The Lerner Files: “smidgens upon smidgens” of corruption

posted at 12:31 pm on July 13, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Do you remember way back in February when the President said that not only was there not massive corruption in the IRS scandal, but not even a smidgen of corruption? Ah… good times, my friends. This weekend I highly recommend that you check out a piece by Ed Rogers, writing at the Washington Post, with the amusing title, More IRS smidgens show up. ‘Perfect.’

Anyone paying attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal has been waiting for the next smidgen to drop. Well, two more hit pretty hard this week. At the president’s next encounter with the media, I will scream collusion if no one asks him for his exact definition of a “smidgen,” and if he thinks he has seen a smidgen of corruption yet. At this point, only the most gullible or culpable can continue to claim there is no compelling evidence in this case. Given the delays, lies and stonewalling, there is no viable argument against a special prosecutor.

The two items in question are ones which we’ve already discussed here. One – perhaps the most damning in recent months – was the shocking (meaning, not shocking) revelation that Lerner had previously told her co-workers that, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” and wanted to know if instant messaging texts were recorded.

The second was the oh-so-understandable “misunderstanding” about whether or not she had printed out any of her e-mails. And let’s face it… who can be sure what was meant when somebody asks you if you printed something? Did they mean “print” the documents, or print print the documents? It’s all terribly confusing.

We’ll close with another observation from Rogers, who sees that while there may not be one smoking gun out there yet, there certainly seem to be a lot of hot casings on the ground around the crime scene.

Anyway, as long as Lerner stays cool and the Obama Department of Justice has her back, the administration obviously thinks it can run out the clock on this scandal. But these revelations are definitely meaningful smidgens. At what point does a flock of smidgens become irrefutable evidence that deserves an independent examination?

To invoke Instapundit… indeed.


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Frog march her and Holder.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Smidgen?

So I guess size does matter, after all.

dissent555 on July 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I believe they’ve basically got to the end of this Congress…..28 working days until the election.

All those committees go “bye-bye” and I don’t believe the GOP will continue these after the election.

aquaviva on July 13, 2014 at 12:36 PM

There are smidgen droppings all over every relevant statute.

Flange on July 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Why isn’t this b!tch in prison?

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Lois Lerner still making the news… To bad the Fifth column Treasonous Media isn’t interested in the News.

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Would that be a metric smidgen?

Giga or terra?

Steve Eggleston on July 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The two items in question are ones which we’ve already discussed here. One – perhaps the most damning in recent months – was the shocking (meaning, not shocking) revelation that Lerner had previously told her co-workers that, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” and wanted to know if instant messaging texts were recorded.

The second was the oh-so-understandable “misunderstanding” about whether or not she had printed out any of her e-mails. And let’s face it… who can be sure what was meant when somebody asks you if you printed something? Did they mean “print” the documents, or print print the documents? It’s all terribly confusing.

Jazz – you are on fire today! I want some of what you are taking.

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Smidgen?

So I guess size does matter, after all.

dissent555 on July 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

When most in DC have NO balls the eunuch, who’s king, appears manly.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Wouldn’t a special prosecutor just bottle thus up? I’d rather see public testimony under oath.

Harbingeing on July 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

dissent555 on July 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

When most in DC have NO balls the eunuch, who’s king, appears manly.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Or… According to Joan Rivers, at the bare minimum the eunuch, who’s king’s beard appears manly.

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Wouldn’t a special prosecutor just bottle thus up? I’d rather see public testimony under oath.

Harbingeing on July 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

It would. Keep going on this and I’m looking forward to the new judge getting involved. Burn them all.

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

We’ll close with another observation from Rogers, who sees that while there may not be one smoking gun out there yet, there certainly seem to be a lot of hot casings on the ground around the crime scene.

Casings don’t come in “smidgens”.

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM

There should be pillory’s on the Mall for people like Lerner and Holder, we could keep pelting them with crap until they decided to tell the truth. Lerner would last about an hour but I would love Holder to make it a week!

tim c on July 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I’d rather see public testimony under oath.

Harbingeing on July 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Well, you just might get your wish…

Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost Lerner emails ‘under oath’

A federal judge has ordered the IRS to explain “under oath” how the agency lost a trove of emails from the official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency 30 days to file a declaration by an “appropriate official” to address the computer issues with ex-official Lois Lerner.

