Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Cleta Mitchell to the IRS: Answer this
Powerline ^ | June 16, 2014 | Scott Johnson

Posted on 06/17/2014 5:32:12 PM PDT by QT3.14

Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell represents True the Vote, one of the groups illegally targeted by the IRS in the scandals that have exposed the agency as a partisan operation. True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht has been harassed by federal law enforcement authorities representing three different federal agencies. They represent the price of politics in the Age of Obama.

Cleta has just served the letter below on the attorneys at the Department of Justice representing the IRS in True the Vote’s pending lawsuit referenced in the subject line below. She has also served the letter on Steptoe & Johnson partner Brigida Benitez. Benitez comes in for special attention in Cleta’s letter; she represents the IRS defendants who are sued in their individual capacity.

Cleta has graciously forwarded a copy of her letter to us. Given the newsworthiness of the subject, we are promptly posting it verbatim without further comment for the moment:

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doj; gettherope; impeachnow; irs; lerner; loislerner; obama
More crickets?
1 posted on 06/17/2014 5:32:12 PM PDT by QT3.14
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

That’s a lot of words, a lot of question, a lot of grandstanding ... and they demand answers by noon tomorrow.

I fear they will not get much.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 5:34:23 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

“Inherent Contempt” is the proper term, and CONGRESS needs to get off their asses and LOCK EVERY LAST one of these people up FOREVER.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 5:40:43 PM PDT by eyeamok
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

Obama and his IRS lackeys have most likely destroyed the emails. Obama is seeking “plausible deniability” regarding the emails. He will drag his feet, stall the process and try to run out the clock on his second term. Then he’ll issue pardons on his last day in office.


4 posted on 06/17/2014 5:42:57 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

This would be the end of Ubama... if we still had the rule of law.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 5:44:06 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

I suspect the e-mails show not only naked, and illegal partisanship by ambitious lefty apparatchiks, but also embarrassing unprofessionalism as well.
You can imagine some of the nasty thoughts these hacks put in writing, aware that Valerie Jar Jar wanted “revenge” against those who opposed the Won.

If this stuff gets out they may not keep their jobs or be able to find a job in the private sector that they are always threatening to join since (like university eggheads) they’re always bellyaching that don’t make enough money as `public servants’.


6 posted on 06/17/2014 5:46:58 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

For Pete’s sake.... Start jailing these bastards and answers will start flowing....

Time to take the mittens off and throw on a pair of brass knuckles ....


7 posted on 06/17/2014 5:48:28 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14
If Congress doesn't throw the person in jail who engaged in the process of deleting these Emails, we're going to see mass deletions of documents as a way of life throughout all of Obama's agencies.

SOMEONE allegedly was logging into Lois Lerner's IRS account after she left.. Could have been her but I don't think she's smart enough to PERMANENTLY delete Emails. Probably a software person who was given her user name and password who did the deed. THAT PERSON NEEDS TO BE IDENTIFIED, ARRESTED AND JAILED, AND BY THE HOUSE IF NEED BE. Screw the DOJ, they've deleted enough F&F documents on their own.

8 posted on 06/17/2014 5:48:48 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’m thinking congress must abolish the IRS at this point. They have been used to harass by the Nixon administration and Clinton administration for certain and now under this Bozo up in the white house this agency was used to intimidate and squelch American voices during an election cycle in an attempt to alter the outcome of the election.

Even if Obozo doesn’t take the hit for this, the IRS should be abolished. Never again should this un-American agency ever be allowed to intimidate and strong arm another U.S. citizen.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 5:50:47 PM PDT by servantboy777
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

No matter how hard you try to cover your tracts, there are always footprints. Someone knows the truth, or at least a piece of it. Nixon was swept out of office, not for the original crime, but the coverup.


10 posted on 06/17/2014 5:52:42 PM PDT by fhayek (WHE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

Crickets are all we’ll get. There ain’t no stomach in DC for the proper solution; impeachment.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 5:53:53 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy
I fear they will not get much.

I am not an attorney, but it seems that this letter is an official set up for future discussions in the cases pending.

For the IRS; Rock meet hard place.

12 posted on 06/17/2014 5:55:34 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Senator_Blutarski

When Obama made his “not a smidgen of corruption” comment, it meant he had gotten word that the deed had been done.


13 posted on 06/17/2014 5:56:37 PM PDT by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

The current corrupt administration doesn’t care about us, the law, or the Constitution.
It has turned the irs, the fbi, and the doj into instruments of its power outreach.


