IRS promoted signatory on threatening letters?

posted at 12:01 pm on May 31, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

First, let’s start with Investors Business Daily’s two-time Pultizer Prize winning editorial cartoonist, Michael Ramirez, who sets the table on the political corruption in the IRS with one clear image that speaks volumes:

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Now, that may seem a little harsh.  How can one accuse the IRS of acting like gangsters when muscling groups on the basis of their politics?  Well, when the bullies get promoted rather than fired, that’s certainly one good indicator:

President Obama may have promised “to hold the responsible parties accountable” for the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative non-profit groups, but one of the agents at the center of the scandal was recently promoted, an IRS source tells The Washington Examiner.

Through 2012, then-Exempt Organization Specialist Stephen Seok signed many of the intimidating letters sent to conservative nonprofits. For example, this January 2012 letter sent to the Richmond Tea Party demanded the date, time and location of all group events, as well as copies of all handouts provided at the events, and the names and credentials of all organizers. Seok also demanded the names of all speakers and the contents of the speeches they made.

According to WXIX-TV/Fox 19 in Cincinnati, Seok is no longer an exempt organization specialist. He has since been promoted to  “supervisor IRS agent.”

Organizations reward favored behavior and punish disfavored behavior.  Interestingly, Seok is not among those who will appear before the House Oversight Committee over the next couple of weeks, at least not at the moment.  His former colleagues in the unit may have plenty to say about how Seok’s performance made him a candidate for promotion for behavior that Lois Lerner and Douglas Shulman claimed wasn’t sanctioned by the agency and was limited to, er, Seok’s former colleagues.

Speaking of Lerner and the Chicago Way, her past performance at the Federal Election Commission has now come under question.  A former opponent of Senator Dick Durbin claims that Lerner tried to extort a promise never to run for political office again in exchange for dropping claims later proven false:

Former Illinois state representative Al Salvi, who ran as a Republican against Democrat Dick Durbin in his state’s 1996 U.S. Senate race, said that embattled IRS official Lois Lerner intimidated him in her then-capacity as a Federal Elections Commission (FEC) official and told him she would drop various complaints against him if he never ran for office again. …

Salvi told Illinois Review this week that he went head-to-head with Lerner after his 1996 electoral loss to Durbin, when she was head of the commission’s Enforcement Division. The FEC hit his campaign committee with a small handful of complaints related to a $1.1 million personal loan he made to his campaign in its final weeks.

Though a federal district court dismissed the case against Salvi, the FEC appealed it to the 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals, and featured Salvi’s case multiple times in the official FEC magazine.

Salvi said that Lerner offered to drop the case if Salvi agreed never to run for office again.

“She said, ‘If you promise to never run for office again, we’ll drop this case,’” Salvi said, noting that he thought Lerner was helping Durbin keep him out of Illinois politics in the future.

Salvi offered one last dig at Lerner: “I didn’t plead the Fifth” in his court case.  Maybe that was because Salvi wasn’t doing anything illegal.  If Salvi’s allegations are true, it provides a very interesting context in which the IRS felt comfortable targeting conservative groups, and happy enough to promote the man signing the letters that harassed them.  The Chicago Way seems to be an apt description of the IRS’ approach.

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This scandal is only in its beginning stages.

SC.Charlie on May 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

perfect pic….

cmsinaz on May 31, 2013 at 12:09 PM

We should look out for US Patent Offices to target Conservative leaning patent application holders.

Egfrow on May 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM

This scandal is only in its beginning stages.

SC.Charlie on May 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I believe you are right, but how long will the media cover it?

bw222 on May 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

They all need to be investigated. How long have these criminals been running the bureaucracies?

RiverCocytus on May 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Obama has managed to destroy any trust the American people may have had in civil servants. While long suspected, Obama has managed to ensure we all understand that government employees are left wing hacks who will destroy anyone who disagrees with them or simply for fun. Sort of exactly what the Tea Party has been saying all along. And that is irony.

pat on May 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Like Boehner said, no way he didn’t know about this. I will enjoy watching him and his providers squirm under scrutiny.

DanMan on May 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

of course he got a promotion, i expect holder to do the same…

cmsinaz on May 31, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The most transparent corrupt administration in American history.

