Breaking: IRS admits current Commissioner knew of targeting … a year ago; Update: ProPublica: Same office leaked files to us

posted at 6:11 pm on May 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The Associated Press, via the Washington Post, runs this breaking story about the exploding IRS scandal.  It turns out that while outgoing IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress twice in March 2012 that the agency wasn’t targeting conservative groups, just two months later his acting replacement Steve Miller knew all about it:

IRS says current acting commissioner learned in May 2012 that tea party groups were targeted.

The current commissioner knew for a full year that the agency was targeting Tea Party groups  and other opposition organization for aggressive auditing? And in the middle of an election year, no less?  And yet, today Barack Obama insists that he knew nothing of this practice until last Friday.

This is either the most incompetent administration ever, or one of the least honest.  I don’t think there’s a third option any longer, especially in this scandal.

Guess who gets to be on the hot seat for Friday?

The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a formal hearing Friday to probe the Internal Revenue Service for placing heavier scrutiny on conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status between 2010 and 2012.

IRS Commissioner Steve Miller and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George are expected to testify Friday morning during the hearing, which committee leaders said would examine the agency’s “practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings.”

Expect Miller to get a lot of questions as to why he never mentioned this practice in June 2012:

The Internal Revenue Service says acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller was first informed in May 2012 that tea party groups were inappropriately targeted for scrutiny.

A month later he wrote a member of Congress to explain the process of reviewing applications for tax-exempt status without mentioning the controversy.

Who told him to keep quiet? That will certainly be one of the questions.  At the same time, this poses a fresh set of problems for Shulman, too. It will be very difficult to argue that he didn’t know anything about the practice in March 2012 when his chief counsel knew about it in August 2011, but that Miller came up to speed on it just after his departure.  And both men will have to answer whether and when they briefed the White House on this — or whether the White House briefed them to put the practice in place.

Update: Funny how Lois Lerner never mentioned this in her Friday-afternoon dump attempt, huh?

Update: Wow … just wow:

The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.

The IRS did not respond to requests Monday following up about that release, and whether it had determined how the applications were sent to ProPublica.

In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved—meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We madesixof those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.)

It’s amazing that ProPublica is willing to burn its source, at least in a general sense, as the key update that it is.  This shows that the aggressive actions from this office were hardly apolitical.  All nine of the confidential files involved conservative groups, not just a cross-section of 501(c)4s applying for exemptions.  This was a coordinated effort to attack conservative groups, although ProPublica ran their article after the election.

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It’s amazing that ProPublica is willing to burn its source, at least in a general sense, as the key update that it is. This shows that the aggressive actions from this office were hardly apolitical. All nine of the confidential files involved conservative groups, not just a cross-section of 501(c)4s applying for exemptions. This was a coordinated effort to attack conservative groups, although ProPublica ran their article after the election.

Yes it is a signal, but is it one that says, “Full speed ahead!”, or one that says, “Attack the investigators as hyperpartisan kooks!”? I’ll go with the latter.

Steve Eggleston on May 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

And yet, today Barack Obama insists that he knew nothing of this practice until last Friday.

After lying about Benghazi he expects people to believe him now?

Right… If only Comrade Stalin O knew …

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Hotair….it is multiple warhead day!

and Crazy Joe is riding an Atomic Bomb firing a shotgun…

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

although ProPublica ran their article after the election.

duh. wonder how mnay propublica editors are married to WH insiders.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Seems the puppet masters have been given O’s permission to fundamentally transform America, while he just goes out and raises money for their efforts.
He was never expected to LEAD .. that might get in their way.
What more can be said ?

pambi on May 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Er, Valerie might have whispered something about it in my ear a year ago.

John the Libertarian on May 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

What If Bush Had Done It.

Fabozz on May 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I’m sick of this question. What makes you think that Bush or the people around him would even have considered doing the crap the rat-eared coward and his Chicago thugs do on a daily basis?

Yes there is a double standard but I’m sick and tired of making Bush into a criminal just for comparison sake.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

It’s amazing that ProPublica is willing to burn its source, at least in a general sense, as the key update that it is.