14 posted on 06/17/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

Therefore, the failure for the IRS to preserve and provide these records to the Committees would evidence either violations of numerous records retention statutes and regulations or obstruction of Congress.......

............We also seek access to all computers, both official and personal, used by any and all of the Defendants from and after July 1, 2010, in order to ensure preservation of the documents of all Defendants in this action.


BOOM!


15 posted on 06/17/2014 6:06:58 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: joshua c
When Obama made his “not a smidgen of corruption” comment, it meant he had gotten word that the deed had been done.

I disagree. He was parsing his words carefully. There was not a "smidgen" of corruption. Instead, there was a "boatload" of corruption. I expect Josh Earnest to make that clarification soon.

16 posted on 06/17/2014 6:08:30 PM PDT by Senator_Blutarski
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

Perfect!

I’ll check to see how Chris Mathews reports this tonight.......


17 posted on 06/17/2014 6:11:49 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: servantboy777

Actually, Nixon only THOUGHT about using the IRS against his enemies. He had no luck with that. The IRS (and all other parts of the shadow government) are owned lock, stock and barrel by the Democrat party.


18 posted on 06/17/2014 6:12:13 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum
Actually, Nixon only THOUGHT about using the IRS against his enemies. He had no luck with that. The IRS (and all other parts of the shadow government) are owned lock, stock and barrel by the Democrat party.

Factually incorrect.

Nixon through his staffers asked Randolph W. Thrower to audit the returns of a list of people that he wanted to harass.

Thrower testified to investigators that the list started with antiwar leaders and civil rights figures, and later the list had grown to include journalists and members of Congress, among them every Democratic senator up for re-election in 1970.

Thrower refused.

He was fired in 1971.

Nixon more than thought about using the IRS as a weapon.

This is almost as bad as Nixon giving us the EPA OSHA and abandoning the Gold Standard.

19 posted on 06/17/2014 6:23:21 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Democrats have destroyed more cities than Godzilla)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Mikey_1962

This is immeasurably worse than anything Nixon did.

Start with the moral character of the current perpetrators, and compare it with Nixon’s moral character.

Remember, Nixon resigned.


20 posted on 06/17/2014 6:31:10 PM PDT by reasonisfaith ("...because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." (2 Thessalonians))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

Makes one yearn for honest presidents like Richard Nixon.


21 posted on 06/17/2014 6:42:15 PM PDT by kaehurowing (FIGHT BULLYING, UNINSTALL FIREFOX)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mikey_1962

He didn’t actually succeed, did he?


22 posted on 06/17/2014 6:55:39 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14
This could get interesting . . .

The key word here is "spoliation." That term strikes fear into the heart of any lawyer with a shady client. Let me see if I can explain -

Basically, if you are caught destroying evidence that you knew or should have known was relevant to a lawsuit, the court presumes that whatever you destroyed would have proved your opponent's case.

So TTV now won't have to prove that the IRS was illegally using its power to harass the administration's political opponents - it's presumed because the IRS destroyed the documents.

It's basically the death penalty for litigators. What's more, the jury is instructed on spoliation (which irritates them) and the judge will be very annoyed because it's basically contemptuous. And even a liberal judge understands that he can't let any party - even the government - get away with that in his courtroom.

If the penalties for destroying evidence weren't severe, everyone would be doing it.

23 posted on 06/17/2014 7:55:30 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: servantboy777
They have been used to harass by the Nixon administration...

To be truthful, Nixon asked his IRS Commissioner if he would undertake some harassment...and his IRS Commissioner told him "Hell, no."

Accordingly, as one of the articles of impeachment being prepared against Nixon, he was accused of attempting to employ the IRS in a campaign of harassment against his enemies.

In this case, it is absolutely provable that the IRS engaged in harassment of Obama's enemies. But, as yet, there is no evidence that they were instructed to do so.

24 posted on 06/17/2014 8:03:49 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

No doubt those emails would implicate at least half of the democrat congress.


25 posted on 06/17/2014 8:18:00 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: QT3.14

Justice would be served if a computer or document were found to name Catherine Englebrecht personally, allowing her to sue for a violation of civil rights. That could mean she could go after people individually and they couldn’t hide behind government lawyers. Once they are footing their own bills and looking at losing their own money or even doing time we’d hear some high pitched squealing.


26 posted on 06/21/2014 10:29:39 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson