Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich : 2014-06-18 : The IRS Scandal Just Got Much Worse
Posted on 06/18/2014 6:26:29 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne
June 18, 2014
We are watching the most significant crisis of constitutional order since Watergate, the last time an administration broke the law deliberately and repeatedly. And none of the current cases look more Nixonian than what has been happening at the IRS.
Thirteen months ago, President Obama stood before the American people, acknowledged that the IRS had improperly screened conservative groups, and promised to get to the bottom of the matter and to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Its inexcusable, he said, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives [T]he IRS has to operate with absolute integrity. The government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust. Thats especially true for the IRS.
Americans might be forgiven for thinking their president actually meant to get to the bottom of the matter and hold the responsible parties accountable. But the administrations conduct over the last year has proved that promise was just another lie.
By February, the president was already telling a very different story, saying on FOX News that there was not even a smidgen of corruption behind the IRS screenings.
He held to the line even after Bill OReilly gave him an out by suggesting that the corruption might have been contained to the Cincinnati office. Not even there, Obama said. Not a smidgen.
What happened here, the president now claimed, is you have a 501(c)(4) law that people think is confusing. The folks did not know how to implement it. The only reason these kinds of things keep on surfacing, he told OReilly, is because you and your TV station will promote them.
Is he even talking about the same events? Just months before, hed fired the commissioner over the scandal.
Hed labeled as inexcusable the conduct described in the Inspector Generals reportthe report that first revealed the targeting of conservative groups.
In other words, despite the presidents promises, the White House handled the corruption at the IRS the same way it has handled every other question about the administration: express outrage if required, pledge an investigation, stonewall until coverage fades, and then dismiss any allegations as baseless, politically motivated attacks by a right-wing fringe.
The dishonesty is galling.
That the news media falls for it boggles the mind. As Peggy Noonan points out in a recent column, its hard to find a reporter who believes there is an IRS scandal at all.
But even the media must have a hard time swallowing the explosive claim the IRS buried deep in a letter to Congress on Friday.
The agency says it has lost two years worth of email for seven key people allegedly involved in targeting conservative groups, including Lois Lerner, who ran the division overseeing tax-exempt organizations during the period in question.
The IRS is asking Congress and the American people to believe that the seven individuals computer hard drives all crashed during this critical period, that their emails were also lost from the from the server where they were stored, that all the backups of the seven computers and the servers have been destroyed, and that forensic techniques for recovering data from hard drives failed on all seven and the server.
Just as bad, Congress asked for all of Lerners more than a year ago, as the Wall Street Journal notes today.
It wasnt until House investigators discovered, through other means, the emails Lerner sent to the Justice Department that they realized the IRS had not, in fact, turned over all of the emails. Only after Congress demanded the IRS explain why it hadnt provided this Lerner-Justice correspondence, the Journal points out, did the IRS suddenly confess in its Friday letter that it had been picking and choosing emails.
The data-loss story is almost impossible to believe, and the IRSs admission of missing emails only when caught elevates its already suspicious claims to Watergate levels of alarmcomparable, as others have pointed out, to the missing 18-and-a-half minutes on the Nixon tapes.
Where is the president who promised Americans more than a year ago to hold the responsible parties accountable, to follow up on the IG report, to make sure we understand all the facts?
Who promised that he would not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS?
President Obama owes Americans an explanation as to why he looked the other way while the IRS continued its evasion and dishonesty. And he owes us something else, too.
The administration has had its chance to cooperate with the investigation in good faith. Its time for a special prosecutor.
"We have to frankly break the back of the secular-socialist machine, elect people committed to representing the American people, and then methodically rip the system apart."
~Newt Gingrich, 2012
Obviously Obama gave the orders and that’s why the emails were disappeared.
I believe it can be done without undue cruelty, but I do not think most people realize the true enormity of what must be changed. The country needs to be vastly different if we are to have any hope at all. As a start -- a bare start -- the federal budget should be cut in half. Not over night ... but not "over the next 50 years" either: because we all know that stuff never happens. They need 10% annual cuts in every freaking budget. Year after year after year.
There is no comparison between Obama and Nixon.
Nixon was an American Patriot trying to stop the takeover of the country by the Marxists.
Obama is the spawn of those Marxists.
Newtie speaks one way, but his heart is otherwise.
Nixon was a Patriot to some extent but his view of the American people as liberal to the core impacted his policies.
The dishonesty is galling.
That the news media falls for it boggles the mind.
The news media didn't 'fall for it'... the MSM's high level sources are democrats. When the coin of the realm is information, a bribe comes in the form of 'a well placed tip'...
RIP THEIR THROATS OUT AND FEED THEM TO VULTURES!
Yes, I hate them that much.
F U B O!
Zacta Mundo Friend. ...
Newt was the one candidate with the best chance of beating Obama in 2012, had the GOP not torn him down.
Right on, friend.
Eliminate base line budgeting...
Cut all departments 10% in year 1 and decrease 10% thereafter until department is gone except for those that are constitutionally authorized...
Pass a budget in the house and senate BEFORE ANYONE in Washington is paid including congressional staffers...
Allocate at LEAST 10% of the budget for debt reduction...
That’s a start...
I don’t believe we have the time to go through any sort of an impeachment process at this point. Isn’t there some way the 2012 election could simply be declared null/void at this point due to fraud and this weaponization of the IRS being a factor in the election?