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Skip to comments.JUDICIAL WATCH FIGHTS CLINTON IRS ATTEMPTED AUDIT
Posted on 04/18/2002 10:49:16 AM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
For Immediate Release
Apr 18, 2002
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JUDICIAL WATCH FIGHTS CLINTON IRS ATTEMPTED AUDIT
IRS OFFICIAL ADMITS: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU SUE THE PRESIDENT?
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the non-profit educational foundation that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it was fighting in court an audit attempt instituted by the Clinton IRS in retaliation for Judicial Watchs litigation against President Clinton. Judicial Watch first received notice of an attempted IRS audit on October 9, 1998, a few days after its Interim Impeachment Report, which called for Bill Clintons impeachment for misuse of the IRS, was officially made part of the Congressional record. The IRSs initial audit letter demanded that Judicial Watch [p]rovide the names and addresses of the directors and their relationship to any political party or political groups. In January, 1999, an IRS official admitted to Judicial Watch representatives, in the context of the propriety of the audit, What do you expect when you sue the President? Another IRS official admitted in June, 1999, that the political affiliations of Judicial Watchs directors is a factor in any IRS audit.
After Judicial Watch scored legal victories against the Clinton Administration, Judicial Watch received audit notices and warnings from the IRS. For instance, immediately following its uncovering of the Clinton-Gore White House e-mail scandal in February, 2000, Judicial Watch lawyers received a call from an IRS official to inform them that Judicial Watch was still on the IRSs radar screen. The IRS finally agreed to defer on deciding whether to audit Judicial Watch until after the Clinton Administration ended. Despite this agreement, in one of the last acts of the Clinton Administration, the IRS sent Judicial Watch another audit notice on January 8, 2001. The IRS also sent new audit notices throughout 2001 after Judicial Watch criticized IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti. Rossotti is a Clinton appointee who inexplicably continues to serve under President Bush. In addition to presiding over the audits of perceived critics of the Clinton Administration, Judicial Watch requested criminal and civil investigations of Rossotti for his criminal conflict of interest in holding stock in a company he founded, AMS, while it did business with the IRS.
Judicial Watch now is fighting the attempted audit in federal courts in the District of Columbia and Maryland. As Robert Novak reports in his April 18th column, despite repeated requests to Attorney General Ashcroft to investigate, his Bush Justice Department has thus far refused to do so. (See Judicial Watch's letter to Attorney General John Aschroft) Instead, in the context of Judicial Watchs lawsuit against the Cheney Energy Task Force, a Bush Administration official told Novak, I don't know what we are going to do with this Klayman. A copy of Judicial Watchs complaint against IRS officials is available by clicking here.
Judicial Watch has no objection to IRS audits at the proper time and place, under correct, non-political circumstances. We have nothing to hide. But when we were told that we were being audited because we sued Bill Clinton, we had no choice but to stand up and fight in court. Now, for its own reasons, the Bush Administration is content to let Clinton appointee Rossotti continue to harass Judicial Watch. Our lawsuits in response are intended not only to protect Judicial Watch, but are for the good of all Americans, stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.
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Given Judicial Watch's hyperactive legal machinations against the Bush administration, I don't expect Aschcroft to lift a finger.
And, I'm glad he's not. I'd like to see some of those financials myself.
I believe that a financial audit of Judicial Watch has been in order for a very long time. That it comes from the IRS is juicy, indeed.
Larry's running a political organization. Any investigation of it will be met with cries of "politics."
I do not believe that Judicial Watch is spouting some conspiracy theory here, even the National Review complained that they were audited unfairly because of political reasons during the Clinton era.
It's an audit. People and businesses get audited for lots of reasons.
Larry's been out of the news for a week or so; this must an attempt to gin up some dudgeon among his sap followers (like you).
You haven't changed a bit, Rebeckie.
As for your other comment, of course I haven't changed a bit. I am in college now and long past that adolescent stage in life and if you insist on calling me a name, just call me Beckie.
Clinton's gone. Has been for over a year. It's an audit. People and businesses get audited for lots of reasons.
Tell it to Judicial Watch, Joe Farah's Western Journalism Center, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Katherine Prudhomme, Juanita Broaddrick, etc.
I cant understand how you, Bush, or Ashcroft would not support Judicial Watchs contention that these audits were politically motivated.
People always yell and scream when Judicial Watch cannot rack up numerous court wins, but they fail to hold the Justice Department to the same impossible standard that they hold to Judicial Watch.
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