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Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley After He Blocked Obama’s DOJ Tax Nominee
Daily Caller ^ | 7-1-2014 | Patrick Howley

Posted on 07/01/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT by smoothsailing

July 1, 2014

Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley After He Blocked Obama’s DOJ Tax Nominee

Patrick Howley

Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller.

Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as Lerner and fellow IRS officials were mapping out their targeting strategy. The White House later withdrew Smith’s nomination.

The source confirmed to The Daily Caller that the White House and IRS officials “were very upset at Senator Grassley and Republicans for blocking a vote on Mary Smith’s nomination.”

The IRS relies on the DOJ Tax Division to prosecute both criminal and civil cases, and has entire legal teams devoted to making DOJ referrals. Placing a political appointee as assistant attorney general for the DOJ Tax Division was a top priority for the Obama White House.

Grassley made sure that no Obama political nominee got confirmed for the post, and kept in a “career,” or non-political, DOJ tax head for another two years.

“The Assistant Attorney General is not the kind of position that you probably would want someone learning on the job,” Grassley said at a Feb. 4, 2010 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, pointing out Smith’s lack of tax experience.

Lerner’s IRS underling Nikole Flax announced the agency’s new scrutiny of nonprofit groups in February 2010, the very same month that Grassley made his concerns known about Smith. Grassley’s opposition to Smith infuriated top officials at the IRS.

Smith was heavily touted by the administration for her Native American background. Smith worked on President Clinton’s re-election campaign and as Clinton’s Associate Counsel to the President and was a partner at the Chicago law firm Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Scharf when Obama nominated her for the position in 2009.

Grassley remained a thorn in the side of the IRS, scrutinizing the activities of Lerner’s Exempt Organizations division more closely than other lawmakers during Obama’s first term.

Lerner finally tried to drum up a criminal case against Grassley after accidentally receiving some of his mail.

“Perhaps we should refer to exam?” Lerner wrote to colleagues in 2012 after she received an invitation from a group asking Grassley to speak at a December 2012 event and offering to pay Grassley’s wife to attend. Lerner and Grassley were both invited to speak at the same event, hosted by an organization that had its name redacted from released congressional documents. Lerner felt that the group’s offer to pay for Grassley’s wife could be a potential criminal violation.

“We would need to wait for: (i) Grassley to accept and attend the speaking arrangement and (ii) then determine whether [redacted] issues him a 1099,” IRS official Matthew Giuliano replied to Lerner, thinking aloud about the circumstances they would need to make a criminal case against Grassley.

“We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States Senator is shocking,” said Republican House Ways and Committee chairman Rep. Dave Camp upon the publication of Lerner’s email regarding Grassley.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: doj; grassley; irs; loislerner; scandal

1 posted on 07/01/2014 8:32:18 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Will we ever have some honesty again?


2 posted on 07/01/2014 8:33:10 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: smoothsailing

Either the elected bodies grow some stones and fix this or.... the “parliment” has essentially been disolved and become vassals of the administrative agencies.


3 posted on 07/01/2014 8:39:23 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: smoothsailing

Well howdy. Lois is quite a busy little thuggish bee. She would have fit in very well working for the Stasi.


4 posted on 07/01/2014 8:40:22 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Big Horn

The Federal agencies are an Augean stable of corruption that would require a considerable effort to set aright.


5 posted on 07/01/2014 8:45:27 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


6 posted on 07/01/2014 8:46:07 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: smoothsailing

Why isn’t she in prison yet?


7 posted on 07/01/2014 8:46:42 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

They’re probably waiting to see if she gets a job on “The View”.


8 posted on 07/01/2014 8:49:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: GeronL

Because she hasn’t been sentenced. Yet.


9 posted on 07/01/2014 8:50:49 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

How did she “accidentally” receive some of Grassley’s mail?


10 posted on 07/01/2014 8:51:56 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: FlingWingFlyer; smoothsailing; a fool in paradise
They’re probably waiting to see if she gets a job on “The View”

I choked on my stew.

11 posted on 07/01/2014 8:52:21 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Big Horn

And didn’t she threaten some other critter with an audit if he ran again for office?
If we ever get a looksee at Lois’s e-mails, it’s going to be ‘Katie bar the door’.


12 posted on 07/01/2014 8:53:24 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: smoothsailing
Lerner finally tried to drum up a criminal case against Grassley after accidentally receiving some of his mail.

How does that happen? It's a scandal unto itself!

13 posted on 07/01/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks ( Laughter is the best medicine, unless you have diarrhea.)
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To: smoothsailing; Gilbo_3; Impy; NFHale; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Perdogg; Liz
RE:”Lois Lerner Targeted Chuck Grassley After He Blocked Obama’s DOJ Tax Nominee”

Come on now,
As the Dems point out on TV, Republicans haven't found any incriminating emails sent from Lerner.

None.

I mean incriminating emails couldn't have disappeared into thin air could they? That cant happen in the USA Uncle Sam.

