Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1168

IRS Logo 2The Hill, Hillary Clinton's IRS Abuse Chutzpah:

After skating through the FBI investigation and successfully stonewalling the Benghazi committee, Hillary Clinton is now worried that Donald Trump will use the IRS against his political enemies. ...

One might give Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, a small amount of credence if she had joined Republicans in their efforts to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his part in the cover-up of Lois Lerner's campaign against conservative groups from her IRS perch, but she didn't.

Is it possible that Clinton is so unaware of what is going on that she didn't know that the Obama IRS has been weaponized against Tea Party groups? ...

[T]he explanation for Clinton and her staff's blind ignorance to President Obama's abuse of not only the IRS, but also the Departments of Labor, Homeland Security and Justice in targeting conservative group leaders like Catherine Engelbrecht of Texas might be because Clinton only gets her news from Obama cheerleader outlets like MSNBC — which scoffed at the IRS abuse story, actively participating in the cover-up through its editorial decisions.

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Using quotation marks to dismiss the seriousness of something isn't particularly clever, though it is pretty lazy.

Could you put a little more effort into dismissing the seriousness of the following?

5 U.S. Civil Code § 552: Failure to comply with FOIA requests
5 U.S. Civil Code § 7323: Prohibition against political activity while on duty
18 U.S. Criminal Code § 1001: Materially false statements before Congress
18 U.S. Criminal Code § 1519: Destruction of federal investigative records
26 IRS Code § 6103: Mishandling of confidential tax returns
44 U.S. Civil Code § 3106: Unlawful destruction of federal records

After all, we have the appearance of, and in some cases evidence of, violations of all of these provisions of the U.S. Code and related laws.

Posted by: MM | Jul 24, 2016 12:07:20 AM

Now MSNBC is actively participating in the IRS "scandal?" Really dahhlings?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jul 23, 2016 11:29:44 AM

Good catch MM.

Crooked Hillary is just projecting.

Posted by: wodun | Jul 21, 2016 1:11:13 AM

"Is it possible that Clinton is so unaware of what is going on..."

Zero chance of that. Beyond the appeal to fear, which I thought the Democratic Party never practiced, it's ironic that Secretary Clinton raised the specter of the IRS going after political opponents, considering that very thing happened the last time she and her husband were in the White House. Millennials wouldn't remeber such things:

Quite the enemies list. And I read somewhere that Steven Miller, one of Koskinen's predecessors during the most recent example of IRS malfeasance, personally handled some of these audits back in the 1990s. Though not directly related, Lois Lerner was working at the FEC during the Clinton Administration. She evidently distinguished herself back then by filing the largest lawsuit ever at the time against conservative groups, which was ultimately thrown out of court.

Coincidences, coincidences...

Posted by: MM | Jul 20, 2016 8:00:32 AM