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IRS Official to Judicial Watch: Clinton Enemies Were Audited
Newsmax ^ | April 23,2002 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 04/22/2002 10:00:48 PM PDT by Kay Soze

IRS Official to Judicial Watch: Clinton Enemies Were Audited Carl Limbacher, NewsMax.com

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

An official with the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that legal opponents of former President Bill Clinton were singled out for tax audits, according to court documents made public this week. "What do you expect when you sue the president?" senior IRS official Paul Breslan told Judicial Watch, the Washington-based legal watchdog group that had filed 50-plus legal actions against the Clinton administration and subsequently found itself in the IRS's cross hairs.

Breslan's quote is cited in Judicial Watch's complaint against the tax agency, based on a host of what look to be politically inspired audits that make the worst abuses of the Nixon administration appear puny by comparison.

"There were literally six witnesses in the room when Breslan told us we should have expected an audit," Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman revealed to NewsMax.com. "Four of them were lawyers."

The legal group became the target of an IRS audit in 1998, just four days after it filed an independent impeachment report against Clinton, based on years of investigation into everything from Chinagate to the Paula Jones case.

But Judicial Watch wasn't alone. Witnesses bearing damaging testimony against the president were a favorite target of the Clinton IRS. Those singled out for audits include:

Leak

The Jones case, which would eventually lead to Clinton's impeachment, was of particular interest to the IRS, which apparently leaked her confidential tax returns to the late New York Daily News reporter Lars Erik Nelson.

In a September 1997 column Nelson revealed details from Jones' filing to bolster claims that she was profiting from her sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton.

In a subsequent interview with NewsMax.com's Carl Limbacher (then with the Washington Weekly), Nelson insisted somewhat implausibly that a "friend" of Jones had come across her tax return during a visit to her home and decided to go public with the secrets.

Quite an Enemies List

As the Judicial Watch complaint notes, the Clinton IRS also went after organizations and even media companies it perceived as politically hostile, including:

The National Rifle Association, The Heritage Foundation, The National Review, The American Spectator, Freedom Alliance, National Center for Public Policy Research, American Policy Center, American Cause, Citizens Against Government Waste, Citizens for Honest Government, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Concerned Women for America and the San Diego Chapter of Christian Coalition.

Fox News Channel analyst Bill O'Reilly, a frequent critic of Bill and Hillary Clinton, has also pointed out how the IRS has repeatedly audited him.

The political nature of the Judicial Watch's audit seems particularly blatant.

"The IRS asked for our political affiliations in the first notice of audit," Klayman told NewsMax.

When he questioned why auditors wanted to know about the group's political ties, an IRS district director said the information had been deemed "relevant."

Worse still, each time Judicial Watch seemed to make legal headway against the White House, the IRS ratcheted up the pressure.

"When we would accomplish something big, like the criminal finding by Judge Royce Lamberth against Clinton in the Kathleen Willey Privacy Act case, our lawyers would get a call saying, 'We just want you to know that Judicial Watch is still on the IRS's radar screen,'" Klayman said.

"The same thing happened when we revealed the White House e-mail scandal," he added.

Shockingly, the IRS's intimidation tactics continue into the Bush administration, which has failed to sack Clinton's IRS Commissioner Charles Rosotti.

After Judicial Watch won the release of thousands of pages of documents from Vice President Dick Cheney's Energy Task Force last month, a badge-wearing IRS agent showed up at the group's offices.

A personal meeting between Klayman and Bush Justice Department Criminal Division chief Michael Chertoff, who led the Senate investigation into the Clintons' Whitewater abuses, failed to yield any interest in pursuing IRS abuses, which now threaten to tarnish the Bush administration.

When noted columnist Robert Novak inquired of the Justice Department about Judicial Watch's IRS complaint, he was told by a department official, "I don't know what we are going to do with this Klayman."

"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," Klayman said. "By leaving Charles Rossotti as IRS commissioner, Bush obviously is sending a signal that political audits are fine with him."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; clinton; clintonhaters; clintonscandals; democrats; irs; taxreform
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To: deport
I don't consider or associate incessant yipping and barking to be in the same tune of constructive criticism or for that matter, a good scolding.
101 posted on 05/06/2002 9:50:01 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: BeAChooser
In the world according to Howlin, Ron Brown was not murdered.
102 posted on 05/06/2002 9:50:50 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist

LOL.... Next diagnosis, I'm awaiting in awe....