Not at all if you think about it. Why not burn the individuals who are going to burn anyway, especially when you can confess early and be the forgotten man when the story simply detonates across the executive branch?

Confess and be forgotten vs: answer a subpoena via CSPAN

Tough choice eh?

BobMbx on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Patience my friends. Remember how the gop stumbled with the clinton impeachment? Give them a little more rope to completely hang themselves. Pulling too quick, you may loose your prey. Blood in the water is no good to a shark with no teeth. The American public must be on board beyond a doubt. It took several months to get the people the right information, have them understand where and why it was wrong, and to then have the intestinal fortitude to go forward with the charges. Patience.

Molonlabe2004 on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

I love how they’re now forced to uncover their own scandals to distract from the other scandals now.

And it seems like they were wiretapping reporters.

Head for the hills, liberal douchebags. The dams going to burst.

Chuck Schick on May 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Obama can prove he was toking a spliff with Jay-Z when all of this happened!

profitsbeard on May 13, 2013 at 6:41 PM

Communist Organizing – and everyone said I was crazy in 2007……

redguy on May 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Special report just played the “there is no there there” clips. The man shucked and jived. He was emphatic. But his eyes were dead and he was lying his ass off.

One tell- When he is lying this Harvard and Columbia educated moron drops the “g” on any word ending in “ing” Example: truth tellin’ instead of truth telling.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

spidey senses are tingling…Obama messed with the spooks over Benghazi, I think the fan is going to be brown for awhile

DanMan on May 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

At what point will Scooter be deemed “no longer useful” to the Democratic Party. In other words, when will the rats start deserting the sinking Ship of State?

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

It might be starting now, in earnest. There have been rumblings for a few weeks, but today has been something else.

-DOJ and seized phone records from AP
-This thread
-The update from ProPublica
-Top LSM execs have relatives advising the WH
-The IRS scandal from its beginning
-Obama basically blowing off Benghazi and sticking to ‘it’s the video’
-Obama blowing off the IRS story
-Obama claiming he only heard about the IRS story on Friday

I would venture that he’s starting to get too hot to handle, becoming a liability. If the LSM are reporting on it, despite their endless spin and attempts at deflection to blame the GOP, it seems a breaking point is on the horizon. And it won’t be the careers of reporters, business execs, and senators planning on remaining in office after Obama is gone that will be allowed to be on the line.

Liam on May 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Dr. Henry Louis Gates is on the five-man board of ProPublica. This has come full circle.

blammm on May 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Molonlabe2004 on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

what does your name mean?

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

And now we know why they tried so hard to get Romney to release his tax returns. They already knew what was in them, but they couldn’t let anyone know they knew until he released them officially.

They probably had the attacks all wound up and ready to go, just waiting for Romney to officially release his tax returns so they could unleash the attacks without people saying, “Where did they get this informatino?”

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 13, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Absolutely! I said that when it was happening and I wasn’t the only poster here saying that.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

First the Gosnell guilt verdicts and now this.

Now we just need some Benghazi news to complete the day.

gophergirl on May 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Wow … just wow

It’s a helluva day at sea, sir.

lynncgb on May 13, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Jeebus…what’s next? Jarret and Abedin fly out of DC tonight in a Saudi jet? The 101st are jumping over Damascus in half an hour?

Who soes the wind like this?

BL@KBIRD on May 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Should I be stocking up on impeachment popcorn???

GhoulAid on May 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Obama’s Commencement Address about “tyranny” was to try to get ahead of the developing Scandal he knew all about. He lied again at the Press Conference when he said he just found out about it on Friday.

So … is he complicit ?

As Dennis Kuccinich would say “Are you kidding.”

ashiya on May 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I’m sick of this question. What makes you think that Bush or the people around him would even have considered doing the crap the rat-eared coward and his Chicago thugs do on a daily basis?

Yes there is a double standard but I’m sick and tired of making Bush into a criminal just for comparison sake.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Hear, hear!

