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An arrogant and lawless IRS
Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2014 | Michael Gerson

Posted on 06/23/2014 9:17:40 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

Noted management expert and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen was apparently called out of retirement — like the Ted Williams of evasive, unapologetic bureaucrats — to destroy what is left of his agency’s credibility.

At immediate issue is two years of subpoenaed e-mails from former IRS official Lois Lerner to outside agencies, lost in a convenient computer crash. The possible involvement of other agencies is one focus of a congressional investigation into the heightened IRS scrutiny of conservative nonprofit groups before the 2012 election.

In recent congressional testimony, Koskinen admitted that the e-mails were irretrievably gone; that the “backup tapes” had been erased; and that Lerner’s hard drive was apparently destroyed in an aggressive act of recycling. With that settled, Koskinen expressed his “hope that the investigations  can be concluded in the very near future.”

It is a mix of arrogance and delusion that seems designed to incense Republicans. Koskinen had delayed informing Congress of the lost e-mails for months, even while assuring members they would be provided. “It was my decision that we complete the investigation,” he said, “so we could fully advise you as to what the situation was.” Translation from management-speak: We wanted to get our story straight before we advised you of anything. Koskinen complained about the breadth of subpoenas and the “piecemealing out” of information. Translation: We will provide you what we want when we want. “Every e-mail,” Koskinen assured the House Ways and Means Committee, “has been preserved that we have.” Except the ones they don’t have — and somehow snuffed out, tied to an anvil and thrown into the ocean.

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1 posted on 06/23/2014 9:17:40 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

I guess they deserve to be arrogant. They can erase evidence in the most obviously guilty way possible and they won’t even get their hands slapped.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 9:19:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Second Amendment First

Funny. This was no big deal to the WaPo back in 2012. What has changed?


3 posted on 06/23/2014 9:21:48 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Second Amendment First

This is the leftish Washington Post, too. Clearly they are getting concerned.


4 posted on 06/23/2014 9:22:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Apparently the Post missed the memo King Obama is protecting the IRS and the Post had better back the hell off.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 9:22:12 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Second Amendment First

I’m hoping that there are things going on that we don’t know about, in an effort to get to the bottom of this. The IRS is pretty much done at this point. Anyone that has a case with them, should automatically ask for a trial instead of playing their game.

But, I can’t for the life of me understand why subpoenas aren’t being sent to the FBI, DOJ, FEC, etc etc etc, all of which got emails from her. They can’t all be stupid enough to say that all of their computers crashed. But with this bunch who knows. There are so many other ways to get her emails without computer forensic people, as nice as that would be.


6 posted on 06/23/2014 9:22:15 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: Hoodat

Their dear Democrats are embarrassing them.


7 posted on 06/23/2014 9:22:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: nickcarraway

And how about their data backup contract firm... if it hasn’t gotten the Mafia treatment? They boasted the capability, back in 2011, of being able to lose a whole PC and still get the employee humming in record time.


8 posted on 06/23/2014 9:23:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First

9 posted on 06/23/2014 9:24:10 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Second Amendment First

Trey Gowdy said: “It is time for Special Council, Mister Chairman.”

If Chairman Issa does not also call for Special Council, then what would Issa be trying to cover up?


10 posted on 06/23/2014 9:24:55 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Second Amendment First

History will record that Obama was corrupt, arrogant and ineffective. Sadly the legacy of the first African American elected President of the United States will be that he was an incompetent, closeted homosexual narcissist that led a country he bitterly despised into an era of neo pagan decadence and decline.


11 posted on 06/23/2014 9:25:00 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Second Amendment First

Geez! When the WaPo starts taking the side of the Republicans, you know the excrement is about to hit the oscillating air mover on the scale of political Armageddon!


12 posted on 06/23/2014 9:25:31 PM PDT by WTFOVR (I find myself exclaiming that expression quite often these days!)
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To: Vendome
John Koskinen answers to the House Oversight Committee. | AP Photo

13 posted on 06/23/2014 9:28:05 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: allendale

Sometimes letting hellish ideas reap hellish results is how God gets people to wise up.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 9:28:37 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Graewoulf

Let’s not get into a self-devouring accusation fest here.


