Darrell Issa: My committee will “aggressively follow up” on the IRS’s political thuggery

posted at 3:21 pm on May 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

“Political thuggery” isn’t Issa’s term, incidentally. It’s not mine either. It’s Mitch McConnell’s, and it’s entirely appropriate under the circumstances.

I’m counting the minutes:

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., requested the IG look into allegations of political retaliation last June. In response to the today’s disclosure and apology by IRS, Issa and Jordan issued the following statement:

“The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable. The Committee will aggressively follow up on the IG report and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”

When Issa et al. first looked into this last year, the commissioner of the IRS assured them it was much ado about nothing. In reality, roughly 75 conservative groups were targeted. And according to David French, who’s been working the cases for the ACLJ, it wasn’t just the Cincinnati office that hassled them. He claims they also had “voluminous communication” with offices in California and D.C.

Like McConnell says, political thuggery:

“Today’s acknowledgement by the Obama administration that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups in the heat of last year’s national election is not enough. Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views. Last year, amid reports that the Obama administration was using the levers of executive power to harass conservative political groups in Kentucky and elsewhere, I issued a very public warning to the administration that the targeting of private citizens on the basis of their political views would not be tolerated. Today’s apology by the IRS is proof that those concerns were well founded. But make no mistake, an apology won’t put this issue to rest. Now more than ever we need to send a clear message to the Obama Administration that the First Amendment is non-negotiable, and that apologies after an election year are not an sufficient response to what we now know took place at the IRS. This kind of political thuggery has absolutely no place in our politics.”

Charles Boustany is also vowing that Ways and Means’s oversight subcommittee will launch an “aggressive” investigation. An interesting footnote to all this is that lefty pundits aren’t pushing back. Greg Sargent, Kevin Drum, and Steve Benen were all quick to acknowledge that it’s a legit scandal and should be pursued (in contrast to Benghazi, natch). Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett wasn’t spinning either:

Whether that means the usual “Republicans versus Democrats” dynamic during committee hearings won’t apply this time, I don’t know. Friendly advice to O, though: Don’t wait for Issa. Start taking scalps at the IRS now to show that you care, whether you really do or not.


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Yeah. Sure Darrel. We’ll be waiting for the results.

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Shhhh, AP! if you talk about this too much Ol’ Morning Joe might not know if the chill wind doth blow! Instead, let’s phrase it like this;

Congress to investigate if Bush IRS targeted Code Pink.

Congress to investigate if Bush IRS targeted Cindy Sheehan.

Congress to investigate if Bush IRS targeted MSNBC.

Weight of Glory on May 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

As with Benghazi, this goes straight to Obama’s door and is just one more reason to impeach the Criminal in Chief.

VorDaj on May 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Karma Dominoes…

It’s what’s for Dinner

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

All the poisons that have lurked in the mud are FINALLY hatching out. May it continue.

neyney on May 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Friendly advice to O, though: Don’t wait for Issa. Start taking scalps at the IRS now to show that you care, whether you really do or not.

Friendly advice to O, though: Don’t wait for Issa. Start blaming your underlings at the IRS now to show that you still have the blame shifting mojo, whether you really do or not.

VorDaj on May 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

“And by ‘aggressively follow up’ I mean mutter a few buried soundbites and basically do nothing because it might displease and invite reprisals from the controlling media/left hive.”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

And thence beginneth three years of stonewalling.

Akzed on May 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Que the drones who are so quick to remind us that only Republicans are capable of abusing their power.

antipc on May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

The National Organization for Marriage had some pretty good evident that their returns were leaked to leftists by the IRS.

That is a different category, but I hope that someone weaves that in

r keller on May 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

John Hinderaker @ Power Line:

Some time ago, we started getting calls and emails from Tea Party groups saying that they were being audited by the IRS, and had learned that other Tea Party groups were likewise in the crosshairs. We had also heard about the IRS asking for donor lists, presumably so that they could audit the donors as well. The IRS says the improper audits occurred during the 2012 campaign, but we had heard about them prior to last summer or fall.