The decision came Thursday as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which along with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill has questioned how the IRS lost the emails and, in some cases, had no apparent way to retrieve them.

Second federal judge wants info on lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON — A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Friday he wants to know whatever became of Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive. IRS officials say Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, destroying an untold number of emails.

At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has told Congress that Lerner’s hard drive was recycled and presumably destroyed. If that’s the case, Walton said he wants a sworn affidavit saying so by the end of next week.

Walton also wants information about the IRS inspector general’s investigation into the lost emails.

Walton spoke at a hearing Friday in a lawsuit by a conservative group against the IRS. True the Vote, which says it advocates for the integrity of elections, sued the IRS over delays in its application for tax-exempt status.

Walton’s order came a day after another federal judge ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost the emails. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who issued his order on Thursday, gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing.

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

…… and it’s over. Mark my words.

Tard on July 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

The Obama regime is at war against 50% of the people in the USA…wait 50% of the CITIZENS of the USA. Illegal invaders King Barky the Liar is all in for. Criminals, all in for. Terrorists, all in for.

jukin3 on July 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

…… and it’s over. Mark my words.

Tard on July 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Why do you think that?

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Maybe we should let Whoopi explain it to us.

Jazz — get yourself invited on The View!!

fred5678 on July 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

It depends on what the meaning of ‘smidgeon’ is

And also what the meaning of ‘print’ is

Typical democrat libtard liars

txdoc on July 13, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Smidgen?

So I guess size does matter, after all.

dissent555 on July 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

When you’re screuing the taxpayer. Definitley

katy the mean old lady on July 13, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Why isn’t this b!tch in prison?

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I think they are working on that “she’s too pretty for prison” defense.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/mar/24/usa.gender

katy the mean old lady on July 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Why isn’t this b!tch in prison?

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I think they are working on that “she’s too pretty for prison” defense.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/mar/24/usa.gender

katy the mean old lady on July 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Ohhhh nooo she’s not…

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

What is the point of screaming collusion, we know Obama and the press are in on this together.

I will never understand the attraction, the absolute longing they demonstrate for Obama. It’s not just being black (Jesse Jackson is black) and it’s not just being a liberal (Hillary is a liberal). It’s all about being part of the same anti-American team. Hillary and Jesse are too normal for them, maybe, not radical enough to suit their unevolved since college selves.

If it weren’t for collusion, Obama would still be in the Senate.

clnurnberg on July 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Do you remember way back in February when the President said that not only was there not massive corruption in the IRS scandal, but not even a smidgen of corruption?

…like Dude!…that fake scandal…was so long ago!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

It’s difficult to the believe that corrupt gopE is serious any longer on this issue. Especially since corrupt lobbyist and past RNC chair Haley Barbour’s Mississippi has said they will sue “True the Vote” for claiming there is fraud in the senatorial election there.

The corrupt gopE has stalled on this scandal for too long.

They have lost all credibility.

Barbour let us know that the gop elites think about conservatives and True the Vote.

Jayrae on July 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

The smidgens have come home to roost.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Especially since corrupt lobbyist and past RNC chair Haley Barbour’s Mississippi has said they will sue “True the Vote” for claiming there is fraud in the senatorial election there.

The corrupt gopE has stalled on this scandal for too long.

They have lost all credibility.

Barbour let us know that the gop elites think about conservatives and True the Vote.

Jayrae on July 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Ah,… I was not aware of this. Really? Barbour, et al are going to sue True the Vote?

butch on July 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

The smidgens have come home to roost.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

THREAD WINNER!!

Khun Joe on July 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

The smidgens have come home to roost.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

lol! That’s fuuunneeeeee!

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

C’mon, BO is the KING! How do I know? He doesn’t have smidgen sh!t all over him.

Kraken on July 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM

little smidge here, little smidge there…pretty soon you have eaten the whole pie.

Fleuries on July 13, 2014 at 1:22 PM

C’mon, BO is the KING! How do I know? He doesn’t have smidgen sh!t all over him.

Kraken on July 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM

An excellent reason to erect a statue of Barry.
In the most pigeon-infested part of the city.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I present to you the “SMOKING GUN”.

The Barack H.Obama Foundation is a fully tax-exempt (501(c)3) charitable organization.

jpcpt03 on July 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

C’mon, BO is the KING! How do I know? He doesn’t have smidgen sh!t all over him.

