IRS commissioner: Hey, turns out it was mainly just two “rogue” employees who targeted tea partiers

posted at 4:01 pm on May 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, it took a few days but at last we have some fall guys. It’s ludicrous, of course, to think the problem was limited to two people — the IG report last night specifically blamed ineffective management and, as Guy Benson reminds us, we already know that knowledge of the harassment went all the way up the chain — but pay attention to the fine print in the video clip at 1:22. Miller, the commissioner, apparently acknowledged that the IRS’s mishandling of this went beyond the two “rogues.” Evidently they’re setting up to put most of the blame on the two employees and then appease critics with some perfunctory “mistakes were made” shinola-eating from the higher-ups. All we need now is for some IRS exec to whine that the agency’s gotten too big to manage effectively and the self-serving scandal narrative will be complete. An obvious question: When they say the employees went “off the reservation,” are they suggesting that they’re prepared to acknowledge that they had a malevolent political agenda as opposed to just being “overzealous” in policing 501(c)(4)s or whatever? I’m keen to know what “going rogue” means in this case.

Meanwhile, Sean Higgins asks a good question: Why do the IG report’s timelines of what happened in this case begin with a heavily redacted entry?

On top of page 13 is a graph titled “Figure 5: Timeline of Events and Delays Involving the Processing of Potential Political Cases (******1***** through May 2012)” that redacts the first item, not even giving a date. A spokesman for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee confirmed the “****1****” item was Treasury’s style for redactions.

The mystery date was apparently February 25, 2010, based on two appendixes in the back of the report…

The rest of the report references dates earlier than February, 2010, in laying out how the IRS came to target Tea Party groups. But the reference to February in both appendixes indicates something particularly noteworthy happened then in the evolution of the IRS’s policy. What was it?

A spokesman for the IRS referred any inquiries to the Treasury Department. A spokeswoman a Treasury referred the Examiner‘s question on the matter to its Inspector General. The IG’s office has not responded to a request for comment. (UPDATE: IG spokesman David Barnes emails: “As noted on the cover page of the report, some items have been redacted because the information could identify a specific taxpayer.”)

Why redact the entire entry rather than just the name of the taxpayer, though? Keep your eye on that February 2010 date, too: The NYT has a story out this afternoon noting that the GOP is interested to know how early IRS leadership, and even Treasury Department leadership, learned that this was going on. Quote:

It is clear that the I.R.S. headquarters in Washington was far more involved in the effort than initially portrayed. A “sensitive case report” on Tea Party targeting was sent from Cincinnati to Lois Lerner, the head of the I.R.S.’s division for tax-exempt organizations, and another Washington official on April 19, 2010, more than a year before previously thought. Ms. Lerner told reporters on Friday that she learned of the effort in early 2012 through news media reports of Tea Party complaints.

Even before then, in mid-March 2010, 10 Tea Party cases appear to have been brought to the attention of another senior I.R.S. official in Washington, just two weeks after the Cincinnati effort began, according to the inspector general’s audit.

How were the “rogue” employees operating “off the reservation” if Reservation HQ in D.C. had an idea of what they were up to as soon as two weeks after they started doing it? Stay tuned.


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Just two ‘rogue’ employees?

But, we know that the Cincinnati, Washington DC, Laguna Niguel, and El Monte offices were involved.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Telecommuters, happens all the time.

D-fusit on May 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Obama and Holder are ‘taxpayers’ too, as are those Democrat Senators; is that the reason for the redaction?

michaelo on May 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

kingsjester,

I have been enrolled for several years but spent most of that time lurking and reading. Used to participate regularly at sevaral other blogs but didn’t like the political direction and have been looking for a new home or two. Hope I’m not wearing out my welcome. HA has been a must-read spot for me since at least 2008.

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

These two must have been working in multiple offices and did a great job putting together questionaires and forms…

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

These 2 people should be jailed immediately, and have it made clear to them they are going to do 20 years. Then we’ll see if they are willing to take the fall and shut up, and count on secret political favors from the Obamitesd down the road to make it worth their while.

Dirty Creature on May 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM

r keller on May 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

That’s what I’m afraid of. Seems almost too good to be true, doesn’t it, that the POS could finally be facing the music?

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM

So Hussein ‘s Islamic Retribution Service a k a IRS stomping on American patriots is the Supreme Court’s fault ?

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

No, what he’s really saying is that it’s the fault of free speech.

nobar on May 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

The IRS uses all kinds of impressive criteria when selecting audits.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Ctrl F
Tea Party
[ENTER]

rw on May 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Elizabeth Warren will be on the warpath about that “reservation” quote…oops!

