This is just downright sinister. Not that Obama or Eric Holder will do anything about it (other than continue to exploit the system to protect themselves as they also continue to reward their friends and punish their enemies).
We have it documented that this scandal goes DIRECTLY to the White House. We know that “the Chief Counsel’s office of the IRS, headed by Obama appointee William Wilkins, was instrumental in the agency’s campaign of harassment and discrimination against conservative and certain pro-Israel groups.”
We know that Obama has already pronounced that the investigation – which was ostensibly still going on – was over and that as long as he was president there was no possibility that “a smidgeon of corruption” would ever be allowed to be discovered.
For the longest time, the “authorities” refused to even bother to INTERVIEW the victims in the IRS targeting case. And sure enough, they closed the case having basically refused to interview any of the victims. Pretty neat trick, isn’t it?
How can you trust Obama to investigate Obama? You blindly trust his law thug, Eric Holder who runs the Department of Justice, of course.
And now we’ve got something even more explosive: the Obama IRS and the Obama Justice Department actually COLLABORATED to attack groups based on their political ideology:
BREAKING: New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was in Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups
Katie Pavlich | Apr 16, 2014
According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.
“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS,” Lerner wrote in a May 8, 2013 email to former Nikole C. Flax, who was former-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller’s chief of staff.
“I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?” Flax responded on May 9, 2013.
After this email exchange, Lerner handed things off to Senior Technical Adviser and Attorney Nancy Marks, who was in charge of setting up a meeting with DOJ.
Just a few short days later on May 10, 2013, Lerner admitted and apologized for the inappropriate targeting of conservative tea party groups during an American Bar Association Conference after answering a planted question. Further according to Judicial Watch, “In an email to an aide responding to a request for information from a Washington Post reporter, Lerner admits that she “can’t confirm that there was anyone on the other side of the political spectrum” who had been targeted by the IRS. She then adds that “The one with the names used were only know [sic] because they have been very loud in the press.”
In other words, only conservative groups were being looked at for criminal prosecution.
Last week news broke that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ staff was in contact with Lerner about the conservative group True the Vote, despite denying any contact occurred. In this specific instance of Lerner discussing possible criminal prosecution of tax-exempt groups through DOJ, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse seems to have been the person to get the ball rolling.
On April 9, 2013 during a Senate Judiciary Hearing, just one month before the targeting scandal broke, Whitehouse asked witnesses from DOJ and the IRS why groups that had possibly “made false statements” about their political activities had not been prosecuted. On March 27, 2013, just days before the hearing took place, Lerner described the purpose for the hearing to IRS staff in an email.
“As I mentioned yesterday — there are several groups of folks from the FEC world that are pushing tax fraud prosecution for c4s who report they are not conducting political activity when they are (or these folks think they are). One is my ex-boss Larry Noble (former General Counsel at the FEC), who is now president of Americans for Campaign Reform. This is their latest push to shut these down. One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t feel so comfortable doing the stuff,” she wrote. “So, don’t be fooled about how this is being articulated – it is ALL about 501(c)(4) orgs and political activity.”
Lerner later acknowledged pursuing prosecutions of these groups would not fit well with the law.
“These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The IRS emails show Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal. No wonder we had to sue in federal court to get these documents.”
This post has been updated.
Justice and the IRS collaborating to go after Obama’s enemies. That’s what we’ve got here.
We have it on record from Lois Lerner herself that this wasn’t about “the law” and that Obama’s thugs were basically hell-bent on just doing whatever they had to do to punish who they wanted to punish. In Lois Lerner’s own words:
Emails show that Lerner had previously concluded that the feds were unlikely to be able to prosecute the non-profit groups.
“Whether there was a false statement or fraud regarding an [sic] description of an alleged political expenditure that doesn’t say vote for or vote against is not realistic under current law,” she wrote on March 27, 2013. “Everyone is looking for a magic bullet or scapegoat — there isn’t one. The law in this area is just hard.”
So none of this was about “the law.” This was IN SPITE of “the law.”
If you have any doubt of that, Lois Lerner BROKE the law. She provided confidential tax information to a third party group. There is no question but that SHE did that. She belongs in prison – and if it wasn’t for the fact that THE most corrupt and dishonest president in history and THE most corrupt and dishonest AG in history are obstructing justice, she would BE in prison.
“Not a smidgeon of corruption” Obama’s skinny, weak, pathetic little ass. Barack Obama is already worse than Nixon EVER was or ever would have been if honest Republicans hadn’t forced him to resign or be prosecuted.
It’s like ObamaCare. If the law doesn’t work out the way liberals like, they will just ignore it, or illegally change it, or abrogate it, or waive the parts they don’t like while enforcing the parts they just invented, and so on and so forth.
