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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 915

IRS Logo 2Forbes:  Republicans Want IRS To Target Hillary Clinton, by Peter J. Reilly:

Given the outrage that Republicans have expressed about the “targetting” of the Tea Party by the IRS, you would think that they would be slow to advocate IRS political targetting.  Apparently  it is more a matter of who’s ox is being gored.

When the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called for Ben Carson to step out of the Presidential race, he countered by demanding that the IRS immediately revoke its exemption.  Then this week Reince Priebus, Chair of the Republican National Committee, wrote to Commissioner Koskinen about a grave matter concerning the Clinton Health Access Initiative. ...

It has become an article of faith in some circles that the delays and intrusive inquiries involving Tea Party exemption application was politically motivated.  The main evidence of that motivation is Democratic lawmakers complaining about dark money organizations and Lois Lerner and President Obama bemoaning the Citizens United decision.  Everybody agrees that the IRS shouldn’t oughta have targetted the Tea Party, whether it did or not. So why should the IRS now target the Clintons? And launching an audit in response to a clerical error would clearly be political targetting.

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Comments

Oh no. Mr. Reilly has written another fair and balanced article about the IRS. This will surely cause certain heads to explode and will likely lead to calls from the RNC/Priebus/Chaffetz that he and perhaps Forbes be audited.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 10, 2015 7:39:00 AM

"Apparently it is more a matter of who’s ox is being gored."

And that is exactly why those behind the politicization and targeting must be punished to the full extent of the law. So that others will think twice before doing it. Learner and those behind her need to be exposed. Those at DOJ need to be exposed and punished. Nothing less than prison for all of them.

Posted by: Roux | Nov 10, 2015 9:21:50 AM

There is a difference worth considering ... there are quite a few public and private allegations about shady goings-ons with the Clinton foundation, political contributions, pay-to-play, foreign and corporate "extortive" donations, and people working at both State and the Foundation. Maybe the IRs and DOJ together need to look into it? It isn't really the same as targeting because HRC is political, it's just that the potential transgressions surfaced in part because of her political activities.

Surely we aren't saying that being a politician is a "get out of investigation/jail free" card?

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Nov 10, 2015 12:33:12 PM

Mr. Roux: Lerner has been exposed. Her Republican minions in Cincinnati have been exposed. DOJ is not going to prosecute her, for reasons fully explained in an eight-page letter sent to the House, so why doesn't the House grant immunity? What are you alleging regarding DOJ?

Mr. RC: Surely we aren't saying that being a conservative 501(c)(4) applicant is a "get out of investigation/jail free" card? Except that we are.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 11, 2015 7:05:24 AM

The House will not grant immunity because they know it will probably lead nowhere. They would rather perpetuate the witch hunt, knowing that it will be fruitless except to smear good people.

Posted by: gator | Nov 11, 2015 7:43:34 AM