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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1251: Bill O'Reilly Calls For A Special Prosecutor

IRS Logo 2Fox News, O'Reilly: Enough Evidence of Corruption in DOJ for an Independent Prosecutor:

In his Talking Points Memo tonight, Bill O'Reilly said a major scandal could erupt in the Justice Department.

He explained that many Americans believe the fix was in during investigations into the IRS' targeting of conservative groups and Hillary Clinton's private email server.

O'Reilly noted that former IRS official Lois Lerner was never held legally accountable for allegedly targeting right-wing groups for audits, and Attorney General Eric Holder subsequently refused to explain why.

Meantime, the number of immunity deals the DOJ granted in the Clinton email investigation is "strange to say the least," O'Reilly said.

"The FBI and the Justice Department have a lot of explaining to do on the email front," O'Reilly stated.

"Talking Points believes there is now enough evidence of corruption in the Justice Department that an independent prosecutor should be appointed. We all know Mr. Obama is not going to do that. But he should. We need honest government."

Media Matters, O’Reilly Uses Old, Repeatedly Debunked Right-Wing Myths To Call For “Independent Prosecutor” Of “Corrupt” DOJ:

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly used debunked right-wing myths to claim there is “enough evidence of corruption in the Justice Department” to warrant appointing an “independent prosecutor” for the FBI and the DOJ, citing the closed investigation relating to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state, and the long-debunked IRS targeting pseudo-scandal. ...

O’Reilly also alleged there was corruption regarding the investigation into the IRS allegedly targeting right-wing organizations, complaining that then-IRS head Lois Lerner "was never really held legally accountable." But a congressional investigation revealed that progressive groups were also subjected to the same kind of scrutiny as conservative groups, evidence which Fox News itself ignored when it first came to light. And months before that, in June 2013, the congressional investigation found the culprit behind the increased scrutiny of organizations applying for tax-exempt status: not Lois Lerner, but a Cincinnati-based IRS manager who told investigators that he “instructed his team of screeners” to look for cases of political-sounding groups applying for tax-exempt status, and that “he took this action on his own.”

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Comments

Obama said he'd fundamentally change America. He's weaponized parts of the bureaucracy and when congress investigates, emails disappear and hard drives "crash". Hard to believe the mainstream media would stand for this kind of corruption if a Republican administration was in charge. Astounding double standard by the left.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Oct 11, 2016 8:22:48 AM

What's the argument against appointment of a Special Prosecutor for all high-profile instances of federal government malfeasance? Considering the DOJ has been implicated in a number of them, IRS targeting, supplying guns to drug cartels, and warrantless spying on reporters, they can't reasonably be expected to investigate themselves honestly?

Posted by: MM | Oct 11, 2016 1:52:14 PM

'Media Matters' excels its reputation for precious prevarication. We see two paragraphs with no truth. Incredible.

Posted by: Oliver Shank | Oct 11, 2016 6:14:57 PM

A special prosecutor might be able to do something to the FBI but not Hillary or her cronies because the FBI destroyed all of the evidence.

That's right. First Hillary and her staff including both public and private employees destroyed evidence and then the FBI destroyed all the evidence of the destruction of evidence.

Straight up banana republic.

And Media Matters didn't bother to debunk their worn out lies by listening to Koskinen's testimony.

Posted by: wodun | Oct 11, 2016 11:40:44 PM

Let's quit wasting resources on witch hunts.

Posted by: Gator | Oct 12, 2016 3:45:28 AM

"Let's quit wasting resources on witch hunts."

Sometimes there real witches to find, dressed up as unelected career bureaucrats/lawyers who skirt the law with impunity...

Posted by: MM | Oct 12, 2016 6:39:22 PM

"Sometimes there [are] real witches to find." - Thomas Newton, Crown's Attorney, Salem Town, Colony of Massachusetts (1692).

Posted by: Publius Novus | Oct 15, 2016 8:26:55 PM

Pubs,

My quote's better, as it aptly describes Lerner, etc. Only a bureaucratic witch can violate the law with impunity and avoid prosecution. Or perhaps anybody can with the current administration in charge of the DOJ?

Posted by: MM | Oct 17, 2016 7:37:27 AM