Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

“For fear of stating the obvious,” Kuhnhenn began, “the White House right now is confronting a confluence of issues: Benghazi talking points, IRS reviews of political groups, Justice Department’s review of journalists’ phone records, and in every instance either the president or you have placed the burden of responsibility someplace else… But it is the president’s administration, so I wonder, doesn’t responsibility for setting tone, for setting direction ultimately rest with the president on these matters?”

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Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that he had ordered an FBI investigation to determine whether the Internal Revenue Service broke any laws when it targeted conservative groups for closer scrutiny of their tax-exempt status.

“I have ordered an investigation. … The FBI is coordinating with the Justice Department to see if any laws were broken,” Holder said. “I think as everyone can agree if not criminal, [those actions were] certainly outrageous and unacceptable.”

Holder did not say specifically which laws the IRS could have violated, but he said there were various statutes within the IRS code that could apply.

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More than 50 major media organizations on Tuesday sent a letter to the Department of Justice protesting the seizure of two months of The Associated Press’ phone records and calling for the department to “mitigate the damage it has caused.”

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney James M. Cole, the organizations — which include POLITICO and Allbritton Communications Company — ask that the DOJ return the secretly subpoenaed phone records and explain how government lawyers “overreached so egregiously in this matter.”

“The scope of this action calls into question the very integrity of Department of Justice policies toward the press and its ability to balance, on its own, its police powers against the First Amendment rights of the news media and the public’s interest in reporting on all manner of government conduct, including matters touching on national security which lie at the heart of this case,” the letter from The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 51 other news organizations including Advance Publications, Cox Media Group, The McClatchy Company, The New York Times Company and NPR, among many others, stated.

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Fournier, a former Associate Press reporter, said that he agreed with Carol.

“I agree with the AP that this is appalling and it’s chilling,” he said. “It’s very important that the press, as flawed as we can be, we do our best work when we get people in government, around government, to tell us things that their bosses don’t want to get out.”

“This effort, my suspicion is, to send a message to all potential whistleblowers, ‘we’re watching you,” Fournier added. “This is a chilling thing to do. It looks like a fishing expedition. It is unprecedented in its scope and its breadth. I think it’s a big mistake.”

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“He has to demand full accountability and then heads have to roll [at the IRS],” said Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist close to the White House. “Everybody has to condemn it, no one can be defending this, and the White House has to be at the top of the list in condemning it.”…

“A muscular response is needed to deal with this,” said Phil Singer, who worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Republicans have waited a long time for an issue that plays to their perceived strength. Even though this doesn’t involve a tax hike, any kind of bad interaction on the part of the IRS, they’re going to glom on to it and not let go.”

Stop the equivocations, said Clinton White House veteran Chris Lehane, and accept the inevitable outcome: The only way to satisfy the public demand will be with an outside, independent investigation that will be free of White House fingerprints.

“There is going to need some kind of an external review that people feel is objective,” Lehane said.“I think they need to find some type of a vehicle like that will allow them to look like they are getting the bottom of it without them getting involved in it.”

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“These are things you typically see in the Third World from unestablished republics and other places,” Rubio told Fox News in an interview set to air on the “O’Reilly Factor.” “You don’t see that here.”

Rubio said the compounding incidents were “increasingly leading” to questions about the president’s leadership.

“There’s three different incidents that basically use the government as an instrument of political activity, to target your political opponents, to make life difficult for people that are saying things that you don’t like, to make life difficult for whistleblowers that are saying things about the State Department that you don’t like,” Rubio said. “And I believe that all that comes from the top of any organization.”

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“Before taking a few questions,” McConnell said, “let me just add one thing. As you continue to file your stories on this subject, ask yourself before you write, how would I be writing this story if this were a Republican administration?”

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Via the Washington Free Beacon.

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Throughout the briefing, Carney kept reminding reporters that as a United State senator, President Obama had been in favor of this “press protection” legislation but Republicans had killed it.

Todd, who had obviously done his homework, then dropped a nuke on Carney by revealing that in 2009 as president, Obama changed his mind and “killed” the legislation, even though at the time it likely would have easily passed through both chambers of Congress, which were then controlled by Democrats.

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Via Greg Hengler.

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The senator went on to assert that targeting political groups is a firing offense. “When I think of this thing I think of what Lincoln said,” Paul later recalled. “He says, ‘nearly any man can be tested and maybe meet up to adversity, but if you really want to test a man, give him power.’”…

“He’s tapping the phones of the press,” Paul continued. “And it turns out last year he signed legislation that allows him to detain an American without a trial and send them to Guantanamo Bay. This sounds like a president somewhat drunk on power, not cautious about how he uses the power.”



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Mika’s gonna cry and stomp her foot. And shake her fist. Heh.

Naturally Curly on May 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

@fallon…
I dunno but I have had odd things happening.
I miss peoples comments to me due to some of it-

bazil9 on May 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

and the Billy Graham org targeted too by the IRS? Goodness.

hillsoftx on May 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

That pic of Barry on the HA thread

“What does the scandal cascade teach us about trust in government power”?

Is deranged.

bazil9 on May 15, 2013 at 8:11 AM

Joe giving Axelrod a real hard time. Valerie will not be pleased.