Kraken on July 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM

That’s BOY KING, son.
(watches nonp make another bathroom run..)

katy the mean old lady on July 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Jazz – you are on fire today! I want some of what you are taking.

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Yeah, he is! Hope we see this Jazz more often!

lineholder on July 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The smidgens have come home to roost.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

And are continuing to do so, even though the guy’s wife said last week “they don’t leave because it’s dangerous for them in Honduras”.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Which will be the smidge that breaks the Messiah’s back?

Considering this is the WaPo, I have to say I’m just a smidge impressed.

formwiz on July 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM

This one makes my head explode.

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Don’t get to excited about this coming from the Washington Post, Ed Rogers is a partner of Haley Barbour, probably a jackazz in his own right.

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

butch on July 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Lot of back story on that one, but here’s where it stands now

Also, looks like MS repeat may be attempted in GA

lineholder on July 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

An excellent reason to erect a statue of Barry.
In the most pigeon-infested part of the city.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

“Do you have a blue smidgen?”

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

The smidgens have come home to roost.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

I like totally stole that from you…

The smidgens have come home to roost.

With Hat Tip of course…

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

OT but still wondering if this is a real part of the others non-scandal:

http://www.americasfreedomfighters.com/2014/07/12/busted-obama-planned-illegal-invasion-since-2010/

clnurnberg on July 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

“Do you have a blue smidgen?”

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 1:39 PM

A Norwegian Blue.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vuW6tQ0218
Substitute “smidgen” for “parrot“.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Her obeisance to Omerta will be rewarded with a Presidential Pardon on 19 January 2017.

Another Drew on July 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Here a smidgen there a smidgen, everywhere a smidgen smidgen.

Old Obama had a scandal, I-R-S-B-O.

Oxymoron on July 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Her obeisance to Omerta will be rewarded with a Presidential Pardon on 19 January 2017.

Another Drew on July 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Only if Obama is still pResident, if he’s not… then a whole lot of cockroach will be fleeing the light…

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 1:52 PM

lineholder on July 13, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Thank you.

butch on July 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

clnurnberg on July 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

It sure seems like something that should be investigated.

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

With Hat Tip of course…

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Thanks, Oscar. Good summation by the way.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The all expenses paid part of the Diocesan deals made me wonder where all cash was coming from. Mega Mugabe-bucks?

clnurnberg on July 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Why isn’t this b!tch in prison?

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Nothing, I repeat NOTHING is going to happen to ANY of these people. They are experts at running out the clock. Mark my words – they will ALL skate.

fossten on July 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Most leftists are career criminals so you would think Lerner would have been smarter about covering her tracks…..the problem here is that Obama gave her a green light and probably told her “I got your back”….and she was stupid enough to believe the liar in chief.

redguy on July 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Nothing, I repeat NOTHING is going to happen to ANY of these people. They are experts at running out the clock. Mark my words – they will ALL skate.

fossten on July 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Yeah, Obama will give everyone a pardon……

Does not mean that she won’t avoid getting killed in a horrific traffic accident.

redguy on July 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The Barack H.Obama Foundation is a fully tax-exempt (501(c)3) charitable organization.

jpcpt03 on July 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Not after Ted Cruz becomes President.

redguy on July 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

The smidgens have come home to roost.

partsnlabor on July 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Score! But, you’ve gotta give major points to

When most in DC have NO balls the eunuch, who’s king, appears manly.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 12:40

Infidelius

Infidelius on July 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

clnurnberg on July 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Maybe Obama For America, I read their income is down.

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

“Sue me!” That should cover it!

GarandFan on July 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

So, how many people believed Zero when he said there was not a smidgen of evidence of wrongdoing here? Meh.

HiJack on July 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM

only the most gullible or culpable can continue to claim there is no compelling evidence in this case.

But that would be almost everyone in the MSM.

Did they mean “print” the documents, or print print the documents? It’s all terribly confusing.

Exactly. Did the printer have paper? Did it jam? Did the drivers work? Did the queue get too big? These are all very real problems.

J.B. Say on July 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Wh’s ghostwriting for Jazz?

He’s doing great today.

I wish they would jail this evil b!tch, but I don’t expect it.

In the future we better pay closer attention to the power tbe Attorney General has. Reign it in, somehow. Gut the DOJ.

wolly4321 on July 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Roll up the windows and pass the smidgeon.

