IRS employee: Washington showed “unprecedented interest” in Tea Party groups

posted at 7:01 pm on June 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Elizabeth Hofacre has turned out to be a gold mine to investigators of political corruption at the IRS.  The Cincinnati-office specialist didn’t take kindly to having the entire mess dumped on the shoulders of her colleagues and herself, and has made it plain in depositions that this was no low-level innovation.  The Hill became the latest media outlet to peruse the transcripts, and added a little more to the growing  public record of the targeting effort’s genesis in Washington rather than Cincinnati:

An IRS staffer in Cincinnati told congressional investigators that a Washington official was the driving force behind the targeting of Tea Party organizations in 2010, and showed unprecedented interest in those groups’ tax-exempt applications.

Elizabeth Hofacre, the Cincinnati staffer, said that she started receiving applications from Tea Party groups to sift through in April, 2010. Hofacre’s handling of those cases, she said, was highly influenced by Carter Hull, an IRS lawyer in Washington.

As it turns out, the scapegoating wasn’t the only thing that angered Hofacre.  Normally, the IRS doesn’t interfere with rank-and-file agents when they choose targets for their investigation and make decisions on applications.  When it came to Tea Party and other conservative groups, Hofacre suddenly found that her autonomy had been stripped, which she found “demeaning”:

Hofacre said that she integrated questions from Hull into her follow-ups with Tea Party groups, and that Hull had to approve the letters seeking more information that she sent out to those organizations. That process, she said, was both unusual and “demeaning.”

“One of the criteria is to work independently and do research and make decisions based on your experience and education,” Hofacre said, according to transcripts reviewed by The Hill. “Whereas in this case, I had no autonomy at all through the process.”

“I thought it was over the top,” she added, in interviews held by investigators in both parties from the House Oversight and Ways and Means committees. “I am not sure where it came from, but it was a bit unusual.”

In the end, even Hofacre ended up getting stalled and stonewalled by Hull, she claims.  Hofacre got so tired of dealing with angry applicants who couldn’t fathom why the IRS kept stalling that she took another position.  Hofacre also told investigators that requests for donor lists were “appalling,” but those requests came after she had already left.

The “low-level employee” defense is crumbling in both fact and perception. Gallup’s latest survey shows that 59% of all adults believe that high-ranking IRS officials knew full well about the targeting of conservatives, and even a plurality of Democrats do too:

Nearly six in 10 Americans believe that high-ranking IRS officials in Washington were aware the IRS had a practice of targeting conservative political groups for greater scrutiny in recent years. One-quarter think knowledge of this was mainly limited to the agency’s office in Cincinnati where the mishandled applications for tax-exempt status were processed.

Almost as many — 50% — believe that high-ranking Obama administration officials knew about it, too.  That includes 54% of independents.  Barack Obama’s approval rating on handling the issue is just 32/58, and with 77% of Americans believing this to be a serious matter (49% say very serious), that’s a bad position to be in — especially with two NSA scandals being added to the Scandalabra this week.

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Unbelievable… Tie it around Obama’s neck, where it rightly belongs.

preallocated on June 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Heh. Career bureaucrats don’t want to be thrown under the bus. I hope they all sing loudly.

rbj on June 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

And isn’t it interesting that Carter Hull is now retiring?

onlineanalyst on June 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

According to Daily Caller, Hull is retiring in a month or so. (He’s also taken down his Facebook page.)

Funny how the upper level managers in this IRS seem to be retiring so soon after being fingered…

Wethal on June 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Obama is obviously monitoring HotAir..
So he can find out what his White House was up to..

Electrongod on June 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Take a stand against the IRS in a big way and have fun with us… The Tea Party Patriots is hosting an “Audit the IRS Rally” Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from Noon to 2pm at the West Lawn of US Capitol.
http://online.wsj.com/community/answer/questions/4982

Re: IRS Scrutiny of Non-profits, Freedom of the Press, Benghazi, ObamaCare, etc., etc…

Colbyjack on June 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Who expected otherwise from the Barky Hussein – Eric Holder – ValJar – Killary.. Hustla-tocracy?

viking01 on June 8, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Don’t forget Benedict Roberts as the robed pimp for The Regime.

viking01 on June 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

To bad she left, how many annoyed IRS workers can there be? And who is this Hull character?

