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Obama IRSís Crimes Against Americans to go Unpunished
Frontpage ^ | 1/16/14 | Arnold Ahlert

Posted on 01/17/2014 3:20:41 AM PST by markomalley

While the media hypocritically train their focus on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge-closing scandal, the Obama administration is quietly sweeping its IRS scandal, in which officials terrorized citizens for years with invasive investigations, audits, burdensome litigation, and threats of criminal prosecution, under the rug. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, law enforcement officials have leaked the news that the FBI will not file criminal charges regarding the IRS’s disproportionate scrutiny of conservative groups. The officials insisted that investigators found nothing that would constitute a violation of criminal law. What they claimed to have found was evidence of bureaucratic mismanagement, leading to the enforcement of rules that were misunderstood. The case remains under investigation, but barring some unexpected discovery of additional evidence, it becomes increasingly unlikely criminal charges will be filed.

House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is in the midst of his own probe of the scandal, wasn’t buying it. “There is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation,” Issa and oversight subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. “Anonymous–and apparently politically motivated–leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials further undermine the public assurances by the current and former FBI directors that this is a legitimate investigation. These leaks come after the Justice Department, citing the confidential nature of the investigation, refused to brief Congress on its progress and congressional investigators independently discovered that a high dollar contributor to the Obama Administration failed to recuse herself,” they added.

Issa and Jordan are referring to Barbara Bosserman, a lawyer in the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, who was secretly selected to conduct the investigation, despite the reality that she donated a total of $6,100 to Obama’s political campaigns from 2008 to 2012, and another $650 to the Democratic National Committee. In a letter addressed to Eric Holder, Issa asserted that the DOJ “has created a startling conflict of interest,” and that it is “unbelievable the Department would choose such an individual to examine the federal government’s systematic targeting and harassment of organizations opposed to the President’s policies.”

Bosserman’s ties to Obama go deeper than that. According to official visitor logs, Bosserman visited the White House in 2009 to attend a “hate crimes” event as a guest of the president. Despite the seemingly natural connection, due to her position in the civil rights division of the DOJ, a Department source told Fox News it was “extraordinary” that a career employee would receive such an invitation, further revealing that her attendance would have required clearance from several levels within the Civil Rights Division and the Justice Department.

The same source also acknowledge that choosing Bosserman to head a probe of the IRS is ”extremely odd” because the more logical choice would have been someone from the Public Integrity unit of the Department’s Criminal Division.

Despite these circumstances, the DOJ considered Bosserman’s appointment above reproach. ”It is contrary to Department policy and a prohibited personnel practice under federal law to consider the political affiliation of career employees or other non-merit factors in making personnel decisions,” the DOJ said in a statement. “Additionally, removing a career employee from an investigation or case due to political affiliation, as Chairmen Issa and Jordan have requested, could also violate the equal opportunity policy and the law.”

One would think the law regarding an investigation of wrongdoing by a government agency would include talking to the victims of the alleged wrongdoing. One would be wrong. As Cleta Mitchell, an attorney who represents many of the targeted victims reveals, the FBI hasn’t contacted any of her clients. “Normally, don’t you first interview the victims?” she wondered. “I mean, I’ve watched enough cop shows over the years. You interview the victims. You don’t interview the perp,” she added.

Mitchell’s clients are hardly an anomaly. For more than half a year, the FBI failed to contact any of the 41 clients represented by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) either. “After seven months of no contact from federal investigators, a small number of our clients recently received a request for an interview from the FBI,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the ACLJ – late last week. 

Sekulow confirmed that the number of clients contacted was less than ten, and that they were only contacted recently. “The DOJ has done very little to move this investigation forward,” he said. “It has even stonewalled Congress, recently rescinding an offer to provide Congress an in-person briefing about the investigation’s progress.”

Sekulow further characterized the investigation as a “sham.” ”To reach a conclusion that no criminal charges will be filed against those responsible for this illegal targeting scheme without interviewing any of our clients–the real victims in this ordeal– is absolutely absurd,” he said in a statement.

When the scandal emerged last year, President Obama was ostensibly upset. “This is pretty straight forward. If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in that kind of practice and intentionally harmed conservative groups, that is outrageous,” he said last May. He promised there would be a complete investigation conducted.  Eric Holder described the IRS’s tactics as “outrageous and unacceptable.”

Yet here we are eight months later, and the FBI is only getting around to interviewing victims of the scandal right now, even as they are simultaneously leaking information to the press that’s there no “there” there. Obama has changed his tune as well. ”They’ve got a list, and suddenly everybody’s outraged,” he told MSNBC host Chris Matthews in a recent interview.