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

These two must have been working in multiple offices and did a great job putting together questionaires and forms…

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Independently, of course. There was no collusion at all! /

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

IRS commissioner: Hey, turns out it was mainly just two “rogue” employees who targeted tea partiers

Tee hee hee!

I haven’t heard one that funny since last fall when Minnesotans United said “Voting NO on the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage doesn’t mean Minnesota will have gay marriage in the near future. After all the law right now prohibits it!”

A real knee slapper, that one, too.

Bruno Strozek on May 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The federal government is totally corrupt. The IRS is corrupt. The legislative branch is corrupt, the executive branch is corrupt and the SCOTUS is corrupt.

FloatingRock on May 15, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The federal government is totally corrupt; firing two scape-goats in the IRS isn’t going to change that, in fact if anything it will make it worse because they’ll pretend like they’ve solved the problem while in fact the corruption will only get worse.

FloatingRock on May 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

No, what he’s really saying is that it’s the fault of free speech.

nobar on May 15, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Aaaaahhhh…now I get it :)
It is that pesky Constitution which forced Hussein to unleash his Islamic Retribution Service on us Constitution loving patriots.

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Labrador,

Why didn’t you put your recusal in writing?

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Are these 2 employees so committed to the cause that they will allow their lives to be ruined just to save Obama? They need to be identified and questioned.

Howcome on May 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

We may not be able to get rid of the corrupt federal government but we should at least begin the effort, now, to get rid of the IRS and replace the fascist income tax regime with a national sales tax.

FloatingRock on May 15, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The floodgates were opened by Citizens United, and there was apparently a torrent of newly eligible, politically-driven groups applying for nonprofit status. But no one has released any numbers on what number were conservative vs moderate vs liberal or provided any rationale for the possibly illegal and completely unacceptable targeting of certain organizations for extra scrutiny.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Oh, puhlease.

Page 8 of the IRS Inspector General’s report:

While the team of specialists reviewed applications from a variety of organizations, we determined during our reviews of statistical samples of I.R.C. § 501(c)(4) tax-exempt applications that all cases with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were forwarded to the team of specialists.

Got that?

ALL groups with ‘Tea Party,’ ‘Patriots,’ and ’9/12′ in their names were singled out…every single one.

Officials within the highest echelons of the agency were aware of the inappropriate targeting, including the last two commissioners — at least one of whom appears to have misled Congress on this very question. Now Politico reports that Lerner herself sent at least one of the probing letters to an Ohio-based conservative group.

The director of the Internal Revenue Service division under fire for singling out conservative groups sent a 2012 letter under her name to one such group, POLITICO has learned. The March 2012 letter was sent to the Ohio-based American Patriots Against Government Excess (American PAGE) under the name of Lois Lerner, the director of the Exempt Organizations Division…at the time of the letter, the group was in the midst of the application process for tax-exempt nonprofit status — a process that would stretch for nearly three years and involve queries for detailed information on its social media activity, its organizational set-up, bylaws, membership and interactions with political officials. The letter threatened to close American PAGE’s case file unless additional information was received within 60 days.

From USA Today:

In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked. That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn’t be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months. In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows. As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like “Progress” or “Progressive,” the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups.

Exploding…

The IRS targeting of conservative groups is far broader than first reported, with nearly 500 organizations singled out for additional scrutiny, according to two lawmakers briefed by the agency. IRS officials claimed on Friday that roughly 300 groups received additional scrutiny. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Tuesday that the number has actually risen to 471. Further, they said it is “unclear” whether Tea Party and other conservative groups are being targeted to this day.

You and your ilk’s cries for ‘fairness’ and ‘a level playing field’ are nothing but BULLSHIT.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Did IRS leak news of Romney’s donors and his tax return to the dims?

Labrador of Idaho.

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Two liberal employees who have already submitted their retirement papers, only to pop up in some other agency, Democratic congressional office, or liberal think tank.

BuckeyeSam on May 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

IRS is going to be closed for a day or so next week. That should be enough time to clean up and files.
How conveeeeenient.

Mimzey on May 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

As it turns out, I was wrong. Mr. Neely (bathtub) left the GSA but I do believe several of those dismissed were given their jobs back. Supposedly because although they should have known about the excesses, they didn’t attend the gathering that caused all the publicity.