Cindy Munford on June 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Scandalabra

Scandalabra is a cowbra
{( IRS, NSA, DoJ and Benghazi :O }

burrata on June 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Colbyjack on June 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I guess that means they finally got the permit the Capitol Police were dragging their feet to give.

Cindy Munford on June 8, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Sure would have been nice if these employees came forward sooner, like say before the 2012 election. Better late than never, I guess.

Jack_Burton on June 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Obama is obviously monitoring HotAir..
So he can find out what his White House was up to..

Electrongod on June 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

lol

This has taken longer than all of us, save for the leftards, have liked, but the noose is tightening, and it’s nice to see…

Anti-Control on June 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Obama is obviously monitoring HotAir..
So he can find out what his White House was up to..

Electrongod on June 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I hope so. I’d like for him to read my lips.

avagreen on June 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Valerie Jarrett: “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.”

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

And isn’t it interesting that Carter Hull is now retiring?

onlineanalyst on June 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

He just wants to spend more time with his family’s tax returns.

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Obama is obviously monitoring HotAir..
So he can find out what his White House was up to..

Electrongod on June 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Thread winner right there, IMHO. And damned funny too.

Zero and his clown posse have to go. It’s time to impeach his sorry a$$.

dogsoldier on June 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I bet Carter Hull is booking a one-way flight to Rio pronto.

PattyJ on June 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Valerie Jarrett: “After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time.”

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Threats and payback, nice gubmint we have now. I can’t wait for the payback from all of these scandals, WE don’t forget either val.

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:34 PM

“… and with 77% of Americans believing this to be a serious matter (49% say very serious)”

Americans were kept from petitioning their government for grievances and expressing their political speech by the Democrat party in charge by intimidation and harassment by multiple regulatory agencies of the federal government…

… And now we learn that they have been collecting data from our computers, cell phones, and credit card transactions, but they tell us it isn’t political.

It is all about politics, who is in power now, and who will be allowed to be in power in the future…!

… If you don’t think this is serious, you don’t deserve the freedom you think you have.

Seven Percent Solution on June 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

“People have got to know that their fuhrer … I mean their President … is not a fascist … I mean is not a crook” – Barack Adolf Milhous Hussein Obama

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Weasel-words Hull is said to be retiring.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/350390/report-irs-lawyer-who-oversaw-tea-party-targeting-said-be-retiring-eliana-johnson

onlineanalyst on June 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

What are the odds he takes an extended foreign vacation he himself couldn’t finance?

Not being cynical, just realistic. This regime has become masterful at stone walling. Which unfortunately, the media is happy to allow. If Brokaw and Rose had their way, the Senate would be persecuting Issa. But since the Senate has no power over the GOP House, they just whine about “over reach”.

mark81150 on June 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

“People have got to know that their fuhrer … I mean their President … is not a fascist … I mean is not a crook” – Barack Adolf Milhous Hussein Obama

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I honest to God, wish that were funny, rather than sad… The danger point is, if Obama feels like the cornered rat, what, how much, is he capable of?

and would large enough portions of the federal government go along, even if it’s openly illegal..

mark81150 on June 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Someone should look at Fascist states and compare them to the US today. I’m serious. Germany was on a hate trip but Spain and several other Fascist states look a lot like what we have here. Propaganda, leader worship, spying on opponents and punishing them, gov’t into everything, need for leader to solve ALL problems, rotten economy…

But the Nazis dressed sharp and..Hitler was a veteram.

IlikedAUH2O on June 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Let me see if this works. See the love. Looks like Bill is having a hard time with the throw up in his mouth.

http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypost/2013/06/02/news/web_photos/02.1n005.obama1–300×300.jpg
“Bill Clinton’s animosity toward Obama is legendary. A year before the last election, he was urging Hillary to challenge the sitting president for the nomination — a move she rejected.

According to two people who attended that meeting in Chappaqua, Bill Clinton then went on a rant against Obama.

“I’ve heard more from Bush, asking for my advice, than I’ve heard from Obama,” my sources quoted Clinton as saying. “I have no relationship with the president — none whatsoever. Obama doesn’t know how to be president. He doesn’t know how the world works. He’s incompetent. He’s an amateur!”

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/gets_hill_bullied_EjhPAdD8Ati7RRkMlNqHbM

avagreen on June 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

But the Nazis dressed sharp and..Hitler was a veteram.

