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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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Couldn’t a former target of the IRS pressure Clinton exhibited sue Clinton and or the US for something like this?

O"Reilly could really boost his career suing Bill on this!

1 posted on 04/22/2002 10:00:49 PM PDT by Kay Soze
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To: *ClintonScandals;*Clinton Haters

2 posted on 04/22/2002 10:11:20 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: Kay Soze
"...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."

Speakng from experience, at least Lars Erik Nelson was good for one thing, if one hapened to find oneself out of toilet tissue, one of his columns would come in quite handy...

3 posted on 04/22/2002 10:17:42 PM PDT by Gigantor
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To: nutmeg
Bump!
4 posted on 04/22/2002 10:26:09 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: Gigantor
Good reporters don't reveal their confidential sources. It is the life blood of investigative reporting. They don't lie about their sources either. But then again, no ever mistook Lars Erik Nelson for a good reporter (or columnist, for that matter).

I try not to speak ill of the dead, so I'm just going to shut up.

5 posted on 04/22/2002 11:19:09 PM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: capitan_refugio
And what happened about the treasure trove of millions of al-bore's e-mails archived in secret at the White House...? ....enquiring minds wish to know....
6 posted on 04/22/2002 11:23:41 PM PDT by spokeshave
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To: spokeshave
And what happened about the treasure trove of millions of al-bore's e-mails archived in secret at the White House...? ....enquiring minds wish to know....

The last I heard, they were still reading them!....:-)

7 posted on 04/22/2002 11:27:55 PM PDT by Cold Heat
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To: Kay Soze
Remember the Nixon years, particularly his second term, and the unrelenting drumbeat of crticism from the liberal media. He (Nixon) was desparged unmercifully for even the slightest hint that he might unleash the IRS on his perceived enemies.
Clinton, on the other hand, was given a complete pass ... even though it was abundantly clear he was using the IRS to harass anyone crtical of him and his administration.
8 posted on 04/23/2002 7:01:16 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Kay Soze
Another reason (as if we needed one) to disband the IRS. Since it's inception, this agency has been used to harass, intimidate, and enslave the American people. The wheel has turned and it's time for THEM to go.
9 posted on 04/23/2002 7:21:25 AM PDT by Attillathehon
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To: Kay Soze
As the Judicial Watch complaint notes, the Clinton IRS also went after organizations and even media companies it perceived as politically hostile, including:

Isn’t this illegal? If it is, why isn’t someone in jail?

10 posted on 04/23/2002 7:30:53 AM PDT by kapn kuek
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To: Kay Soze
"What do you expect when you sue the president?" senior IRS official Paul Breslan told Judicial Watch

Well, that all depends on what type of country this is.

Free countries wouldn't do anything.

Corrupt, oppressive countries on the other hand....

11 posted on 04/23/2002 7:31:35 AM PDT by freeeee
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To: kapn kuek
why isn't someone in jail?

That's very easy:

One set of rules for the masters, one set of rules for the subjects. You know, the standard arrangement of all countries that aren't free.

12 posted on 04/23/2002 7:33:15 AM PDT by freeeee
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To: Kay Soze

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.


13 posted on 04/23/2002 7:34:36 AM PDT by freeeee
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To: Kay Soze
The liberal is a thug.
14 posted on 04/23/2002 7:47:28 AM PDT by moyden
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To: BluH2o
Remember the Nixon years, particularly his second term, and the unrelenting drumbeat of crticism from the liberal media. He (Nixon) was desparged unmercifully for even the slightest hint that he might unleash the IRS on his perceived enemies.

And, in fact, one of the articles of impeachment drafted against Nixon was for abuse of the IRS.

Clinton, on the other hand, was given a complete pass ... even though it was abundantly clear he was using the IRS to harass anyone crtical of him and his administration.

So clear, in fact, that the same democRAT who wrote the IRS abuse article of impeachment against Nixon was quoted, after our CORRUPT Senate acquitted Clinton, as saying Clinton's abuse of the IRS and FBI is MUCH WORSE than anything Nixon did and that he should be impeached AGAIN because of it.