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

That’s what I’m afraid of. Seems almost too good to be true, doesn’t it, that the POS could finally be facing the music?

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM

the only music obama will face will be of he command performance type, various musical genre performing for the CiC

i just read the headline post about the Gallup Poll. That is the brilliance of propaganda. marginalizing opposing positions so that those who have them think that They are out of the mainstream

and that is the name of the game…

r keller on May 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

But no one has released any numbers on what number were conservative vs moderate vs liberal

You don’t read USA Today, evidently.

notropis on May 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

But the entire IRS bureaucracy was funneling all conservative organizations’ applications to just those two employees. That’s why they got backlogged 2-3 years.

A bit more than that. It seems like there was just one or two guys who were handed these applications, and they apparently had to request guidance from another unit in Washington. This unit held up the guidance for a bit less than two years, probably deliberately, until the start of 2012.

Then apparently after the guidance was received, the “threatening letters” started going out. Shortly after that the Tea Party groups began complaining to the media.

Doomberg on May 15, 2013 at 4:43 PM

You and your ilk’s cries for ‘fairness’ and ‘a level playing field’ are nothing but BULLSHIT.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM

bayam is the biggest fraud of HA.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 4:43 PM

What were their manager(s) doing all this time, as this Dastardly Duo was playing partisan games? It’s been doing on since February, 2010 and their manger(s) didn’t know?

Any place I ever worked that has an intranet, my boss could access my computer at any time to see what I did or was doing. At the very least, the boss(es) should go, too, for failure to do their own job.

I seriously doubt even the LSM (except for Tingles) will buy this load of BS.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Keep your eye on that February 2010 date.
-AP

Good to have a new date to keep our eyes on…as we just learned, after much hype that it meant something really big, to take our eyes off the Aug 4, 2011 date.

verbaluce on May 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The floodgates were opened by Citizens United, and there was apparently a torrent of newly eligible, politically-driven groups applying for nonprofit status. But no one has released any numbers on what number were conservative vs moderate vs liberal or provided any rationale for the possibly illegal and completely unacceptable targeting of certain organizations for extra scrutiny.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Well then you staff the problem then, don’t you? Not funnel the right-leaners to two (apparently hostile) employees to sit on for three years; all the while left-leaning groups get their applications approved in only a few months or weeks, with special handling. They have the personnel to do that, then the work can be equitably distributed.

This attitude goes directly to the top. They wanted this, the evidence is simply the length of time they allowed it to happen.

Jeff Weimer on May 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Bullshit.

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

The IRS uses all kinds of impressive criteria when selecting audits.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

1. ‘Tea Party’

2. ‘Patriots’

3. ’9/12′

Yeah, really impressive.

*eyeroll*

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

So do these 2 rogues have any supervisors ?

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

The floodgates were opened by Citizens United, and there was apparently a torrent of newly eligible, politically-driven groups applying for nonprofit status. But no one has released any numbers on what number were conservative vs moderate vs liberal or provided any rationale for the possibly illegal and completely unacceptable targeting of certain organizations for extra scrutiny.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Of all the liberals on this site, you seem like the brightest and least likely to be a mindless talking points machine. Take a couple of hours, sit down, and read the report. It’s not too long. You will be much better equipped to argue about this. http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/oa_auditreports_fy13.shtml

Direct link: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2013reports/201310053fr.pdf

Read the highlights at the start, the “results of review” from pages 5-21, and the timeline of events starting on page 31.

Doomberg on May 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Hey, turns out it was mainly just two “rogue” employees who targeted tea partiers

“We’ll start there. Names please.” -Buck Ofama (R-Pennsyltucky)

Akzed on May 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

There must be a lot of latitude in this particular department of the government. Do many of you know a lot of civil servants that deviate from the prescribed path unless they feel they have political cover?

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The IRS uses all kinds of impressive criteria when selecting audits.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Sometimes it’s even being called out in the NYT as a Republican donor!

Jeff Weimer on May 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Jeff Weimer on May 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Didn’t they just hire a bunch of new people? I wonder if we will have to show our voter’s card for healthcare?

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

This is a very good takedown of that IG report.

IG Report: Some Questions for the IRS (and the IG!)

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/carolplattliebau/2013/05/15/ig-report-some-questions-for-the-irs-n1597357

And here’s Hugh Hewitt too…

http://www.hughhewitt.com/the-treasury-igs-report/

ninjapirate on May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Squirrel!!

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

The trolls sure do like rooting for the bad guys. In this case the one agency everyone loves to hate.