IlikedAUH2O on June 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Yeah. And Hitler didn’t flunk out of ACORN either…

viking01 on June 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Has the Congressional panel investigating this sent Mr. Hull an invitation to testify yet? Hope so.

This regime is going to make Nixon look merely impish.

Philly on June 8, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Hey, where are all the libtard trolls today?

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

And isn’t it interesting that Carter Hull is now retiring?

onlineanalyst on June 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

It was either that, or promote him.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

I honest to God, wish that were funny, rather than sad… The danger point is, if Obama feels like the cornered rat, what, how much, is he capable of?

and would large enough portions of the federal government go along, even if it’s openly illegal..

mark81150 on June 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I think our Military folks would be on our side.

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Thread winner right there, IMHO. And damned funny too.

Zero and his clown posse have to go. It’s time to impeach his sorry a$$.

dogsoldier on June 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Call me a grandiose thinker if you want, but I believe 0dumba will end up stepping down before he could be impeached, like Nixon, for the same basic reason.

We already have Piglosi forgetting in public her promises about 0dumbacare. Besides all of these scandals (with more to come), just think how bad things are gonna get for the Dumbs the more its implemented – it is not a good time to be a Dumbocrat!

Anti-Control on June 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

It was either that, or promote him.

The Rogue Tomato on June 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Speaking of promotions – I want a “BIDEN 20163″ bumper sticker.

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

If Carter Hull has sufficiently pimped the Dimocrat cause then PBS NewsHour will have a job waiting for him.

Probably an office next to Tailwind dirtbag Jeff Greenfield.

viking01 on June 8, 2013 at 7:54 PM

I think our Military folks would be on our side.

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

You can write off the Joint Chiefs and pretty much all the rest of the generals right from the get go.

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Tweet from Rep. Steve Stockman of TX: At this point the only way to prevent people from hearing your conversations is to have them on MSNBC.

:)

Anti-Control on June 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I think our Military folks would be on our side.

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

You can write off the Joint Chiefs and pretty much all the rest of the generals right from the get go. And those lower down wouldn’t be told the truth about what was going on.

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Interesting. Barry still has that 32-33% die-hard Obamabots who believe his administration can do no wrong.

So when will Barry be promoting Carter Hull?

GarandFan on June 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Hey, where are all the libtard trolls today?

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Reading your emails and recordings of your phone conversations as Dear Reader can’t do it all by himself.

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Of course the IRS scheme came from the top.Suppose D-Day had failed in 1944 : IKE BLAMES D-DAY DISASTER ON TWO PRIVATES FROM CINCINNATI!

MaiDee on June 8, 2013 at 8:02 PM

There is also the advisory going around that the best way to protect computer folders from Regime espionage is to rename those “Obama’s College Transcripts.”

viking01 on June 8, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Maybe this Hull guy will join some law firm which …oh…let’s say…is on a retainer ….. and represents Anti-Chriatian and anti-American entities ,
just like that Salad Bar guy :
http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/08/former-interior-secretary-joins-law-firm-hired-by-bp-during-deepwater-horizon-disaster/

burrata on June 8, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Sadly, none of this will matter. Nothing will happen to anyone in charge but we’ll hopefully still have an election in 2016. As long as the freebies keep coming he’s in the clear. As long as the Republicans get to keep lining their pockets too, nothing will change. Don’t hold your breath on impeachment.

Dan_Yul on June 8, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I think our Military folks would be on our side.

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

You can write off the Joint Chiefs and pretty much all the rest of the generals right from the get go. And those lower down wouldn’t be told the truth about what was going on.

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

probably not, but seeing as how the rank and file troops as well as most officers trend heavily conservative, there might well be open mutinies from an attempted coup.

Obama may have co-opted the Joint Chiefs, but from the Colonel’s on down, our people are well versed on what a lawful order is. Worst case, we’d have US units firing on each other, please Lord, don’t let Obama be that insane..

That, the country won’t forgive.. “historic presidency” or not.

mark81150 on June 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Carter Hull IS NOT THE MAIN CULPRIT!!!

Look further up the ladder. Everyone needs to be focusing in on Robert Bauer, White House Chief Counsel. Hull reports to Bauer.

Bauer is married to none other than ANITA DUNN!!

