House Oversight e-mails: IRS IG report was originally supposed to be released … last September?

posted at 1:21 pm on May 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

See for yourself. Issa’s committee was told last year that the report would be ready in September, two months before the election. Eight months later, the bomb finally dropped. Why? Did the IG initially underestimate the volume of malfeasance and how long it would take to dig it up? Or are there other, more cynical reasons?

Even if the report wasn’t ready, Issa claims the IG had a statutory obligation to keep Congress updated on its findings as they were made. He didn’t. Why not?

Issa is referring to part of the Inspector General Act that requires watchdogs to report serious problems to Congress through the head of an agency within seven days. It’s known as the “seven-day rule” — but it’s often used sparingly.

The Oversight Committee asked the inspector general about conservative group targeting a number of times, and Issa read some of the emails in the hearing Wednesday.

George also raised concerns that incremental information provided to lawmakers would ultimately leak to the public.

“That is not fair to the people we are investigating,” George said.

Issa responded that the White House is the source of plenty of leaks as well.

Issa himself said a few days ago that he knew last year “approximately” what would be in the report, but it’s one thing to think you know based on a leak and another for the IG to confirm it with an update. Here’s the real question: Why was George, the IG, reluctant to release “incremental information” when the IRS itself had concluded in May 2012 that its anti-conservative criteria for tax-exempt orgs were FUBAR? Didn’t his office specifically say they’d keep the committee updated? (“We would be happy to provide a status update to the Subcommittee staff and provide a copy of our interim and final reports on the matter when they are issued.”) More from Issa:

‘Just yesterday the committee interviewed Holly Paz, the director of exempt organizations, rulings and agreements, division of the IRS,’ Issa said. ‘While a tremendous amount of attention is centered about the Inspector General’s report, or investigation, the committee has learned from Ms. Paz that she in fact participated in an IRS internal investigation that concluded in May of 2012 – May 3 of 2012 – and found essentially the same thing that Mr. George found more than a year later.’

‘Think about it,’ he continued: ‘For more than a year, the IRS knew that it had inappropriately targeted groups of Americans based on their political beliefs, and without mentioning it, and in fact without honestly answering questions that were the result of this internal investigation.’

We already knew that, more or less, from the results of the IG report itself. Check the timeline on page 13. The media starts picking up reports of tea-party complaints in February 2012, and soon thereafter the director of the exempt organizations puts a halt to IRS demands for more intrusive info from conservative groups. Three months later, in May, they hold a “workshop” providing guidance on tax-exempt groups to its analysts and approv more neutral criteria for scrutinizing applications. That’s probably why Issa’s committee had an inkling at the time — because the IRS itself already knew it had done wrong and was moving to undo it to some extent. And yet no one, including the IG, felt moved to confirm for the committee until this month that yes, “mistakes were made” and it was now safe to tell the public that.

But the election’s over, so it’s safe now.


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List of issues hidden to re(s)elect the POS

1 – IRS report (targeting began in 2009)
2 – Bengahazi accounting
3 – Reid getting Romney’s tax info
4 – Proof the POS got on Indiana ballots illegally – jury came to that conclusion a couple of months ago.
5 – Rosen and FOX wiretaps (began in 2009)

wyntre9 on May 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Add to that, No vetting of Obama by the LSM…ever.

kirkill on May 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Corruption? Provable corruption?!? Now can I get a check too?

I’m tired of being the check writer.

Squiggy on May 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Why are you trying to politicize this thing? It merely took a year to properly select and vet the person who would ask the question at the ABA meeting – which is the proper venue for such revelations.

Also, the IRS leadership was actively searching for the culprit at root cause of all this – Mr./Ms I Don’t Know. We have heard in testimony from a wide variety of Administration employees that this person – I Don’t Know – is at fault. Perhaps a BOLO should be issued for I Don’t Know and have their azz hauled before one of the Congressional committees to explain their behavior.

in_awe on May 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Guys, you over-estimate HAL.