15 posted on 04/23/2002 9:15:17 AM PDT by BeAChooser
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To: freeeee
That's a flat out lie. Plenty of lies in this article, but your post is an out and out lie. It never happened.
16 posted on 04/23/2002 1:00:46 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
I'd like to believe that the entire article is a lie. I'd like to believe that our government isn't as corrupt as the average third world banana republic. Unfortunately, the article is all too believable.

Do you have any sources to back up your claim?

17 posted on 04/23/2002 1:07:40 PM PDT by freeeee
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To: freeeee
This audit started YEARS ago, plain and simple.
18 posted on 04/23/2002 1:12:55 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
This audit started YEARS ago, plain and simple.

Yes, it did under the Clinton administration. And according to senior IRS official Paul Breslan's own admission, the audit was a politically motivated witch hunt designed to intimidate those who would dare question their masters.

So, your guy gets in office. And he's going to clean up Washington and stop all the horrible abuses of the previous administration. So does he end the audit? No. Does the audit continue? Yes, and even worse, it is actively used for more intimidation.

Notice the MO established by the IRS earlier during the audit:

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

Later we see this:

"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."

Hmmmm.... Beginning to see a pattern here???

You know, people voted for a different administration for a reason. They didn't like the lies and corruption among other things. That's why there are elections in the first place. People want things to CHANGE. If its going to be business as usual, and corrupt practices are going to continue anyway just because someone else started them, why should anyone bother voting for your guy?

19 posted on 04/23/2002 1:28:44 PM PDT by freeeee
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To: freeeee
And according to senior IRS official Paul Breslan's own admission, the audit was a politically motivated witch hunt designed to intimidate those who would dare question their masters.

Where exactly did he say that?

20 posted on 04/23/2002 1:33:12 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Where exactly did he say that?

"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?""

""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."

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

However I do see your point and looking back at my post, it appears that I attributed words that were not said. Let me edit my statement to correct this error:

And according to senior IRS official Paul Breslan's own admission, the audit was politically motivated. In my opinion, even the dimmest, most obtuse person can clearly see this is a witch hunt designed to intimidate those who would dare question their masters. It is a gross abuse of the power entrusted to our public servants, the sole purpose of which was to squash political dissent, long considered the lifeblood of a free society.

Like that better?

21 posted on 04/23/2002 1:46:20 PM PDT by freeeee
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To: freeeee
No, not better:

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?""

"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."

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

Those are ALL Larry Klayman's words. I hope you don't mind, but I'll wait and see what the truth is.

22 posted on 04/23/2002 2:08:21 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Those are ALL Larry Klayman's words.

Um, actually there are a few in there he didn't say. Those happen to be the most disturbing ones in the article:

"What do you expect when you sue the president?" senior IRS official Paul Breslan told Judicial Watch (in front of 6 witnesses)

23 posted on 04/23/2002 2:16:26 PM PDT by freeeee
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To: freeeee
That IS what Klayman said he said; we shall see, won't we?
24 posted on 04/23/2002 6:32:31 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: spokeshave
They got re-invented.
25 posted on 04/24/2002 12:14:31 AM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: Howlin
What happened to the good thread on this topic?

;)

26 posted on 05/06/2002 5:53:47 PM PDT by ned
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To: ned

It's still here, but it got locked down after some 2014 post/replies.... Boy did it get around the horn, IRS, Ron Brown, All the different Gates, just about any aspect you could think of....

