Paul L. Caron

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 612

IRS Logo 2Washington Post:  Questions For Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch, by George F. Will:

Senate confirmation hearings put nominees on notice that, as a Michigan state legislator reportedly once said, “I’m watching everything you do with a fine-toothed comb.” Loretta Lynch, a talented lawyer and seasoned U.S. attorney, should be confirmed as attorney general. Her hearing, however, should not be perfunctory. Questions like the following would highlight some festering problems: ...

The Justice Department has been, to say no more, unhelpful regarding attempts to fully investigate and properly punish the politicization and corruption of the Internal Revenue Service. Given the department’s seeming complicity in the coverup, would it not be appropriate to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS practice of suppressing the political activity of conservative groups?

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General agreement with most of what Mr. Will writes. Note however, that in his first item, Will laments the "new presumption . . . that accusations are valid until disproved" when writing about accusations of sexual assault. Mr. Will clearly does not hold with the same scruples when writing later on about the alleged “politicization and corruption of the Internal Revenue Service.” Both politicization and corruption have been endowed with the right wing’s–including Mr. Will’s–“presumption . . . that accusations are valid until disproved.” Perhaps Mr. Will should indulge his own expressed preference for “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” when accusing LLerner and others of criminality.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jan 12, 2015 6:14:08 AM