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  • Cruz asks feds to save documents in IRS probe

    11/02/2015 12:27:51 PM PST · by Isara · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 02, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wants the Justice Department to save documents related to its two-year investigation of allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups. "This Administration's recent announcement ... has finally made it abundantly clear that the responsibility of ensuring a thorough, fair, and impartial investigation of IRS employees and their potential criminal conduct will fall to the next presidential administration, and relevant materials must be protected accordingly," Cruz, who is running for president, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He sent the letter Monday, after the DOJ announced last month that it was closing its probe....
  • Cruz: Next president will get do-over on IRS-tea party investigation

    11/02/2015 12:01:13 PM PST · by Isara · 58 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, November 2, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Already planning for a GOP president in 2017, Sen. Ted Cruz sent a letter Monday demanding that the Justice Department preserve all documents from its completed investigation into the IRS's tea party targeting, saying too many questions still remain. Mr. Cruz, a Texas Republican who is himself seeking his party's presidential nomination, said the department's decision to close the investigation and clear IRS employees of any wrongdoing was a sign of just how broken the Justice Department has become. "It is important for you and other officials in this Administration to understand that this administration's decisions to neither continue this...
  • New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Planned to prosecute Obama Opponents (Flashback July 2015)

    10/27/2015 2:13:01 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 7, 2015
    (Washington, DC) Ė Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official ďDOJ RecapĒ report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity. The newly obtained records also reveal that the Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving them to Congress. Records also detail how the Obama IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, containing...
  • Judicial Watch Statement on Obama Justice Department Decision to Close Obama IRS Investigation

    10/23/2015 7:04:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 23, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    (Washington, DC ) Ė Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the Obama Justice Department decision to close its investigation of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups and other conservative opponents of President Obamaís policies: ďPresident Obamaís IRS was used against his opponents to help him win reelection. So the Obama Justice Departmentís decision to shut down its IRS abuse investigation with no prosecutions is as unsurprising as it is corrupt. Judicial Watchís independent litigation proved the Obama IRS obstructed justice and destroyed evidence. And we uncovered that the IRS and Lois Lerner conspired with the...
  • A Legacy of Lawlessness

    09/16/2015 10:05:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2015 | Brian and Garrett Fahry
    From the first days that Barack Obama declared his candidacy, we were told how brilliant he was, how this Harvard trained lawyer, who had run the law review, outshone his peers, and taught constitutional law, was intellectually superior to the other presidential aspirants. Surely he was more attuned to sophisticated legal nuances and more dedicated to the rule of law than the outgoing occupant, who symbolized all that was wrong with the ďimperial presidency.Ē But back in 2008, behind the curtain of ďhope and change,Ē a different agenda was being devised in secret. Channeling Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro, Obamaís...
  • IRS must say if White House sought taxpayersí information: Judge

    08/28/2015 12:25:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Stephan Dinan
    A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayersí private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose. Itís not clear that there were any such requests ó but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code. ďThis court questions whether section 6103 should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused,...
  • Oinker Of The Month: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

    08/21/2015 12:39:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Forget about the stonewalling IRS Commissioner John Koskinen engaged in regarding the Lois Lerner emails; the lackluster attempt to find such emails; and the erasure of back-up tapes that contained 24,000 emails†from Lerner which were under subpoena. Today, we honor†John Koskinen for being quite the oinker when it comes to government spending (how am I not surprised?). Thatís why Citizens Against Government Waste named him the†Porker of the Month: The ceaseless refrain from Commissioner Koskinen when criticized is to blame congressional budget cuts for IRS failures. This response rings hollow in the face of the IRS spending $4.3 million on...
  • Lerner, in newly released emails, calls GOP critics 'evil and dishonest

    08/14/2015 8:07:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 34 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | August 13, 2015 | Fox news
    Newly released emails from Lois Lerner show the former IRS official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal calling Republican critics ďevil and dishonest,Ē and even ďhateful.Ē The emails -- part of a report released Aug. 6 by the Senate Finance Committee -- offer a revealing look at Lerner, who used to head the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status and was at the center of the scandal over the alleged targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. The bipartisan report found evidence that both the Obama administrationís political agenda, and the personal politics of IRS...
  • Senate Report: Lois Lernerís Political Views Resulted in Disparate Treatment of Conservative Groups