He’d be up against the wall, screaming “But I’m one of you! Not them! I don’t belong here!”

The fate of most useful idiots.

The_Livewire on May 22, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Yup. And he WON which is all that counts in my book.

HotAirLib on May 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

The funny thing is, you think you’re a member of the protected class. Judging by your lack of sophistication, you’re definitely not one of the special people, just another fellow traveler. And they are always the first sacrificed by the ‘elite’.

Squiggy on May 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Corruption? Provable corruption?!? Now can I get a check too?

I’m tired of being the check writer.

Squiggy on May 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Great point, can all of us conservatives who paid taxes while this abuse was going on get our taxes back? That would be a heck of a class action lawsuit.

theCork on May 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Releasing the report in September might have got in the way of stealing the presidential election of 2012!

Priorities people, priorities!

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Yup. And he WON which is all that counts in my book.

HotAirLib on May 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Nixon won also with a much bigger mandate (49 states) than Obama ever dreamed of. That didn’t stop your side from going after him did it.

chemman on May 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Problem is the Constitution makes the standard for impeachment to be the commission of “high crimes and misdemeanors”. I don’e see incompetence meeting that standard.

You don’t see arming Mexican Drug Cartels and the 300+ citizens (and counting) to include 1 U.S. BPA, killed with those weapons & the follow-on cover up as a case of “high crimes and misdemeanors”?

You don’t see asking Al Qaeda, the perpetrators of 9/11, to protect our US Ambassador, refusing to provide security, ordering a rescue team to stand down thereby abandoning Americans fighting for their lives to die, then lying & covering up to hide their ‘incompetence’ a case of “high crimes and misdemeanors”?

You don’t call a complete lack of control resulting in Constitutional Violations and broken laws through an abuse of power & mis-use of govt agencies (IRS & DOJ) to target Americans & the medai a case of “high crimes and misdemeanors”?

There comes a point where even ‘stupidity’ reaches the level of ‘CRIMINAL’ and a ‘THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY’.

That being said, this is NOT a case of igorance or stupidity – this is an arrogant, narcissistic man tutored by Communists, mentored by racists hate-spewing Anti-Americans, spoiled by the media his 1st term that has flaunted his lack of concern for both the Rule of Law and the Constitution, giving them both a back seat to his agenda. He, like every other Liberal and certainly every politician in Washington, believes he is above both the very laws they pass for us as well as the Constitutional they (Liberals/Socialists) call ‘outdated’!

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

(The reason I listed all those issues is because according to the WH these were all cases of ‘I don’t know / Wasn’t me’ incompetence.)

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Follow the UNIONS!!!!

All these agency’s staff are exchanging target information through their Union shop stewards.

barnone on May 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

REPORT: Man behind IRS probe dated Michelle Obama in college…

THERE IS NO ‘THERE’ THERE, PEOPLE!

(Poor b@stard!)

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

(Poor b@stard!)

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Seriously. I don’t think I could get that drunk.

CurtZHP on May 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Miller:
“I personally conducted an investigation into the IRS issue. Who did the teargeting’? I object to the term ‘targeting’. Schulman said to you that none of this was going on…did he lie? While what he said was wrong, he did not lie. Does Congress deserve to know what was going on? I anwered the questions that you asked truthfully, do not feel obligated to tell you about problems going on, and I thought you would find out the same way Obama finds out everything – through the news. What am I going to do to ensure this doesn’t happen again and what will I do to those who carried this out? Nothing – I leave at the end of June…not my problem.

The IG donated to the Obama campaign.

The man behind the IRS probe (No, not Miller) dated Michelle in college…

————–

Now WHY in the world would anyone an Independent Investigatice Counsel to step in and investigate these scandals when the DOJ & Obama administration can easily do an INTERNAL investigation themselves?!