Resist We Much on May 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM

My favorite thing about the cartoon is the irony involved. Al Capone was the target of the Department of Justice for decades, and they failed to gather enough evidence in that time frame to charge him with so much as jaywalking. It was the IRS that eventually filed the charges against him and saw him go to prison. Now, according to Ramirez’s cartoon, he is their face man.

Flyovercountry on May 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM

The IRS needs to be completely dismantled.
Which is scary to the left as obviously it has been used for at least 15 years to silence effectively.

ORconservative on May 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Obama used the full weight of the government to harras and intimidation political opponents. The Republicans can, and should, continue to have hearings on the various example of this.

But the fundamental question is what are the Republicans going to do about it?

Obama crossed a red line like we haven’t seen since LBJ – yes this is way beyond Watergate.

18-1 on May 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM

The sickening fact is, no matter how big this scandal gets, no matter how many “senior” administration official are trotted before Congress, no matter how ugly this looks ….

NO ONE WILL GET FIRED!

THE IRS WILL STILL EXIST!

AMERICA IN GENERAL AND CONSERVATIVES IN PARTICULAR WILL NOW HAVE A NEW REASON TO FEAR THE IRS!!!

And there’s nothing we can do about it…..

powerpickle on May 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

So….. when do we start seeing these targeted leftist groups that the media keeps talking about whenever this scandal gets a little too uncomfortable for team rat-ears? Because this scandal has been around for several weeks now and not one left-leaning group has come forward and said “hey it happened to us too.” Not one organizer of Save the LGBTQ Whales or whatever has made the claim that they were singled out for harrassment by the FBI, ATF, and OSHA.

It really is getting chilling how much the IRS abused its authority for partisan political purposes. Lerner is just one of the individuals that should be personally destroyed because of their actions. Sue the crap out of her for civil rights abuses. Charge her with engaging in hate crimes. Treat her like a tax cheat by taking everything she owns and throwing her in some dark hole for the rest of her worthless life.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The IRS needs to be completely dismantled.
Which is scary to the left as obviously it has been used for at least 15 years to silence effectively.

Yep.

If the Republicans are serious about reining in Leviathan this is the next logical step.

The IRS got caught acting as the President’s weapon against the domestic political opposition. This is the means to end the IRS if the Republicans want to.

But…they won’t.

Amusingly, putting a bill on the table to abolish the IRS right now would guarantee the Republicans making major gains in 2014 – most voters, especially mid-term voters, hate the IRS.

But this would require taking on the State Media and doing something with some risk associated with it. Something Boehner has demonstrated he doesn’t have the guts to do.

18-1 on May 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Hey, they’re just doing the jobs that Americans refuse to do…

kirkill on May 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Can you imagine the story 60 minutes could do on the IRS… To bad for them it’s not Bush.

brewcrew67 on May 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Come on legal experts, who files felony charges?

DOJ certainly won’t.

How do we move from theater to criminal prosecutions?

SomeCallMeJohn on May 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

And there’s nothing we can do about it…..

When the House Republicans choose Boehner to be their leader again we probably threw the country away.

We’ve seen the Republicans spend the last 5 years kowtowing to Obama – and he has taken their submissiveness and run with it.

18-1 on May 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM

That kinda sends the message doesn’t it. Criminals ALWAYS end up running bureaucracies. Power Corrupts. Power is more addictive than cocaine.

The only real solution to the problem is to eliminate or severely neuter the bureaucracies. Of course that takes balls and intelligence, not big commodities in Congress.

CrazyGene on May 31, 2013 at 12:24 PM

brewcrew67 on May 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

ding ding ding

cmsinaz on May 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Time to meet fire with fire; conservatives need to do to these people what they’ve been doing to us. Conservative and Tea Party groups need to start going after these people, including those sympathetic in the press, with private investigators, forensic accountants, and showing up all sorts of events that they host with cameras to expose what they are really doing.

Tater Salad on May 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

powerpickle on May 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The only way it gets changed is if the scandal drags on into the 2014 election cycle and has legs in the polling data. Once Democrats up for re-election next year start thinking this is going to hurt then unless the scandal and the people involved go away, that’s when you’ll start seeing scapegoats officials with the IRS being held accountable for their actions.

jon1979 on May 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

We really need a counter-revolution at this point. Let Texas lead the way. Let the moderni squirm when their soldiers defect.