This targeting campaign has been way beyond “Stalinist.” Stalin didn’t have the modern tools that Obama has. It is Orwellian:
“We now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s,” Mr. Camp said in a statement. “At Washington, DC’s direction, dozens of groups operating as 501(c)(4)s were flagged for IRS surveillance, including monitoring of the groups’ activities, websites and any other publicly available information. Of these groups, 83% were right-leaning. And of the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100% were right-leaning.”
We now KNOW that NO liberal groups were targeted and that ONLY conservative groups were targeted. This is a naked fact revealed by the Treasury Department’s own Inpsector General:
Liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status faced less IRS scrutiny than Tea Party groups, according to the Treasury Department’s inspector general.
J. Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, told Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) in a letter dated Wednesday that the IRS did not use inappropriate criteria to scrutinize groups with “progressives” in their name seeking tax-exempt status.
“Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the ‘progressives’ identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012,” George wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill.
The inspector general stressed that 100 percent of the groups with “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12” in their name were flagged for extra attention, while only 30 percent of the groups with “progress” or “progressive” were highlighted as potentially political. George’s letter does not say why the progressive groups were given extra scrutiny.
“While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” George wrote to Levin, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
So the Justice Department – let’s face it, the INjustice Department – and the IRS were going after groups that turned their messiah’s smile into a frown and nobody else. It was a naked totalitarian fascist campaign by Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Barack Hussein.
Democrats (pronounced as “Nazis”) who say anything ELSE are liars, LIARS, LIARS:
The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:
- Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted
- At least 5 pro-Israel groups
- Constitutional groups
- Groups that criticized Obama administration
- At least two pro-life groups
- An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
- A 180 year-old Baptist paper
- A Texas voting-rights group
- A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
- Conservative activists and businesses
- At least one conservative Hispanic group
- IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
- And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative
There is NO EVIDENCE that a single liberal group was given the same scrutiny as conservative groups.
Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel on Monday told reporters that the now-infamous “Be On The Lookout” list was far broader than was originally disclosed in the Treasury Department inspector general’s report. Reports from outlets including the Associated Press, which I cited in my original report, and now Bloomberg News, confirmed Werfel’s account, indicating that various versions of the list not only included terms like “tea party,” but also “progressive,” “Occupy,” and “Israel.”
A November 2010 version of the list obtained by National Review Online, however, suggests that while the list did contain the word “progressive,” screeners were in fact instructed to treat “progressive” groups differently from “tea party” groups. Whereas screeners were merely alerted that a designation of 501(c)(3) status “may not be appropriate” for applications containing the word ”progressive” – 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from conducting any political activities – they were told to send those of tea-party groups off IRS higher-ups for further scrutiny.
That means the applications of progressive groups could be approved on the spot by line agents, while those of tea-party groups could not. Furthermore, the November 2010 list noted that tea-party cases were “currently being coordinated with EOT,” which stands for Exempt Organizations Technical, a group of tax lawyers in Washington, D.C. Those of progressive groups were not.
And, then there’s this… Even the far left website Raw Story admitted that progressive groups did not face the same scrutiny as conservative groups.
An IRS letter (PDF) published by Progress Texas online Thursday showed the liberal group was given 22 days to respond to a list of 21 questions. Some of the questions included up to nine sub-questions.
The questions resembled the list of 35 questions (PDF) sent to the Liberty Township Tea Party, which has complained of IRS harassment.
Though the line of questioning was generally the same, there were some key differences between the lists of questions.
The Liberty Township Tea Party was asked to provide copies of all its activity on Facebook and Twitter, while the Progress Texas was not. The Liberty Township Tea Party was asked for more specific information about the employment background of its officials, including copies of resumes, while Progress Texas was asked for more general information. The tea party group was also asked whether any of its officials had served on the board of another organization or planned to run for office.
Remember this when you hear some far left commentator claim the IRS targeted liberal groups, too.
We either need to install a rabid Republican president who will appoint a thug to put every Democrat in America in prison or we need to get to the bottom of this while we still have at least a few shreds of a constitutional republic left after Obama has very nearly completely destroyed America from within the system.
If this doesn’t prove beyond the wildest shred of doubt that this nation needs a special prosecutor who is independent of Obama and his law thug Holder, let’s just wipe our collective anuses with the Constitution and flush it down the toilet.
We’re living in the last days and America is NOT in Bible prophecy. The Bible called it 2,000 years ago: the beast is coming. He will be the ULTIMATE big government liberal who will take over the entire global economy such that “no man may buy or sell” without his mark on them.
Get ready to either vote Republican or to burn in hell. Because that’s basically your alternatives.
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