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Oversight Democrats: A Republican IRS official started the Tea Party targeting
Washington Examiner ^ | 5-6-2014 | Joel Gerhke

Posted on 05/06/2014 10:38:57 AM PDT by smoothsailing

Oversight Democrats: A Republican IRS official started the Tea Party targeting

BY JOEL GEHRKE | MAY 6, 2014 AT 1:15 PM

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., concluded that there was no politically-motivated targeting of conservatives, according to a new report issued by Democrats on the oversight panel, even though Tea Party groups came had so many applications flagged for review.

"[T]he overwhelming evidence before the committee reveals no political motivation or White House involvement in the screening of tax-exempt applications," says the report from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Democrats.

Cummings cites the testimony of a "self-identified 'conservative Republican'" who worked as a manager in the office where much of the errant scrutiny took place as evidence of political impartiality.

"[T]he Manager denied that he or anyone on his team was directed by the White House to take these actions or that they were politically motivated," the Cummings report says. "Instead, he explained that the first case at issue in this investigation was initially flagged by one of his own screeners in 2010. He explained that he initiated the first effort to gather similar cases in order to ensure their consistent treatment, and that he took this action on his own, without any direction from his superiors. He also confirmed that one of his screeners developed terms subsequently identified by the Inspector General as 'inappropriate,' such as 'Patriot' and '9/12 project,' but that he did not become aware that his screener was using these terms until more than a year later."

The subordinate who developed those terms "has no political affiliation" and denied any White House influence.

Oversight Democrats quoted another Republican IRS employee who blamed the flagging of Tea Party groups on a lack of guidance provided to IRS employees in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"This is purely cases that, unfortunately, Cincinnati didn't have enough guidance on," the tax law specialist in Washington said. "That (c)(4) area is a very, very difficult area, and there's not much guidance. And so the lingering length of time, unfortunately, was just trying to apply the law to the specific facts of each case.”

ABC News reported last May that "Cincinnati was far from the only IRS office where agents put conservative groups seeking tax exempt status under heightened scrutiny," noting that IRS agents in Washington also questioned Tea Party groups.

And a report released by Oversight Republicans quotes another IRS employees complaining that Cincinnati staffers were being wrongly blamed.

"I still hear people saying we were low level employees, so we were lower than dirt, according to people in D.C. So, take it for what it is," the employee testified. "They were basically throwing us underneath the bus."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: cummings; eliarcummings; irs; lerner
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1 posted on 05/06/2014 10:38:57 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

We already got Lerner’s email, bro.


2 posted on 05/06/2014 10:41:39 AM PDT by struggle
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To: smoothsailing

“...Elijah Cummings, D-Md., concluded...”

I would never have thought that a brain consisting of only two operational cells could conclude anything.

STFU, Cummings, you are an idiot. But then again, you are a dim-bulb-crat.


3 posted on 05/06/2014 10:43:03 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: struggle

Democrap MSM on full spin cycle....


4 posted on 05/06/2014 10:44:16 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: struggle

That smell is dem desperation. Cummings is the keeper of the stench.


5 posted on 05/06/2014 10:45:33 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Cummings cites the testimony of a "self-identified 'conservative Republican'" who worked as a manager in the office

And what's his name? Puddin N Tame

6 posted on 05/06/2014 10:46:17 AM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: smoothsailing

So what if it’s true?

The whole department needs investigation.


7 posted on 05/06/2014 10:46:46 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: smoothsailing

Cummings?

You’re going to take Cummings word for it?

He’s the one who asked the IRS to target Tea Party groups in the first place!


8 posted on 05/06/2014 10:47:43 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: smoothsailing

Elijah stoops ever lower to make this go away but it’s not going away.


9 posted on 05/06/2014 10:48:16 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: smoothsailing

Didn’t catch the name of the “self-described ‘conservative Republican’ “ in the article. Sounds like another of the democrats’s invisible friends who speak to dolts like Pelosi, Reid, Gephardt and so many other delusionals.


10 posted on 05/06/2014 10:48:41 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: DPMD

Watch Bob Beckel pick up this spin on the 5 later today. Wanna bet??


11 posted on 05/06/2014 10:51:51 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: smoothsailing

I recall something about this...Didn’t they already try blaming this person a year or so ago?


12 posted on 05/06/2014 11:00:10 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: smoothsailing

Sorry, Cummings, I can’t take the word of a co-conspirator.


13 posted on 05/06/2014 11:00:38 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Don Corleone

Tune in to The Five and watch Beckel go psycho again. lol


14 posted on 05/06/2014 11:01:42 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Da Coyote

Mr. Cummings,

Aside from one of yours thinking that Guam might tip over, giving your entire faction a less than stellar intellectual reputation, if this were true, you would be all for the investigation.


15 posted on 05/06/2014 11:03:19 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: struggle

These people will do ANYTHING to protect their sorry asses.


16 posted on 05/06/2014 11:04:42 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: smoothsailing; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Eliar Cummings strikes again!

But if what Eliar said was actually true, then why did Lois Lerner take the fifth?

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


17 posted on 05/06/2014 11:05:30 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: smoothsailing; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ...
Cummings cites the testimony of a "self-identified 'conservative Republican'" who worked as a manager in the office where much of the errant scrutiny took place as evidence of political impartiality.

"Hi, Rush, I've been a lifelong conservative Republican, but here is why I'm supporting Hillary in 2016 . . ."

PING!

18 posted on 05/06/2014 11:06:49 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: smoothsailing
If Cummings is right (about as likely as my neighbor's dog writing a paper on quantum physics), then Trey Gowdy should be able to get to the bottom of it quickly. Far more likely this person, if he exists, is more likely being set up as the scapegoat by the IRS and the Dems. Subpoena his files and emails immediately.
19 posted on 05/06/2014 11:22:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: jazusamo
Elijah stoops ever lower...

The Stoop & Fetchit of the Democrat Plantation.

(With apologies to Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry)

20 posted on 05/06/2014 12:01:07 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

There may be some truth to it. All who received CP2000 letters should consider going nonpolitical for a while. There’s no conservative side in politics.


21 posted on 05/06/2014 12:28:36 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: smoothsailing

Is there anybody out there who believes this?


22 posted on 05/06/2014 12:41:31 PM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: smoothsailing

Its a pure coincidence that not one left leaning group was targeted.


23 posted on 05/06/2014 12:44:02 PM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: smoothsailing

Prosecute ‘em ALL!


24 posted on 05/06/2014 12:45:12 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: maxwellsmart_agent

Sure. There are people on Free Republic who believe Republicans are targeting the TEA Party, so for them this probably isn’t particularly surprising.

Personally, I think it’s nonsense. Democrats are desperate to change the subject, so they’re always blaming Republicans for something. This is just their latest game.


25 posted on 05/06/2014 12:50:54 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Da Coyote

The Dems reach conclusions all of the time. After doing so, they seek evidence to support their conclusions.


26 posted on 05/06/2014 1:23:41 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: smoothsailing

Bump


27 posted on 05/06/2014 2:13:19 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: smoothsailing

Not only is Cummings a lo-IQ POS. He is a nasty lo-IQ liar who goes ballistic when deprived of the TV cameras to make a “statement”/ Talk about entitled!


28 posted on 05/06/2014 2:16:16 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: smoothsailing

Elijah Cummings is a LIEberal.

LIEberals LIE!


29 posted on 05/06/2014 4:07:52 PM PDT by Taxman
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