-snip-

Congress should investigate this, obviously. By Congress, I mean the House of Representatives. There is zero chance of the Democratic Senate investigating anything related to the Obama administration.

-snip-

Come to think of it, this may be one more reason why Obama is so single-mindedly devoted to winning back the House in 2014: the way his administration’s scandals are multiplying, an all-Democrat Congress provides insurance against having to leave office via helicopter.

Richard Milhouse O’bama. Get used to it.

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

The USA is Russia now, for utter shame.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Cover your derrieres.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

But, but, right wing conspiracy..who cares if IRS has already confessed…

Libtard

hillsoftx on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

IMPEACH OBOZO !!!!

Speaker of the House Boehner must stop crying, get a pair, man-up and convene a special panel to begin IMPEACHMENT hearings for the high crimes and misdemeanors of OBOZO on the following grounds:

- the illegal sestak and romanoff job offers,
- CRONY CAPITALISM with GE, Goldman Sachs, GM, GovernmentOOGLE, solyndra and hundreds of others,
- blatant extortion of money from a company (BP),
- intentional failure to protect our borders a requirement of his oath of office,
- willfully ignoring the legal rulings of the courts,
- funneling massive amounts of taxpayer money to unions that then illegally kick-back money to the d-cRAT socialists,
- unilaterally and illegally gutting the work requirement in welfare reform legislation,
- making campaign videos in the White House in violation of FEC rules,
- intentional failure to enforce immigration laws and the intimidation of any state or law enforcement agency that does try to enforce them,
- unilaterally and illegally refusing to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act,
- unconstitutional NON-recess appointments,
- unconstitutional/unlawful military action in Libya,
- DOJ acceptance and encouragement of Blank Panther voter intimidation,
- unconstitutional attacks on religious freedom in violation of the 1st Amendment,
- outrageous race-base law enforcement by the DOJ,
- serving as an accomplice to murder of four Americans in Benghazi and his massive cover-up of the facts of this atrocity,
- serving as an accomplice to murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry (and thousands of mexican) from his ILLEGAL gun-running operation of Fast and Furious and his massive cover-up of the facts of this atrocity,
- his use of the IRS to harass and attack conservative American as an act of DOMESTIC TERRORISM by his administration,
– and his many, many, many other offenses against America and the US Constitution.

TeaPartyNation on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

An interesting footnote to all this is that lefty pundits aren’t pushing back. Greg Sargent, Kevin Drum, and Steve Benen were all quick to acknowledge that it’s a legit scandal and should be pursued (in contrast to Benghazi, natch).

I’m sure they’d like to make this front page news instead of Benghazi, so naturally they think it’s legit and should be pursued.

darwin on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Please. The FBI bugged, surveilled and harassed black activist groups be they moderates or radicals throughout the 60s and 70s. They had an entire unit just focused on illegally surveilling Martin Luther King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SNCC and the Panthers. This is nothing….

libfreeordie on May 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

The HA leftist union supports this thuggery.

May your elitist heads spontaneously combust, you tyrannical charlatans of the world.

YOU are NEVER liberal or progressive, just leftist tyrants.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Democrats are un-American.

The only reason they were against Richard Nixon isn’t because they thought what he did was wrong.

It’s because they wanted to be the ones doing it.

tetriskid on May 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Please. The FBI bugged, surveilled and harassed black activist groups be they moderates or radicals throughout the 60s and 70s. They had an entire unit just focused on illegally surveilling Martin Luther King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SNCC and the Panthers. This is nothing….

libfreeordie on May 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Under leftist presidents, fool, who deserves to be enslaved.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Issa is going to be a very busy man… if he gets around to doing his job.

The Rogue Tomato on May 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Hey Issa: If you can’t bring to justice those who enabled murder in Fast & Furious and Benghazi

Just sayin’.

ShainS on May 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Launch the Cruz missile at them.

