Collins: Why hasn’t Obama spoken up about the IRS scandal?

posted at 8:01 am on May 13, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Susan Collins appeared on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday to address the exploding scandal at the IRS, as many of the other Sunday talk shows focused more on the exploding scandal of Benghazi.  Candy Crowley asked Collins, “Is this passing the smell test to you?”  Collins scoffed at the explanation given — that this took place only among low-level staffers — and wondered aloud why Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew haven’t apologized for the agency’s targeting of political opponents for more than a year up to the 2012 election.

Come on … you have to ask?

NRO’s Eliana Johnson transcribes Collins’ response, in part:

Maine senator Susan Collins is demanding that Presient Obama publicly apologize for the IRS’s targeting out of conservative groups, calling his failure to do so up to this point “very disappointing.”

“It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review and I think that it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out,” she told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “The president needs to make crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable in America.” …

“I just don’t buy that this was a couple of rogue IRS employees. After all, groups with ‘prorgressive’ in their names were not targeted, there’s some evidence that higher-level supervisers were aware of this, and the IRS was not forthcoming in telling Congress about this,” she said.

It wasn’t just some low-level staffers; the IRS’ chief counsel knew of the practice by August 2011.  The top man in the IRS at the time, Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified to Congress in March 2012 that no such practices were taking place, but it’s almost impossible to imagine that an IRS chief counsel wouldn’t have alerted Shulman before testifying on that very point.  If Shulman lied, does anyone – anyone — think Shulman would have done that on his own?

Before you answer that, let’s take a quick trip down Memory Lane, via the Daily Caller:

Just months after being slimed by President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Mitt Romney supporter and businessman Frank VanderSloot was informed that he was going to be audited not only by the Internal Revenue Service, but by the Labor Department as well.

VanderSloot’s saga was told by columnist Kimberley Strassel in the Wall Street Journal last July.

In April 2012, VanderSloot, who served as the national co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential finance committee, was one of eight Romney backers to be defamed as ”wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records” in a post on the Obama campaign’s website. The post, entitled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” singled out VanderSloot for being a ”litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

Two months later, the IRS informed VanderSloot he and his wife were going to be audited, Strassel reported. Two weeks after that, VanderSloot was notified by the Labor Department that it was going to “audit workers he employs on his Idaho-based cattle ranch under the federal visa program for temporary agriculture workers,” reported Strassel.

Does anyone believe that the orders for that audit came from “low-level staffers”?

Why hasn’t Obama apologized?  Because no one would believe it, that’s why.


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Hmm. Wonder if trickle-down audits extended to those who merely contributed to TP and/or other conservative PACs, or even Heritage? Like to see Demint weigh in on this.

AH_C on May 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM

And the IRS is managing OCare.The low levels will have a field day with the apparent freedom they have to decide who to trash.

docflash on May 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

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slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Why would the guy behind it need to talk about it!!!

tarpon on May 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

I wonder why they decided to reveal this at this time..?

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM

The story has legs.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

like Candy has legs……
er/

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Well, “Candy Crowley” does sound kind of like a stage name for a stripper.

SubmarineDoc on May 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM

First, he has to make sure it won’t lead back to him.

The Rogue Tomato on May 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Like Benghazi, we will “discover” after the dust settles that all of this was done by low level officials, and that everyone of importance was “out of the loop.”

unclesmrgol on May 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Like Benghazi, we will “discover” after the dust settles that all of this was done by low level officials, and that everyone of importance was “out of the loop.”

“Plausible” deniability, of course.

hawkeye54 on May 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Just combust you worthless nitwit.

tom daschle concerned on May 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Maine senator Susan Collins is demanding that President Obama publicly apologize for the IRS’s targeting out of conservative groups, calling his failure to do so up to this point “very disappointing.”

Barry apologizes for nothing and no one, publicly or privately (except to Moochelle when circumstances dictate). The only failure is on the part of the IRS for getting caught and having this to go public. And to Barry, THAT is what is “very disappointing”.

hawkeye54 on May 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Barry apologizes for nothing

Of course I meant personally. He’s always willing to apologize for everything our Republic has stood for for the past 200 years.

hawkeye54 on May 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I thought we already heard from Mccain on this . Now he’s in drag saying the same crap. Meryl Streep must have taught him the lisp.

rik on May 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Collins: Why hasn’t Obama spoken up about the IRS scandal?

Because Obama knows that “moderate” Republicans like Susan Collins will do everything they can to protect him and the Democrats when it’s needed.

RJL on May 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Will Obama addressing the IRS scandal with more lies solve the problem, I think not!

savage24 on May 14, 2013 at 4:12 PM

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