103 posted on 05/06/2002 9:53:28 PM PDT by deport
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To: FreedominJesusChrist

On that we agree.....

104 posted on 05/06/2002 9:54:43 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
P.P.S. – Once again, you have my word that I will legally “fight to the death” to keep the IRS at bay and keep them from getting your name from us.

But he will sell it, right?

105 posted on 05/06/2002 9:55:03 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: ned
Oh, that's right. BeAChooser was unwittingly aiding and abetting the cover-up of the Ron Brown suicide.

You are rude not to ping me when you say something about me ... especially when what you say it is simply untrue. And since I didn't get a chance to respond to your last remark to me on the previous thread (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/668451/posts?), I will now. You wrote:

I haven't said that Mr. Klayman called it suicide. I said that I called it suicide.

At least we now have it established that you are the one claiming this. When you entered that thread by asking "What is Judicial Watch's latest version of the truth regarding Ron Brown's suicide" and "Even Klayman gave up on the murder theory", I'm sure I was not alone in thinking that you were claiming that JW was suggesting it was no longer a murder but a suicide. Glad to see you finally cleared up what appeared to be a dishonest allegation.

Now, perhaps you can do something besides avoid my SIMPLE questions to you about YOUR theory that it was a suicide. I asked you just a couple to make it easy for you. For example, why did the AFIP management LIE about the nature of the wound and their staff's opinions if it was a suicide? You seem to accept the contention that the evidence suggests there might be a bullet in Brown's head. So why was there no autopsy? Why would the Whitehouse order that no autopsy be done in the case of an "apparent" suicide? Surely they wouldn't hide a "suicide" from the Brown family?

And just how did Brown, if he crashed the plane, manage to do it with a bullet in his head? The plane went off course minutes before the crash. Did Brown seize control of the aircraft at that point and if so, how come the 34 other people on the plane didn't manage to wrest it back from him. Don't you think 34 ARMED people could have done that? Why not? And how did Brown, after occupying the cockpit to crash the plane (with a bullet in his head?) manage to get back to his seat so that his body could be found in a location that would suggest he was seated during the crash?

You government disrupters are getting desperate if you want to spin Brown's death as a suicide. But go ahead and try. You might motivate an autopsy.

106 posted on 05/06/2002 9:56:03 PM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: deport
Well, not only do you seem to be perpetually confused, but you are polemically delusional.
107 posted on 05/06/2002 9:56:36 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Howlin

Or swap it ... or so it's been said....

Later.... have a good one

108 posted on 05/06/2002 9:57:27 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport, Howlin
Like I said before, you people are all too willing to believe the worst about Larry Klayman. He has become so strong an anathema to you, that your judgment has become excessively impaired.
109 posted on 05/06/2002 9:59:53 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Fred Mertz
Always nice to hear from you Fred.
110 posted on 05/06/2002 10:02:28 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Speaking of imparied judgment, I don't see you considering anything anybody else says, except Larry. According to you, everybody in the world lies and is corrupt except him.

We shall see who is right.

