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House Oversight e-mails: IRS IG report was originally supposed to be released last September?
Hot Air ^ | 1:21 pm on May 22, 2013 | by Allahpundit

Posted on 05/23/2013 4:32:59 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

See for yourself. Issa’s 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 wasn’t ready, Issa claims the IG had a statutory obligation to keep Congress updated on its findings as they were made. He didn’t. 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. It’s known as the “seven-day rule” — but it’s 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 it’s one thing to think you know based on a leak and another for the IG to confirm it with an update. Here’s 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? Didn’t his office specifically say they’d 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 General’s 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. That’s probably why Issa’s 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 election’s over, so it’s safe now.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 201205; 20120503; 2012election; bobbauer; election2012; irs; irsscandal; irsteaparty; teaparty
See the website for the Issa/George exchabge.
1 posted on 05/23/2013 4:32:59 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

WTH, SIGIR and SIGAR chief investigators ran to the nearest microphone ever other day and long before any reports were ever released.


2 posted on 05/23/2013 4:35:35 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


3 posted on 05/23/2013 4:37:43 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


4 posted on 05/23/2013 4:41:39 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This from the same IG who dated Michelle in college
Give us a break!


5 posted on 05/23/2013 4:47:59 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.u)
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To: hoosiermama

Can’t be very smart then...


6 posted on 05/23/2013 4:48:36 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What a difference 6 months makes.


7 posted on 05/23/2013 4:53:42 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Smart enough not to get in a long time relationship


8 posted on 05/23/2013 4:54:02 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.u)
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To: hoosiermama

Nice comeback... :)


9 posted on 05/23/2013 4:57:34 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: K-oneTexas

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?


10 posted on 05/23/2013 5:13:04 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman

All bluf. All bark and no bite.

When the cameras stop and their behind close doors ... they all drink the same Kool-Aid!


11 posted on 05/23/2013 5:27:10 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: gov_bean_ counter

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.


12 posted on 05/23/2013 5:41:48 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.u)
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To: hoosiermama

Thanks for that information. Guess I’m too cynical today. I’ll try and do better.


13 posted on 05/23/2013 5:47:14 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: hoosiermama

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

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/3022973/posts


14 posted on 05/23/2013 5:55:09 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: hoosiermama

And.......

Coburn: Constituents link IRS audits to Mitt Romney donations [our whistleblower side is lit up]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3023043/posts?page=46


15 posted on 05/23/2013 5:57:01 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: K-oneTexas
This Congress doesn’t have the cajones to right the situation we are in.

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.

16 posted on 05/24/2013 3:25:04 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: tennmountainman

Where can I read what Levin said about Issa not making that call


17 posted on 05/24/2013 4:29:00 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

——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.


18 posted on 05/24/2013 4:31:10 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: tennmountainman

So what does Levin say?


19 posted on 05/24/2013 7:02:55 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: bert

bttt


20 posted on 05/24/2013 7:03:37 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: ballplayer

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
for it.


21 posted on 05/24/2013 7:21:23 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Oh Oh this can’t be true....But now we have to connect the dot’s back to the White House. I wonder if this person BOB BAUER— White House General Counsel that was written about in yesterday’s WSJ by Has anything to do with the IRS Scandal.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/05/24/Strassel-IRS-Scandal-Roots-in-Obama-s-2008-Campaign

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 Obama’s 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.


22 posted on 05/24/2013 7:22:11 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: ncfool

Bob Bauer in his own words
http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2010/bob-bauer-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. He’s defended Democratic politicians who ran into ethics trouble, including former Rep. Tony Coelho and former Sen. Robert Torricelli—both 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:


23 posted on 05/24/2013 7:29:19 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: txhurl

This came up right around when FR went down bump


24 posted on 05/24/2013 7:39:12 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: txhurl

More on Bauer.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bob-bauer/gIQAgz4w6O_topic.html

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.
Another article:
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/11/28/democratic-lawyerobama-advisor-bob-bauer-to-teach-at-nyu/

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 more—topics 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 Republicans—including suing the state of Ohio in July—and 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.


25 posted on 05/24/2013 8:05:43 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: ncfool

Obama Strikes again!

You can’t make this stuff up. On May 21, 2013 Obama appointed Bob Bauer to A FEC Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/presidential-commission-on-election-administration-launched-208362001.html

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.


26 posted on 05/24/2013 8:49:36 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 can we make it until 2016?)
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To: 9YearLurker

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.


27 posted on 05/24/2013 9:58:32 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: ncfool

Thanks for the info.


28 posted on 05/24/2013 10:48:40 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: ncfool; TigersEye; Marine_Uncle; onyx; Grampa Dave
Don't know if you would know.

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!!!!!

29 posted on 05/24/2013 10:57:04 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: tennmountainman

Thanks.

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!


30 posted on 05/24/2013 11:11:26 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

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
of conservatives.


31 posted on 05/24/2013 11:17:02 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: txhurl

bttt


32 posted on 05/24/2013 1:39:00 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: 9YearLurker

How do we replace Issa? Through Boehner?


33 posted on 05/24/2013 1:40:36 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
RE: "I would say ....have some damn patience...build up some factual base.....before you go after the BIG DAWGS!!!!!"

Dittos. Haste can make some terrible waste in some cases.
34 posted on 05/24/2013 1:46:51 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: txhurl

Yeah, I’d take it Boehner has to go first.


35 posted on 05/24/2013 2:22:36 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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