Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 656

IRS Logo 2Washington Times, White House That Promised Transparency Refuses to Cooperate With IRS Probe:

The White House told Congress last week it refused to dig into its computers for emails that could shed light on what kinds of private taxpayer information the IRS shares with President Obama’s top aides, assuring Congress that the IRS will address the issue — eventually. The tax agency has already said it doesn’t have the capability to dig out the emails in question, but the White House’s chief counsel, W. Neil Eggleston, insisted in a letter last week to House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan that the IRS would try again once it finishes with the tea party-targeting scandal.

“It is my understanding that in May 2014, Commissioner Koskinen responded to this request by indicating that the IRS would be able to address new topics such as these following its completion of document productions already in progress,” Mr. Eggleston wrote in a Feb. 17 letter. “To the extent that the committee continues to have an oversight interest in this matter, I encourage you to continue working with the IRS to address those questions.”

But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s letter last year didn’t say that. Instead Mr. Koskinen said the IRS was logistically incapable of performing the search because it would have required combing through 90,000 email accounts. ...

The White House didn’t assert any privileges in refusing Mr. Ryan’s request last week, instead insisting the IRS would work on it, so there was no need for the president to get involved. That conflicts with Mr. Koskinen’s 2014 letter making clear he didn’t think such a search was feasible from his end. ...

Any official requests for private taxpayer information made by the White House are supposed to be personally signed by the president, and Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation is supposed to be notified of the request. The JCT issues an annual report on all requests for IRS information, and those reports don’t show any such requests from the president during Mr. Obama’s time in office.

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Mr. wodun: I suppose the fact that felons own guns means that the Congress should issue subpoenas to all gun sellers for all of their emails to felons?

Mr. Substance: If the Obama Administration is engaged in criminal or unethical activities, do you really think they are going to retain their emails and other evidence of such conduct?

Gentlement: recognize this Congressional posturing for what it is. It is expensive and pointless for the reasons both you and I have just exposed. It is intended only to make political points. At bottom, a system of government such as ours rests largely on the belief that political officers of either party or any party are men and women of good will who act for the most part in the best interests of the country. Any other assumption admits of the ultimate futility of self government.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Feb 25, 2015 6:53:02 AM

Publius Novus - Are you really that naive? If the Obama administration is engaged in criminal or unethical activities, do you really think they are going to report those activities? Just because not requests have been reported does not mean that no requests were made.

Posted by: Substance Over Form?? | Feb 24, 2015 12:15:02 PM

"IRC 6103(g) requires the WH to report requests for taxpayer-specific information made by the president."


It is also illegal for felons to own guns or to rob stores and both of those things still happen.

Posted by: wodun | Feb 24, 2015 11:08:03 AM

The stonewalling, obfuscations, delaying, and denying of this administration make the Nixon guys look like boy scouts. That most of the national press including ABC, NBC, CBS, The New York Times and Washington Post are not interested in this scandal is in itself a scandal.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Feb 24, 2015 10:46:44 AM

Mr. Black: Do you think the GOP will be resolved before the professor reaches retirement age? You have your answer.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Feb 24, 2015 10:39:04 AM

More stonewalling from the administration. It will take them a long time to comb through their files to delete any incriminating emails.

Posted by: Rick Caird | Feb 24, 2015 9:22:25 AM

Paul, do you think the IRS scandal will be resolved before you reach retirement age?

Posted by: jared Black | Feb 24, 2015 8:23:49 AM

IRC 6103(g) requires the WH to report requests for taxpayer-specific information made by the president. The reports must be filed quarterly with the JCT, an agency of Congress. The reports show that no requests were made. What is the issue here?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Feb 24, 2015 7:31:14 AM