Remember, the former WH communications director who famously said “Mao Tse Tung” was one of her favorite heros. She was at war with Glenn Beck for the next year, 2009.

ericdondero on June 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Hofacre should be getting the Linda Tripp/Monica Lewinsky “Nuts and Sluts” treatment from the Democrats and their supporters in the big media sometime this coming week if she keeps on dishing out details that are blowing the administration’s IRS cover stories.

jon1979 on June 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM

And isn’t it interesting that Carter Hull is now retiring?

onlineanalyst on June 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

The word I’d use is predictable instead of interesting. The IRS is filled with retirements now that this scandal has become public. No word about the fate of the fat black woman who led the line dancing ahead of that $4M party. I hope she’s okay.

Happy Nomad on June 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Interesting. Barry still has that 32-33% die-hard Obamabots who believe his administration can do no wrong.

So when will Barry be promoting Carter Hull?

GarandFan on June 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Enlightening, about a third of democrats, would fall on their knees weeping in gratitude if he declared himself Barack the 1st, Grand Emperor of the United States.. and give him a standing O as he lights the Constitution with his Bic.

I guess every nation has it’s fascist faction..

In ours, they hide in the Democrat party along with the college Marxists.

mark81150 on June 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I think our Military folks would be on our side.

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Which is why Teh SCOAMT has been busy creating a “civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the military.

Steve Eggleston on June 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

and Oh..

I don’t send e-mails.. and my cell calls are only to my wife and the doctors offices..

so snoop away dirtbags..

Obamacare has already screwed up my medicare.. and the SSD.. I have an attorney.

mark81150 on June 8, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Anybody who thinks this didn’t come directly from the top of the administration is f’n high. All the lefties out there spinning otherwise know they are full of it and are just doing their duty as loyal soldiers to the regime.

Jackalope on June 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

What is being overlooked? The US government is saying we need to fish from a pool of 300 million Americans to find and pre-empt the next “terrorist” — or else. It is saying that we need to do this because there are no other predicters of “terrorism.” It is saying that there are no doctrinal predicters of “terrorism.” It is lying. It is lying about “terrorism” itself.

Why — to keep us safe? Or to keep Islam safe?

Ah, Islam. This, as usual, is what we are overlooking. The US government is lying to hide the threat to liberty, to peace, that Islam poses, just as I have discovered (and explained in American Betrayal) that the US government lied to hide the threat to liberty, to peace that Communism posed during World War II.

And why was/is that? The answer is a story of infiltration, penetration and subversion. It happened before. It is happening again.

The long-range impact of such an assault on truth and logic is shattering. But consider the more immediate impact on the American people. The US government has become a shill for Islam in alliance with such nations as Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, just as it once served as a shill for Communism in alliance with Stalin. During World War 2, anti-Communists officials were even purged from Washington, anti-Communist materials, too. We the People were lied to then by Uncle Sam, thus ensuring the advance of Marx into society’s deepest tissues. It’s happening again. The lies Uncle Sam is telling us today guarantee the advance of sharia into our deepest tissues, too — cultural, legal, political, the works.

Meanwhile, woe to anyone who brings facts to the national security table: facts about jihad, facts about sharia, facts about Mohammed, facts about dhimmitude. As up-ending contradictions to the government’s Big Lies, such people, too, become enemies of the state.

What do you wanna bet that their “meta-data,” too, haven’t been targeted by the behemoth?

VorDaj on June 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Anybody who thinks this didn’t come directly from the top of the administration is f’n high. All the lefties out there spinning otherwise know they are full of it and are just doing their duty as loyal soldiers to the regime.

Jackalope on June 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Unfortunately, most of his over zealous defenders are working at NBC ABC and MSNBC.. CBS has finally started doing a little bit of it’s job.. way too little, way too late.

The polls are encouraging though.. 77% think the IRS scandal is a serious problem.. The die hard 20% progressive faction in this country can’t ignore those numbers. It’s going to get savagely ugly in the next few weeks, as suddenly once private information about political opponents ends up in the news.. Don’t doubt that Obama and company won’t destroy some lives along that route.

Messy divorce details, tax returns.. juicy private details..

Obama trades in smears, it’s his first and last weapon of choice, and we’ll probably suffer some career casualties on our side as he doubles down on the arrogant thug thing.

mark81150 on June 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Just a matter of time before this expands to individuals. If it hasn’t already.

Individual members of TEA parties. Individual members of some conservative blogs. Individual members of churches. Individual Republicans, conservatives or Christians who post things the government finds offensive or “anti-Obama.”

I bet it’s already being done. Some Republican somewhere gets an audit because his name was found on a youtube post stating he hated high taxes. Some christian gets audited because he/she posted something against Obama on FB.

The IRS agents already know they are suppose to go after TEA parties… so in their off time when they’ve run out of TEA parties they start looking for individual conservatives or Republicans who might stand out a little. A high GOP donor here. I conservative commenter on some blog over there.

Just a worthless prediction. If the GOP doesn’t make serious gains in 2014… I have a feeling conservative blogging will decline significantly.

JellyToast on June 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Don’t doubt that Obama and company won’t destroy some lives along that route.

Messy divorce details, tax returns.. juicy private details..

Obama trades in smears, it’s his first and last weapon of choice, and we’ll probably suffer some career casualties on our side as he doubles down on the arrogant thug thing.

mark81150
on June 8, 2013 at 8:33 PM

I think this has been going on for some time. I’d mentioned several weeks back about blackmail being used to neuter and muzzle critics. There are many closeted gays in D.C. per gay conservative Kevin DuJan, Founder and Editor of Hillbuzz. He said just look at the ones on the R side that keep voting with D side.

avagreen on June 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

He said just look at the ones on the R side that keep voting with D side.

avagreen on June 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Why is everyone looking at Miss Lindsay?

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 8:46 PM

I hope mr hull enjoys his retirement…in the gray bar hotel

jaywemm on June 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Le Shocking.

Del Dolemonte on June 8, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Don’t forget Benedict Roberts as the robed pimp for The Regime.

viking01 on June 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I’ve been wondering, since this latest scandal broke, just what dirt Obama used against Roberts to get him to issue the opinion on Obamacare. Casts a lot of suspicion on the highest court, in my mind. Not that I’m a conspiracist wacko or anything…

bigbeachbird on June 8, 2013 at 9:20 PM

All that sh*t we were paranoid about?

Yeah proven correct. yes the democrats will do anything to get power and abuse it when they have it.

Third world dictatorship is just a couple more years away!

jukin3 on June 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Hey, where are all the libtard trolls today?

VegasRick on June 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Our libtards have been lamer and lamer with each day.

They’re now left to throwing “racist” around in a desperate attempt to find ANYTHING that will change the narrative.

Reality has trollcotted them.

itsspideyman on June 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Carter Hull IS NOT THE MAIN CULPRIT!!!

ericdondero on June 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

True. Sadly, the only way I’d guess he’d talk is if he’s given immunity and hauled before a congressional committee.

Same thing with Lois Lerner. She is a petty tyrant, but acting on behalf of higher ups, too.

Wethal on June 8, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I enjoy the absence of trolls. How could they defend these criminals? What’s sad is that it is only going to get worse. We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Philly on June 8, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Comrade O was inside the Chicago Machine for a long time. He benefited enormously from the way things are done in Chicago. He rode to the Senate essentially uncontested because the Machine took out his opponent by illegally exposing sealed court records about his opponent. Comrade O was never concerned about that leak.

The “Change” part of Hope and Change was changing the federal government to operate like Chicago government. To make the country more like Chicago.

It quickly became obvious that having been cocooned in Chicago and protected from the rough and tumble of politics he was not accustomed to active, aggressive, and effective political opposition. In fact, he never, ever had to deal with it at all. When forced to deal with it he did not know how to deal with it other than the Chicago Way.

There is no way he did not know what was going on with the IRS. The only question is whether or not he has plausible “plausible deniability”. His worshipers will accept any tiny bit of evidence for this. But will a majority of the nation? Considering he has an MSM that is to varying degrees worshiping, supportive, or sympathetically compliant, the jury is out on that.

The Chicago Machine survives and thrives because people refuse to talk. They are in on the deal and benefiting from the system, and/or they are bribed and/or they are afraid to challenge the Machine. It works on a local level where the Machine can control everything and get at everyone.