J.B. Say on July 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

It is time the gloves came off.
The House should have her arrested by the Capital Police/Sergeant-at-Arms and thrown in the Capitol jail for the contempt of congress citation; I’d like to do the same with AG Holder.
From the break-in in June 1972 to Nixon’s resignation in August 1974, it took less time for Watergate to be cleaned up than this IRS scandal which started in February 2010. And Nixon’s crime was a cover-up of a single action and the ATTEMPT to misused other government entities. BTW, no one died in Watergate; unlike the 10 gunrunning operations by the BATF of which Fast and Furious was just one or in Benghazi.

amr on July 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Here a smidgen there a smidgen, everywhere a smidgen smidgen.

Old Obama had a scandal, I-R-S-B-O.

Oxymoron on July 13, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Indeed, the Smidgen droppings aren’t just at the IRS, they are all this administration produces in all their endeavors. Finally, we are seeing signs the MSM is calling attention to the “Fowl Play”.

KW64 on July 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

why do you think that? VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Because of this.

wolly4321 on July 13, 2014 at 4:12 PM

For any attorneys present I have a question. Since the Justice department refuses to pursue this, is there a real chance Lerner will be able to run out the clock on the statute of limitations? Seriously. For any crimes she committed more than, what is it, seven years prior to a possible indictment after we get a new AG, we’d never be able to hold her accountable at all. The level of corruption is stunning.

hdc77494 on July 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Well, if this was in the Washington Post, there’s hope. The day Pravda and Izvestia return to the free press the founders envisioned, is the day this scandal blows up and people start to be held accountable. As of now, the administration doesn’t care if it looks like its lying, covering up, and delaying justice since there are still a huge amount of people, in this country, not paying attention to this.

However, the Democrats know what’s up. There is no way congressional Democrats don’t know what the news is, they’re willing to allow this to happen just to win an election. I really find it difficult to believe our country has slid so far down hill that, to win an election, a political party is willing to allow a complete miscarriage of justice. They’d better hope the MSM doesn’t find a conscience before November.

bflat879 on July 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM

bflat879 on July 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM

There’s no hope. The writer of this article is a partner of Haley Barbour, not a real live reporter.

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2014 at 6:46 PM

We don’t care how long it takes, we want the daily meetings between the White House and IRS officials (well over 100+) prior to the events, and Lerner’s emails produced, and the WH and IRS crooks paraded through the streets. The MSM is complicit and aided and abetted the lies, corruption, persecution of the American people, for all time, and the public needs to know.

leader4hru on July 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

A special prosecutor appointed by Eric Holder would be a certain white-wash for the IRS. Neither should we grant ANYONE congressional immunity without a proffer of their testimony first – like sensible prosecutors.

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We don’t care how long it takes, we want the daily meetings between the White House and IRS officials (well over 100+) prior to the events, and Lerner’s emails produced, and the WH and IRS crooks paraded through the streets. The MSM is complicit and aided and abetted the lies, corruption, persecution of the American people, for all time, and the public needs to know.

leader4hru on July 13, 2014 at 7:06 PM

~~

Doug Shulman alone visited the White House over 100 times in the 18 months he was IRS Commissioner. In sworn testimony before the House, Shulman stated he could not remember who he met or what was discussed at ANY of those meetings.

We need that punk on a water board.

Adjoran on July 13, 2014 at 8:07 PM

smidgtons.

randy on July 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Let’s say an email surfaces from BHO himself instructing Lerner and others in the IRS to target conservative groups. Even then, does anyone really think anything will come of this? MSNBC won’t report it, and the broadcast networks will dedicate two-and-a-half minutes, reporting it as “conservative accusations of corruption”.

3.14159 on July 13, 2014 at 11:43 PM

It looks like the smidgens are comin’ home to roost!

OttoWaldengarver on July 14, 2014 at 12:55 AM

You know, I think the real problem here is that Odummy did not pay attention when it was time to learn the meaning of words. He does not seem to know what a laser beam is or the meaning of smidgen. Or, at the very least, how these words apply, properly.

So as to explain it in very simple terms to the socialist simpleton, basically they mean the opposite of his intent. To focus “like a laser” on jobs does not mean to miss the mark at every turn. And smidgen does not mean ample or ‘lots of’. It is the exact opposite, in fact.

So, Odummy, the correct response to the question of corruption in your administration is, “Yes there is ample corruption in my administration.”

DWoDiego on July 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM