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Friday, October 14, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1254

IRS Logo 2The Daily Caller, Obama’s Tax Lawyers Had Conservative Groups’ Confidential Information:

President Barack Obama’s White House hired at least two Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys who accessed conservative groups’ confidential taxpayer information while defending the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during the targeting scandal.

The two were among 10 Justice Department Tax Division lawyers Obama has kept on the White House staff without taxpayer privacy training since April 2009, nonprofit government watchdog Cause of Action Institute (CofA) said in a report made public Wednesday [Presidential Access to Taxpayer Information].

Obama “is the first president to have recruited litigation specialists from the DOJ Tax Division, some of whom had knowledge of confidential taxpayer information concerning his political opponents,” the report said. “The DOJ has supplied a regular stream of Tax Division lawyers to the Obama White House for more than seven years, all without any apparent guidance or safeguards to ensure against the unauthorized disclosure of taxpayer information.”

Using Department of Justice tax lawyers may be unique to the current White House, but for “nearly as long as the IRS has existed, presidents have weaponized it against their foes,” the report said. “The Obama administration has made frequent and damaging use of the IRS as a political weapon.”

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Comments

unauthorized disclosure of taxpayer information

HAHAHA so paranoid. When was the last time you saw something disclosed that wasn't supposed to be? No, I haven't been watching TV for the last few months. Why?

Posted by: wodun | Oct 14, 2016 10:49:30 PM

Obama's open, obvious, and illegal targeting of political opponents, and the eager assistance in that process by the IRS and DoJ, has been there for all to see for 8 years (except for the "news" media, of course). There is no major institution of the federal government that has not been subverted by Obama. That's what the Left does. Of course they've been doing it for 8 years.

Posted by: Used to Be Disgusted | Oct 15, 2016 4:16:19 PM

The real solution here is a neuralizer. When a lawyer leaves the Tax Division, he or she could simply be neuralized, which would remove from their brains any return information he or she acquired while representing the United States. This worked very well for Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in MIB and MIBII.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Oct 15, 2016 8:14:40 PM

Another day, another nugget to add to this long pattern of behavior. The only constant in this story is continued circumstantial evidence coming out, but it's good to see that not even new facts and information can change the opinions of some, which were set in stone years ago.

Posted by: MM | Oct 17, 2016 1:16:23 PM

Mr. MM: Truer words were never spoken.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Oct 18, 2016 5:26:01 PM