But trying to control the entire federal government bureaucracy, and the nation, the same way may have been a bridge to far. I hope.

farsighted on June 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

The Chicago Machine survives and thrives because people refuse to talk. They are in on the deal and benefiting from the system, and/or they are bribed and/or they are afraid to challenge the Machine. It works on a local level where the Machine can control everything and get at everyone.

But trying to control the entire federal government bureaucracy, and the nation, the same way may have been a bridge to far. I hope.

farsighted on June 8, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Huzzah!

avagreen on June 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM

It’s time for Carter C Hull to retire.
72 is too old.

J_Crater on June 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Hull is going to be the designated fall guy – after blaming “rogue agents in Cincy” and then Miller didn’t work, and Lerner wouldn’t cooperate and resign.

Do NOT be fooled. He was nowhere close to important enough to authorize this sort of operation.

Shulman had to know, and whoever he was meeting with in the White House most of those 157 visits had to know.

Adjoran on June 9, 2013 at 12:24 AM

AS hard as it is to believe low level agents in Cincinnati were responsible for all of this, it’s also a stretch to believe that a higher up, in D.C. would take it upon him/herself to order this without some OK from above. What they’re doing here is no minor detail, when it comes to the IRS.

I still believe the IRS scandal is so serious, this administration is willing to leak information about the NSA getting all those phone calls, just to take it off the front page. However, it is demonstrative that the President, who was so willing to undermine the last president’s policies, not only kept them intact, but expanded them. Now, do you really believe someone willing to do this, wouldn’t be willing to have the IRS remove much of his competition for the next election?

The Democrats are really good, really good, at making people look guilty and then forcing them to prove their innocence. Look at how Harry Reid made statements about Romney not paying taxes, when they wanted Romney’s taxes out. If you look at how all that took place, it was a coordinated effort, with Reid and the Obama campaign hitting Romney from both sides. Look at how the Democrats went after the tea party and the Koch Brothers, when you start putting all of this together, it does begin to look coordinated.

This scandal is a lot more than what it appears right now. The irony is that Republicans and Fox News will have to do it by themselves, because the MSM is going back to Pravda and Izvestia and won’t be investigating this one.

bflat879 on June 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM

This principaless, evil dolt is watching everything every American does. He is reading this and taking names. For his minions to destroy.

pat on June 9, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Maybe I missed it, but while a lot of people have commented that the IG report conveniently did not get released until several months after the election, I’ve yet to hear anyone mention that it also conveniently did not get released until several weeks after tax day.

Imagine how many Conservatives would have seriously pondered not filing their tax returns in protest?

Or better yet, imagine if every single person who voted for Romney decided not to file their tax returns?

ardenenoch on June 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

These IRS minions don’t get it. If the come out and lie for Obama, they’ll get promoted to some position they really don’t deserve.

The Rogue Tomato on June 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Bonus points for using Obama’s magic word: unprecedebted

blammm on June 9, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Can anyone believe that this actually America we’re talking about?

Being afraid of our government’s retaliation if we speak out?
Being afraid of being snooped on?
Not trusting the man in the WH to not do harm to we, the citizens of this nation?
Not trusting that this man is even eligible to be president in the first place?

It might be more believable if we lived in Detroit or Chicago and were afraid of the mayor of that city and his hoodlum thugs might do all of this. At least we could rest assured that the Federal Government would step in and clean this up and protect us/our rights.

What to do when it’s the Federal Government doing this?
.
.
It’s an unbelievable nightmare.
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Please, someone wake me up.

avagreen on June 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Gallup’s latest survey shows that 59% of all adults believe that high-ranking IRS officials knew full well about the targeting of conservatives, and even a plurality of Democrats do too

Gallup reported that the 41% who said they didn’t believe along with the majority were lying.

Herb on June 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

“Scandelabra”. Heh, good one. It’s hard to keep track of the outrages, but, since they’re all joined together at some point (probably at the White House) I look forward to learning more and more. For exemple, McCain is hoping to slide Power through the Senate but I especially hope she testifies at great length about Benghazi events and the Presidents whereabouts.

MTF on June 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM

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cableguy615 on June 9, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Be sure to take your blood pressure medicine before reading this.

http://elitedaily.com/life/americans-stupid-guns/

hamradio on June 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Steve Eggleston on June 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

No offense – but the military would take those people out in a minute.

Zomcon JEM on June 10, 2013 at 9:30 AM