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Issa better double his staff! Boehner should shift money from his and Cantor’s accounts for Issa to hire more people!! With so many balls in the air, you know one or all are gonna get dropped. It is the GOP afterall…

JAM on May 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

My committee will “aggressively follow up” on the IRS’s political thuggery

Let the sternly written letters begin.

LetsBfrank on May 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

“Political thuggery” isn’t Issa’s term, incidentally. It’s not mine either. It’s Mitch McConnell’s, and it’s entirely appropriate under the circumstances.

Actually, “multiple felonies” is appropriate. This isn’t mere thuggery and isn’t merely political. It’s a massive abuse of governmental power that should land a whole bunch of peopel in jail.

And B!tch McConnell thinks the White House should investigate itself … LOL – the same White House that has fired IGs any time they got close to anything.

I want to see some friggin orange jumpsuits, already. Lots and lots and lots of them. And sentences of hard labor and worse.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Yeah. Sure Darrel. We’ll be waiting for the results.

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I’m sure he’ll get right on it as soon as he finishes his work on Fast & Furious.

Doomberg on May 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

the left is rallying on this against the IRS. Barry is too.

there’s something else going on. The fact that no one is trying to shove it under the rug…and the fact that the IRS just came out and said it (no media investigation, etc.) tells me that barry wants a Plus in his column. Sticking up for sheeples rights and all that.

it was probably a rogue operation that is safely confined to a leftist cell somewhere in the agency. This will be barry more street cred in benghazi…barry is on the side of clean government

r keller on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

I think we lovers of liberty need to work as aggressively as the left does towards authoritarianism at abolishing these unelected agencies. The EPA, IRS, DOE, etc. ALL of see alphabet regulatory fascist need to go.

jawkneemusic on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

An interesting footnote to all this is that lefty pundits aren’t pushing back. Greg Sargent, Kevin Drum, and Steve Benen were all quick to acknowledge that it’s a legit scandal and should be pursued (in contrast to Benghazi, natch).

The election is over.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

This had better not be a democrat ‘Ace-up-the-sleeve’ they’ve been saving to distract from the Benghazi hearings.

Anytime there is a Clinton involved, never, NEVER turn your back.

JetBlast on May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

I R S…. saaaay, aren’t they the same department that is in charge of our healthcare? What if that was inspected based on political affiliation?

If they can confiscate wealth today, they will confiscate health tomorrow.

kurtzz3 on May 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Why are they coming out with this apology now? I haven’t seen anything that explains what prompted this. The government doesn’t do this unless they have to.

RadClown on May 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Say, Mr. Issa: put forward that the funding of the IRS needs to be cut by, oh, 80%.

THAT will get responses.

ajacksonian on May 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Please. The FBI bugged, surveilled and harassed black activist groups be they moderates or radicals throughout the 60s and 70s. They had an entire unit just focused on illegally surveilling Martin Luther King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SNCC and the Panthers. This is nothing…. libfreeordie on May 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Willy Sutton’s famous quote comes to mind…

Akzed on May 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Start taking scalps at the IRS now to show that you care, whether you really do or not.

Heh…don’t be whispering that near Eleanor Holmes Norton.

jersey taxpayer on May 10, 2013 at 3:58 PM

The FBI bugged, surveilled and harassed black activist groups be they moderates or radicals throughout the 60s and 70s. They had an entire unit just focused on illegally surveilling Martin Luther King,

They weren’t alone.

Worst of all, [Bill] Moyers was heavily involved in the persecution of Rev. Martin Luther King by Hoover’s FBI. From the report of the Senate Committee investigating the FBI’s spying on Americans:

http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/bill-moyers-old-school-ratfker/

cbenoistd on May 10, 2013 at 3:59 PM

And these are the enforcers for obakascare…..

ladyingray on May 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I want people in prison. I mean it.

WannabeAnglican on May 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

And according to David French, who’s been working the cases for the ACLJ, it wasn’t just the Cincinnati office that hassled them. He claims they also had “voluminous communication” with offices in California and D.C.