And in what has become a template for the DOJ, they are stonewalling the congressional investigation as well. As Issa’s aforementioned letter of Jan. 8 recounts, despite repeated requests for information from the FBI about the progress of their probe, that agency “failed to provide the requested information, and, after the [Justice Department] apparently interfered, the [FBI] withdrew” an earlier offer to meet with the oversight committee.

A week ago, the FBI had declined to comment on the investigation and referred a Washington Times reporter to a Dec. 31 letter sent to Issa explaining why the agency declined to provide him with documents from their investigation. “We would request that the committee permit the investigators to complete their investigation and consult with federal prosecutors, as appropriate, to determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any statutes within our jurisdiction,” Stephen D. Kelly, assistant director for the FBI’s office of congressional affairs, stated in the letter. “As a result, we cannot provide the documents requested at this time while the criminal investigation is active and ongoing.”

Yet they can apparently leak their preliminary findings to the press, something that concerned Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). He wondered how it was possible to dismiss any criminal violations prior to the conclusion of the investigation. ”These are serious matters – but to make this decision before the investigation is completed seems entirely out of order and inappropriate,” he contended.

Attorney Cleta Mitchell was even more direct. ”As far as I can tell, nobody has actually done an investigation. This has been a big, bureaucratic, former-Soviet-Union-type investigation, which means that there was no investigation,” she insisted. “This is a deplorable abuse of the public trust, but I am not surprised.”

Last May, the IRS itself admitted they targeted for extra scrutiny groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot,” in their names. They also admitted that they had asked for information they don’t normally ask for, the most egregious of which was each groups list of donors. Lois Lerner, who initially admitted the wrongdoing. insisted there was no political motivation behind the effort, but she has since invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and retired.

Last August, a 2010 video surfaced of Lerner speaking to a group at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy in which she acknowledged the pressure the IRS was under allegedly as the result of the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision. The Court determined that political spending constituted free speech protected by the First Amendment, and that corporations and unions could spend money supporting or denouncing candidates for elected office.

“Everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it,” Lerner replied to a question about the decision, adding that the “Federal Election Commission can’t do anything about it; they want the IRS to fix the problem.” ”Everyone” is this particular case is in reality the American left, incensed that “evil” corporations had been put on equal footing with unions. Lerner spoke on Oct. 19, 2010, only two weeks before the election in which Democrats lost 63 House seats and control of that chamber.

The Citizen’s United ruling occurred on Jan. 21, 2010. The IRS began targeting conservative groups two months later. More to the point, as recently as last August, testimony taken from an IRS agent involved in reviewing tax exempt applications from conservative groups revealed the that agency targeting of Tea Party groups remains ongoing. The agent admitted that based on his “current manager’s direction,” even an application from a Tea Party group that showed no evidence of political activity would still be sent to ”secondary screening, political advocacy.”

Furthermore, it is possible the IRS may be singling out individuals as well. Frank VanderSloot, an Idaho businessman who contributed to a group in 2011 supporting Mitt Romney, not only ended up on an Obama campaign website suggesting he and seven other Romney supporter had ”less-than-reputable” records, but he was notified that he would be audited by the IRS and the Department of Labor. The latter audit involved checks of three Mexican workers based at his Idaho ranch that he hired under the H-2A visa program for temporary agricultural workers.

Bill Elliot, an Obama voter and a Stage IV cancer patient criticized the president on Fox News after he lost his healthcare insurance in the middle of cancer treatments due to ObamaCare. Elliot is scheduled to be audited by the IRS in 2014 for his 2009 return, assuming he lives that long. After Elliot’s appearance on Fox News, insurance agent C. Steven Tucker saw the story and helped Elliot keep his insurance. Tucker is also being audited by the IRS going back to 2003.

All three of these incidents may be coincidental. Perhaps a through investigation would determine that.

Unfortunately, almost four years after it began, a saga that was initially characterized as an operation conducted by “rogue agents” at an IRS office in Cincinnati, but eventually reached as high as the Chief Counsel’s office of the IRS — headed by Obama appointee William Wilkins — is, according to the Obama administration, nothing more than a bureaucratically-inspired “snafu.”

Make that a continuing bureaucratic snafu.