Naturally Curly on May 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

naturally curly
are you seeing what i’m hearing?

joe ain’t taking any of david’s crap defending dear leader and doj

lolololol

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Question :
Did y’all know that John Brennen is a muslim convert ?
I wonder why no one is bringing that up, specially after Benghazi.
Hmmmmm..

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Naturally Curly on May 15, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Thank you!

hillsoftx on May 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Yep.

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 8:16 AM

naturally curly
are you seeing what i’m hearing?

joe ain’t taking any of david’s crap defending dear leader and doj

lolololol

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Axelrod’s chair is gonna need a major clean-up. Me likey!

Naturally Curly on May 15, 2013 at 8:20 AM

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 8:15 AM

I heard that..

Why is Huma an American deputy chief of staff and the aide to former SOS to Hillary?
Direct family involved in the MBH?

bazil9 on May 15, 2013 at 8:23 AM

NC
:)

cmsinaz on May 15, 2013 at 8:25 AM

When the IRS illegally provided confidential Tax records to Propublica who then provided the information to other publications and Obama’s campaign to use for political advantage…Does that make others culpable in the illegal reception and transmission of the documents? Is Huffpo or any press outlet culpable for publishing an altered confidential source document that was obtained illegally?

Wouldn’t Huffpo et,al. be as culpable in receiving illegal confidential information and publishing it as say a fence who received stolen goods to sell?

“One of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign co-chairmen used a leaked document from the IRS to attack GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, according to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM)…

NOM, a pro-traditional marriage organization, claims the IRS leaked their 2008 confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign. Those NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Solmonese was also a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman…

Solmonese, then still the HRC’s president, said in the release he felt Romney’s “funding of a hate-filled campaign designed to drive a wedge between Americans is beyond despicable.”

“Not only has Romney signed NOM’s radical marriage pledge, now we know he’s one of the donors that NOM has been so desperate to keep secret all these years,” Solmonese added.

Solmonese resigned his position at HRC the next day and took up a position as an Obama campaign co-chair. He had announced the then-pending resignation from HRC the previous autumn.

NOM announced Tuesday that it will sue the IRS for this alleged leak. Under immense political pressure, Attorney General Eric Holder launched a criminal investigation into the IRS’s actions. Congress will conduct ts own investigation.

In early April 2012, NOM published documents which it said showed this leaked confidential information did not come from a “whistleblower” but “came directly from the Internal Revenue Service and was provided to NOM’s political opponents, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).”

NOM discovered that when HRC published its confidential financial documents, it failed to conceal the source of the documents. “After software removed the layers obscuring the document, it is shown that the document came from the Internal Revenue Service,” NOM asserted in its April 2012 release.

“The top of each page says, ‘THIS IS A COPY OF A LIVE RETURN FROM SMIPS. OFFICIAL USE ONLY,’” the statement continues. “On each page of the return is stamped a document ID of ‘100560209.’ Only the IRS would have the Form 990 with ‘Official Use’ information.”

NOM president Brian Brown argued in that April 2012 release that the leak was made to benefit President Obama’s re-election campaign against Romney, his GOP challenger. “The American people are entitled to know how a confidential tax return containing private donor information filed exclusively with the Internal Revenue Service has been given to our political opponents whose leader also happens to be co-chairing President Obama’s reelection committee,” Brown said.

“It is shocking that a political ally of President Obama’s would come to possess and then publicly release a confidential tax return that came directly from the Internal Revenue Service,” he declared. “We demand to know who is responsible for this criminal act and what the Administration is going to do to get to the bottom of it.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/14/Obama-campaign-co-chair-attacked-Romney-conservative-group-in-2012-with-leaked-IRS-scandal-documents

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney James M. Cole, the organizations — which include POLITICO and Allbritton Communications Company — ask that the DOJ return the secretly subpoenaed phone records and explain how government lawyers “overreached so egregiously in this matter.”…

How does it feel, Liberal Water Carriers, when the shoe is on the other foot?

“I agree with the AP that this is appalling and it’s chilling,” he said. “It’s very important that the press, as flawed as we can be, we do our best work when we get people in government, around government, to tell us things that their bosses don’t want to get out.”

How does it feel, Liberal Water Carriers, when the snake you’ve been handling turns on you and bites you?

Poor Liberal Water Carriers don’t know whether to scratch or spit. Turns out the real “schoolyard bully” is Obama himself and letting him steal your lunch money in return for acquiescence doesn’t work. He’ll still punch you in the face if he feels like it.

College Prof on May 15, 2013 at 8:33 AM

“Happy 40th anniversary of Watergate, this week, Barack” — Richard Milhous Nixon

Carter appears smarter than Eeinstein, compared to Obama.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Thanks for that thought! That image will be with me all day now.
/sarc

yesiamapirate on May 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

yup…tingles is upset right now with dear leader…

canopfor on May 15, 2013 at 7:03 AM

What? Does the tingle only go to the knee now?
I hate it when that happens.

yesiamapirate on May 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Like a battered wife or a beaten dog …the mainstream press will still come crawling back to the One, begging him to forgive them for not being good enough for him

krome on May 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM

There is nothing short of dismantling the IRS and every bloody tax code since before the war between the states that this president can do to restore my faith in this government agency.

Flat Tax, no deductions….. Both personal and Corporate.

Tilly on May 15, 2013 at 7:06 PM

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