Any comparisons of Barky to any actual Americans are offensive. Barky is a league all his own, a despicable, lying scumbag, America-hating third world league that no one in American politics has ever even approached. And Barky pulls sh!t like this CONSTANTLY, not just once or twice, but something new, outrageous and distinctly un-Constitutional and un-American every single month.

About the only sort of person in American history to bhe compared to Barky is someone like Benedict Arnold, but even there, Arnold was talented and actually helped the nascent American nation before he turned traitor. Barky even falls short of that.

Barky should have been impeached, thrown out of office, prosecuted and donning an orange jumpsuit long, long ago. What he has been allowed to do is just insane, which is why this population of Americans will go down in history as the most pathetic, dumbest, most self-destructive society to have ever existed – and one that chose an 84 IQ, talentless, inept imbecile as the instrument of our national suicide. Friggin sad and historically embarrassing.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

He was never expected to LEAD .. that might get in their way.
What more can be said ?

pambi on May 13, 2013

Well, not from the front anyway.

JonPrichard on May 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

One tell- When he is lying this Harvard and Columbia educated moron drops the “g” on any word ending in “ing” Example: truth tellin’ instead of truth telling.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

The most accurate tell is when he doesn’t use the whistling “S”.

I especially enjoy it when he uses the “keepin’ it real” voice…”where’s yo dollah?”

BobMbx on May 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

John Roberts, what say you? Oh, and THANK YOU very much for enabling these traitors.

SouthernGent on May 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

BL@KBIRD on May 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

He’s already sown the wind, now he’s reaping the whirlwind.

INC on May 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Liam on May 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

It’s been quite a day.

gophergirl on May 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

the left is daring the right to impeach Obama. There is something up.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Patience my friends. Remember how the gop stumbled with the clinton impeachment? Give them a little more rope to completely hang themselves. Pulling too quick, you may loose your prey. Blood in the water is no good to a shark with no teeth. The American public must be on board beyond a doubt. It took several months to get the people the right information, have them understand where and why it was wrong, and to then have the intestinal fortitude to go forward with the charges. Patience.

Molonlabe2004 on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Some differences…

(1) Clintons are professionals at fighting off scandal, they were not babied like Obama has been by the media.

(2) Nothing Bill Clinton did (or at least we know about) ever equaled the three scandals we are seeing right now…at once!

With that said at the rate Obama is imploding right now all the GOP may have to do state the obvious.

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

It took several months to get the people the right information, have them understand where and why it was wrong, and to then have the intestinal fortitude to go forward with the charges. Patience.

Molonlabe2004 on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

It’s been well over four years and tens of clearly impeachable and un-American acts. People have long known the story. There is no excuse for the GOP having never done jack to stop any of this. We are still saddled with BarkyCare while Barky has gotten every debt limit raise and CR that he wanted to continue dismantling America.

There is no excuse for Barky still being in office. None.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

We need a John Dean from this regime to come forward and spill the beans about all this crap. I know it’s wishful thinking, since Obama and his goons operate pretty much like the mob.

TarheelBen on May 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

This is either the most incompetent administration ever, or one of the least honest. I don’t think there’s a third option any longer…

Hahaha… Well, of course there’s a third option to incompetent or least honest. It is.. tahhdahhh… BOTH.

petefrt on May 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Crickets on Wolfie’s Cartoon Show on CNN. Excitedly flogging the brothers from Cleveland.

Del Dolemonte on May 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

DanMan on May 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

I think you are on to something. Now all we need is for Petraeus to man up, cause he knows something. He’s already been disgraced what more can they threaten him with? Well…maybe a Vince Foster…

BeachBum on May 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

We need a John Dean from this regime to come forward and spill the beans about all this crap. I know it’s wishful thinking, since Obama and his goons operate pretty much like the mob.

TarheelBen on May 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Joe Biden?

Remember he actually thinks he can be president so take out Obama and Hillary in one blow. He can be the second coming of President Ford.

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

At least he’s not too bothered about scandals because he’s in NY to par-tay with his music sycophants tonight.