15 posted on 06/23/2014 9:29:34 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Is there a mechanism for getting a special prosecutor without involving the DOJ?


16 posted on 06/23/2014 9:29:41 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Second Amendment First

Koskinen said her emails were on tape but it was too complicated to retrieve them, and they didn’t bother tying to retrieve them - at least not to his knowledge.

Jazon Chaffetz starts at about 1:50:00.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?320097-1/irs-targeting-investigation


17 posted on 06/23/2014 9:32:50 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: nickcarraway

http://youtu.be/eJukZTtJxFo


18 posted on 06/23/2014 9:34:23 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Kenny

The way the Dems are protecting the IRS is what gives them away.

Then there’s this: “So that’s Jay Carney and the president both inserting themselves into the IRS scandal,” Gowdy said. “And you want to blame us for bringing the White house into it?”


19 posted on 06/23/2014 9:36:05 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: Second Amendment First

Loathsome Obama lackey!


20 posted on 06/23/2014 9:41:23 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Because crimes against democracy are particularly insidious. “


21 posted on 06/23/2014 9:43:01 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

It’s by Michael Gerson, one of Dubya’s speech writers.

This is possibly the first thing Gerson has written that I’ve had any use for. Gerson is usually a shining example of the worst of the GOPe


22 posted on 06/23/2014 9:44:55 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: allendale

That’s a bullseye.


23 posted on 06/23/2014 9:46:02 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

This is an excellent chance to showcase capitalism. Whichever IT group recovers these emails is going to have bragging rights for the duration.

After all, the entire U.S. government tried to destroy them.


24 posted on 06/23/2014 9:48:00 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Not so!

It is time to prune out of Congress all of the ROTTEN RINOS who always cave in to Obama Democrats.

If Issa, Boehner, McCarthy, Ryan and Peter King of NY are not TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY, then of what use are they to us who really are TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY?


25 posted on 06/23/2014 9:48:33 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Second Amendment First
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

---Thomas Jefferson

26 posted on 06/23/2014 9:48:36 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: Ray76
Koskinen said her emails were on tape but it was too complicated to retrieve them, and they didn’t bother tying to retrieve them - at least not to his knowledge.

The tapes are stored offsite which means they'd have to be signed out by someone. That makes retrieval followed by "destruction" or "accidental loss" complicated. They need to find a Sandy Berger to make the retrieval. ;-)

27 posted on 06/23/2014 9:54:22 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: Second Amendment First

Approximately. ..


28 posted on 06/23/2014 9:57:10 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Graewoulf

You will end up pruning your own proud self out of the picture too, or getting pruned, in circular firing squad style.

This is the epitome of trusting in self and not in God.


29 posted on 06/23/2014 10:03:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: WTFOVR
This is an editorial written by George W's main speechwriter Michael Gerson.

I'm sure it's not the opinion of the WP.

30 posted on 06/23/2014 10:04:28 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Second Amendment First

John A. Koskinen is the former Non-Executive Chairman of Freddie Mac from September, 2008 to December, 2011, retiring from the Board in February 2012.


31 posted on 06/23/2014 10:06:00 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Obama is just doing what he was trained by Communists to do.

Speaker Boehner is to stupid to realize that fact.

As long as Speaker Boehner stays in power as Speaker, Obama will continue to destroy America.

What say you?


32 posted on 06/23/2014 10:07:36 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Why are they talking to this tool? Start talking to IRS employees lower on the ladder. Who was Lerners secretary during this period? Shouldn’t she/he know who Lerner was talking to and working on at that time? Should have lots of dirt. Sweat them. Rose Mary Woods certainly helped out in the Watergate investigation.

CC


33 posted on 06/23/2014 10:08:21 PM PDT by Captain Compassion
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To: Graewoulf

I mean look at Issa and what he really had to work with. Are you expecting one man to work miracles?