CurtZHP on May 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Well if this was about the IRS for you…by all means, we’re on the same page.
Hope whoever is responsible is fired/penalized.
Or perhaps you’re focused elsewhere?

verbaluce on May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

The IRS uses all kinds of impressive criteria when selecting audits.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

So how many islamic/jihadi entities, including the one run by Hussein’s Kenyan brother , been audited by the Islamic Retribution Service ?

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Will these IRS employees join the Benghazi survivors undercover and hidden away from the public..?

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Well if this was about the IRS for you…by all means, we’re on the same page.
Hope whoever is responsible is fired/penalized.
Or perhaps you’re focused elsewhere?

verbaluce on May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

When the management turned a blind eye to it, it became their responsibility, and they should be fired – to the commissioner level apparently. How higher does that management go? I hope we find out.

Jeff Weimer on May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

I wonder if we will have to show our voter’s card for healthcare?

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The IRS will already have that information.

That is why there will be two levels of health care under the government system. One for the important true believers, and one for us and the disposable liberals.

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

There must be a lot of latitude in this particular department of the government. Do many of you know a lot of civil servants that deviate from the prescribed path unless they feel they have political cover?

Cindy Munford on May 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The usually don’t at the level where they deal with the public. I have never met a manager.

In this case, I would call out the managers, too, to find how how this could have lasted more than two years and have a body count, so to speak, of almost 500 jammed conservative applications.

I say to threaten the managers, too, with dismissal and loss of pension, and wait for them to sing like canaries.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

CRUICIFY THEM.

No really … literally.

See … the thing is … they’ve been told to accept the blame and, in return, they’ll be allowed to retire with pension and there will be no legal action initiated against them.

Don’t let that deal happen. Crucify them. As you’re nailing them to the cross – these slimewads will be singing like canaries about all the IRS execs who told them to do it.

HondaV65 on May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

FOX says the list grows–up to almost 500 groups targeted by the IRS.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/14/lawmakers-say-irs-targeted-dozens-more-conservative-groups-than-initially/

There’s no way only two employees did this.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Excuse me for replying directly to a lying troll.

Well if this was about the IRS for you…by all means, we’re on the same page.

verbaluce on May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Liar

The IRS uses all kinds of impressive criteria when selecting audits.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Will these IRS employees join the Benghazi survivors undercover and hidden away from the public..?

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 4:57 PM

They are all at the Greenbrier.

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

There’s no way only two employees did this.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

what if the 2 employees were Valerie Jarret and Van Jones ?

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Those two got around, huh?/

kingsjester on May 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Transporting!

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Hey nonpartisan – come back and defend your hobby horse

22044 on May 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

FOX says the list grows–up to almost 500 groups targeted by the IRS.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/14/lawmakers-say-irs-targeted-dozens-more-conservative-groups-than-initially/

There’s no way only two employees did this.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

But. But. But. libfreewithsquirrels says that if a letter was sent to lefty organizations that is all that counts. The targeting that came later has nothing to do with it…

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM

2 rogue employees who processed between both of them 500 apps? They then sent out the nazi-questionnaire, awaited a response, reviewed the response and then made their (stone-walliing) decision, without any supervisory review in prepping the questionnaire and monitoring their work—THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT US TO BELIEVE?

Special prosecutor please.

hillsoftx on May 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

ninjapirate,

Thanks for the Townhall link. It sums up most of the problems I have with the report. While it’s clear there are major problems at the IRS from the report, the report is also careful not to name names and doesn’t detail who was responsible for what beyond criticism of various units.

I think the IG ought to be called before Congress to testify about who these people were.

Doomberg on May 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

The IRS uses all kinds of impressive criteria when selecting audits. In the case of the financial crisis, it didn’t prosecute any bankers but targeted a person involved in nonprofit fundraising and a film project with Matt Daemon (a well-known liberal). Why go after bank executives when you can nail a nonprofit do-gooder?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/26/business/26nocera.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Sometimes it’s even being called out in the NYT as a Republican donor!

Jeff Weimer on May 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

When you take a year off to run across the Sahara and raise money for charity, it’s pretty obvious that you’re a scumbag and crook. Someone at the IRS had to do something about it!

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Collins of Georgia asking why the DOJ can’t remember whether or not (and when) he put his request for recusal from the AP phone records case in writing.

Have you recused yourself in writing before?

Jackson-Lee and the guy from LA complaining about piling on poor widdle Holder.