Wasn’t the social worker who exposed Joe the Plumber’s child support history from Ohio? Is there some sort of connection between the two incidents?

catsandbooks on May 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Article Two of Impeachment against Richard Nixon:

“1. He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

There ya go Congress, a nice Blueprint for what course to take…

glcinpdx on May 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Some at the IRS may be demoted now so they can be destroyed if they become whistleblowers.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 4:08 PM

IRS says no disciplinary action to be taken toward employees responsible…

Sheesh!

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Its time to subpoena Mr. Lightbringers’ Blackberry.

BobMbx on May 10, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Ill Duce and his fellow henchmen seem fond of using gubmint apparatus to settle political scores…

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

All the poisons that have lurked in the mud are FINALLY hatching out. May it continue.

neyney on May 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Old Claudius is right in many situations. This is one of them.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on May 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Fitting justice would be to force IRS to allow an independent firm chosen by Issa to audit all those who did this AND their friends and families, too.

Christien on May 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., requested the IG look into allegations of political retaliation last June. In response to the today’s disclosure and apology by IRS, Issa and Jordan issued the following statement:

“The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable. The Committee will aggressively follow up on the IG report and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”

Like McConnell says, political thuggery:

“Today’s acknowledgement by the Obama administration that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups in the heat of last year’s national election is not enough. Today, I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not underway at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views. Last year, amid reports that the Obama administration was using the levers of executive power to harass conservative political groups in Kentucky and elsewhere, I issued a very public warning to the administration that the targeting of private citizens on the basis of their political views would not be tolerated. Today’s apology by the IRS is proof that those concerns were well founded. But make no mistake, an apology won’t put this issue to rest. Now more than ever we need to send a clear message to the Obama Administration that the First Amendment is non-negotiable, and that apologies after an election year are not an sufficient response to what we now know took place at the IRS. This kind of political thuggery has absolutely no place in our politics.”

That’s amazing – I keep looking for the individual’s name who’s responsible, but as usual, no individual is responsible, just the faceless bureaucracy of the IRS. And Mitch McConnell sends a clear message to the Obama Administration – not to anyone in particular, just the Administration. Is anybody ever responsible for anything with these guys?

PatMac on May 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM

There’ll have to be hearings on IRS now, too.

Rough week for the Bamster. Whistle-blowers from Benghazi and Afghanistan, now this.

*clink*

petefrt on May 10, 2013 at 4:26 PM

The Committee will aggressively follow up on the IG report and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”

Het Darryl, acting as citizens under the constitution doesn’t constitute calling Obama’s illegal use of the IRSA “retaliation” Surely we can have a much stronger reaction: maybe “unfortunate” or “inappropriate” or “misfortunate” or something more sensitive like “inadvertent” or perhaps, “improper” or there’s always that GOP strong fighting word, “questionable.”

What ever happened to the pioneer spirit in America? have we all turned into timid wimps for fear of what they bad guys will call us?

Don L on May 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

You know things are bad when Carney looks relieved to get asked about the IRS scandal as opposed to the Benghazi scandal…

mjbrooks3 on May 10, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Keep in mind that nothing will happen if John “Weeper” Boehner [technically the Republican Speaker of the House, but in fact votes with Pelosi on anything critical] does not allow it. He has blocked Issa at every turn on Fast & Furious and Benghazi. I want to see some indication that Boehner will not shut it down before I get my hopes up.

And I offer this:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124260113149028331.html

Shortly after beginning his first term, Buraq Hussein “jokingly” threatened in a speech at Arizona State University to have the President of the University and the Board of Trustees audited by the IRS because they chose NOT to award him an honorary degree.

Fish rots from the head.

Every person involved, IRS and other cooperating agencies, needs to be up on charges. And all their supervisors who are by statute subject to vicarious liability for the illegal actions of their subordinates. Firing is just the start. Criminal charges where warranted, and civil suit under 42 USC 1983 [violation of civil rights under color of law]; noting that for that particular Federal statute sovereign immunity is NOT a defense.

But, of course, that would only happen in a country where the rule of law obtained, and the two divisions of the political class were not united against the people.

Anyone want to bet on how fast both parties will cover this up after the initial revelation?