RiverCocytus on May 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Lying Liars and crap weasels pretty much sums them all up.

Thanks Michelle!

can_con on May 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Obama has to promote them otherwise they will start squesling like pigs and telling Issa everything they know. Money talks, truth walks.

neyney on May 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM

It isn’t like the IRS just became “gangsters”…they always have been. They are the collection arm of the gangster government. “Nice house you have here. Be a shame if anything happened to it. But we’ll protect you for a percentage of your income.”

iwasbornwithit on May 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

OT/ Wisconsin court just ruled that it’s voter ID requirement is constitutional.
WOOT!

Mimzey on May 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Hey, they’re just doing the jobs that Americans refuse to do…

kirkill on May 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I am in no way advocating this but I predict that we are only few weeks of the details of this scandal breaking before IRS agents are going have to seriously consider just how safe they are.

Which, BTW, has anybody gone back and looked at that “crazy” that flew his plane into an Austin IRS office? I could well be that the pilot was not as crazy as he was portrayed at the time.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Obama has to promote them otherwise they will start squesling like pigs and telling Issa everything they know. Money talks, truth walks.

neyney on May 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Yeah, well the threat of spending years at a federal correctional facility also tends to loosen lips.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The only way it gets changed is if the scandal drags on into the 2014 election cycle and has legs in the polling data. Once Democrats up for re-election next year start thinking this is going to hurt then unless the scandal and the people involved go away, that’s when you’ll start seeing scapegoats officials with the IRS being held accountable for their actions.

jon1979 on May 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I’d like to believe that but I sincerely doubt it. What I believe will happen is that the MSM will do what they have been doing for the last 4+ years, cover and downplay the scandal and promote the meme that Conservatives are just haters looking to hate the shiny new first black President. No scandal here, just a little bureaucratic misstep. Dang those Party-of-No haters just can’t get out of the way and let Obama shine….

Also, considering this involves the IRS which is one of only a few federal agency with extensive investigatory powers that supersede due process rights, there is no way it can be changed. They will fight any existential threat with massive and overwhelming force and we, citizens and even those we elect, are powerless to stop them. The only viable options to change this can not be countenanced in civil conversations lest you be painted as an extremist and thus run out of the public sphere…

There is no longer freedom in the USA. Everyday we must kowtow to some agent of the government whether that be a local school board leader, town official or federal agent. America is, sadly, a police state with the veneer of freedom placed over it….

powerpickle on May 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

The sickening fact is, no matter how big this scandal gets, no matter how many “senior” administration official are trotted before Congress, no matter how ugly this looks ….

NO ONE WILL GET FIRED!

THE IRS WILL STILL EXIST!

AMERICA IN GENERAL AND CONSERVATIVES IN PARTICULAR WILL NOW HAVE A NEW REASON TO FEAR THE IRS!!!

And there’s nothing we can do about it…..

powerpickle on May 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM

I’m sad to say that I agree. Nothing will happen and anyone that suggests otherwise will be labeled—(fill in the blank).

LeftCoastRight on May 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

OT/ Wisconsin court just ruled that it’s voter ID requirement is constitutional.
WOOT!

Mimzey on May 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

It is so tiresome. The Left continues to challenge an issue that has the support of the overwhelming majority of American and one that was declared constitutional by SCOTUS in Crawford v Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008).

The uber-Liberal justice, John Paul Stevens, was the author of the majority opinion for the 6-3 case. He wrote:

“The relevant burdens here are those imposed on eligible voters who lack photo identification cards that comply with SEA 483…does not qualify as a substantial burden on most voters’ right to vote, or represent a significant increase over the usual burdens of voting. The severity of the somewhat heavier burden that may be placed on a limited number of persons—e.g., elderly persons born out-of-state, who may have difficulty obtaining a birth certificate—is mitigated by the fact that eligible voters without photo identification may cast provisional ballots that will be counted if they execute the required affidavit at the circuit court clerk’s office…Even assuming that the burden may not be justified as to a few voters, that conclusion is by no means sufficient to establish petitioners’ right to the relief they seek.”

Resist We Much on May 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Until we decide to *do* something about this, all this amounts to is bleating, whimpering, and whining.

Getting fed up with it, aren’t you?

Midas on May 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Obama has to promote them otherwise they will start squesling like pigs and telling Issa everything they know. Money talks, truth walks.

neyney on May 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Yeah, well the threat of spending years at a federal correctional facility also tends to loosen lips.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Not necessarily, if there’s a promise of a pardon in the mix as well.

Midas on May 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM

There is no longer freedom in the USA. Everyday we must kowtow to some agent of the government whether that be a local school board leader, town official or federal agent. America is, sadly, a police state with the veneer of freedom placed over it….

powerpickle on May 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Which reminds me of the time I visited my son’s elementary school one morning. He was in 4th grade at the time and I sat next to him while he was eating breakfast. I was told by a school employee that I was not allowed to sit with him at the bench! A psycho babble explanation was offered to which I replied, “I am not moving and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
If you are not prepared to protect your rights they WILL be taken from you. Your integrity is all you have left because your freedom is lost.

LeftCoastRight on May 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Color me not SURPRISED!

GarandFan on May 31, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I believe you are right, but how long will the media cover it?

bw222 on May 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

In a normal world, the media would cover this as long as it generated more viewerships, or sold more newspapers, without any regard for the pursuit of truth.

Come on, now. Watergate was only a power game, a Washington D.C. “Survivor” story, milked to the bitter end, mostly in order to generate revenue and establish bona fides.

BigAlSouth on May 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I’m sad to say that I agree. Nothing will happen and anyone that suggests otherwise will be labeled—(fill in the blank).

LeftCoastRight on May 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

That’s why I believe we are in a “cold war” with the Left, yet we haven’t taken up “arms” to defend ourselves. We need to treat this as a war on our civil liberties and the Constitution, then be willing to defend ourselves any way possible. Not in a vilolent sense, but to be willing to get a little dirty and go after these people as they have gone after us. Spread a little money around to get people to talk, do a little investigation on our own and make a few threats to leak what we find.

Remember “It’s the Chicago Way”.

Tater Salad on May 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Nixon was small taters compared to these La Cosa Nostra thugs.

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Abolish Public Sector Unions. Why does the government need unions?

/Oh, nevermind.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Lying Liars and crap weasels pretty much sums them all up.

can_con on May 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Lay it where it belongs—at the feet of ignorant electorate and the slobbering media…Ayers, Dorn, Rezko, Blago, Wright, et al…all the epitome of corruption and deceit and all of Obama’s pals…

hillsoftx on May 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

But the fundamental question is what are the Republicans going to do about it?

18-1 on May 31, 2013 at 12:18 PM

That’s what I wanna know too. These hearings are all fine and dandy, but if they don’t end in anyone in an orange jumpsuit and manacles then these guys deserve all the humiliating lack of respect and mocking from the Chicago crew rolling them day in and out. If they can’t take on political op corruption in this gangsta WH, then they are indeed the punk-ass stiffs this admin knows them to be. And that’s how they deserve to go down in history. As punk-ass stiffs.

RepubChica on May 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Obama is illegitimate in the 2nd term. He won like Putin and Chavez did. This is the real scandal and voter intimmidation no one speaks of.

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Someone needs to make the connection between the FEC shilling for the Democrat Party in the Nineties, and the agency not verifying obama’s eligibility for office and not scrutinizing his fraudulent online donation engine in both ’08 and ’12. At the same time, the FEC did, however, audit McCain’s ’08 campaign, because he submitted to federal campaign money.

paul1149 on May 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Now you know why they want guns out of the way so badly.

Bishop on May 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Let me clarify my despair lest it just be shrugged of as simplistic whining.

The core of the issue is this – what the IRS did was wrong, flat-out, straight-up WRONG. There is no “grey” area here. There is no rationalization for what happened. It is simply and utterly WRONG and EVIL.

Here’s the problem – liberals and Democrats can’t even bring themselves to say this is wrong. It’s WRONG if a Republican does it to liberals or if Democrats do it to conservatives. It is utterly 100% wrong. Yet, they can not even countenance that fact because, at the end of the day, it means that Obama will have to be investigated.

So the thing that is sad is that our civil society and civic institutions have finally devolved into entrenched political factions the likes of which are seen only in the most die-hard socialist and communist countries. Whoever is in power is so Hell-bent on staying in power that they will jeopardize the freedoms of our republic for short-term political and personal gain.