    08/11/2015 11:43:42 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform (atr.org) ^ | August 6, 2015 | Alexander Hendrie
    Lois Lernerís personal political views directly resulted in tea party and conservative non-profits receiving disparate and unfair treatment according to a report compiled by the Senate Finance Committee.Following a review of approximately 1,500,000 pages produced by the IRS, the Finance Committee concluded that Lernerís was a staunch supporter of Democrat policies and held disdain for conservative values. These personal political views resulted in disparate treatment of conservative organizations, even when members of Congress inquired on behalf of an organization. As the report notes: ďWe found evidence that Lernerís personal political views directly resulted in disparate treatment for applicants affiliated with...
  • Lois Lernerís IRS Granted Only ONE Conservative Group Non-Profit Status in Three Years

    08/11/2015 11:12:11 AM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform (atr.org) ^ | August 11, 2015 | Alexander Hendrie
    Lois Lernerís political beliefs led to tea party and conservative groups receiving disparate and unfair treatment when applying for non-profit status, according to a detailed report compiled by the Senate Finance Committee. Because of Lernerís bias, only one conservative political advocacy organization was granted tax exempt status over a period of more than three years: ďDue to the circuitous process implemented by Lerner, only one conservative political advocacy organization was granted tax-exempt status between February 2009 and May 2012. Lernerís bias against these applicants unquestionably led to these delays, and is particularly evident when compared to the IRSís treatment of...
  • IRS ďMidnight UnitĒ Destroyed Backup Tapes With Lois Lerner Emails

    08/01/2015 9:57:12 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    atr.org ^ | july 31, 2015 | alexander hendrie
    Backup tapes containing as many as 24,000 Lois Lerner emails were destroyed by an IRS entity officially known as the ďMedia Management Midnight UnitĒ located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, according to†documentation†released this week by the House Oversight Committee. In all, 422 backup tapes holding the emails were magnetically ďdegaussedĒ despite an agency-wide preservation order and congressional subpoena. Degaussing is a process whereby powerful magnets are used to erase data on a storage tape. The preservation order came from IRS Chief Technology Officer Terence Millholland in response to Congressional subpoenas over Lois Lernerís emails. However, the agency completely failed to ensure...
  • Federal Judge Threatens To Hold IRS Commissioner, DOJ Lawyers in Contempt of Court over Lerner

    07/29/2015 1:37:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 29 2015
    (Washington, DC) Ė Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015. During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Departmentís excuses for not following his July 1 order were ďindefensible, ridiculous, and...
  • Judicial Watch: IRS Produces Recovered Lerner Emails

    07/29/2015 9:53:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 28, 2015
    (Washington, DC)¬†‚Äď Judicial Watch released 906 pages of¬†newly recovered Lois Lerner emails¬†from the IRS that are believed to recently have been recovered by the IRS‚Äô internal watchdog ‚Äď the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).¬† The IRS released the emails under a court order by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan.¬† The new documents show that Lois Lerner and other top officials in the Exempt Organizations Unit of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the controversial handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations.¬† The documents also show that...
  • Report: IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Conservatives for Audits

    07/24/2015 7:39:58 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)... confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under ďhigh scrutinyĒ from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations....Lois Lerner, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, is mentioned four times in the report...In 2009, Barack Obama ďjokedĒ about having the IRS...
  • Obama says: Letís face it, the real IRS scandal is that they need more money

    07/24/2015 7:34:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2015 | Guy Benson
    President Obama swung by The Daily Show earlier this week and was challenged by outgoing host Jon Stewart over government incompetence on his watch. Pressed on prominent instances of malfeasance and ineptitude that have plagued the federal bureaucracy during his administration ‚ÄĒ from the VA wait list scandal, to the catastrophic OPM hack, to the IRS targeting affair ‚ÄĒ Obama breezily dismissed the latter example as a non-scandal, chalking it up to Congress writing ‚Äúcrummy‚ÄĚ laws that were merely implemented ‚Äúpoorly and stupidly.‚ÄĚ The Washington Times reports: President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with ¬ďDaily Show¬Ē...
  • 19 Facts On IRS Targeting President Obama Can't Blame On Republicans

    07/23/2015 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    On The Daily Show, President Obama blamed Republicans for the IRS scandal: ďYouíve got this back office, and theyíre going after the Tea Party. Well, it turned out, no, Congress had passed a crummy law that didnít give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly. The truth of the matter is that there was not some big conspiracy there. They were trying to sort out these conflicting demands. You donít want all this money pouring through non-for- profits, but you also want to make sure everybody is being...
  • Obama: The Real IRS Scandal Lack of Funding, So Blame Congress