The dam is breaking and he’s off pulling in cash and having a grand time.

tru2tx on May 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.

Maybe someone has already mentioned this…. but I heard Jay Sekulow on Hannity say that this is the national office. This is the office that all filings for tax exempt status go through… so it’s deceptive when you hear someone say “It’s just in Cincinnati” .. there is no other office the forms go through. They all come to Cincinnati. That’s the national office.

JellyToast on May 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Interesting thought.

TarheelBen on May 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Daryl Issa seeking additional budget of 5 billion for next three 1/2 years of investigations. Taking applications for investigators.

tim c on May 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

A Speech!

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

the next pivot to jobs is going to be a BIG pivot.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Del…..wolfie freaking out?

Erin Burnett will gloss over yeah?

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Anybody who voted for this fraud after what happened to Joe the Plumber cannot act surprised and clutch the pearls now.

RedRedRice on May 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

JellyToast on May 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

correct. all 1023 aplications for exempt status go there. all exempt returns (990s) are filed to Ogden UT office.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The dam is breaking and he’s off pulling in cash and having a grand time.

tru2tx on May 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

While he still can.

With that said at the rate Obama is imploding right now all the GOP may have to do state the obvious.

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

The GOP has no balls and no spine. Plus they love them some country club elite perks.

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

There is no excuse for Barky still being in office. None.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

How about a Senate full of Democrats? That sounds like a good excuse to me. Republicans can impeach him tomorrow, and the Senate will kill it. Frustration with the House not doing more to stop spending is understandable. Saying there’s no excuse for Obama still being in office is unrealistic at this point in time.

joejm65 on May 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

(2) Nothing Bill Clinton did (or at least we know about) ever equaled the three scandals we are seeing right now…at once! …

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Bill Clinton used the FBI to compile his political enemies list. He is also an (alleged, haha) rapist. I’d say those rank right up there.

Fenris on May 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Daryl Issa seeking additional budget of 5 billion for next three 1/2 years of investigations. Taking applications for investigators.

tim c on May 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

if only he was an obama offical, and all he had to do was shake down some private companies for the funding.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Erin Burnett first story…
Cleveland

Seriously????

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

There is no excuse for Barky still being in office. None.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

one: racism.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

ProPublica is just as bad as the IRA keeping this information under wraps until The Won’s reelection was assured. Sleazy.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

If anyone thinks this was limited to one office is a prime candidate to buy my bridge and/or swamp land.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

And both men will have to answer whether and when they briefed the White House on this — or whether the White House briefed them to put the practice in place.


The White House was advised in April, 2013…at the latest.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

We need a John Dean from this regime to come forward and spill the beans about all this crap. I know it’s wishful thinking, since Obama and his goons operate pretty much like the mob.

TarheelBen on May 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

mr president, theres a cancer growing on the presidency…and it sits in the oval office…..

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

since Obama and his goons operate pretty much like the mob.

TarheelBen on May 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

they roll up the mob by taking down an underling one by one, getting them to roll on the next level of managment, right? on bengazi either hillary will roll on BHO or the reverse. i imagine they are both trying to figure out whose getting ready to do it to the other, to make sure they beat them to the DAs office to cut a deal.

t8stlikchkn on May 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

BeachBum on May 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Petreaus resigned the Friday after the election. He would not sign off on the talking points that his #2 did on Sept. 15. He held his tongue and Obama got elected and then Obama didn’t need him anymore.

Petreaus has nothing to lose regarding Benghazi.

DanMan on May 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

If anyone thinks this was limited to one office is a prime candidate to buy my bridge and/or swamp land.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

If they’re in AZ, I’m sure you can get our genius trolls to join up together with cash from their mommies to create a commune.

Liam on May 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Bill Clinton used the FBI to compile his political enemies list. He is also an (alleged, haha) rapist. I’d say those rank right up there.

