Skip to comments.Tea Party hits Whitehouse on ethics
Posted on 06/02/2014 12:47:20 PM PDT by PoloSec
The Tea Party Patriots group has accused Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in a formal complaint of breaking ethics rules by pressuring the administration to target conservative groups engaged in political activities.
Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, sent a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee Monday urging an investigation of Whitehouses activities.
She argues the senator's inflammatory attacks against conservative groups appear to constitute improper conduct which may reflect upon the Senate, citing the Senates ethics manual.
She claims Whitehouse publicly berated the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice for not prosecuting conservative groups classified under tax law as social welfare organizations for engaging in electioneering activity.
Martin says the Senates Select Committee on Ethics should review an April 2013 hearing of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which Whitehouse chaired. The senator told representatives from the IRS and Justice Department that conservative groups had violated federal tax law by stating on tax status applications that they would not engage in political activity, according to the complaint.
Martin said Whitehouses pressure prompted the agencies to act. The complaint states that about a month after the hearing, Justice Department officials contacted Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRSs exempt organizations division, to determine whether tax-exempt groups could be prosecuted for lying about political activity.
Sen. Whitehouses conduct which is pervaded by his unlawful and unethical use of his power to pressure federal agencies to target conservative groups appears to violate Senate rules, Martin wrote. The committee should investigate these potential violations promptly.
She addressed the letter to Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), the chairwoman and ranking Republican, respectively, on the Senate Ethics Committee.
A spokesman for Whitehouse did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
There is an unwarranted assumption stated in the title to this article: i.e.that one can use the term ethics in any article about this administration.
“Ethics? We don’t need no stinkin’ ethics!”
Guess not. But then, that sort of sets the rules of engagement, doesn’t it?
Good! The best way to beat politicians who break the rules is to hold them accountable for breaking the rules.
Then start at the top! Start with this poser of a pResident!
These traitors need to have their lungs ripped out and handed to them!