Not in the IRS.

And she admitted to nothing incriminating under oath. Nothing.

"Move on folks, nothing to see here, you are blocking traffic"

14 posted on 07/01/2014 8:55:59 PM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: FlingWingFlyer

She would never be able to fully participate in discussion what with all of her computer problems preventing her from obtaining information...


15 posted on 07/01/2014 8:57:30 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: smoothsailing; Nachum

Bump and ping.


16 posted on 07/01/2014 8:58:25 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; smoothsailing; Henry Hnyellar; Nachum

Apparently Lois Lerner and Grassley were invited to speak to the same group.

2:49 - Greta

The Backstory Behind Lois Lerner’s IRS Targeting Of Senator Chuck Grassley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKrA-9JXv-4


17 posted on 07/01/2014 9:01:03 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: smoothsailing
after accidentally receiving some of his mail.

Accidentally? Just like they accidentally deleted all of Lois Lerner's hard drives.

Maybe the same dog that ate Lerner's hard drive fetched Grassley's mail from his mailbox.

18 posted on 07/01/2014 9:01:29 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: smoothsailing

So when does Dave Camp and the rest of his buddies do something about her and the criminally corrupt organization she worked for?

Christ, what do they need? A picture of her standing over a kids body with the barrel still smoking?

Comey sent Martha Stewart to a federal prison on the supposition that she heard a bit of helpful information on private stocks.

THIS woman conspired to use the police power of a federal agency to inimidate a United States Senator for Gods sake.

She makes Vito Genovese look like a piker.

How long do we have to watch this stunning thug show?


19 posted on 07/01/2014 9:02:59 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: smoothsailing
Both the Democrats and the Republicans on the Watergate Committee were ready to impeach Nixon over a mere allegation of use of the IRS against his enemies; an allegation for which (IIRC) no actual victims came forward.
20 posted on 07/01/2014 9:03:00 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Big Horn

Never again unless the guilty ones get the book thrown at them in court, and HARD!!!

If these culprits get away with what they have done, the people of this country will only have contempt for government and matters will only get worse in the future.


21 posted on 07/01/2014 9:14:53 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Henry Hnyellar
How did she “accidentally” receive some of Grassley’s mail?

May I speculate?

She 'accidentally' paid the person who does the hand delivery of the invitations to drop it off at her office first.

Her and her cohorts had to have been working on arrangements for this gig, so they could have simply heard, or had some insider provide them with a hot lead. All they needed was the written invitation to use as proof.

She accidentally received some of his mail like she accidentally lost her emails from her hard drive (which isn't even where they are kept).

22 posted on 07/01/2014 9:15:43 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Big Horn

Never again unless the guilty ones get the book thrown at them in court, and HARD!!!

If these culprits get away with what they have done, the people of this country will only have contempt for government and matters will only get worse in the future.


23 posted on 07/01/2014 9:16:01 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: smoothsailing
Lerner finally tried to drum up a criminal case against Grassley after accidentally receiving some of his mail.

"Accidentally" receiving some of a U.S. Senator's mail. I hate when that happens.
24 posted on 07/01/2014 9:20:48 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: Steely Tom

I’m honestly curious if there is even ONE honest and decent democrat in office. I mean it, they are all little fascists from where I sit and IF there is even one left that isn’t half baked, I don’t know why they are.


25 posted on 07/01/2014 9:26:28 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: smoothsailing

bookmark


26 posted on 07/01/2014 9:40:03 PM PDT by Girlene (Hey NSA!)
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To: UCANSEE2

I’d speculate that it’s simpler than that - just an ordinary screw-up that resulted in both invitations being sent to her. The real story here is that when given the chance to screw him, she took it.

This is why I’m not much of a believer in elaborate conspiracies...people love to shoot off their mouths and screw-ups happen. Just one unanticipated mis-step and the whole conspiracy comes apart.

Chuck Grassley may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he’s got a lot of friends and I don’t think you want to screw with him like this.


27 posted on 07/01/2014 9:46:04 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: bigbob; Nachum; smoothsailing

June 26

at 2:40 - 2:50 Cameron says that the group invited both Grassley and Lerner to an event and the invitation for Grassley mistakenly went to Lerner.

13:23 Minutes

Emails: Lois Lerner Sought IRS Audit Of Sen Grassley (R-IA) - Hannity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7IyN4Ajc-k


28 posted on 07/01/2014 9:51:35 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: smoothsailing

“an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller”

SO who is this insider and has he been interviewed by Issa??

popcorn....


29 posted on 07/01/2014 10:13:00 PM PDT by bitt (If Obama is really worried about “the children”, he should be bombing planned parenthood.)
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To: bitt

That’s my question as well.

We have a domino. Give it a push.