“Bosserman should be removed from the IRS investigation without delay,” writes the Washington Examiner’s editorial board. “And it is equally certain the investigation should be taken entirely out of the hands of Holder’s Justice Department and placed with somebody from outside the executive branch such as a special prosecutor appointed by Congress. House Republicans should demand such an appointment, then leave it to Obama, Holder and Senate Democrats to explain to the American people why they shouldn’t know the full truth about the most serious abuse of the IRS since Richard Nixon was in the Oval Office.”

It is in the interest of every American to rein in an out-of-control IRS. That Democrats and much of the American left fail to see this investigation in that context is remarkable. They would be wise to remember that no political party maintains control indefinitely, and that the power to abuse is an equal opportunity scourge. Even more so, when there are apparently no criminal consequences attached to that abuse.


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1 posted on 01/17/2014 3:20:41 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“Obama IRS’s Crimes Against Americans to go Unpunished”...

Ask yourself, “Who would do the punishing”? It certainly wouldn’t be Holder or odumbo.


2 posted on 01/17/2014 3:25:13 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: markomalley

Maybe the republicans will hold some hearings.


3 posted on 01/17/2014 3:26:27 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: markomalley

These crimes will continue to go unpunished because people aren’t demanding punishment. We waste our time taking this through the courts because the democrats own the judicial system.

This woman is not an acceptable choice. The choice should be appointed independently.

You want punishment. You are going to have to get loud and demanding.


4 posted on 01/17/2014 3:27:52 AM PST by dforest
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To: dforest
"You want punishment. You are going to have to get loud and demanding."

I think we are beyond the need for loud and demanding to get real action. The Obama Regime just ignores or with the help of the MSM just vanishes the public opposition. The GOPe just runs a kabuki show of token and useless opposition. Only when the government again fears the people will there be accountability.

5 posted on 01/17/2014 3:50:41 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29

The laws apply only to us, free speech applies only to them.


6 posted on 01/17/2014 3:51:54 AM PST by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: markomalley

There was an effort to require the IRS to drop its new rules against the tea party that would cripple their ability to operate in the upcoming election.

The Republican leadership negotatiated this away in the omnibus spending bill.

Doesn’t this really mean the Republican leadership has gone to war with the tea party so much that they’ve endorsed the Democrats using the IRS as a weapon against them????

Outrage.


7 posted on 01/17/2014 4:01:08 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: Truth29

Well, you are right about that.


8 posted on 01/17/2014 4:01:17 AM PST by dforest
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To: markomalley

And Boehner, McConnell and the GOPe will do ...nothing.


9 posted on 01/17/2014 4:03:10 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: markomalley

“Gangster Government and Sakharov’s Immunity”

http://enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/index.php?page=gangster


10 posted on 01/17/2014 4:05:16 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Mount Athos
Doesn’t this really mean the Republican leadership has gone to war with the tea party so much that they’ve endorsed the Democrats using the IRS as a weapon against them????

Target hit....

When it comes to the threatening of the two party system and their power...all opposition will be crushed...
11 posted on 01/17/2014 4:09:47 AM PST by PigRigger
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To: markomalley

Tired of seeing the “ Media covering Christie but not IRS..”

Smells like Liberal RINOs defending Christie. These folks could care less if the IRS goes after Tea Party

Defending Christie is being Liberal RINO. Folks let not get stupid and defend Christie


12 posted on 01/17/2014 4:11:20 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: markomalley

Deny, Delay, Obfuscate and blame. Perfect defense always wins over an unwilling foe.

Bonehead signaled his intentions by splitting up all the various scandals among a bunch of committees such that there was never a focus on where it should have been: the person at the top. That ass just wants for all this bluster to go away so he can quietly without any controversy sip his martinis and collect his dues from the K street bandits. Now free from just about any controversy like taking on the deficit or seeking impeachment of that vile creature in the whitehut, he begins his push for amnesty and eventually a move to “make O care work”. This is the end game followed by a retirement from Congress and a nice cozy package deal with some lobby group.


13 posted on 01/17/2014 4:20:48 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: markomalley

Not only are they going “unpunished”, but they are also being encouraged by the criminal in chief and his lieutenants.


14 posted on 01/17/2014 4:26:21 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Mount Athos
Of course it does. This is one big happy family up there between the RINO/GOPe group and the dems. Anyone else who goes up there representing the wishes of its constituents to try to bring sanity to the system is treated like a leaper or worse. I understand there is a move afoot to bring a huge group numbering hopefully in the millions to DC and drag the scum out by their necks. I'd like to see that happen but know it will never occur which gives solace to the bums in power there. They are effectively beyond the will of the people now. When all three branches belong to one mind set it is worse than all three branches belonging to one party. The end has now arrived we have reached the last circle of Dante's hell.
15 posted on 01/17/2014 4:30:07 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: freeangel

They have also set precedent. Since no one was punished and they got away with using the IRS to punish their enemies, what do you think they will do in the next election? They will continue until they are stopped. And they are not being stopped.


