one, including the IG, felt moved to confirm for the committee until this month that yes, mistakes were made and it was now safe to tell the public that.
But the elections over, so its safe now.
WTH, SIGIR and SIGAR chief investigators ran to the nearest microphone ever other day and long before any reports were ever released.
Mark Levin is back and explains why Issa and the Rino’s did not want
to hold hearings before the election. After reading this article, he is right on.
Issa could have made a phone call to the IG for an update on the report.
Issa did not make that call. Why didn’t he? Levin explains it.
This Congress doesn’t have the cajones to right the situation we are in.
And the current leadership of the Republican Party and many senior members have been co-opted by the Democrats after years of playing ‘nice’ with them.
This from the same IG who dated Michelle in college
Give us a break!
Can’t be very smart then...
What a difference 6 months makes.
Smart enough not to get in a long time relationship
Nice comeback... :)
Issa is passing the buck. If the IG had an obligation and did not release
the report, why didn’t Issa follow up with a request?
All bluf. All bark and no bite.
When the cameras stop and their behind close doors ... they all drink the same Kool-Aid!
Looking at his résumé he worked for R congressman and Bush.
Can’t figure out why he didn’t inform congress. Just doesn’t make sense
He seemed to do a complete analysis of the situation considering he had no judicial tools. Couldn’t subpoena or put anyone under oath. AND had to deal with the mole Paz in each meeting Paz reported to Lois What pressure.
Thanks for that information. Guess I’m too cynical today. I’ll try and do better.
Well..... Issa turns out to be the gop-e fox guarding the henhouse.
We know he’s all bark and never bite...
Why the IRS went after the Tea Party instead of establishment republicans
Coburn: Constituents link IRS audits to Mitt Romney donations [our whistleblower side is lit up]
This Congress may be the canary in the mine - one must wonder how many of them now fold because they think they see the writing on the wall. Maybe they are confident that Freedom is lost and want to maintain "favored" positions in the aftermath.
Where can I read what Levin said about Issa not making that call
——statutory obligation ——
That is a joke. The treacherous lawless tyrants are not bound by the law. There is no law
When there is no law, there is no law. They are no longer protected by the law.
So what does Levin say?
Mark talked about it on his show last night. I am unsure if or where you can read it. Mark makes his radio archives free to listen. Just search the web
Oh Oh this cant be true....But now we have to connect the dots back to the White House. I wonder if this person BOB BAUER White House General Counsel that was written about in yesterdays WSJ by Has anything to do with the IRS Scandal.
Bob Bauer, the Obama campaign (and later White House) general counsel, wrote letters to the Department of Justice in August 2008 attacking a conservative 501(c)4 called the American Issues Project for running an ad that highlighted Obamas connection to former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Bauer did not stop there; he also contacted the Federal Election Commission. That same month, a left-wing activist created a 501(c)4 called Accountable America that was designed to intimidate GOP donors.
Bob Bauer in his own words
By Bill Allison Aug 10 201012:36 p.m.
Robert F. Bauer, who will take on part of the responsibilities of Norm Eisen, the departing Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, has a long and storied career in Washington. He has represented the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Kerry and Obama presidential campaigns, and 527 organizations like Vote Now and America Coming Together. Hes defended Democratic politicians who ran into ethics trouble, including former Rep. Tony Coelho and former Sen. Robert Torricelliboth of whom were forced to give up their offices as ethics charges mounted against them. He’s filed ethics complaints against Republican and Republican-leaning organizations, most spectacularly when he prepared a complaint alleging racketeering on the part of former Republican Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay for extortion (for his aggressive fundraising), money laundering and illegally coordinating with section 527 groups to evade campaign finance laws. The suit was later dropped.
Thanks mostly to Lexis-Nexis and his own blog, here are a few choice quotes from Robert Bauer over the years. In reverse chronological order:
This came up right around when FR went down bump
More on Bauer.
Outgoing White House Counsel (December 2009 to June 2011)
Why He Matters
Bauer is one of the nation’s pre-eminent experts on election and campaign finance law, and his views are enormously influential with Democrats.
Married to Anita Dunn.
Bauer is returning to New York University Law School this spring to teach a seminar on political reform.
The course will encompass campaign finance, lobbying laws, voting rights and moretopics Mr. Bauer has had ample exposure to during his 30 years of practice as a lawyer, which include stints working for political campaigns and the Democratic National Committee.
It gets better. Read the end of this paragraph.
During his time on the campaign trail, Mr. Bauer led challenges to new voter laws backed by Republicansincluding suing the state of Ohio in Julyand lobbied the Federal Election Commission to allow individuals to text in donations (as did his Romney counterpart). Mr. Bauer also sought to compel the well-funded Republican advocacy group Crossroads GPS to disclose the names of its donors, citing millions of dollars the group has spent on campaign ads attacking Democrats.
This is the guy who pulled the chains with the IRS on behalf of the White House.
Obama Strikes again!
You cant make this stuff up. On May 21, 2013 Obama appointed Bob Bauer to A FEC Presidential Commission on Election Administration.
LOOKING TO STEAL MORE VOTES IN THE FUTURE.
Commission to identify practical, real-world solutions to long voter lines, access to polls.
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Presidential Commission on Election Administration was officially launched today, following President Barack Obama ‘s State of the Union pledge to identify non-partisan ways to shorten lines at polling places, promote the efficient conduct of elections, and provide better access to the polls for all voters.
The 10-member Commission will submit a final report to the President within six months of its first public meeting, which is expected to be held in Washington in June. Headed by Co-Chairs Bob Bauer and Ben Ginsberg , the Commissioners are experts in election administration, policy and procedures, or leaders from customer service-oriented businesses and industry.
“The President’s expectation is clear,” said Co-Chair Bob Bauer , who served President Obama as White House counsel from December 2009 until 2011, and as General Counsel to the President’s re-election committee and to the Democratic National Committee. “The Commission is charged with developing recommendations based on the best information available for administrative practices that afford voters the opportunity to cast ballots without undue delay and improve their overall experience.”
The Commission was created by Executive Order 13644, Establishment of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. Commissioners were appointed by the President.:
Robert F. Bauer , Co-Chair and Member Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Another Obama Executive order.
Levin said that Issa could have held hearings 6 months before the
elections, instead of sending a letter to the IRS regarding the targeting
of conservative groups.
Thanks for the info.
But this Guy just looks obviously like a good candidate for a connection to Louis Lerner....
I would bet Issa and committee know about him,...and Lerner could be the path to get to him...
Of course we will have some here say,....go after him right now.
I would say ....have some damn patience...build up some factual base.....before you go after the BIG DAWGS!!!!!
Issa IMO is obviously compromised—just check out his wikipedia profile for some rattling skeletons tumbling out of his closet.
Just the man that the Dems want in his position and one guy responsible for F&F going nowhere.
Good for Levin for calling him on it!
Another freeper posted a link here to Levin’s specific comments,
if you wish to listen.
I also agree with with your comments. Just look how Issa treated this
disgusting, arrogant IRS witch...with kid gloves. Issa and Camp are no friends
How do we replace Issa? Through Boehner?
Yeah, I’d take it Boehner has to go first.