111 posted on 05/06/2002 10:02:32 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin, deport
Catch-22 Howlin, I have never claimed to be a beacon of objectivity. I am well aware that I am not the most objective person in the world when it comes to Judicial Watch, but know that I am fair to Larry Klayman and willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, amidst the utter demagoguery, ad hominem attacks, and blatant mud-slinging on his integrity and person.
112 posted on 05/06/2002 10:08:30 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Care to explain how you can be fair when you readily admit you're not objective? Is that a new class they are teaching in college now?
113 posted on 05/06/2002 10:11:06 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Kay Soze
To say "What do you expect" is just unacceptable! We expect that the President of the United States would not be allowed to use the IRS against someone who disagreed with his policies that's what we expect!
The crimes of this man just mount up to the Heavens, or should I say down to the other place?
How dare he get away with this kind of retribution! I am just furious. I know I am a lowly citizen, but I don't expect a government agency to be allowed to be a hitman for a politician!
114 posted on 05/06/2002 10:13:58 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Howlin
According to my subjective understanding of the word "fair," I am being "fair" to Larry Klayman and willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
115 posted on 05/06/2002 10:15:38 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Kay Soze
Let's see INS, FBI, DEA, BATF, and maybe worst of all the IRS!! Who needs enemies?
116 posted on 05/06/2002 10:18:26 PM PDT by Righty1
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Don't listen to them kid, you're right they would'nt make a dust fleck on Klayman's coattail.
117 posted on 05/06/2002 10:21:06 PM PDT by jokar
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To: jokar
: )
118 posted on 05/06/2002 10:22:18 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Kay Soze
Didn't Sean Hannity say at one time he'd been targeted by the IRS while Clinton was in office?
119 posted on 05/06/2002 10:41:52 PM PDT by Brytani
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To: Kay Soze
bump for lawsuits
120 posted on 05/06/2002 11:04:05 PM PDT by timestax
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
That is not surprising that Bubba Clinton would target the NRA and JW as Bubba is hostile towards Americans and the "idea" of freedom. Bubba is nothing more than a former U.S. citizen who denounced it to Moscow in the 60's.
121 posted on 05/06/2002 11:16:18 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: Brytani
It wouldn't surprise me. Bill Clinton and his cronies are about as devious as they come.
122 posted on 05/06/2002 11:56:05 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: goldilucky
Ditto on that one.
123 posted on 05/06/2002 11:56:27 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: freeeee;backhoe; goldilucky; Fred Mertz; aristeides; doug from upland; flamefront...
fyi
124 posted on 05/07/2002 5:28:46 AM PDT by ChaseR
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
bttt
125 posted on 05/07/2002 5:29:06 AM PDT by ChaseR
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To: BeAChooser
GoBACGo/bttt
126 posted on 05/07/2002 5:29:40 AM PDT by ChaseR
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To: BeAChooser
GoBACGo/bttt
127 posted on 05/07/2002 5:29:42 AM PDT by ChaseR
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To: freeeee
freeeee inquiring of Howlin:
"Do you have any sources to back up your claim?"

Why of course she doesn't. She just spews garbage off the top of her head.

128 posted on 05/07/2002 5:32:21 AM PDT by ChaseR
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
"In the world according to Howlin, Ron Brown was not murdered."

Along with all kinds of other things in her strange world.

129 posted on 05/07/2002 5:34:17 AM PDT by ChaseR
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To: Kay Soze
"There were literally six witnesses in the room when Breslan told us we should have expected an audit," Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman revealed to NewsMax.com. "Four of them were lawyers."

Oh well, so much for credibility. heh heh heh heh

130 posted on 05/07/2002 5:36:34 AM PDT by wattsmag2
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To: Howlin
Mornin' Howlin.
131 posted on 05/07/2002 5:37:57 AM PDT by wattsmag2
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To: Kay Soze
To paraphrase Hume, if someone told me they saw a horse in a field in downstate Virginia, I would believe it as a matter of course; if someone told me they saw a zebra there, I would be skeptical and apply hard-nosed judgment about his reliability; if someone told me they saw a centaur there, I would reject the claim out of hand unless it was backed by far stronger evidence.

The notion that the Clinton Crime Cabal would sic the IRS on a vulnerable political opponenet falls squarely on the "horse" end of that spectrum.

132 posted on 05/07/2002 5:51:33 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: wattsmag2
"Four of them were lawyers." Oh well, so much for credibility. heh heh heh heh.

All of them were associated with Larry Klayman. Zero credibility.
133 posted on 05/07/2002 6:06:22 AM PDT by Iwo Jima
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To: BeAChooser
You are rude not to ping me when you say something about me . . .

Why would you say such a thing when you know that I did ping you to post 41. Oh, why can't we have transparency at Judicial Watch? I have been trying so hard to just get to the truth, but I am met at every turn with obfuscation and cover-up.

I know that there remain some minor questions to be resolved regarding the suicide. That is why we are still working together on this. Please, urge Judicial Watch to come forward with the information being requested so that we can leave no stone unturned.

The American people deserve the truth!

And, etc.

134 posted on 05/07/2002 7:40:43 AM PDT by ned
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To: ChaseR
"Along with all kinds of other things in her strange world."

And we needn't speculate on what kind of world that is.

135 posted on 05/07/2002 8:46:10 AM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Iwo Jima
You seem to be a pretty questionable character yourself.
136 posted on 05/07/2002 8:46:59 AM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: ned
What's the problem, ned? Can't defend your ridiculous theory that Brown's death was a suicide? Then why did you suggest it?

Looks to me like it was just a diversion ... and anyone who wants to see the irony in that will have to read the previous thread.

137 posted on 05/07/2002 9:19:47 AM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: BeAChooser
Looks to me like it was just a diversion

What do you think I have been trying to tell you?

It's all a huge "diversion" and cover-up. But only Judicial Watch can stop it! We just need to come clean with the American people. Judicial Watch should fully disclose all of its financial records. Trust the American people. They are very forgiving.

138 posted on 05/07/2002 9:26:05 AM PDT by ned
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To: freeeee
This is a constant problem with misuse of IRS. Lets fix the problem and just have sales taxes. We could fire 75 percent of the IRS within one year and be hassle free with the politicians.
139 posted on 05/07/2002 9:42:08 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Main Entry: 1fair
Pronunciation: 'far, 'fer
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English fager, fair, from Old English fæger; akin to Old High German fagar beautiful
Date: before 12th century
1 : pleasing to the eye or mind especially because of fresh, charming, or flawless quality
2 : superficially pleasing : SPECIOUS <she trusted his fair promises>
3 a : CLEAN, PURE <fair sparkling water> b : CLEAR, LEGIBLE
4 : not stormy or foul : FINE <fair weather>
5 : AMPLE <a fair estate>
6 a : marked by impartiality and honesty : free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism <a very fair person to do business with>

IMPARTIALITY? I don't think so.
FREE FROM SELF-INTEREST? I don't think so.
PREJUDICIE? For sure.
FAVORITISM? Absolutely.

140 posted on 05/07/2002 9:48:37 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
First of all, I do not take dictionary definitions very seriously--they show a lack of creativity on one's part. Second of all, I said before that I am not a beacon of Olympian Objectivity when it comes to Judicial Watch. Third of all, I may show favoritism towards them, but it is only because I appreciate their diligence and hard work. Fourth of all, I have no self-interest in Judicial Watch, so I don't know what you are talking about there; I do not even want to work for them when I get out of school, so my defense of them is not for extra brownie points or anything like that.

Howlin, my point is that the same standard should be applied to you. You have let your intense personal distaste for Klayman cloud your ability to see the good he has done and is currently doing.

141 posted on 05/07/2002 9:55:48 AM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: pepsionice
Sounds like a good plan to me : )
142 posted on 05/07/2002 9:56:55 AM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Iwo Jima
Iwo, ck your mail - thanks.
143 posted on 05/07/2002 10:38:12 AM PDT by ChaseR
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To: Howlin; deport
Do you guys question whether that IRS official actually said, "Well, you sued the President, what do you expect," or do you simply attribute no significance to it?

Regardless of that, Do you deny there is a pattern of IRS harassment of conservative groups over the last decade?

144 posted on 05/07/2002 10:45:28 AM PDT by Mmmike
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To: Mmmike
"Well, you sued the President, what do you expect," or do you simply attribute no significance to it?

Those are Larry's words; I'll wait and see what the official transcript says -- the one with the sworn testimony in it.

145 posted on 05/07/2002 10:48:55 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Mmmike
They probably will not deny this, but they certainly make an exception for Judicial Watch. They have let their personal distaste for Judicial Watch and Larry Klayman cloud their ability to see the whole picture, especially in this situation.
146 posted on 05/07/2002 11:02:30 AM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: ChaseR
Thanks for the ping. Outrageous! I think it's great that JW is nailing those bastards.
147 posted on 05/07/2002 12:46:34 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
morning bump
148 posted on 05/07/2002 12:48:16 PM PDT by goldilucky
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To: FreedominJesusChrist; Howlin
First of all, I do not take dictionary definitions very seriously--they show a lack of creativity on one's part.

Sort of reminds one of "It depends on what your definition of 'is' is..."

149 posted on 05/07/2002 2:12:59 PM PDT by Amelia
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To: kapn kuek
"Isn’t this illegal? If it is, why isn’t someone in jail?

Of COURSE it is illegal!

Why isn't some one in jail?

Answer: Hillary ran the White House, Reno ran the Justice Dept .... AND THE NY TIMES IGNORED THEIR CRIMES.

150 posted on 05/07/2002 2:50:58 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE
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