(Ummm, part of the administration’s/Holder’s/IRS/DOJ argument is that these scandals happened becasue they were/are so incompetent/disorganized/ignorant….but then try to convince us that no Independent Counsel is needed to come in and investigate because they are competent enough to do that themselves?! What the …)

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

(Meanwhile, quietly being reported in the back pages of newspapers:

‘Fed chairman warns ending stimulus would carry substantial risks…’

‘Bernanke Has Now Injected Foreign Banks With Over $1 Trillion In Cash… ‘

– ‘Ending STIMULUS’? I thought we HAD ended ‘stimuls’ spending?!

– That would be $1 Trillion in BORROWED tax payer dollars going OUT of the United States

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Drudge has a link to a story that The IG used to date Michelle Obama??

huh?

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Yup. And he WON which is all that counts in my book.

HotAirLib on May 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

I’m thinking Obama is starting to regret that. He could be retired in Hawaii, playing golf, raking in millions in speaking fees from his adoring minions.

Instead, he’s probably sitting in the oval office, sulking, feeling like a combination of Tony Montana and Richard Nixon.

MichaelGabriel on May 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Prediction:

Boehner will cry, Issa will develop laryngitis, Cheney will tsk, tsk, Sarah Palin for daring to defend America, and the Alinsky-ites? They too will skate free.It’s the Chicago way.

Don L on May 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

(Poor b@stard!)

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

To be fair, it was only one time…some sort of frat Star Wars theme party or something…

coldwarrior on May 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Drudge has a link to a story that The IG used to date Michelle Obama??

huh?

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

So he had the sense to dump her. Point to him.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Congress always complains about this; in fact, if you go back, for example, and look at the IG reports for the SEC and how they allowed various pyramid schemes like Madoff to occur, you will find Senators like Dodd making the same complaints against that IG.

blue13326 on May 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Did you know that the babe pleading the Fifth now was harassing conservative groups via the SEC back in the ’90′s? The partisan corruption is very deep among the Dem lackeys.

onlineanalyst on May 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Issa claims the IG had a statutory obligation to keep Congress updated on its findings as they were made. He didn’t. Why not?

This all is political jungle: unless the rules have teeth, statutory obligations have real punishments for violations, expect to be crapped on. America has been crapped on by this administration with arrogant gusto. IMO Congress has been very negligent about teeth.

Chessplayer on May 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

But the election’s over, so it’s safe now.

B-I-N-G-O.

This is why it is more important than ever to impeach him. Actions must have consequences.

Step 1: Impeach Obama.
Step 2: Repeal Obamacare.
Step 3: Abolish the IRS.

Also, as to this:

4 – Proof the POS got on Indiana ballots illegally – jury came to that conclusion a couple of months ago.

Do you have a link? I would love to see this.

Theophile on May 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

This is the trouble with the “special prosecutor” being brought in. As pointed out the other day by another former prosecutor, they may be thought independent, but still answer to DOJ.

So, the real question is, if the special prosecutor gets going to well, will the DOJ pressure him to shut down?

I mean folks, we’ve been asking for a long time where the tipping point was for America, usually in the concept of demographics and culture.

What if, all along, the tipping point was in the corruptive nature of big powerful government filled with people AT ALL LEVELS refusing to follow the law and do what it took to protect their own financial survival and that of the government that feeds them?

We give so much of our lives to be subjected to their authority, and do so voluntarily. Now it seems they’ve come to just take the rest by abuse and force.

Obama is just the catalyst. As I said when he was elected “A bad man in a powerful position can do great harm. Not by his actions alone but by encouraging the bad actions of others.”

archer52 on May 23, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Do you have a link? I would love to see this.

Theophile on May 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

From April 26: Officials found guilty in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud

Anti-Control on May 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

When the entire government of the most powerful nation in the world is used to prop up and protect 1 leader’s regime, to the point where they disregard the Constitution, break their own laws, trample & abuse the very people thay have sworn an oath to protect then that leader has FINALLY achieved his self-professed goal of ‘fundamentally changing the United States’…turning this nation into another Venezuela/Syria. Gotta love Socialism powered by Chicago-style politics!

easyt65 on May 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Most corrupt administration ever.

sadatoni on May 23, 2013 at 8:52 AM

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