Paul L. Caron

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 891

IRS Logo 2Washington Post op-ed:  Democrats Protect Each Other Better Than Republicans Do, by Ed Rogers:

The fix is in. No less then the leader of the Democratic Party — that is, the current president of the United States of America — has declared that the matter of Hillary Clinton’s home-brew server and e-mail escapades is political in nature and of no harm to national security. That is remarkable, given that any honest outside observer would not draw the same conclusion and that even many of the usual suspects in the media have been tempered in their efforts to vindicate Hillary Clinton. ‎Not to mention, just as President Obama essentially gave Clinton a get-out-of-jail-free card, it turns out that the FBI is actually expanding the scope of its probe to include possible violations of an Espionage Act provision that refers to gross negligence in handling classified information — a violation that could be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

While the president’s definitive declaration on “60 Minutes” that he didn’t think Hillary Clinton’s e-mail situation “posed a national security problem” reportedly “angered FBI agents” working the case, it’s not like the president hasn’t done this before. Remember his assertion that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” regarding the IRS targeting scandal? Well, that scandal is also still being investigated — but conveniently for the president, the person in charge of that investigation is a partisan Democratic donor, Justice Department lawyer Barbara Bosserman. ‎I guess as long as the president’s former employee Lois Lerner continues to take the Fifth and Barbara Bosserman continues to be in the lead, the smidgens will stay locked out of sight. If the FBI didn’t get the message yesterday with the president’s direct order that the conclusion on Hillary’s e-mails should be that it “is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered” and they get too close to the truth, maybe the White House will put Bosserman in charge of the e-mail investigation as well, just to make sure everything comes out the way the president wants it to.

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Absolutely. Start the impeachment proceedings.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Oct 17, 2015 7:25:16 PM

Section F of the law requires folks to notify their bosses when they find security lapses.

Obama as President is the boss of the Secretary of State. Thus he is specifically implicated and a special counsel is appropriate.

Posted by: RRP | Oct 17, 2015 10:23:16 AM

Yup, from the IRS to the EPA and the VA, this administration holds no one accountable for breaking laws or just being terrible at their jobs.

Had so many people died from VA malfeasance under Bush, there would have been endless coverage in the media and on prime time TV. No riots in the streets though, because Democrats hate our military.

Posted by: wodun | Oct 17, 2015 9:29:49 AM