Subotai Bahadur on May 10, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Let me clarify. I want IRS people AND members of the Obama Administration in prison.

WannabeAnglican on May 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Cut their funding. Keep them far away from Obamacare as they have proven to the world that they are but a strong arm political agency working for dear leader. What’s next-brown shirts for the auditors? How many rounds of ammo have they stockpiled? I’m afraid there aren’t enough committees to follow these guys in the White House.

Don L on May 10, 2013 at 4:35 PM

How is this any different than when Nixon was going to sic the IRS on his political enemies?

Socratease on May 10, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Is it just enough for Issa and his crew to keep a perpetual scandal investigation going or will they actually do something? Fast & Furious nothing, Benghazi Gate, nothing. And now the IRS. What’s next Obama vacation gate? I’m not saying that all of these inquiries are not justifiable and important, but at least show some results for your efforts.

DDay on May 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Article 2: Abuse of Power.

Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, imparting the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposes of these agencies.

This conduct has included one or more of the following:

(1) He has, acting personally and through his subordinated and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigation to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

Socratease on May 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I lived in Chicago for 50 years, and worked as a court reporter, and this is exactly how it works. I knew city and state workers who changed their political affiliation when a different party was elected, especially if you were in a union. Republican or Democrat, they were all crooks. The term “windy city” had nothing to do with the weather.

lea on May 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Actually, “multiple felonies” is appropriate.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Amen, brother!

GWB on May 10, 2013 at 4:39 PM

This revelation was ahem, “unexpected“.

in_awe on May 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Is it just enough for Issa and his crew to keep a perpetual scandal investigation going or will they actually do something? Fast & Furious nothing, Benghazi Gate, nothing. And now the IRS. What’s next Obama vacation gate? I’m not saying that all of these inquiries are not justifiable and important, but at least show some results for your efforts.

DDay on May 10, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I agree with you, however, in order to find a smoking gun, you have to go through this process. Hopefully it will keep all of them so busy that they can’t get anything passed for four years.

lea on May 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Socratease on May 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Good luck pinning this one on the Teflon President.

DDay on May 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Gee, how odd – CNN has NOTHING to say about this……

dentarthurdent on May 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Fitting justice would be to force IRS to allow an independent firm chosen by Issa to audit all those who did this AND their friends and families, too.

Christien on May 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Much too mild. The power of government is abused for political weaponry and you suggest just an audit? Failure to remove the uncooperative AG may yet be the biggest mistake the timid GOP ever made.

I smell the longest list of presidential pardons ever coming up…

Don L on May 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I agree with you, however, in order to find a smoking gun, you have to go through this process. Hopefully it will keep all of them so busy that they can’t get anything passed for four years.

lea on May 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The major issue with this is it falls right into the political talking points of the Obama Administration. “The Republicans are out to get us”. I just watched Jay Carney re-write history and I know half the reporters in that news conference will help him do it.

DDay on May 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I want names, and want to know if these were a particular group of individuals working at the IRS. How many we’re line staff etc. The fed and particularly the Pentagon employs a huge number of anti America locals living in DC and elsewhere. The IRS needs to be shut down, it is nothing more than a arm of the BO admin and the Dems.

SANTA on May 10, 2013 at 4:51 PM

“And by ‘aggressively follow up’ I mean mutter a few buried soundbites and basically do nothing because it might displease and invite reprisals from the controlling media/left hive.”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Not to mention the tag team champs of Barry and Eric.

What? You think I’m kidding?

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Using the levers of power to punish is far worse than helping your friends, although both are wrong. At least some case could be made that a donor or “bundler” had a good idea or service and that is sometimes the case.

This is something else again! The IRS has a long history of this and it is not pretty.

It isn’t going to change and the saddest part is that little fish are usually the ones to end up on the grill.

If you check, you will see that on a prior thread about the IRS, I warned you posters to watch what you wrote in light of exposure on your returns. I mentioned Bill O’Reilly and the Clinton Administration as an example.

Sad.