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

I bet the ‘punishment’ will be they are ‘forced into early retirement’, which means nothing more than a lessened pension payment every month.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Liberals, though, should also be outraged. First, this kind of profiling is indefensible and even dangerous. Second, the scandal plays into some of the worst stereotypes about government – that it’s overweening, prying, ham-handed, untrustworthy. As right-wingers now relish pointing out, the IRS is the agency responsible for enforcing key parts of the Affordable Care Act. If you’re a fan of Obamacare, the timing is terrible.

But the main reason liberals should be outraged – indeed, embarrassed – is that the scandal reveals just how much ground they’ve lost in American politics in recent decades. Most of the media coverage has focused on the fact that IRS officials used “Tea Party” and “patriot” as their search terms of choice in targeting political groups over their non-profit status. Overlooked are some of the other shortcuts, phrases like “making America a better place to live” or “criticizing how the country is being run” or “educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”


Good thing the anti-gun bill failed, just in time
.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

When you take a year off to run across the Sahara and raise money for charity, it’s pretty obvious that you’re a scumbag and crook. Someone at the IRS had to do something about it!

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Just for you, scumhag.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 5:06 PM

So just for fun, here is a report of how Hussein unleashed his thugs on TEA Parties, remember that ?

Cranking up the anti-Tea Party rhetoric, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa called on workers to “take these son-of-a-bitches out” as he warmed up a crowd Monday in Detroit ahead of President Obama’s Labor Day speech.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/09/teamster-leader-jimmy-hoffa-on-tea-party-take-these-son-of-a-bitches-out/

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 5:07 PM

These two “rogue” employees had the ability to be “omni-present” at 10 different IRS offices.

I can see how catching them could be difficult.

J_Crater on May 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Breaking: DOJ has identified the two “rogues.” Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush.

de rigueur on May 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Of all the liberals on this site, you seem like the brightest and least likely to be a mindless talking points machine.

Doomberg

Which is kind of like being the tallest midget.

xblade on May 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Remember this ?

Cranking up the anti-Tea Party rhetoric, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa called on workers to “take these son-of-a-bi*ches out” as he warmed up a crowd Monday in Detroit ahead of President Obama’s Labor Day speech.

I’m sure Hussein disapproved :O

burrata on May 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM

What did Valerie Jarrett know and when did she know it..?

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 5:11 PM

You and your ilk’s cries for ‘fairness’ and ‘a level playing field’ are nothing but BULLSHIT.

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM

bayam is the biggest fraud of HA.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 4:43 PM

The Canadian banker troll has at-the-ready bullshit files all ready for posting when a topic like this comes up. You can correct him all you like, but next thread on the same topic, same bullshit. It’s all he’s got.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 5:14 PM

TOUCHDOWN!

WH just releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails.

Coincidence?

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

From Twitchy…

Watchdog.org is a project of the free-market-oriented Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, and this past January, the site saw notable traffic spikes from the Executive Office of the President and the IRS, including over 100 unique visits from the IRS in a single day.

Why did the IRS visit our @FranklinCenter websites 552 times? watchdog.org/84833/white-ho…—

Erik Telford (@BlameTelford) May 15, 2013

Coincidence? It’s possible. But given the strong political implications of the IRS’ gross misconduct and the White House’s penchant for pleading ignorance when faced with inconvenient truths, it’s not such a stretch to wonder if our government’s trying to pull yet another fast one.

Wait. Wait. Wait. bit.ly/10GSRCB This could be huge. HUGE.—

RB (@RBPundit) May 15, 2013

A few bad apples? My ass. RT @BlameTelford: Why did the IRS visit our @FranklinCenter websites 552 times? watchdog.org/84833/white-ho…—

Coley (@HoosierParlance) May 15, 2013

Resist We Much on May 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

What’s this?

Report suggests IRS, White House monitored conservative group at same time

Rational Thought on May 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

The phrase Off the Reservation is kinda insensitive isn’t it…

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

I repeat.

WH just releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails.

Coincidence?

CNN All In.

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Breaking: DOJ has identified the two “rogues.” Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush.

de rigueur on May 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Breaking: Holder announces a special inquiry into Rogues Limbaugh and Bush…All information will be leaked to the press via the IRS

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:19 PM

FOX says the list grows–up to almost 500 groups targeted by the IRS.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/14/lawmakers-say-irs-targeted-dozens-more-conservative-groups-than-initially/

There’s no way only two employees did this.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 4:58 PM

The list will explode into the thousands when the rest of the story becomes public. The IRS goons that blockaded the charitable-applications harvested names of members, contributors, and associated companies from those applications. Then, all those secondary targets were sent out for audit.