Fenris on May 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Benghazi is much worse…of course his overrated wife was involved in that. Benghazi is like a real life “Clear and Present Danger” by Tom Clancy. President and his team leave American diplomats and servicemen to die for political reasons…and then cover it up, threaten people, lie their assess off…

Also like I said with Bill…”that we know of”

William Eaton on May 13, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Liam on May 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

As a matter of fact they are in AZ. Both of them.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Why is ProPublica protected? These targeted groups did not authorize their private files being given to them whether they used them or not. Through those b*st*rds in prison with their obama pals.

Blake on May 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 1h

Congressional source says DoJ looking at phone records for AP’s House of Reps phone line “is not sitting too well” with House brass.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Petreaus has nothing to lose regarding Benghazi.

DanMan on May 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

They won’t be naming the next Main Battle Tank after him, thats for sure.

I’ve got one….how about the Petraeus “Kept My Mouth Shut” Service Award?

BobMbx on May 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

deceitful lying POS democRATS; stealing elections with the help of the media!

trust your govt wingnuts!

burserker on May 13, 2013 at 7:12 PM

I honestly believe the these (IRS, AP..) are breaking now as a means of Hillary letting Obama know he better not throw her under the bus with Benghazi.

I believe that Hillary has a great deal of dirt on Obama(fast & furious?), and is holding his feet in the fire, and warning him that he better keep her out of Benghazi (the only thing that can hurt her nomination in 2016), or she will throw him in head first.

Mashman on May 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Why is ProPublica protected? These targeted groups did not authorize their private files being given to them whether they used them or not. Through those b*st*rds in prison with their obama pals.

Blake on May 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Because Dr. Henry Louis Gates is their director so Holder won’t hold it against them.

blammm on May 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Any person connected to the most transparent (mis)administration evah that comes before Congress, for any hearing/event, needs to be asked questions UNDER OATH…

Gohawgs on May 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM

I miss Breitbart.

WitchDoctor on May 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Molonlabe2004 on May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM
what does your name mean?

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM

…ahh, those two little words..

SailorMark on May 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

ProPublica is just as bad as the IRA keeping this information under wraps until The Won’s reelection was assured. Sleazy.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Yep. They sat on it all until the REB was safely reelected.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

People need to go to jail for a long time.

pat on May 13, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Funny, how I thought the Gosnell conviction would calm my nerves … LOLOL.
I laugh at myself !!!!

pambi on May 13, 2013 at 7:22 PM

You know what’s scary?

This AP wire tap is the only one we KNOW about.

Imagine what they’ve done that we don’t know about yet.

portlandon on May 13, 2013 at 7:22 PM

If the IRS will leak our tax information, why would it not leak our health information, too?

Lawyer Mom on May 13, 2013 at 7:24 PM

ProPublica is just as bad as the IRA IRS keeping this information under wraps until The Won’s reelection was assured. Sleazy.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Oppsie!

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 7:24 PM

That’s the national office.

JellyToast on May 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I’m on the board of a 501c3 formed in early 2010 – paperwork from Cincinnati.

monalisa on May 13, 2013 at 7:26 PM

It’s Obama’s America. He just lets you live in it.

As long as you obey.

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Erin Burnett finally going to talk about presser
Took

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Its a heck of a day when the Conviction of Gosnell is the left’s distraction issue.

rob verdi on May 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Would most people know if they were being asked more probing questions than others? I wouldn’t know what was S.O.P.! I guess you need a lawyer.

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

It’s amazing that ProPublica is willing to burn its source, at least in a general sense, as the key update that it is. This shows that the aggressive actions from this office were hardly apolitical.

They’re setting the table to isolate the tumor and excise it before it becomes a real, existential threat to the body of the Obama administration. It’s preferable to burn the source(s) and set them up as the fall guy(s).

djm1992 on May 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

It’s Obama’s America. He just lets you live in it.

As long as you obey.

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

We need Roddy Piper on this case

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

This is beyond amazing. I can’t believe that we’ve heard the worst yet. Scandals nearly always trickle and grow, not explode in just a few days and then go away.