It is sickening to watch…..

powerpickle on May 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM

The Pablo Escobar school of management

Plata o plomo

(silver or lead)

jnelchef on May 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

At the end of a contentious 7+ hour audit in Laguna Niguel, I asked the examiner about steps to take to appeal his decision. He stepped up to me, almost as if he was ready to throw down on the spot. He says “I wouldn’t do that. Do you think…” as he points around his office, “that I have all these awards because I allow my decisions to be appealed? If you try to appeal me your life will change forever.” He did have the largest office and plaques from floor to ceiling, too many to count.

But no doubt, it was very intimidating. The strong arm tactics the IRS employs are legendary and they are real. As this scandal develops, I suspect we’ll be hearing more of the abuse that is ingrained, systemic and a tradition of an organization that has earned its reputation. There are good reasons tax collectors have been among the most hated members of society for thousands of years. It is high time to bring their abuses to an end by hitting it with a wrecking ball and replacing it with the Fair or Flat Tax.

av8tr on May 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Speaking of Lerner and the Chicago Way, her past performance at the Federal Election Commission has now come under question. A former opponent of Senator Dick Durbin claims that Lerner tried to extort a promise never to run for political office again in exchange for dropping claims later proven false:

Gee, this sort of behavior seems to cut across multiple agencies in the government. I wonder how that could be…..

You could dismiss this as just Lois Lerner, if not for the highly suspicious sudden targeting of True the Vote by the FBI, ATF … and OSHA.

Multiple agencies implicated, mostly independent, but all answering ultimately to one man…

But hey, just thought this was a little curious! There is still no evidence that Barack Obama knew anything about any of this. Right?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Here’s the problem – liberals and Democrats can’t even bring themselves to say this is wrong. It’s WRONG if a Republican does it to liberals or if Democrats do it to conservatives.

To liberals, good is advancing the liberal agenda, and evil is retarding it, or heaven forbid rolling it back.

Taking away the freedoms of those that oppose liberalism is therefore, to liberals, good. And doing the same to liberals would be bad since it would hurt the advance of liberalism.

Once this basic point is considered, liberal actions become understandable and even predictable.

18-1 on May 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Now, that may seem a little harsh.

No, it is pretty much spot on. The attire is dated. But it conveys the truth perfectly. The Chicago Way is thuggish, not subtle. There is little effort to disguise it. The system counts on people keeping their mouths shut to avoid legal complications.

What the IRS was doing, and how it is now clamming up and stonewalling, is exactly how things are done and how things happen in Chicago.

Use government power to intimidate, hamstring, and silence political opposition. And clam up if anyone starts snooping around about it. Nobody knows nuthin’, but everyone gets the message and knows how the system works.

farsighted on May 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I am in no way advocating this but I predict that we are only few weeks of the details of this scandal breaking before IRS agents are going have to seriously consider just how safe they are.

Which, BTW, has anybody gone back and looked at that “crazy” that flew his plane into an Austin IRS office? I could well be that the pilot was not as crazy as he was portrayed at the time.

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

You know that if the parties were reversed, greedy-union goons and other radical lefties would be picketing the homes of these IRS thugs, their faces and home addresses would be in the newspaper, and their children would be harassed in schools.

I’ll settle for personal damage suits. Take their homes away and garnish their lavish government pensions.

slickwillie2001 on May 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Happy Nomad on May 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Right, or as I dream of, a day when the Zer0 Tyrants will have to shutdown social media, because all of the Conservatives agree to change the W-4s for No Taxes, and then refuse to file…one day…”I Have a Dream! That one day all people will be judged on their character.”

kirkill on May 31, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Just last week, on Fox News, Durbin claimed he had sent a letter to the IRS telling them to ‘get that Rove Group’.

Too Bad Wallace did not know that there was ANNOTHER PERSONAL POLITICAL connection between the Senator he was interviewing and the IRS employee(s) that PROCESSED his DEMAND!

Corrupt to the core!

Freddy on May 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM

The IRS needs to be completely dismantled.
Which is scary to the left as obviously it has been used for at least 15 years to silence effectively.

As if.

IRS generates the money for the fed gov’t machine (well, at least the part that isn’t created by magic out of thin air). Look at how the miniscule “sequester” cuts were portrayed, and how the LowFo sheeple bought it. Nobody’s gonna even whisper a thought about crimping the IRS, let alone doing major alterations.