    07/23/2015 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Guy Benson
    resident Obama swung by The¬†Daily Show¬†earlier this week and was challenged by outgoing¬†host Jon Stewart over¬†government incompetence on his watch. Pressed¬†on prominent instances of malfeasance and ineptitude that have plagued the federal bureaucracy during his administration -- from the VA wait list scandal, to the catastrophic OPM hack, to the IRS targeting affair -- Obama breezily¬†dismissed the latter example as a non-scandal, chalking it up to¬†Congress writing "crummy" laws that were merely implemented "poorly and stupidly." ¬†The Washington Times reports: President Obama defended the IRS Tuesday in an interview with ¬ďDaily Show¬Ē host Jon Stewart, saying the tea party-targeting scandal...
  • (Complete no edits) Obama Just Tried To Rewrite History Straight To Jon Stewartís Face About This HU

    07/22/2015 8:50:35 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 25 replies
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/ ^ | July 22, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    In a classic and cynical attempt to never accept blame...
  • What Today's Top Stories Should Be

    07/10/2015 6:36:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: What a day folks! What a great day of happiness. Happiness is spreading all over the world. The Greek bailout. The Germans have relented. The Germans have caved. Merkel has said, "Okay, I'll take care of it again." Everybody's happy. Wall Street's rebounding. The Confederate flag is down in South Carolina. Even the NAALCP leader, the judge who refused to marry the lesbian couple... Another judge came along and said, "No problem. I'll do it. It's not an issue." Everybody's feeling great today! Yes, siree. I'm going to explain to you how the Greek bailout happens. What actually happens...
  • Judicial Watch: New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges...

    07/07/2015 8:49:15 AM PDT · by blueyon · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 7/7/15 | Judicial Watch
    Judicial Watch: New Documents Reveal DOJ, IRS, and FBI Plan to Seek Criminal Charges of Obama Opponents (Washington, DC) Ė Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official ďDOJ RecapĒ report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity. The newly obtained records also reveal that the Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving...
  • Terrific: Attorney In Charge of Releasing Lois Lerner "Lost" Emails Now In Charge of HRC's Emails

    07/01/2015 1:32:12 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Attorney Catherine Duval is in charge of handling inquiries from Congress about emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the conservative targeting scandal. Just last week we learned during Congressional testimony from internal government watchdogs that Lerner's hard drive containing emails sent and received when the agency was targeting conservative groups between 2010 and 2012 likely crashed due to "an impact of some sort." We also learned that her hard drive allegedly crashed on a Saturday and that the IRS didn't bother looking for backup tapes. ďWhen asked about the possible cause of...
  • IRS erased backups after realizing tea party emails lost

    06/24/2015 3:29:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 24, 2015 6:19 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Government investigators say IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agencyís tea party scandal had been lost. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence.The report is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. Ö
  • Agency: Staff cuts take toll on IRS tax enforcement efforts

    06/17/2015 9:36:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2015 3:54 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor and Stephen Ohlemacher
    Budget cuts to the IRS are hampering the agencyís efforts to uncover tax cheats, an agency watchdog said Wednesday, and more trims are on the way under legislation approved by a GOP-controlled House panel. IRS budget cuts are hurting tax collections because there are fewer agents chasing delinquent taxpayers, according to a report released Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The IRS budget has been cut by $1.2 billion since 2010. The House Appropriations Committee approved IRS cuts of $900 million more on Wednesday on a party-line vote. Republicans controlling Congress have targeted the much-maligned agency, particularly...
  • IRS official: ĎLois Lerner was the tip of the icebergí

    06/04/2015 3:54:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | by Joseph Curl
    The IRSís director of privacy, governmental liaison and disclosure division testified Wednesday that the tax agency set up a special team with hundreds of lawyers to handle the probe into whether Tea Party groups were targeted, but repeatedly said she had no idea how it operated. Mary Howard, who also works as the head Freedom of Information Act officer in the IRS, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that once the ďspecial project teamĒ was created and operational, she never saw requests for information. Asked who was on the team, she said: ďMy first hand knowledge of...
  • Thousands of new Lerner emails found

    04/28/2015 4:32:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bernie Becker
    An inspector general investigating the IRSís improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups has found thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the agency official at the center of that controversy, according to committees involved in the probe. Treasuryís inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) said it found roughly 6,400 emails either to or from Lerner from between 2004 and 2013 that it didnít think the IRS had turned over to lawmakers, the congressional committees said. The committees have yet to examine the emails, aides on Capitol Hill said. The IRS said last year that Lernerís computer crashed in 2011, leaving it...
  • Sens. McCain and Levin urged IRS to target Tea Party, conservative groups

