Government & Politics

IRS Scandal Investigation Continues

Nov. 11, 2013

Six months after the May 10 discovery that the IRS illegally targeted conservative organizations for additional “scrutiny,” House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) remains committed to finding answers about the scope of the IRS prying. It was the admission of former IRS official Lois Lerner that blew the lid off a scandal of epic proportions. Lerner then pleaded the Fifth before going on paid leave and finally retiring. The scandal was ignored by the Leftmedia and pushed out of any other headlines by the troubles in Syria, the government shutdown and the ObamaCare disaster. But congressional investigators are quietly continuing to work.

Issa issued a subpoena Thursday for Treasury Department documents that could detail interactions with the IRS about those Tea Party and Patriot groups. Both the House Committee and the Senate Finance Committee aim to release reports in December.

At first, we learned that the IRS was scrutinizing Tea Party and Patriot applications for tax-exempt status. But the House Ways and Means Committee is now looking into whether the IRS also targeted conservative groups for audit after tax-exempt status was granted. Again, despite what the Obama administration first told us, this is far more than just a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati. Audits also spread the trouble to the Dallas office.

When it comes to this (and any other scandal), Obama has long used the Sergeant Schultz defense: “I know nothing, I see nothing, I was not here, I did not even get up this morning.” And Democrats continue to circle the wagons around the White House, too. Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI) says, “There is zero evidence that the White House was involved in this.” But it would be better if the White House had made a phone call or sent an email directing this targeting. If there was, in fact, no White House involvement then this is systematic corruption and abuse of power by a government agency. Either way, it was not merely “incompetence” as Democrats would have us believe.

Issa's subpoena reflects something else important: It asks for details of the apparatus set up to deal with ObamaCare. That's right – the IRS is the agency that will enforce that law.

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DavidS in Texas said:

The problem is the Leftmedia and the people who support the Democratic Party see NO problem with the IRS targeting Tea partiers. And if it was up to them, the abuse and voter suppression of that group would continue.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

BobTheCat in Texas replied:

You are, of course, right. Aren't the Tea Party supporters all racists and terrorists.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Bill in MS replied:

No, I am not a racist nor am I a terrorist regardless what the liberal pukes in DC say. I am a Veteran, a Christian, a natural born citizen of this once great country and a father of 3 productive children and 11 grand children and 7 great grand children.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:14 PM

BobTheCat in Texas replied:

Dear Vet....did you miss the sarcasm in my post? Of course we Tea Party members aren't racists and terrorists.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM

GBretired in Freedom, pa said:

Anyone who honestly believes that there will be ANY reprocusions coming from this is smoking weed. The administration sanctioned these actions and will NEVER allow any possible blame to fall upon themselves.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM

TheHarp in Oregon said:

The IRS is our version of the East German 'Stasi' (secret police).

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM

dennis anderson in tucson said:

You really can't blame the IRS as they seemed to be busy "refunding" $4 bln to such as "655 refunds to a single address in Lithuania, 343 refunds to a single address in Shanghai ", as well as many fraudlant returns to Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Houston. But, they will do better handling our "health insurance under O'care".

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

BobTheCat in Texas replied:

Yes, but won't you need Obamacare the next time you are in Lithuania?

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Glenn Zimbeck in Washington said:

"working quietly.........." Why working quietly? They should be screaming it from the rooftops! They should be putting the pressure on "O" and his administration 24 / 7>

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

The plan is to first get enough evidence to obtain convictions so the crooks can't hide behind Mr. Obama's big mouth. Otherwise, the left-media will dismiss it all as "those rascally Republicans being partisan again" and the Senate will ignore the problem as usual.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8:12 PM

The Vonz in Texas said:

IRS Scandal, Benghazi, AP, etc etc etc... I presume Issa is also still working on (fast & furious) Gun-Running issues from 4 years ago. Our Government "investigations" are a joke.... bring in real law enforcement investigators and get some results. These govt idiots should be in jail... now.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Gary C in Otway Ohio said:

obama did not know about the IRS activity. obama did not know about Fast and Furious. obama did not know about NSA spying. obama did not know about health care plans to be cancelled. obama did not know about poor security at Benghazi. My question is: Does this boob know anything?

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Nina in Las Vegas NV replied:


Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Bill in MS replied:

He knows where the Chicago Down Low Club meets. LOL

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

Nina, please don't insult potatoes. HO'bama is not a DICK TATOR -
Just a DICK, (provided you've got a magnifying glass and tweezers to look for it)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

BobTheCat in Texas replied:

Yes, he knows that the idiots that he has surrounded himself with will defend him to their deaths.
And, on the outside chance that he "knew nothing".......he SHOULD HAVE. Utter incompetence and ignorance is no excuse.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Jude Ossowski in Monroe, Michigan said:

Candidate obama promised us "the most transparent administration ever". He gave it to us alright. His administration is so "transparent" even he can't see what it's doing. How else to explain his claims he "didn't know" about the IRS harassment, gun running across our southern border, or any of the other malfeasance of his misadministration?

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Nina in Las Vegas NV replied:


Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Joyce in Nevada said:

Are the voting roles being looked at by the IRS? I think that more Republicans are being fined more even though the maximum is taken out and are part of this target program by the IRS. The IRS has to protect their paychecks as what is paid to the IRS from our pay goes to their wages....President Reagan looked into that and found it. What would happen if a large number of people claimed a lot of deductions out of their wages? Just thinking......

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Hawaii-Dean in Ocean View, Hawaii said:

Watching the Benghazi investigation, also headed by Mr. Issa, I had high hopes for some revelations with some serious repercussions.

But it would seem that governmental obstruction of facts once again trumped feeble Congressional intentions.
Just as in 'Fast-n-Furious'.

So I'm not placing any bets that the merely-posturing Republicans will expose the truth and the corruption and actually win one for the People on this Gestapo-ish Democrat behavior.
Or invasive wiretapping.
Or that they'll launch fraud charges against government agent Barack for knowingly misrepresenting DemoCare and causing immeasurable harm to 10's of millions.
We the People have virtually no representation in this current government.
Congresspeople no longer seem to be "representatives" of the People as much as "resentatives".

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Nina in Las Vegas NV replied:

First they plead, promise and beg for our votes. Once in they become the back stabbers.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

1 old codger in Bellevue,WA said:

Two questions:
1) Has Issa explored the role ( if any) of Obama's Tsar for the IRS (whomever it might be) in communicating White House "policies" to the IRS?
2) What data base ( if any) is the IRS using to verify citizenship etc eligibility for OBamacare?

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

BobTheCat in Texas said:

Yeah, Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI), and I'm the Queen of Spain.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

stereotypo in Coarsegold, CA said:

What we have, is not, government of the people, but government vs. the people.

Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Mutantone in Dania Fl said:

They were just following orders from higher up to do so, and the focus should be on the ones that gave those orders and not the minions as it will be.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Joe in New Brunswick, NJ said:

Conservatives need to arrest and prosecute underlings at the IRS for breaking the law, when faced with jail, I think they will begin to talk and tell who directed their actions!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America replied:

No Joe - you see, in a hierarchy, shit may roll down hill, but responsibility still lies with the top of the chain of command. Heads need to be chopped off at the top since there are so few of them. Then the ones operating at the 'underling level' will get the message CRISP and CLEAR. If they would lose their head then RAT becomes their middle name. Old Roman tactics!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM