NYT: Obama Administration Knew of IRS Scandal 5 Months Before Election

John Nolte
Big Journalism
17 May 2013

In no uncertain terms and with no hedging, The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration was aware of the fact that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups as far back as June of 2012. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General confirmed that he told senior Treasury officials in June of 2012, a full five months before Election Day…

…With this latest news confirming when the Administration first learned of the IRS scandal,  we now know that, along with Benghazi and the unfurling Associated Press scandal, that there were three scandals brewing and unfolding in the White House during an election year. But we are only now hearing about them — six months after Barack Obama is safely re-elected.

This fact says as much about the failure of our lapdog national media as it does about President Obama. Why just this morning the Times itself dismissed the IRS scandal on its editorial page.


Read the complete article at Big Journalism.




Mark Steyn On The Scandals, And How The Court Eunuchs Are Covering Them (Up)

.I mean, if you’re one of the press guys, he’s been bugging you. He’s wiretapping your phones. You can’t go, when you get an interesting off the record conversation with somebody, you can no longer tell your source that’s off the record, don’t worry, they’re never going to find out that it was you who told me this, because he’s bugging your phones. I mean, come on. The difference here is that you’re giving it away for free. That’s why he despises you. Normally, this is like the old CIA line when they thought that Pierre Trudeau was in the pay of the Russians, and the Canadians responded that there was no need to pay a guy who was willing to do it for free. That’s the problem with this press. You don’t have to bribe them. You don’t have to entice them. They’re fawning all over him even as he’s bugging them…


Tea Party Groups Plan Lawsuit: Organizations targeted by IRS prepare to sue agency

…Jordan Sekulow, policy director of conservative public interest law firm the American Center for Law and Justice, said he will be taking legal action against the IRS in the next few days on behalf of groups that were improperly targeted.

Seventeen ACLJ clients are ready to file suit against the IRS, he said…

…President Barack Obama announced Wednesday night in response to last week’s revelations that he had accepted the resignation of acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller, though it was later reported that Miller was already scheduled to step down.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will investigate the IRS and pursue criminal charges if warranted.

Members of Congress hammered the IRS for these apparent abuses at Thursday’s press conference.

“There’s something profoundly un-American about targeting your political opponents,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.). “Someone needs to be held responsible. Someone needs to be imprisoned. Someone needs to be prosecuted.”…


At today’s hearings, IRS official won’t say who is responsible for scandal: ‘I don’t have names for you’


IRS asked anti-abortion group about content of public prayers


George Will:  The Loss of Trust

…Liberalism’s agenda has been constant since long before liberals, having given their name a bad name, stopped calling themselves liberals and resumed calling themselves progressives, which they will call themselves until they finish giving that name a bad name. The agenda always is: Concentrate more power in Washington, more Washington power in the executive branch and more executive power in agencies run by experts. Then trust the experts to be disinterested and prudent with their myriad intrusions into, and minute regulations of, Americans’ lives. Obama’s presidency may yet be, on balance, a net plus for the public good if it shatters American’s trust in the regulatory state’s motives.

Now, regarding Obama’s second-term agenda. His re-election theme — re-elect me because I am not Mitt Romney — yielded a meager mandate, and he used tactics that are now draining the legitimacy an election is supposed to confer…

…Obama’s incredibly shrinking presidency is a reminder that politics is a transactional business, trust is the currency of the transactions, and the currency has been debased…


No, the IRS Is Not an “Independent Agency”

Responding to press questions about the IRS scandal, White House spokesperson Jay Carney claimed that the IRS is an “independent agency.” At the Federalist Society’s new Executive Branch Review blog, former Assistant Attorney General Eileen O’Connor, who oversaw the Justice Department’s Tax Division, explains that Carney was quite wrong on this point…

…Not only is the IRS not an “independent” agency, but it appears that the substantial bonuses received by the head of the IRS tax-exempt division when the targeting of conservative groups occurred would have been approved by the White House because they exceeded $25,000. This official is now in charge of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office…


Obama Campaign Co-Chair Attacked Romney with Documents Illegally Given to Him by IRS 

If the IRS was working with the Obama campaign, which, as we see here, it was, then the IRS was clearly working under orders from Barack Obama, whether the contact was direct or through his intermediaries. To believe that Obama knew nothing about the IRS’s war on his enemies, you would not only have to believe that the IRS agents were rogue, but so were his own campaign chiefs…


Update: TOP IRS OFFICIAL STEVEN MILLER: “I Don’t Think Targeting Is Wrong” …Then Later Admits Progressive Groups Were Not Targeted



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