    04/11/2015 4:22:02 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 199 replies
    examiner.com ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    Government documents obtained by a top "Inside the Beltway" watchdog group and released on Thursday reveal that Internal Revenue Service's Lois Lerner was strongly urged by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, her assistance in attacking certain non-profit political groups. The organizations they selected for targeting by Lerner were part of the Tea Party and conservative movements. Newly released documents revealed that Sen. Levin (left) and Sen. McCain both urged the IRS to target conservative groups in the wake of the Citizens United decision. The group that investigates and exposes government corruption, Judicial Watch, released newly acquired...
  • The IRS Loses a Big Procedural Battle in Its War With the Tea Party

    04/07/2015 7:58:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/6/15 | Hans von Spakovsky
    At almost the same time last week that the outgoing U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen, gave Lois Lerner a get-out-of-jail free card over her contempt of Congress citation, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service suffered a huge procedural loss in a court fight in Ohio. In litigation filed in 2013 by conservative organizations targeted by Lerner and her colleagues at the IRS, a federal judge granted a motion to compel and ordered the IRS to produce the names of the 298 targeted organizations identified by the IRS for the Treasury Inspector General. In 2013,...
  • Politico sat on allegations Lois Lerner had prior history of targeting conservatives

    03/12/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-12-15 | T. Becket Adams
    Politico scored a journalistic coup with its exclusive 2014 profile on Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting of conservative groups. But a former Illinois lawmaker who said Politico contacted him repeatedly that year with questions regarding claims he was targeted by Lerner in the mid-1990s has been left wondering why the news group chose to ignore his documented dealings with the former federal official. "I was shocked," Al Salvi told the Washington Examiner's media desk, describing what he characterizes as several "lengthy" interviews with Politico reporter Rachael Bade. Lerner went after his 1996...
  • Lawyer: Department of Justice Shut Down Search For Lois Lernerís Emails

    03/03/2015 8:18:02 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2015 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Justice blocked an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to search for Lois Lernerís missing emails at off-site storage facilities, according to a lawyer pushing to obtain the emails.The IRS never looked for Lernerís backup email tapes at the West Virginia storage facility where they were being housed. Treasury deputy inspector general Timothy Camus told Congress that the IRS never asked IT professionals at the New Martinsville, W.V. storage site for the backup tapes. Camus only found the backup tape for Lernerís missing 2011 emails about two weeks ago. But the Obama administration knew that emails...
  • IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!

    02/28/2015 3:44:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-15 | J. Christian Adams
    An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lernerís IRS computerís hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lernerís hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lernerís hard drive: ďAccording to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue...
  • Investigators Recover 32,000 Emails To and From Lois Lerner

    02/26/2015 7:31:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/26/15 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal. But they don't know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's email when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, IRS...
  • More Lois Lerner Emails Recovered: ĎNo One Will Ever Believe That Both ... Within a Weekí

    02/27/2015 8:06:22 AM PST · by Rockitz · 100 replies
    TheBlaze.com ^ | 26 February 2015 | Jason Howerton
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced on Thursday night that hundreds of former IRS official Lois Lernerís previously ďlostĒ backup tapes have been recovered, which could result in the recovery of a new trove of her emails. IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday that it took investigators just two weeks to recover 424 backup tapes that were previously said to be unretrievable. ďTo date, we have found 32,744 unique emails that were backed up from Lois Lernerís email box. We are in the process of comparing these emails to what...
  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

    02/26/2015 10:06:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26, 2015 11:10 PM EST | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agencyís tea party scandal. But they donít know how many of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lernerís emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011. At the time, IRS officials said the emails could not be recovered. But at a congressional hearing Thursday evening, investigators said they recovered...
  • Small business owners forced to battle IRS over seized bank accounts

    02/11/2015 6:39:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 11, 2015
    Andrew Clyde, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq, started his small firearms store in Athens, Ga., in the 1990s. Over the years, he watched his business grow. And then, on April 12, 2013, two IRS agents swooped in and seized nearly a million dollars from his company's bank account. Clyde was on the wrong end of a murky federal program that allows agencies to seize assets they suspect could be tied to criminal activity -- even without actual criminal activity.
  • Obama Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch Started Sorority With Holderís Wife

    01/30/2015 5:46:07 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015 | Patrick Howley
    resident Obamaís Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was a charter member of an all-black Harvard sorority ó and so was Eric Holderís wife. ... can Lynch as an investigator really be objective when it comes to her predecessor, who is currently in contempt of Congress over Fast and Furious scandal document obstruction and would probably warrant investigation from an unbiased successor? After all, Lynch goes way back with Holderís wife. ďThe Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
  • IRS Scandal Is Back (Weekly Update)

    01/16/2015 1:45:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    The Obamacare-IRS ScandalFrench Terror Attacks Tied To FBI Asset? New Docs: Top IRS official may have obstructed investigations into the IRS scandal The Obamacare-IRS Scandal There is a lawsuit that could bring President Obamaís federal healthcare crashing down under the weight of its own lawlessness. A few weeks ago, we filed anamicus brief in support of plaintiffs who are making the plain obvious point to the United States Supreme Court that President Obama (or any other president) should not be permitted to rewrite federal statues in brazen violation of the U.S. Constitutionís separation of powers. The plaintiffs in David King...
  • Docs: Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election Lois Lerner Begged Supervisor Not to Visit IRS Office

    01/14/2015 1:47:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-14-2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Docs: Ahead of 2012 Presidential Election Lois Lerner Begged Supervisor Not to Visit IRS Office Katie Pavlich | Jan 14, 2015 New emails obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit show former IRS official Lois Lerner begged her supervisor not to visit the Cincinnati office or ask specific questions related to Congressional inquiries into whether the agency was improperly targeting conservative groups just ahead of the 2012 presidential election. As a reminder, it wasn't until May 2013 when Lerner admitted inappropriate targeting had occurred and plead the Fifth in front of the House Oversight Committee.¬†¬ďPlease don¬ít...
  • IRS Cries 'Budget'!

    01/06/2015 7:04:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | John Ransom
    Another day and another complaint by the IRS that they wonít have enough money to administer the tax code properly. Boohoo. Maybe they should have thought about that before Lois Lerner came before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and decided to invoke her right not to incriminate herself. Repeatedly. Its one thing when a Mafia don does that. But come on: The IRS? Or perhaps they should have thought of it before they lost the emails that they said died because of a hard drive failure. This time the crier for the IRS is CNNMoney, which complains that...
  • NY Times, Wash Post Give Early Gift to Obama on IRS Scandal: 'No Links to White House'

    12/24/2014 12:26:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/24/14 | Clay Waters
    A new congressional report on the IRS persecution of conservative groups in the run-up to the 2012 election? Nothing to see here, the New York Times' headline blared. Both the paper's headline writer and reporter David Joachim set the bar sky-high for anti-Obama scandal, using the evident lack of a smoking gun linking IRS persecution to the White House as an excuse to completely dismiss the scandal in a rather brief story, no matter what "strident" Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican who chaired the hearings, might think. The Washington Post was little better. Joachim's story was buried on page A13...
  • Judicial Watch Documents:

    12/09/2014 9:08:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    New documents obtained through a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show former IRS head of tax exempt groups Lois Lerner met with the Department of Justice Election Crimes Division as early as October 2010, just one month before the historic 2010-midterm elections when Republicans regained control of the House and at the peak of the tea party movement.††From Judicial Watch: As result of a court order, the DOJ last month produced only two pages of heavily redacted emails (832 pages were withheld in entirety) that show the Obama Justice Department initiated an October 8, 2010, meeting between the...
  • The IRS Scandal is Not Going Away

    12/06/2014 10:12:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-6-14 | Bruce Walker
    The IRS scandal is not much in the news these days, but it is not going away. The more Obamaís minions stonewall this scandal, the more congressional Democrats discount the scandal, the more the leftist establishment media ignores this scandal, the more toxic it will be for the left. In late November we learned that 30,000 of Lois Lernerís lost e-mails have been found, but these e-mails have not yet been converted into readable form. The utter contempt the Obama administration shows toward the oversight powers of Congress, toward the millions of information technology-savvy Americans who grasp the lying and...
  • 2,500 new documents ID'd in White House-IRS taxpayer harassment cases

    11/26/2014 9:35:53 AM PST · by unixfox · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner | 11/25/14 | Paul Bedard
    In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that ďpotentiallyĒ show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obamaís White House.
  • Some wonder if IRS scandal began with Goolsbee remark on Koch taxes [White House broke the law]

    11/29/2014 8:43:57 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 24, 2013 | Richard Pollock
    Treasury Department investigators completed but never released a 2011 law enforcement probe of White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee, The Washington Examiner has learned. The investigation by the Treasury Department Inspector-General for Tax Administration was sparked by Goolsbee's remarks during an Aug. 27, 2010, White House news briefing in which he appeared to possess confidential tax information on Koch Industries, the private conglomerate controlled by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. "So in this country we have partnerships, we have S corps, we have LLCs, we have a series of entities that do not pay corporate income tax. Some of...
  • Summary of Obamaís IRS scandal, as of November 22, 2014

    11/22/2014 3:41:03 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    wordpress ^ | November 22, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Summary of Obama‚Äôs IRS scandal, as of November 22,¬†2014 In May 2013, the Washington Post reported that the IRS had illegally targeted conservative groups for additional reviews. Organizations with the words ¬ďtea party¬Ē or ¬ďpatriot¬Ē were singled out for harassment, such as requiring them to provide a list of donors, details about their internet postings on social networking websites, and information about their family members.When this was first reported by the media in May 2013, Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that had conducted these illegal activities, claimed that only low level employees had...
  • IRS inspector general finds up to 30,000 of Lois Lernerís e-mails

    11/22/2014 1:15:27 PM PST · by grundle · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2014 | Josh Kicks
    Many of Lois Lernerís missing e-mails may no longer be missing. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration told several congressional committees on Friday that it has recovered as many as 30,000 of the ex-Internal Revenue Service officialís messages from disaster recovery tapes, according to congressional aides who participated in a briefing on the matter. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified in June that the e-mails were lost after Lernerís hard drive crashed in 2011. He said the agency tried unsuccessfully to retrieve the records with help from agency IT and forensic experts. Koskinen acknowledged the existence of disaster recovery tapes...
  • The IRS Hatchetmen

    11/17/2014 5:14:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    I was intrigued by an article posted by Dan Mitchell from Cato here over the weekend that in part said that how Republicans treat reform at the Joint Committee on Taxation (and the CBO) as a kind of an IQ test. As Mitchell notes ¬ďwhen JCT does revenue estimates, the bureaucrats grease the skids for anti-growth tax policy by overstating revenue losses from lower tax rates and overstating revenue gains from higher tax rates.¬ĒAnd indeed they do. In fact, both the CBO and the JTC act as giant Ways and Means committees for higher taxes and bigger government. But that¬ís...
  • President Barack Obama's Legacy Pitch

    10/30/2014 8:35:37 AM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/30/14 | Brown, Epstein
    Speaking to a mostly white college audience: "ďThis progress has been hard but it has been steady and it has been real,Ē Obama said at Northwestern University on Oct. 2. ďAnd itís the direct result of the American peopleís drive and their determination and their resilience, and itís also the result of sound decisions made by my administration. So it is indisputable that our economy is stronger today than when I took office.Ē Obama griped to party donors several days later that his accomplishments are a mystery even to his most loyal supporters. ďMost of you donít know the statistics...
  • IRS Still Not Getting the Message

    10/19/2014 9:28:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    You might think that with the scandal surrounding the IRS and the resulting budget cuts that have hampered their activities that the organization might become more aware of its procedures and adjust them to appear more customer friendly. If what happened this past week is any indication then they are still living somewhere in the ozone. Most Americans think of April 15th as the final day for filing their personal income tax return. That is so for most people, but a large part of the population files an extension that allows them to file their return by October 15th as...
  • Pat Roberts: Jarrett Involved with IRS Scandal (estab Repub actually gets something right)

    10/12/2014 7:32:09 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 89 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11-11-14 | P Howley
    Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts said Friday that he thinks the IRS targeting scandal was driven by Valerie Jarrettís office in the White House, according to information that he saw that Democrats tried to ďwhitewash.Ē Roberts told talk radio host Hugh Hewitt that he participated in a Senate Finance Committee investigation into the IRS scandal but ďthe effort was made by the majority, by the Democrats in the Congress, to simply end that investigation,Ē which he called a ďwhitewash.Ē ďIím convinced that even Valerie Jarrett was involved,Ē Roberts said.
  • Politico Found Lois Lerner. So Why Canít the U.S. Attorney in Washington?

    09/22/2014 6:16:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Politico obviously had no problem finding Lois Lerner for an exclusive interview that it published on Monday. So why canít the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., find Lois Lerner so that a federal grand jury can interview her? Perhaps the Obama administration doesnít want Lerner answering any real questions about what happened at the IRS when it was targeting conservative organizations. While Lois Lerner gave a lengthy interview to Politico in the presence of her legal defense team, including her husband, who is also a lawyer and a partner at a major law firm,...