Tertiary targets: the secondary list of targets were sorted through and sent out to other government departments for audit, by OSHA, EPA, Medicare/Medicaid, Labor, Social Security, etc, etc. They used any government agency possible to harass their targets.

The end result was a stolen election, and we need a Special Prosecutor.

slickwillie2001 on May 15, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I repeat.

WH just releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails.

Coincidence?

CNN All In.

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Heavily redacted so that they only show to and from

workingclass artist on May 15, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Before Monday, government abuses of civil liberties had registered as policy disputes. And, because the complaints usually emanated not from powerful centrists or leaders of the opposition party but politically marginal liberal and left-wing critics, they often barely registered on the political debate at all. (Speaking personally, I plead semi-guilty. I’ve paid little attention to civil liberties, because there are only so many complex policy questions I’m capable of mastering, but I have applied this benign neglect in a scrupulously nonpartisan fashion to Democratic and Republican presidents alike.)

The head-spinning sequence of events from Friday to Monday suddenly elevated the phone records story from a one-day story that would produce denunciations in liberal blogs and taunting from the libertarian right into something categorically different. It was the capstone of the Obama Scandals.

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM

TOUCHDOWN!

WH just releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails.

Coincidence?

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Those are the ones left after the paper shredders did their job.

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM

AllahP’s buddy

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Guess who’s gonna speak from the WH at 6 pm?

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Wow. Nonpartisan is a lying sack of bayam.

SparkPlug on May 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

So, clearly, John Boehner will make sure these two rogues will go to jail.

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Cripes, is Dan blather going to run cover for the Obama debacle?

SparkPlug on May 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Guess who’s gonna speak from the WH at 6 pm?

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Joe Biden?

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Guess who’s gonna speak from the WH at 6 pm?

wyntre9 on May 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Ummm…God, there for a beer summit?

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Wow. Nonpartisan is a lying sack of bayam.

SparkPlug on May 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Thread winner! LOL

Liam on May 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Keep your eye on that February 2010 date.
-AP

isn’t that when Holder began publicly lying about knowing when he first heard about Fast & Furious?

DanMan on May 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

AllahP’s buddy

Schadenfreude on May 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Did they meet at the Deli on Delancey Street?

oldroy on May 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

What did the PRESIDENT know and when did he know it?

Khun Joe on May 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Some pages are so redacted, they’re simply filler.

INC on May 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Excuse me for replying directly to a lying troll.

Well if this was about the IRS for you…by all means, we’re on the same page.

verbaluce on May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Liar

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I guess technically that is a reply…sure.

verbaluce on May 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Keep your eye on that February 2010 date.
-AP

isn’t that when Holder began publicly lying about knowing when he first heard about Fast & Furious?

DanMan on May 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

You’d be no less than many to run with that theory.

verbaluce on May 15, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Another liar is trying obfuscate his lying by leaving out the part where he contradicts himself.

The IRS uses all kinds of impressive criteria when selecting audits.

bayam on May 15, 2013 at 4:19 PM

cozmo on May 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

As a retired Agent I can say this is ludicrous- no Agents would do this on their own. Not to mention the review process with a General Manager, Branch Chief,and an Internal audit Division that would pick up on this. Keep up the lies and cover-up. When the truth comes out it will only make matters worse.
Most Agents and field workers are deeply embarrassed by this major scandal and questioned integrity.
Obama is only worried about his agenda of Socialism and this scandal has the potential to significantly weaken it.

Goodale on May 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Knew this was coming. “See, it was just some rogue pranksters hatin’ on the Tea Party. Now be a good subject and give us your medical records.”

long_cat on May 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Will these IRS employees join the Benghazi survivors undercover and hidden away from the public..?

d1carter on May 15, 2013 at 4:57 PM

They’ll be assigned to Benghazi…….

GWB on May 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Is this not the same agency that is tasked with implementing a major part of Obongocare. We are doomed I say, doomed !!!

BillyPenn on May 15, 2013 at 5:53 PM

And we would believe them because? I’m guessing they had an adequate amount of time to spin this and now they’re ready to blame the whole thing on TWO PEOPLE? Please. They think we’re idiots.

scalleywag on May 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

It is the employees that did it, their supervisors, and department managers, and higher, for willfully ignoring the problem. They should all be fired and face charges.

Dasher on May 15, 2013 at 6:07 PM

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