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IG report: ‘Inappropriate criteria’ stalled IRS approvals of conservative groups (Whitewash?)
Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin and Zachary A. Goldfarb

Posted on 05/14/2013 9:15:57 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of whether Internal Revenue Service employees broke the law when they targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status — the latest setback for an agency that is the subject of withering bipartisan criticism and multiple congressional inquiries.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that the Justice Department and the FBI began the probe after the IRS acknowledged that it selected conservative groups with the words “tea party” and “patriot” in their names for special reviews.

“We are examining the facts to see if there were criminal violations,” Holder said at a news conference.

Also Tuesday, a widely anticipated report by the IRS’s watchdog described the agency’s tax-exempt unit — where the screening of conservative groups occurred — as a bureaucratic mess, with some employees ignorant about tax laws, defiant of their supervisors and blind to the appearance of impropriety.

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The report did not find evidence that the actions were motivated by partisan interests. IRS officials told investigators they did not consult anyone outside the agency about the screening. . .

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KEYWORDS: conservatives; crime; democrat; democrats; ehealth; electronicrecords; irs; liberals; noprivacy; obama; obamacare; patriot; privacy; report; taxexempt; teaparty

1 posted on 05/14/2013 9:15:57 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Bump


2 posted on 05/14/2013 9:18:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“The report did not find evidence that the actions were motivated by partisan interests. IRS officials told investigators they did not consult anyone outside the agency about the screening.”

Summed up in two words. Bravo Sierra!


3 posted on 05/14/2013 9:19:53 PM PDT by princeofdarkness (The GOP is the present version of 1940 France and it will only get worse.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”


4 posted on 05/14/2013 9:19:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“not find evidence that the actions were motivated by partisan interests.”

Right, it was just a coincidence. Tell me another. First order of business should be to find out who sent those tax exempt applications to the outside group...that alone is a felony disclosure. Check to see which party they donated money to. I bet my last dollar, they donated to dems or worked directly for people who did.

Lois learner the IRS exempt person in charge is up to her eye balls here too....she was the one who poo pooed this from the get go.

There used to be an Inspection Service in the IRS, it was moved under the treasury IG some years ago. That is the group which should be doing this criminal probe.


5 posted on 05/14/2013 9:22:10 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“Also Tuesday, a widely anticipated report by the IRS’s watchdog described the agency’s tax-exempt unit — where the screening of conservative groups occurred — as a bureaucratic mess, with some employees ignorant about tax laws, defiant of their supervisors and blind to the appearance of impropriety. “

Like we needed an investigation to find that out.


6 posted on 05/14/2013 9:23:20 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

What a laugh.

The Perps investigate themselves.

Predetermined verdict.


7 posted on 05/14/2013 9:23:27 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Brad from Tennessee

If the screening criteria weren’t motivated by politics, then some Liberal and Progressive groups would have been caught up in this as well. Were they?


8 posted on 05/14/2013 9:25:30 PM PDT by kevao (.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The IRS collected the data—more than required by law—and gave the information illegally to leftist groups. The IG report did not cover that aspect of the IRS activities.


9 posted on 05/14/2013 9:25:37 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Brad from Tennessee

DNC on Jim Crow Laws; “Inappropriate criteria used...”


10 posted on 05/14/2013 9:27:35 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: Regulator

“The Perps investigate themselves.”

Yes, and at this point they report on it to us as well via their media network. People in the media are lower than personal-injury attorneys, and are slipping lower than child molesters (and maybe even public school teachers).


11 posted on 05/14/2013 9:27:52 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kabar
The IRS collected the data—more than required by law—and gave the information illegally to leftist groups. The IG report did not cover that aspect of the IRS activities.

That was done by those "low level" bureaucrats. You know, the ones who establish policy for the entire Internal Revenue Service.

12 posted on 05/14/2013 9:28:51 PM PDT by kevao (.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
I think the delays in the approval of the non-profit status of the conservative groups was bad, but it is not even close to being the real problem here, is it? I mean, if it was politically motivated it would have been a misuse of the IRS, but absent a "smoking gun" memo or e-mail, no one can prove whether politics was at the heart of that problem. Of course, everyone knows perfectly well that it was the reason for the delay, but nobody in the Obama administration and nobody in the MSM will ever admit it. Even with a "smoking gun," they won't admit it and that's that.

An infinitely bigger issue is the illegal disclosure of the information the IRS coerced from the would-be nonprofits to their ideological and political rivals, and the misuse of that information by those outside organizations to smear the applicant organizations and their donors, large and small. Even though I'm not a lawyer, I can see how that must have broken many - perhaps dozens - of laws.

The Federal Government has hundreds of pages of regulations about the handling of "PII" or "Personally Identifiable Information," and anyone who handles such information is briefed in detail about the great care with which its confidentiality must be protected.

That sort of briefing is given to anyone who works in any capacity in the government. I would imagine that the rules, and the briefings, and the sign-offs, and the CAC certificates, and the qualifications required within the IRS would be much more strict. It is inconceivable that anyone working there - except perhaps custodial people, electricians and plumbers and the like - would not be aware of these laws and regulations.

The only way they would break these laws - and surely they did break them - would be at the express instruction of their superiors.

That's the real problem, as anyone with an above-IQ temperature surely knows. Including the "inspector general."

I wonder if the "inspector general" wears one of those spiffy Joyclyn-Elders-type uniforms at work.

13 posted on 05/14/2013 9:28:54 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Bush simply used an inappropriate criteria for defining WMDS.


14 posted on 05/14/2013 9:29:13 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Give me a million budget, six decent corruption investigators and a diligent special US attorney and I’d have this cleared up in six months or less.

Who ever came up with the posted result could not find their ass with both hands, assuming they were looking for it.


15 posted on 05/14/2013 9:31:40 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Steely Tom
but absent a "smoking gun" memo or e-mail, no one can prove whether politics was at the heart of that problem.

If the screening criteria weren't politically motivated, then it follows that at least some Liberal and Progressive groups would have been caught up in this mess as well. Were they?

16 posted on 05/14/2013 9:31:57 PM PDT by kevao (.)
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To: kevao
If the screening criteria weren't politically motivated, then it follows that at least some Liberal and Progressive groups would have been caught up in this mess as well. Were they?

Of course. That's why I said that everyone knows the score (everyone with a brain that is). That does not mean that the MSM will admit it.

Another thing they teach you in the government is this: if classified information becomes public, it is still classified. The MSM is the same way about information damaging to leftists like Obama. Even though everyone knows the score, the MSM won't admit it, and will go on like nothing happened. People on the right who make an issue of the facts will be treated as kooks and extremists; their credibility will be impugned even though they are speaking the truth. The MSM has used this tactic dozens of times during the Obama administration, and they used it during the Clinton administration too.

The reason they are doing this is because their aim is to keep the low-information voters in line. At this point, conservatives of the sort that were mobilized by Richard Viguerie to help elect Ronald Reagan are outnumbered by the LIVs, and immigration law is being changed to allow huge numbers of new LIVs into the country.

This is how the left has responded to the "Reagan Revolution." They have waged demographic warfare on the Conservative movement, and they are in the process of winning that war. With the help of many Republicans in congress, I'm bound to say.

17 posted on 05/14/2013 9:41:49 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

You’re overthinking this, FRiend. I just posted on another thread that I have a Liberal colleague who on Monday asked me if I had heard of the IRS scandal. He said, and I quote, “That’s f**ked up, man. That’s really f**ked up!”

Abusing the IRS in this fashion cuts across ideological lines in ways that Benghazi never will.


18 posted on 05/14/2013 9:49:21 PM PDT by kevao (.)
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To: kevao
Abusing the IRS in this fashion cuts across ideological lines in ways that Benghazi never will.

I doubt it. A large percentage of the supporters of King Putt don't pay any Federal taxes. Hell, several members of Obama's own cabinet cheated on their income taxes and still got confirmed. Why should they care about lawlessness at the Democrat IRS?

Still, I hope I'm wrong and you're right.

19 posted on 05/14/2013 9:54:17 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

I recall Maine Governor Paul LePage getting in hot water for calling the IRS the “new Gestapo” last Summer.

At the time he was raked over the coals by the press, but now he seems visionary.


20 posted on 05/14/2013 10:02:03 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: Steely Tom

I guess you didn’t read my post. I know a brain-dead Lib/Prog who is deeply troubled by the IRS scandal. If this particular Lib/Prog is troubled, then without doubt there’s a whole hell of a lot more of them out there also, guaranteed.


21 posted on 05/14/2013 10:04:04 PM PDT by kevao (.)
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To: kevao

I read your post, and I voiced doubts as to your conclusion that “this cuts across ideological lines.” I explained my reasoning as well.

As I said, I hope you’re right.


22 posted on 05/14/2013 10:10:56 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

If you knew this particular Lib/Prog, you’d have no doubts that many others are troubled as well. As for the great unwashed middle-of-the-roaders, those unprincipled “independents” that both parties constantly obsess about, if the GOP plays their hand wisely, the 2014 midterms will put be a blowout that dwarfs 2010.


23 posted on 05/14/2013 10:18:57 PM PDT by kevao (.)
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To: kevao
...if the GOP plays their hand wisely...

Pretty big "if" there. ;)

Maybe it'll happen. 2010 certainly happened.

My recollection is that 2010 came from the "grass roots," but maybe 2014 will come from there too.

If the people aren't motivated, the big shots in DC can't do much even if they want to.

24 posted on 05/14/2013 10:22:52 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I am sure Holder will be impartial.

hahahahahahaha

lololololololol

////sarcasm


25 posted on 05/14/2013 10:58:30 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Steely Tom
These abuses involved enough people and enough communication that there should be evidence. The super PAC donors that began telling stories today of their tax records being made public can establish circumstantial evidence. There will be a documentary record of the 501(c) applicants who were abused. Investigators can trace these cases to specific clerks and supervisors who can be deposed under oath.

And if by some miracle the Washington press digs into this story they will shake out some whistle blowers. The problem with criminal conspiracies is that by necessity they require more than one person to effect. Almost always there are weak links who will rat everybody out for immunity.

26 posted on 05/14/2013 11:07:08 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

It’s comin’ FReepers. If you ain’t ready it’s your own fault.


27 posted on 05/14/2013 11:52:16 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: Steely Tom

All true.


28 posted on 05/15/2013 12:09:29 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: All; Jet Jaguar
BREITBART.com: "TREASURY IG RELEASES REPORT ON IRS TARGETING OF TEA PARTY, CONSERVATIVE GROUPS" by Joel B. Pollak (May 14, 2013) (Read More…)

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29 posted on 05/15/2013 12:35:17 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Brad from Tennessee

with some employees ignorant about tax laws, defiant of their supervisors and blind to the appearance of impropriety.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Tsk, tsk! Who in all hail decided to hire Acorn Community Workers at the IRS???

DHS under Napolitano is the same. Wait until THAT shoe drops.

Impeachment of Obama and half his cabinet is in order as Obama fascism attempts to impose Hopey Changey on the Constitution of the USA.


30 posted on 05/15/2013 3:27:11 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: All

it’s nobody’s fault, just a misapplication of rules by people who were never trained properly. let’s sink a few million dollars into training on how not to get caught.


31 posted on 05/15/2013 3:29:40 AM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
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32 posted on 05/15/2013 3:35:22 AM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: Mouton

“Who ever came up with the posted result could not find their ass with both hands, assuming they were looking for it.”

He signs their paychecks; at this point they are looking to save their jobs - not their country.


33 posted on 05/15/2013 3:37:13 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: princeofdarkness
“Steven Miller, one of the Clinton IRS agents who helped conduct those witch hunts in the 1990s, is currently the head of the Obama IRS department that has now admitted it discriminated against tea party groups. Jackboot history repeats itself.”

A Brief History of Slimy Dem Snoops and Dumpster Divers

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34 posted on 05/15/2013 4:45:20 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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