16 posted on 01/17/2014 4:37:56 AM PST by Texas resident
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To: Eagles6
And Boehner, McConnell and the GOPe will do ...nothing.

Not true. They will do plenty. They will do every thing they can to help the rats screw us.

17 posted on 01/17/2014 4:38:58 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Travis McGee

Yep, organized crime holds the most powerful positions in government. It is not politics as usual as a corrupt and criminal old media purports.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 4:43:42 AM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: markomalley

Lois Lerner must be convicted and then executed. There is no higher crime than hers.


19 posted on 01/17/2014 4:47:34 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: markomalley

Because the Oversight Committees have HAD NO GUTS
or honesty, America’s liberty and freedom
are probably lost forever — all because of the
DNC and RINOs.


20 posted on 01/17/2014 4:52:11 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: markomalley

The IRS was doing what the chief commanded, so no one goes to jail. Get in the chief’s way, and you’ll feel the wrath of the jackbooted thugs.


21 posted on 01/17/2014 4:52:31 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Mark17

True.


22 posted on 01/17/2014 4:59:08 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: markomalley
“Obama IRS’s Crimes Against Americans to go Unpunished”...

IF Lois Lerner "did nothing wrong", then why did she take the 5th?! This should not be allowed to stand by the House of Representatives. No employee of the Federal Government can 'take the 5th with regard to their job' and not be 'punished'.

23 posted on 01/17/2014 5:09:39 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: markomalley

The only way this will get fixed is if a republican President gets elected and uses the IRS against rat groups.


24 posted on 01/17/2014 5:20:58 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: markomalley

What is just as scary is that the IRS will probably target the Tea Part/Patriot groups again knowing that they will not be prosecuted.


25 posted on 01/17/2014 5:29:33 AM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: markomalley
Just damn. In June, 2013,
Catherine Engelbrecht of True The Vote,
John Eastman of the National Organization for Marriage
and
Becky Garritson of the Wetumpka, AL Tea Party gave riveting testimony as to the abuses and the criminal use of the IRS for political purposes by the 0bama administration.

Boehner, Issa, someone .... Appoint a Special Prosecutor! Yesterday! This is a complete whitewash! Do NOT let Holder and 0bama get away with this!!!

26 posted on 01/17/2014 5:35:06 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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OBAMA PROMISED A PERMANENT DEMOCRAT MAJORITY: lock-stepping Dems tighten their grip on power.

Dems no longer screw around with pedestrian "vote-tampering." They mobilize the full force of the government to harass and destroy conservative opposition.

In fact, Dems openly attribute that they did not do worse in 2012 b/c of their ability to use the IRS to suppress these groups.

One WSJ writer pointed out, the Dems used “reverse engineering”...analyzing what was most successful in destroying conservative groups, and then writing it into current law.

And what's more astounding is that Dems are heralded by the Entitlement Crowd for this so-called "ability"----it's why Boobamba seems unconcerned as 2012 approaches.

27 posted on 01/17/2014 6:30:39 AM PST by Liz
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To: markomalley
The Department of Just-Us has become totally corrupted under this malignant Administration. So has the IRS and other Federal agencies.

Unless something is done to fix this and not only right the ship but also punish the guilty, it will only get worse. This is a burgeoning tyranny. Nobody should be surprised where that eventually leads.

28 posted on 01/17/2014 7:07:42 AM PST by Gritty (Liberals think living your life free of welfare, EBT, and government nannies is "cheating"-J Hawkins)
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To: Servant of the Cross

BUMP!


29 posted on 01/17/2014 7:14:00 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: All
Mixing movie metaphors, but sonofab*tch, this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture to be done on somebody's part!

                                         "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this any more!"

30 posted on 01/17/2014 7:45:03 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: markomalley

In the old Soviet Union the judiciary was an extension of the executive and used to punish and sometimes kill those opposed to The State. In effect the executive decides who is an Enemy of The State and the judiciary becomes the enforcer of The State.

What is going on with our Federal Judiciary is not different. Conservative activist are now The Enemy of the State. The Judiciary has targeted us. We are on the road to tyranny unless this is turned around.


31 posted on 01/17/2014 10:21:19 AM PST by cpdiii
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