Paul L. Caron

Friday, May 24, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Day 15

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Once again, the stories not being reported are far more interesting than those pursued by journalists who know everything about IRS that can be learned in half an hour.

Why has the President waited more than six months to appoint a new Commissioner? One would think that someone might get around to asking that question at the White House. (One would be wrong.)

And where has that useless appendage of the Commissioner's office, the Taxpayer Advocate, been on this issue for the last two years? Does Congress realize that Nina Olson is an ineffective public-relations tool, so none of their inquiries were directed to her? Does she not read the Washington Post, so was unaware of the complaints that were made in 2012?

Posted by: Bob | May 24, 2013 8:22:13 AM

Maybe I've missed it, but one oddity of Lois Lerner taking the Fifth is that it isn't clear what criminal law she can fear being incriminated for, except for perjury. Is perjury the only one? Can one take the Fifth just to avoid presenting evidence of past perjury?

Or is she the one who released the applicants' files to that media group, and is that a criminal offense?

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | May 24, 2013 5:54:36 AM