JUDICIAL WATCH FIGHTS CLINTON IRS ATTEMPTED AUDIT

27 posted on 05/06/2002 6:07:44 PM PDT by deport
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To: ned
A better question is WHY was it reposted?
28 posted on 05/06/2002 6:30:11 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: deport
Well, that's a shame because I think that we were just beginning to get into the real issues. Which side was I on this time, anyway?
29 posted on 05/06/2002 7:49:49 PM PDT by ned
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To: BeAChooser, ChaseR, goldilucky, christine11, reformjoy, Fred Mertz, timestax, poet, palo verde
Ping!
30 posted on 05/06/2002 8:38:39 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: ned
Heck, I don't remember..... Seems there was some talk at one time about the "over my dead body" statement about releasing the donor list to the IRS...
31 posted on 05/06/2002 8:39:23 PM PDT by deport
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To: freeeee, Howlin
Howlin believes that any news article which happens to support Judicial Watch is an outright lie. Her personal distaste for Larry Klayman gets in the way of her judgment and causes her to believe that anyone who supports Judicial Watch is either a liar or a crazy fool.
32 posted on 05/06/2002 8:40:32 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Remind me, Freedom, where were we when we were so rudely interrupted?
33 posted on 05/06/2002 8:41:07 PM PDT by ned
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To: Howlin, freeeee
That is not only what Larry Klayman said, but is also what Bob Novak, a very respected conservative journalist and political pundit, has said.
34 posted on 05/06/2002 8:44:29 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: Kay Soze;hellinahandcart;RaceBannon;cacique;SnowBunny;Landru;Mudboy Slim
Hey, we've been screaming about this for years....everyone knew this....it's about time, someone wrote about it....Bump-ar-roonie Guys!
35 posted on 05/06/2002 8:45:26 PM PDT by KLT
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To: ned
I believe that you and BeAChooser were arguing about Ron Brown, although I am not sure, you may wish to check the thread yourself. All I remember for sure was that Luis Gonzalez spewed some unauditable verbage and ironically, had the last word on the thread.
36 posted on 05/06/2002 8:46:30 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: KLT
Thank God Almighty, it's here at last!
37 posted on 05/06/2002 8:47:00 PM PDT by ned
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
That is not only what Larry Klayman said, but is also what Bob Novak, a very respected conservative journalist and political pundit, has said after he talked to Larry Klayman.

I did not see ONE fact in that Novak article that came from anywhere other than JW. Nice try though.

38 posted on 05/06/2002 8:47:16 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: KLT
You should check out deport's link on his #29 post. Believe it or not, there were many crazy people supporting the IRS one this one. I was personally repulsed by this and quite surprised.
39 posted on 05/06/2002 8:48:38 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
With all due respect, Rebeckie........Howlin simply believes in logic and objectivity.

You, OTOH, think that Larry Klayman should not be audited because you are a defender. Previous threads have shown a number of reasons that questions might need to be answered.

Now if you consider your defense to be lying or crazy or foolish........that's your business. However, you shouldn't blame someone else for it.

40 posted on 05/06/2002 8:49:41 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: FreedominJesusChrist; BeAChooser
I believe that you and BeAChooser were arguing about Ron Brown, although I am not sure, you may wish to check the thread yourself.

Oh, that's right. BeAChooser was unwittingly aiding and abetting the cover-up of the Ron Brown suicide.

And what side of this important issue were you on, Freedom?

41 posted on 05/06/2002 8:50:00 PM PDT by ned
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To: Howlin
Either way, Novak supports Klayman on this one, which is very important.
42 posted on 05/06/2002 8:50:04 PM PDT by FreedominJesusChrist
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To: A Citizen Reporter; alcuin; anniegetyourgun; Aquinasfan; ArneFufkin; Askel5; BibChr...
This thread has the makings of a food fight.
43 posted on 05/06/2002 8:51:34 PM PDT by Amelia
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Either way, Novak AND Newsmax got their FACTS from Larry Klayman. We shall see who is right.
44 posted on 05/06/2002 8:52:32 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: FreedominJesusChrist
Novak supports Klayman on this one, which is very important.

To whom? Why?

45 posted on 05/06/2002 8:53:00 PM PDT by Amelia
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To: Amelia
This thread has the makings of a food fight.

I've been needing to clean the fridge for over a week now.

46 posted on 05/06/2002 8:53:14 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: deport
Seems there was some talk at one time about the "over my dead body" statement about releasing the donor list to the IRS...

Larry hasn't gone and done anything rash, has he?

47 posted on 05/06/2002 8:53:36 PM PDT by ned
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To: Southflanknorthpawsis
I've been needing to clean the fridge for over a week now.

LOL I see some hungry people out there!

48 posted on 05/06/2002 8:54:31 PM PDT by ned
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To: FreedominJesusChrist

49 posted on 05/06/2002 8:56:16 PM PDT by deport
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To: Amelia
This thread has the makings of a food fight.

I insist that we all try to be as rational and as fair as possible. There are important issues at stake here.

Please, please, no fighting.

50 posted on 05/06/2002 8:56:58 PM PDT by ned
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