And in the meantime if you look at the squealing of the Democrats, you can see that it is Issa more than Boehner they fear.

(Well there is one Man who worked miracles but He physically quit the earth a BIT before America came into existence.)

You in your idolatrous quest for absolute purity are going to end up emasculating yourself. The perfect, which will NOT exist (all these idols will have clay feet sooner or later — yep even the founders did, slavery anyone?) will yet be the cause raised to mow down the good.


34 posted on 06/23/2014 10:09:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Graewoulf

I say BS!

I say start looking at your heart and America’s hearts to see if GOD is treasured there!


35 posted on 06/23/2014 10:10:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Boehner is stupid, and that is not good.

Issa is a timid wuss, and that is not good.

RINOs who cave in to Obama Democrats are not good.

Yup! My job is to “Mow Down the not good.” Care to join me?


36 posted on 06/23/2014 10:12:59 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

No, because you will mow down America itself.

America needs BUILDING UP and it needs to begin with YOUR HEART because you are destruction bent by confession.

CALL GOD INTO YOUR HEART FOR PERSONAL SALVATION.

I will concur with nothing less.


37 posted on 06/23/2014 10:14:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

BS = Barry Soetoro, also not good.


38 posted on 06/23/2014 10:14:16 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Second Amendment First

He’s really a repulsive fellow, not winning ‘em over one little bit.


39 posted on 06/23/2014 10:14:50 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: Second Amendment First

John A. Koskinen

White House Staff Assistant to President Bill Clinton (1998-2000)
American Professional Soccer League Vice Chairman (1987-91)
Palmieri Company President and CEO (1979-93)
Congressional Staff AA to Sen. Abraham Ribicoff
Law Clerk to Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
Member of the Board of AES (2004-)
Member of the Board of American Capital Strategies
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Friends of Joe Lieberman
Hillary Clinton for President
Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee
John Kerry for President
Kerry Victory 2004

http://www.nndb.com/people/743/000168239/


40 posted on 06/23/2014 10:15:05 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Graewoulf

And you are so wonderful?


41 posted on 06/23/2014 10:15:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You must really have enjoyed the last 4 years of Boehner-Protected Obamanation.


42 posted on 06/23/2014 10:16:08 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

Also by your insolent mocking you reveal what you are about. You want to destroy what God built and is now getting weak but might still be saved. In the name of a good that you won’t even be able to GET.


43 posted on 06/23/2014 10:16:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First

By the way, in case anyone here hasn’t already heard this, this guy has given over $100,000.00 (one Hundred THOUSAND dollars) to the Dems and Dem candidates over the years.

That alone creates the appearance of corruption if you ask me.


44 posted on 06/23/2014 10:16:54 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: Graewoulf

Nobody has to say it was wonderful to hate what is even worse.


45 posted on 06/23/2014 10:17:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First

A lifelong Democrat, Koskinen has donated more than $80,000 to Democratic candidates and organizations since 1990, including $7,300 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, $18,000 to the Democratic National Committee, and numerous smaller donations to various candidates.

John Koskinen is married to Patricia Salz.


46 posted on 06/23/2014 10:17:50 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Pelham; allendale
History will record that Obama was corrupt, arrogant and ineffective. Sadly the legacy of the first African American elected President of the United States will be that he was an incompetent, closeted homosexual narcissist that led a country he bitterly despised into an era of neo pagan decadence and decline.

I hope so.

As long as we're the ones writing the history...

47 posted on 06/23/2014 10:19:35 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: MV=PY

The God of Truth will write the history if we but first call Him into our hearts to be treasured.

If we act as though our personal goodness were the measure and judge of all, we will FALL and FAIL.


48 posted on 06/23/2014 10:21:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1
As Gowdy said, when there is spoliation-the destruction of evidence in a civil or criminal court case--then there must be a presumption of guilt.

And in the court of public opinion, there sure is!

49 posted on 06/23/2014 10:21:21 PM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Bookmark


50 posted on 06/23/2014 10:24:53 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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