30 posted on 07/02/2014 2:33:04 AM PDT by Jacquerie (America 2017 - The tyrant may be gone, but the tyranny will remain.)
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To: smoothsailing

after multitudes of criminal activities these politicians are considering giving this bitch immunity?
Hang her sorry ass along with anyone in the administration who tried to subvert our constitution.
That would be obammy.
HANG EM HIGH AND LEAVE EM TO ROT FOR ALL TO SEE.


31 posted on 07/02/2014 3:11:38 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: smoothsailing; maggief; WildHighlander57; crosslink; LucyT

Iceberg tip!


32 posted on 07/02/2014 3:34:51 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: tumblindice

“And didn’t she threaten some other critter with an audit if he ran again for office?”

When she was at the FEC she allegedly threatened Salvi that if he did not promise to never run for office again that the FEC would prosecute him for election financing violations. Salvi was cleared of any wrongdoing, but he ended up losing to Durban.

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/06/lerner-asked-salvi-for-200000-plus-never-run-again-promise.html


33 posted on 07/02/2014 3:59:31 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: Nachum

Thanks for the ping... this one could explode...


35 posted on 07/02/2014 7:15:42 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: GOPJ

Could -—should


36 posted on 07/02/2014 10:49:11 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: smoothsailing

Not a smidgen...


37 posted on 07/02/2014 11:12:16 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: smoothsailing

Not a smidgen...


38 posted on 07/02/2014 11:12:20 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: maggief

IIOW she didn’t come up with this idea on her own!
Someone promoted her!
No wonder the emails are missing!


39 posted on 07/02/2014 12:53:19 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: hoosiermama

“IIOW she didn’t come up with this idea on her own!”

Wouldn’t think so ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3026030/posts?page=100

Former IRS commissioner Shulman’s wife works for liberal group fighting open campaign spending
Daily Caller ^ | 05/31/2013

EXCERPT

Shulman’s wife Susan L. Anderson is the senior program advisor for the Washington-based nonprofit organization Public Campaign, which claims that it “is laying the foundation for reform by working with a broad range of organizations, including local community groups, around the country that are fighting for change and national organizations whose members are not fairly represented under the current campaign finance system.”

https://twitter.com/slandersonwdc

OurFuture @OurFuture 20 Jun

Van Jones at #TakeBack12: “Our opponents want to repeal the 20th century.” #p2
Retweeted by Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson @slandersonwdc 20 Jun

Join me @ 14 and NY Ave in DC for #takeback12 Confront Karl Rove + American Crossroads. Rebuild the American Dream

http://www.ourfuture.org/institute/category/group/takeback12

//

Ms. Anderson also tweeted this link ... may now have been deleted.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/hustler-magazine-publisher-offers-1-million-for-d

Hustler publisher Larry Flynt offers $1 million to uncover dirt


40 posted on 07/02/2014 1:35:38 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Even if two or three like minded would come up with these actions having the nerve to put them in action without a person in higher authority giving a nod does not seem likely.

So who’s nodding? Who was visiting the WH again and how are they connected ? That’s who’s emails I want to see!


41 posted on 07/02/2014 2:21:10 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: hoosiermama

... seems the GOP-e doesn’t want to go there, once again.

FLASHBACK:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/irs-commissioner-shulman-step-down

As commissioner, Shulman was responsible for delivering about $300 billion, or some 40 percent, of the funds made available in President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus package...

(snip)

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, in a statement, said Shulman’s “work at the IRS, from fighting tax evasion to modernizing technology, has helped make the nation’s tax system more fair, efficient, and effective.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/03/democrats_unleash_the_irs_tyrant.html

In March of 2010, the IRS began to flag Tea Party groups for special scrutiny. By July 2011, President Obama’s approval rating hit a low of 41%, the lowest of his presidency.

That month, Carter Hull, a 48 year veteran at the agency, was told by Lois Lerner’s office that he was no longer authorized to review 501(c)4 applications from conservative groups. They were all to be routed to Counsel Wilkin’s office. Yet Wilkins told Congress under oath that he knew nothing about it.

There are 100,000 employees at the IRS. Two are handpicked by Obama. One is William Wilkins, Chief Counsel of the IRS, the other is IRS Director Doug Shulman.

Wilkins. He’s a longtime Obama crony and Democratic donor who earned his spurs by successfully defending, pro bono, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright (Yes, that Rev. Wright) from charges that his radical politicization of his pulpit should deny his church tax-exempt status.

When Hull disagreed with the counsel’s office and Lerner about how the Tea Party cases should be handled, the files were taken away from him and transferred to a woman with only several months experience at the IRS.

Hull also described a meeting about the Tea Party applications on Aug. 4, 2011, where the IRS chief counsel’s office had three representatives present.

On April 23, 2012 Wilkins met with President Obama at the White House. On April 24, 2012, the other Obama appointee, IRS Director Douglas Shulman, met with Obama. On April 25, one day later, the IRS revised the criteria by which to harass the Tea Party.


42 posted on 07/02/2014 4:31:10 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

My friend is my enemy’s enemy — may be the condition here


43 posted on 07/02/2014 5:48:52 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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