It’s a simple enough question, and yet, even so, when it comes to various political issues, it never seems to get asked. Often, it doesn’t get asked, because the obvious answers are answers that those pushing various issues do not want to happen, regardless of how likely those outcomes might be.
When the Whitehouse and Lois Lerner both failed to get an individual through confirmation hearing that Lois Lerner and the Whitehouse needed to be able to target TEA Party groups for political reasons, Lois took the insanely unprecedented action of targeting a sitting Senator for legal attack. Apparently not one single time did it occur to either Lois nor anyone in the Obama Administration to ask, “What could possible go wrong”.
Hmm, I’m beginning to think this scandal isn’t as “phony” as Obama’s been claiming.
Via Daily Caller:
Ex-Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner tried to audit Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley after Grassley blocked President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division, an executive branch insider told The Daily Caller.
Grassley made it more difficult for the IRS and DOJ to work together to target conservative groups by blocking Obama’s political appointee Mary L. Smith from taking over the DOJ Tax Division, which prosecutes criminal cases for the IRS. Grassley held up the nomination in early 2010, just as Lerner and fellow IRS officials were mapping out their targeting strategy. The White House later withdrew Smith’s nomination.
The source confirmed to The Daily Caller that the White House and IRS officials “were very upset at Senator Grassley and Republicans for blocking a vote on Mary Smith’s nomination.”
The IRS relies on the DOJ Tax Division to prosecute both criminal and civil cases, and has entire legal teams devoted to making DOJ referrals. Placing a political appointee as assistant attorney general for the DOJ Tax Division was a top priority for the Obama White House.
Grassley made sure that no Obama political nominee got confirmed for the post, and kept in a “career,” or non-political, DOJ tax head for another two years.
The IRS claims that incriminating emails that most likely incriminate the Obama Whitehouse were accidentally destroyed when Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed, over 70%% of American’s straight up believe that the IRS is lying and that they intentionally destroyed those emails.
Most Americans believe somebody at the IRS deliberately destroyed nearly two years’ worth of subpoenaed emails in an attempt to obstruct the congressional investigation of the tax agency’s illegal targeting of Tea Party and conservative nonprofit applicants, according to a new Rasmussen survey.
Seventy-one percent of respondents say they don’t believe IRS claims that a mysterious computer crash destroyed emails to and from Lois Lerner and other high-ranking colleagues and officials outside of the agency.
Rather, the survey found, respondents think the agency deliberately destroyed the emails as part of a cover-up.
The poll, which was conducted from June 26-27, also found that two of three respondents also believe that the IRS officials involved in the scandal should either be jailed or fired.
Approximately 53 percent of respondents say they believe the IRS knowingly broke the law when improperly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
That is a four-point increase from earlier this year, pushing the number of people who suspect wrongdoing on the IRS’ part back to September 2013 levels.
“Little changed from the early surveys are the 22% who think the IRS did not break the law. Slightly more (25%) are not sure,” Rasmussen said.
Further, a plurality of respondents said they believe the targeting scandal occurred because the IRS was looking out for President Obama.
This is a level of blatant and in your face corruption that has never before existed in The United States of America, it’s what you expect of a third rate failed Banana Republic like Zimbabwe or Haiti, not the United States of America. Yet it is exactly where we find ourselves today.
Is there no one in this once great republic both capable and willing to stand up and say, enough is enough? Maybe, maybe we are about to find out.
Americans are appalled over the false testimony of four consecutive IRS Commissioners, Lois Lerner’s countless acts of malfeasance, and the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups and specific individuals, among them Senator Grassley. The ultimate outrage came over the lame, intellectually insulting assertions that all of the most relevant emails have gone missing from multiple IRS computers at the same time.
Today, Judicial Watch found a federal judge who has the integrity and fortitude to seek Justice—and this isn’t his first whack at the Department of Justice either. Enter Emmet G. Sullivan, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. Mark July 10 in RED on your calendars.
Now, “Internal Revenue Service officials will have to explain to a federal judge July 10 why the tax agency didn’t inform the court that Lois Lerner’s emails had been lost,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Earlier today, attorneys for Judicial Watch sought a courtroom status conference “as soon as possible to discuss the IRS’s failure to fulfill its duties to this court under the law, as well as other ramifications of this lawsuit.” It took Judge Sullivan just a few hours to grant the hearing.
Now the IRS will have to talk to Judge Sullivan about all this—and he has the power to do something about it.
Judge Sullivan is the judge who held federal prosecutors in contempt, dismissed an unjust indictment against a United States Senator, and publicly excoriated the Department of Justice. He also had the moral conviction, courage and gumption to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Justice Department and the individual prosecutors.
The IRS, the White House, and the DOJ have a lot of explaining to do (and some emails to locate). The Washington Examiner reports that “No mention was made in that production of the lost Lerner emails, even though the original Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit filed in May 2013 specifically sought them. Judicial Watch further noted that ‘although IRS had knowledge of the missing Lois Lerner emails and of the other IRS officials, it materially omitted any mention of the missing records’ in an April 30 status update on its document production.”
Emmet G. Sullivan, a graduate of Howard University and Howard Law who was appointed by President Clinton, is one of the heroes of my new book, Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice. Judge Sullivan ordered an independent investigation of the Department of Justice, which revealed its corrupted prosecution of United States Senator Ted Stevens.
Regarding Justice Sullivan, it would be interesting to hear his reaction to learning that Lois Lerner and the Whitehouse conspired to prosecute a sitting Senator, not for crimes he committed, but because he thwarted their plans to use illegal methods of intimidating the Presidents political opponents.
What could possibly go wrong you ask? Well considering that Barack Obama has completely disregarded the United States Constitution and the United States various and sundry laws, that the United States Congress has done absolutely NOTHING in response to his indisputably illegal actions, and that the Judicial system has had zero ability to enforce their ruling on his administration, one could be forgiven for thinking that even asking that question is like temping fate.
Indeed, what could go wrong?