Chris of Rights on May 13, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Erin spent 30 seconds on the presser

Wow

Sweeping this under the rug

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Quick, someone paint me a picture of what the consequences will be regarding all this? They do not respect the law and they are, for lack of a better term, The law…

I just don’t see anything happening to them that really makes any difference. I pray I am wrong, they deserve our constitutions most severe punishment for their blatant years long abuse of power…but I don’t see how that will happen…our government is being run by people who have no respect for the oaths they take.

All this reminds me of the scene in Game of Thrones when Ned Stark comes in with his men( in the kings chambers) thinking a “piece of paper” will protect him from those who place no value on such things…and we all know what happened to him.

Alinsky on May 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Its a heck of a day when the Conviction of Gosnell is the left’s distraction issue.

rob verdi on May 13, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Heh.

SailorMark on May 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I M P E A C H

WisCon on May 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

We need Roddy Piper on this case

Conservative4ev on May 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum.

And I’m all out of bubble gum…

Midas on May 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

It’s amazing that ProPublica is willing to burn its source

Preference cascade!

And maybe they knew the report coming out included them?

PattyJ on May 13, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Erin spent 30 seconds on the presser

Wow

Sweeping this under the rug

cmsinaz on May 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Who?

VegasRick on May 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Alinsky on May 13, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I’m right there with ya.

I said earlier that I suspect we’re all going to be even more dejected and disallusioned and bereft of hope in fairly short order.

I don’t see a scenario here where Obama isn’t still sitting smugly in office and still doing his level best to destroy the country every damn day when all of this is done.

There may be some action, even impeachment in the House, and… so what? He’ll be angrier, with henchmen still entrenched, and squeezing the life out of us via executive order and bureaucrats, etc.

It’s good to see that which we’ve been concerned about actually coming out in the open, and yet… I still don’t see a resolution here that doesn’t involve, well… we’ll see I suppose.

Midas on May 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM

What a horrid week to be in government, especially the Obama government! First Bengazi Explodes up in the face of the State Dept. Then The IRS gets caught in it’s own explosion. Now Eric “Fast & Furious” Holder’s DOJ gets caught wiretapping the AP! These people are making Richard Nixon look like Pat Boone. As they used to say “The hits just keep coming” ! The talk radio guys most be loving tis, the don’t have to write any material the federal government is doing it for them

JKotthoff on May 13, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Mark Levin on fire tonight. And for the good work his Landmark Legal Foundation has done here, he’s entitled to strut a bit.

States that Boehner is too cowardly to bring a special investigation, and accuses (un-named) republican committee chairmen (pretty sure he used the plural “men”, not “man”) of having already begun to make deals with democrat members to weaken the investigations, to avoid supporting conservatives.

None of this sounds too hard to believe, if you’ve been awake for the last year or so.

bofh on May 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Don’t impeach him for heaven’s sakes. That just wipes the slate clean, and we’ll never know what happened. We need to know every last sordid detail. We need to name and shame every enabler to this affront to democracy.
This is a teaching moment for America. A whole generation of Journolisters is learning why we are suspicious of government power. People like Spencer Ackerman and Kirsten Powers are starting to get it. We can only hope that everyone who works at the AP does too.

Investigate. Reinstitute the special prosecutor. By this time next year, the liberal Dems will be begging O to resign but the black Dems will stand with him. But more importantly, we will all have learned the value of Constitutional governance, and that is far more important than just getting rid of this one guy.

xuyee on May 13, 2013 at 7:45 PM

LOL ….

Dennis Miller :
Jay Carney is shakier than a jackhammer operator playing Jenga on his lunch break.

pambi on May 13, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Hot Air record tonight with 3 Quotes of the Day or just 1 labeled “Bloody Monday”….

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 7:47 PM

They’re setting the table to isolate the tumor and excise it before it becomes a real, existential threat to the body of the Obama administration. It’s preferable to burn the source(s) and set them up as the fall guy(s).

djm1992 on May 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Unfortunately it appears that the tumor(s) in the IRS metastasized from the primary tumor located in the head of this administration.

It’s time for drastic treatment.

AZCoyote on May 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

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