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The Insiders: A special prosecutor in the IRS matter is inevitable
Washington Post ^ | 22 May 2013 | Ed Rogers

Posted on 05/22/2013 11:34:43 AM PDT by mandaladon

This administration’s management of the Obama Internal Revenue Service scandal so far consists of a slow-walking, rolling disclosure of facts; equal parts equivocation, amnesia and indignation from IRS witnesses; deer-in-the-headlights non-responses by the White House press secretary; parsed, lawyerly statements from the president himself; and now one of the central key players is taking the Fifth. And all this comes from what the president claimed would be the “most transparent administration ever…” If we give the president the benefit of the doubt and assume he knows the truth is going to come out, the question remains: Does the administration appoint the special prosecutor sooner or later? The calculus inside the White House is how to best protect the president’s political interests. They have two options. They could delay the appointment and let more of the story develop, weather the ugly piecemeal disclosures, give the players time to get their stories straight and lawyer-up and hope Republicans continue their overreach, giving the whole affair a nutty partisan patina. Or, they could accelerate the appointment of a special prosecutor, thereby slowing the congressional inquiries and giving Jay Carney some relief from his daily embarrassing routine by supplying him with the escape hatch of not being allowed to comment on matters associated with the special prosecutor’s ongoing investigation. Not to mention, the White House all the while could blast the appointed counsel as a partisan ideologue à la the hatchet job that was done on Ken Starr. Anyway, if the president is innocent, he will end up needing and wanting a special prosecutor sooner rather than later. If he and his White House already have too much to hide, then they must clam up, cry partisanship and hope their allies on the Hill and in the media have the stamina for the long

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: irs; scandals
My personal favorite of all the new revelations from the Obama IRS scandal is that White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough about the impending IRS inspector general report, but of course the White House chief of staff did not tell the president..................It keeps getting worse for Team Obama
1 posted on 05/22/2013 11:34:43 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
I sat in a White House chief of staff’s office every day for more than two years. The only reason the legal counsel would tell the chief of staff about an impending report or disclosure would be so the chief of staff could tell the president. .....................But Zero knows nothing
2 posted on 05/22/2013 11:36:45 AM PDT by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: mandaladon

“If we give the president the benefit of the doubt”

Wonder what the color of the sky is in their world?

Some just have to keep Hope Change alive.


3 posted on 05/22/2013 11:39:08 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: mandaladon

Who is going to appoint one?


4 posted on 05/22/2013 11:39:13 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: mandaladon
Washington Post??!? Nah... can't be.

But it is!

Good find.

5 posted on 05/22/2013 11:40:51 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: mandaladon

look for the most stupid partisan person they can find to muck up the investigation.


6 posted on 05/22/2013 11:44:30 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
look for the most stupid partisan person

My vote is for Maxine Waters....

7 posted on 05/22/2013 11:47:12 AM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: mandaladon

I give it 50/50 that one is appointed.

But not till after the mid terms next year.


8 posted on 05/22/2013 11:53:17 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Nervous Tick

I’d be more impressed if I thought they didn’t realize full well who would appoint the special prosecutor. “No, don’t throw me into the briar patch!”


9 posted on 05/22/2013 11:56:38 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: mandaladon

Slowly, slowly, twisting in the wind.


10 posted on 05/22/2013 11:56:48 AM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/))
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11 posted on 05/22/2013 11:58:47 AM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: mandaladon
As a general rule you do not want to be the political focal point in late May or early June since that will be the big story all summer long ~ that ends September 21.

Michelle is reported to have planned an extended vacation

12 posted on 05/22/2013 12:07:32 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: redgolum

im not so sure -= some dems may want to distance themselves and say they want a special prosecutor going into the mid terms


13 posted on 05/22/2013 12:08:12 PM PDT by Revelation 911 (hump scratching n'er do well.....all strung out on chicken wings and venison jerky)
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To: mandaladon

Perhaps I’m certifiably paranoid but I believe the IRS revelations were timed to divert attention from Bengazi. The IRS matter can be resolved by firing mid level managers; Bengazi will keep Hillary out of the white house in 2016. Keep your eyes on the prize, it’s not the IRS.


14 posted on 05/22/2013 12:12:15 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: redgolum

This year ~ Issa just did what the prosecutor did in the case of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby ~ he focused in on a Jewish favorite of the prevailing political elite, and got his one successful prosecution. Lois Lerner will now learn what Scooter discovered ~ that both the Democrat and Republican elites consider such people to be more than fair game ~ bet her hubby is not happy at all!


15 posted on 05/22/2013 12:14:59 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: mandaladon

The Republican congress needs to go after the IRS scandal like a pit bull. Stay on point and make that priority number one vs. writing new bills that costs tax payers more money. Spinning this off to a special prosecutor or committee will only allow this administration to go in to full stall mode. When that happens the outcome is inevitable, NOTHING!!!!!


16 posted on 05/22/2013 12:25:06 PM PDT by doc
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To: All

If they keep taking the 5th, there will be no choice but I’m not sure Holder will cooperate.


17 posted on 05/22/2013 12:28:17 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: newnhdad

Ultimately these scandals serve to distract while immigration goes through. Game set and match

But, a special prosecutor is not independent and is accountable to the executive branch and the DOJ — So good luck with that.


18 posted on 05/22/2013 12:44:51 PM PDT by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones)
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To: mandaladon
Not to mention, the White House all the while could blast the appointed counsel as a partisan ideologue à la the hatchet job that was done on Ken Starr... If [Obama] and his White House already have too much to hide, then they must clam up, cry partisanship and hope their allies on the Hill and in the media have the stamina for the long haul...

This is exactly why I'm afraid of a special prosecutor in any of these events. I think it's got to come out right away, right now. Holder should be removed, and then the Attorney General's office should file charges.

19 posted on 05/22/2013 1:06:48 PM PDT by livius
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To: mandaladon

It can’t get much worse.. maybe O claimed Bo as a dependent, nothing would surprise me. Look where all his Chicago buddies are,, like rezko and blago.. be a shame all his buddies do all the time.. and then there is dead fish, where was he a few years ago as this played out?


20 posted on 05/22/2013 1:19:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: mandaladon
Andy McCarthy, who knows a lot about counsels and the DoJ and criminal procedure, argues against a special counsel:

Let’s put law and atmospherics aside and try to be completely practical. The imperative in the IRS scandal is not criminal prosecution. It is political accountability: to lay bare what corrupt officials have done, for the purpose of swiftly determining whether they are unfit to hold offices of public trust and whether the system in which they operate tends to corruption. The appointment of a special counsel would undermine that goal.

The moment a prosecutor — special or otherwise — takes over, the public flow of information stops. All witnesses will claim that the pendency of a criminal investigation means they cannot discuss the matter “on advice of counsel.” They will cease cooperating with congressional investigators. The prosecutor will claim that grand-jury secrecy rules bar comment about the expansive investigation (a claim the government routinely makes, even though the rules actually bar comment only by the prosecutor, investigative agents, and grand jurors — not the witnesses).

The objective here should not be to throw a few corrupt officials in the can. Rather, it should be to disgrace the Regime and shatter Americans' confidence in their government and thereby gin up the votes to retake the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. In order to do that, all the shocking facts must be placed before the public.

A House select committee holding a series of lengthy hearings is probably the best vehicle to accomplish those objectives.

21 posted on 05/22/2013 1:44:48 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Agree now....it will be frustrating to watch it drag on, but the facts need to get out...SOON!!


22 posted on 05/22/2013 5:43:14 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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23 posted on 05/22/2013 5:59:11 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: RedMDer

So, profiling to help little barry bastard boy is okay when democrips do it. Got it.


24 posted on 05/22/2013 6:00:37 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: mandaladon

And they are good for exactly what. I can name one guy who is proof of that. Ken Star.

The so called special prosecutors are bought and paid for just like the rest.


25 posted on 05/22/2013 6:52:56 PM PDT by Revel
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To: cynwoody
"The objective here should not be to throw a few corrupt officials in the can. Rather, it should be to disgrace the Regime and shatter Americans' confidence in their government and thereby gin up the votes to retake the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. In order to do that, all the shocking facts must be placed before the public."

I'm not buying the line from McCarthy. We saw today that people will clam up any time perjury or potential criminal charges are on the line.

These congressional hearings are completely and utterly impotent. They are very limited in their power and ability to pursue wrongdoing where ever the trails lead. They will be ignored by the vast majority of the public and all of the little peons will continue their personal conspiracies with impunity unless their job, pension, and freedom is jerked away from them - with maybe clawback of their hefty bonuses.

They need to be rolled in order to "out" the real masterminds. Justice needs to be served on the statists who believe they are impervious to the rule of law and are bringing about the death of our republic.

26 posted on 05/22/2013 8:06:35 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see)
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