The progressive left has really done a magnificent job of gradually, patiently building a tipping-point portion of the populace that is ignorant and dependent.

bofh on May 31, 2013 at 1:52 PM

As pertains to IRS goons, it’s too bad Patton is not still among us. “We’re gonna’ use those bastards’ guts to grease the treads of our tanks.”

MaiDee on May 31, 2013 at 1:58 PM

In the 2012 election cycle, every campaign donation traceable to the Cincinnati IRS’ office went to President Obama or liberal Sen. Sherrod Brown.”

Resist We Much on May 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Resist We Much on May 31, 2013 at 2:19 PM

You hit the nail on the head, follow the campaign funds…of everyone in employ everywhere in the govt…

Then lets see how this infestation pans out…

*spit*

Scrumpy on May 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

At the end of a contentious 7+ hour audit in Laguna Niguel, I asked the examiner about steps to take to appeal his decision. He stepped up to me, almost as if he was ready to throw down on the spot. He says “I wouldn’t do that. Do you think…” as he points around his office, “that I have all these awards because I allow my decisions to be appealed? If you try to appeal me your life will change forever.” He did have the largest office and plaques from floor to ceiling, too many to count.

av8tr on May 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

WOW! That is scary! I’ll be bringing a recording device to an IRS audit if I ever have one….probably will be in violation of some federal law, but no way I’m going in there without proof of what was said…

powerpickle on May 31, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Can we get some investigation on Geithner and his prior job at the Fed?

If this is a ‘culture of corruption’ problem, then they all need to have their past job performance looked at with other groups/agencies.

More than just Lerner and Shulman… the top boy needs it to.

ajacksonian on May 31, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I believe you are right, but how long will the media cover it?

bw222 on May 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

If evidence comes out that the White House was actively involved in the IRS scandal, it won’t matter if the MSM tries to ignore it. FoxNews and Drudge will give it tons of coverage, and this is exactly the kind of story that will make people say “why the hell is Fox and Drudge covering this and nobody else is?”. And that’s because NOBODY likes the IRS. So the idea of the IRS going after people based on their political views is a 100 times bigger story than Fast & Furious, that will capture people’s attention.

Or to put it more simply, this is exactly the kind of scandal that makes Liberals curse the existence of the Conservative New Media. The MSM can get away with ignoring all the little stuff, but they won’t be able to get away with ingoring something like this IF it turns to out be as big a scandal as we think it is.

ardenenoch on May 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Obama has managed to destroy any trust the American people may have had in civil servants. While long suspected, Obama has managed to ensure we all understand that government employees are left wing hacks who will destroy anyone who disagrees with them or simply for fun. Sort of exactly what the Tea Party has been saying all along. And that is irony.

pat on May 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Indeed.

AesopFan on May 31, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Salvi said that Lerner offered to drop the case if Salvi agreed never to run for office again.

“She said, ‘If you promise to never run for office again, we’ll drop this case,’” Salvi said, noting that he thought Lerner was helping Durbin keep him out of Illinois politics in the future.

Salvi offered one last dig at Lerner: “I didn’t plead the Fifth” in his court case. Maybe that was because Salvi wasn’t doing anything illegal.


Salvi offered one last dig at Lerner: “I didn’t plead the Fifth” in his court case. Maybe that was because Salvi wasn’t doing anything illegal.

Heh.

Lourdes on June 1, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Obama has managed to destroy any trust the American people may have had in civil servants. While long suspected, Obama has managed to ensure we all understand that government employees are left wing hacks who will destroy anyone who disagrees with them or simply for fun. Sort of exactly what the Tea Party has been saying all along. And that is irony.

pat on May 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I have to daily remind myself that we are here in the U.S.A. and discussing the good ole U.S.A. while reading the news, and not reading about a South American or African location of quasi-nationalities. Because we here in the U.S.A. now have all the same corrupted conditions that we’ve long read about in other locations. Obama’s damaged a great deal about the country but mostly, he’s destroyed the place or is well on his way along with the DNC to doing that.

WHY Democrats, the Left, Progressives, want to do that, eradicate what was good and productive about this place and credible about our form of government, I don’t know but the one thing they clearly don’t want is that the U.S.A. live on as a good place to live.

Lourdes on June 1, 2013 at 2:15 AM