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Two House Dems demand Lerner resignation after using lobbyist to stage modified limited hangout

posted at 4:49 pm on May 17, 2013 by

What’s worse than a high-ranking federal bureaucrat dishonestly setting up a planted question in order to stage a modified limited hangout in order to downplay an explosive scandal coming on quickly? Using a lobbyist to do it:

Celia Roady, a lobbyist in the firm of Morgan Lewis, said she was called personally by Lois Lerner, the IRS head of the tax exempt division, on May 9.

“I received a call from Lois Lerner, who told me that she wanted to address an issue after her prepared remarks at the [American Bar Association] Tax Section’s Exempt Organizations Committee Meeting, and asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks,” Roady said in a statement to U.S. News and World Report. “I agreed to do so, and she then gave me the question that I asked at the meeting the next day. We had no discussion thereafter on the topic of the question, nor had we spoken about any of this before I received her call. She did not tell me, and I did not know, how she would answer the question.”

Remember when Barack Obama pledged to reduce the influence of lobbyists in his administration? Less than five years later, his administration’s using them to set up alibis. Hopenchange!

No wonder two House Democrats want Lerner’s resignation tout suite:

Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens) and Sander Levin (D-Mich), top Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, on Friday demanded the resignation of Lois Lerner, head of the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt organizations.

Lerner, who heads the IRS division that includes the Cincinnati office responsible for singling out conservative groups seeking tax exempt status for scrutiny, worked to put a stop to the practice.

But she faces fire for failing to tell Congress about the problem, including at a hearing held just two days before she apparently used a planted question at a American Bar Association event to try to control news of the scandal.

The New York Daily News offers this uncharacteristic bit of understatement:

The apparent flubbed effort to soften the impact of the IG’s report irked lawmakers in both parties.

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Lerner…worked to stop the practice”.

BS.

LtGenRob on May 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Shouldn’t this be on the main page? It is sort of a big deal.

jffree1 on May 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Lerner, who heads the IRS division that includes the Cincinnati office responsible for singling out conservative groups seeking tax exempt status for scrutiny, worked to put a stop to the practice.

Please. She sent threatening letters to targeted groups under her own signature AFTER she supposedly ‘worked to put a stop to the practise.’

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Please. She sent threatening letters to targeted groups under her own signature AFTER she supposedly ‘worked to put a stop to the practise.’

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Shuck-n-jive Miller today was asked that, and blew it off with “thousands of letters go out, all with her signature”. So there’s responsibility. And yet there’s no responsibility. Neat trick.

bofh on May 17, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Eventually all failed governments run out of ways to hide the failure, and simply resort to lies. Even then, the lies can’t be maintained and then the exposition begins.

Clockwork.

BobMbx on May 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

If you want the truth, you have to stop listening to the liars.

savage24 on May 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Was the lobbyist in anyway compensated?

65droptop on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

It’s fun listening to all the canaries who are singing.

PattyJ on May 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Tar. Feathers.

Jeff Weimer on May 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM

A limited hangout is a means of propaganda by exposing some minor
details in order to prevent the full exposure of greater secrets.

A modified limited hangout is the mixing of the aforementioned technique
with misinformation to hinder/mislead further investigation.

J_Crater on May 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

demanded the resignation of Lois Lerner

Why should she be allowed to “resign”?

labwriter on May 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

I say we start at the top (Obama) and fire people until the problem goes away.

The Rogue Tomato on May 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM

She needs to be fired, then investigated, then prosecuted if appropriate.

Albert Arthur on May 18, 2013 at 12:38 AM

Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens) and Sander Levin (D-Mich), top Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, on Friday demanded the resignation of Lois Lerner, head of the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt organizations.

Resignation? So she can take her pension and walk over to a cushy job with CNN, NBC or OFA?

No….I want her prosecuted. I want her pension taken and her to have the full Scooter Libby treatment. I want the WH to waive Sovereign Immunity and everyone connected in any way with this to dragged through every legal knothole in Washington.

I want every bureaucrat to know that misusing their power is not going to result in “retraining” and a wrist slap, it’s gonna get you in front of a judge and some serious jail time.

The military drums into the troops about Nuernberg and following illegal orders, why doesn’t that apply to ALL the bureaucrats as well?

schmuck281 on May 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Is this the most corrupt government we’ve ever had to suffer with? I think so.

Lonetown on May 18, 2013 at 5:56 AM

So Lerner is not responsible for the contents of any letters that she signed?

Try that excuse in court, Mr. or Mrs. Middle America, and see how that works out for you . . .

BigAlSouth on May 18, 2013 at 6:03 AM

irked?

I think Mike Kelly was more than irked.

ted c on May 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

So Lerner is not responsible for the contents of any letters that she signed?

Try that excuse in court, Mr. or Mrs. Middle America, and see how that works out for you . . .

BigAlSouth on May 18, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Especially try that in any sort of dealings with the IRS!

GWB on May 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

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GWB on May 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Whoa! What’s up with Claire?

“We should not only fire the head of the IRS, which has occurred, but we’ve got to go down the line and find every single person who had anything to do with this and make sure that they are removed from the IRS and the word goes out that this is unacceptable,” she said. “It is un-American, it is wrong, and it cannot occur again.” ~Senator Claire McCaskill

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2013/05/17/mccaskill-calls-for-firing-of-all-involved-in-irs-targeting-scandal/

The “word” should also go up the chain of command too, Claire.

Rovin on May 18, 2013 at 11:08 AM

This is the equivalent of the pimp trying to pretend the aging wh0re still have some respectability left.

That horse had left the barn a LOOOOOONG time ago.

Sir Napsalot on May 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

We need to know a whole lot more about Celia Roady…

d1carter on May 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Wonder if Lerner will even come back to the US from Canada.

PattyJ on May 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Lerner…worked to stop make the practice more transparent*.

FIFY.

* As defined by the Obama Administration since 2008.

Marcola on May 18, 2013 at 8:14 PM

The FBI should go to the Cincinnati office and arrest the management.
Give the rest of the employees a chance to show their whistleblower letters since they knew this was going on and were therefore accessories to the criminal activity.
No letters, no job, no pension.
Probably have to shut the office. Good riddens.

nowman on May 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Why should she be allowed to “resign”?

labwriter on May 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Because resignations usually won’t impede a government worker from received post employment benefits such as full pension, lifetime free health care, etc. despite being guilty as sin.

Rip up the Constitution, persecute citizens based on political speech and thought, send a chilling message to all who might consider opposing a Democrat in office, lie and mislead Congress in your testimony. And what does that get you under Obama and his minions? A $100K bonus and promotion to running the implementation of Obamacare.

The Chicago way.

in_awe on May 19, 2013 at 8:01 PM