IlikedAUH2O on May 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

William Ayers meet ups.

Fast and Furious.

Bengazie lies and leave Americans behind.

IRS Co-Thug operations.

Who is the leader of all this?

The thug buck stops there.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 10, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Hey Issa, how’s that Fast and Furious investigation coming along?

How many people have been disciplined as a result of your investigation?

Dude…you must be related to Lucy Van Pelt.

“No, seriously…we’re gonna get to the bottom of this…..psyche!”

BobMbx on May 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I’m moving my money into popcorn futures.

Jocundus on May 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

I DON’T WANT AN APOLOGY!

I WANT EVERYONE INVOLVED FIRED!

GarandFan on May 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

So the big difference between Obama and Chavez in Venezuela is that Obama has an underling apoplogize as he/she uses the power of the Executive to destroy you. I feel so much better.

jnelchef on May 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I DON’T WANT AN APOLOGY!

I WANT EVERYONE INVOLVED FIRED!

GarandFan on May 10, 2013 at 6:10 P

Exactly. This is BS!

I want heads. NOW!!

Saltysam on May 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Investigate who fed the IRS the target organizations. That had to come from the DNC or one of the organizations funded by the democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge, George Soros.

Those ‘low-level staffers’ didn’t find the targets on their own.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

An interesting footnote to all this is that lefty pundits aren’t pushing back. Greg Sargent, Kevin Drum, and Steve Benen were all quick to acknowledge that it’s a legit scandal and should be pursued (in contrast to Benghazi, natch).

I’m sure they’d like to make this front page news instead of Benghazi, so naturally they think it’s legit and should be pursued.

darwin on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

It’s already conventional wisdom that nobody likes the IRS. The left will happily encourage heaps of public skull-takings; anything, ANYTHING! to get their darling Hillary out of the news focus before the low information voters notice.

But when the IRS starts doing the enforcement for ObamaCare be assured that the Left push back fiercely at any hint of scandals at the IRS.

ss396 on May 10, 2013 at 8:51 PM

As with Benghazi, this goes straight to Obama’s door and is just one more reason to impeach the Criminal in Chief.

VorDaj on May 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

yes indeed

sadsushi on May 10, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Imagine how much fun this will be when the REB’s IRS audit will include your healthcare records.

Wouldn’t MSNBC and Media Splatters like to know if the leader of a Tea Party chapter was treated for an STD, or someone running on a Republican ticket for something was treated for depression five years ago? Maybe the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 had a minor stroke three years ago?

Now their friendly contact at the IRS can pass that information along.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Darrell Issa: My committee will “aggressively follow up” on the IRS’s political thuggery

Talk is cheap and you talk a lot. Call me when you send someone to jail.

Oldnuke on May 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Some early Sunday comments before I head to the range.
Please. The FBI bugged, surveilled and harassed black activist groups be they moderates or radicals throughout the 60s and 70s. They had an entire unit just focused on illegally surveilling Martin Luther King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, SNCC and the Panthers. This is nothing….
libfreeordie on May 10, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Del Dolemonte on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM
Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM
Foolish libfreeordie forgets that it was the ever lovable Robert Kennedy who as The Attorney General of the United States, managed & directed the FBI (famous but incompetent) to wire-tap and 27/7 surveillance on MLK & friends. The manure spreading media still don’t mention this relationship. Didn’t then, will never ever in the future.
AND
Anytime there is a Clinton involved, never, NEVER turn your back.
JetBlast on May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM
True statement there Jet & I’ll ask again: WHY IS VINCE FOSTER DEAD? Not how, but WHY?
OR
I want people in prison. I mean it.
WannabeAnglican on May 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM
Let me clarify. I want IRS people AND members of the Obama Administration in prison.
WannabeAnglican on May 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM
I DON’T WANT AN APOLOGY!
I WANT EVERYONE INVOLVED FIRED!
GarandFan on May 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM
I’ll add: I want heads on PIKES! Damn it! It shows that you are really SERIOUS about dealing with institutional failures.

Missilengr on May 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM