Skip to comments.LIVE THREAD: Congress Begins Investigation into IRS Targeting
Posted on 05/17/2013 6:02:03 AM PDT by don-o
The House Ways and Means Committee holds the first Congressional hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) subjecting applicants for tax-exempt status to higher levels of scrutiny based on political leanings.
Witnesses include Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller who resigned on Wednesday and the Treasury Departments Inspector General Russell George for Tax Administration.
Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said the IRS' targeting of "American taxpayers based on politics is both astounding and appalling." He stated that the Committee will "get to the bottom of this practice and ensure it never takes place again.
In announcing the hearing, Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) said that it is "essential that there be a thorough and bipartisan investigation and effective remedial action.
Since June 2011, the Committee on Ways and Means has been investigating whether the Internal Revenue Service discriminated against taxpayers based on political opinions.
Looks like it’s already started, live feed here:
Here’s to hoping heads will roll.
(And hoping some, “Distraction,” doesn’t happen................AGAIN)
Is scandal fatigue already setting in?
Chairman Camp: “I see this as five separate violations of the law.”
Maybe they can remember to put these hacks under oath. They did not put
Hillary under oath.
Who is this guy in the White House?
Remember that O's PR person----Anita "Mao" Dunn---said AFTER the 2008 election that the O Team "allowed" the media to know only what THEY wanted them to know. No probing questions and interviews were allowed.
Hillary and Bill had pics of Obama in Muslim garb--but Teddy Kennedy warned them not to use them.
THIS WE KNOW The Obamanations are a tight-knit clique of socialists/communists/unions/progs/liberals----they see themselves as superior---bound together by "enlightened" values reason, tolerance, diversity and equality. The rest of us are unworthy and are to be suppressed and marginalized.......using any means possible.
The Ohaha savages duped the citizenry, led us over a multi-trillion dollar deficit cliff, into massive corrupt bailouts, and atrocities like amnesty and Obamacare. Their motto: "Everything For Us-- Nothing For You."
In the wake of Benghazi, the IRS abuses, etc, we are reminded that the Obamanoids are ruthless predators w/ no empathy for others and no remorse; anti-social psychopaths who recognize no moral boundaries--aggressively going after what they want, irregardless of the consequences to others.
Lots of spineless rinos here.....I don’t expect much from this group. Hope I am wrong.
Do not discount that even RINO's live for getting their mug on the tube so they can put it in their next campaign.
Let’s see how this thread goes compared to the thread on the WH Press Briefing the other day. :-)
I hope this isn’t just a bunch of speeches.
OMG Here’s Carl Levin, he was one of the fascists demanding that the IRS do this kind of thing in the first place. This speech of his will be one for the hall of fame of hypocrisy.
oops never mind, it’s Sander Levin, not Carl Levin, I was going just by what I was hearing while I was typing.
DRONING VOICE. HALF ASLEEP OLD FART READING. IS THIS GUY ALIVE OR OR A MUPPET?
Time for us to stop following the media and liberal meme calling this a ‘scandal’....it is Abuse Of Power! They are the ones trying to call it ‘scandals’ as if it is all just political.
it is not just a scandal...it is criminal abuse of power and high crimes and misdemeanors.
Just sayin....been seeing the meme everywhere and you are right...a fatigue is setting in...time to change the meme.
Thanks for this...
As I listen to Levin drone on, reading from his script, I hoped a Live Thread would pop up...sounds like some dims are turning...
Mr. Obama now professes shock and outrage that bureaucrats at the IRS did exactly what the president of the United States said was the right and honorable thing to do. "He put a target on our backs, and he's now going to blame the people who are shooting at us?" asks Idaho businessman and longtime Republican donor Frank VanderSloot.
Mr. VanderSloot is the Obama target who in 2011 made a sizable donation to a group supporting Mitt Romney. In April 2012, an Obama campaign website named and slurred eight Romney donors. It tarred Mr. VanderSloot as a "wealthy individual" with a "less-than-reputable record." Other donors were described as having been "on the wrong side of the law."
This was the Obama version of the phone callput out to every government investigator (and liberal activist) in the land.
it’s refreshing that he isn’t trying to pander like Cummings.
Every conservative should be saying one thing and one thing only:
ABOLISH THE IRS!
So far, how disgusting. Levin can’t even read he’s so old!!!
Jig..it’s his brother, a congress critter, not Sen Carl Levin...
The bros joined each other in a great gig that keeps on giving...
did he just say they normally don’t swear people in??
All witneses being sworn in.
They were just sworn in! Good!
Sorry, didn’t mean to jump after you self-corrected...
That’s what he said and also they are being sworn in because many have been less than thruthful in the past.
“OMG Heres Carl Levin, he was one of the fascists demanding that the IRS do this kind of thing in the first place. This speech of his will be one for the hall of fame of hypocrisy.”
BUMP for truth! How do we prosecute the members of Congress that promoted and then used the leaked info? Reid using Romney’s tax returns, etc.
WHERE IS INGRAM?
She is busy setting up the rules for denying medical care to conservatives under Obamacare.
President Obama Speaks at Ellicot Dredging Company
You cannot make this stuff up
Only two “witnesses” today I think, the guy now is the Inspector General, then resigned / fired Acting Chief Miller.
There was a lot of grumbling the other day that the IG report was (purposely?) vague as to names and dates — I hope they get some specifics here today.
yah no sweat, that was a Rachel Maddow caliber goof on my part
IG: 30 of 100 cases still “open” have dragged on for three years
The guy sitting behind George is creepy.
There was a lot of grumbling the other day that the IG report was (purposely?) vague as to names and dates
The report sounds political and watered down. The other weird thing is how the IG took what the IRS employees said at face value. No effort at all impeach that testimony.
Drinking word: Inappropriate
“Witnesses include Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller who resigned ...”
When is Sarah Hall Ingram going to testify?
She was in charge of tax exempt investigations from 2009 - 2012 ... that’s who we really need to see grilled ...
Luke Russert: ‘Smart’ Republicans on Ways & Means, Not ‘God, Guns & Guts People’
Miller: “foolish mistakes made by people trying to be more efficient...not partisanship”
“no partisanship”. Wow.
I thought Miller resigned???
What is this guy talking about?
Miller says it was not partisan. Give him a cigarette and a blindfold.
Dave Camp’s opening statement was the opening salvo on this lawless administration. Shulman to prison for lying to Congress, Lois Lerner fired for failing to inform Congress. Let’s see if these 2 want to turn to whistleblowers against the White House and Obama.
IOW, "we didn't cover our tracks"