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Posted on 08/01/2015 10:40:04 AM PDT by jazusamo
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This was quite the week for those of us demanding that the Obama IRS be held accountable to the rule of law for its abuse of innocent taxpayers. We received more documents that expose more Obama administration misconduct and lies in the IRS scandal. And a federal court judge threatened to hold the IRS Commissioner personally in contempt over the agencys violation of his court orders.
U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.
During the a status hearing Wednesday, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and that the IRS and Justice Departments excuses for not following his July 1 order were indefensible ridiculous, and absurd. He asked the IRS Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, Why didnt the IRS comply with his court order and why shouldnt the court hold the commissioner of the IRS in contempt? Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney the court has the ability to detain him for contempt. Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said:
If there is further noncompliance, I will haul into court the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to show cause why that person should not be personally held in contempt of court. I cant make that any clearer.
To read the transcript of the hearing, which I urge you to do, click here.
After the hearing, Judge Sullivan issued the following minute order:
At the July 29, 2015 status hearing, the Government agreed that the Courts July 1, 2015 oral order from the bench was clear and enforceable. Nonetheless, the Government reasoned it inappropriate to file a motion for reconsideration until a written order was issued. As expressed at the hearing, the Governments reasoning is nonsensical. Officers of the Court who fail to comply with Court orders will be held in contempt. Also, in the event of non-compliance with future Court orders, the Commissioner of the IRS and others shall be directed to show cause as to why they should not be held in contempt of Court. The Courts July 1, 2015 ruling from the bench stands: (1) the Government shall produce relevant documents every Monday; (2) the Governments document production shall be accompanied by a status report that indicates (a) whether TIGTA has turned over any new documents to the IRS, (b) if so, the number of documents, and (c) a timeframe for the IRSs production of those documents. Signed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan on July 29, 2015.
Back during the July 1, 2015, status conference, Sullivan had ordered the IRS to begin producing, every week, the nearly 1,800 newly recovered Lerner emails responsive to Judicial Watchs Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Despite the court order, the IRS did not produce any Lerner emails until July 15. The IRS also failed to provide Judicial Watch weekly status reports of the Lerner email production issues, as also ordered by Sullivan. Last week, Judge Sullivanordered sua sponte the parties to appear for a hearing, after Judicial Watch raised concerns about the IRS failure to comply with his orders.
The developments come in Judicial Watchs FOIA lawsuit seeking documents about the Obama IRS targeting and harassment of Tea Party and conservative opponents of President Obama ( Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:13-cv-01559)). Judicial Watchs litigation forced the IRS first to claim that Lerners emails were supposedly missing and, then, that the emails were on IRS back-up systems.
The day before the extraordinary court hearing, Judicial Watch released the first batch (906 pages) of Lerners believed-to-be newly recovered emails. The new documents show that Lerner and other top officials in the IRS, including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the scandalous handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations and individuals. The documents also show that at least one group received an inquiry from the IRS in order to buy time and keep the organization from contacting Congress.
We believe these emails were recovered by the agencys own internal watchdog the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
Lerner sent a November 3, 2011, email documenting her concerns about the failure to process applications in a timely manner:
Im getting a little nervous about the amount we have on our plate and how we are handling. I know everyone is working hard and juggling, but I am wondering whether the juggling decisions are being made holistically enough. We have only so many resources and things will probably get worse going forward. I worry that decisions about how to use the resources are being made without all the information Something that may not seem important in Cincinnati, may be crucial in DC. Similarly, DC may be prioritizing its work based on what is sitting in DC when something sitting in Cincinnati should be the focus of DC work.
IRS Program Manager Cindy Thomas of the Cincinnati Exempt Organization office replied to Lerner a few hours later with an email detailing the pressure caused by the IRS Washington headquarters failure to move on the advocacy cases. Thomas warned of litigation and admitted that she authorized a letter for more information that was sent to one of the complaining groups to keep it from contacting Congress:
The backlog of work involves advocacy organizations. As of about a month ago, there were 161 of these cases sitting idle and we probably have more by now. The control dates for these cases go back to the end of 2009 and all through 2010. Weve been waiting for EO in D.C. to get us a guidance/reference document with lessons learned from the c4 and c3 cases they worked and coordinated with Judy Kindell and Counsel. Were getting calls from POAs wanting to know who has put the halt on working these cases and threatening to contact their Congressional offices. Just today, I instructed one of my managers to get an additional information letter out to one of these organizations if nothing else to buy time so he didnt contact his Congressional Office. Soon, were going to start getting TAOs [ Taxpayer Assistance Orders] from TAS [Taxpayer Advocate Service] or declaratory judgment cases filed - then, I guess everyone will decide its time to start moving the cases when we have mounds of additional paperwork to process along with the cases (adding even more work for us to do).
Another IRS lawyer responded to Lerners email with an admission that IRS Washington headquarters legal staff had hundreds of cases backlogged. Michael Seto, who headed the Exempt Organization Technical Unit, acknowledged to Lerner on November 9, 2011, that there were 446 application cases open in the beginning of fiscal year 2012, with many open for more than two years.
The emails also show that Lerner and other top officials of the IRS were aware of complaints about treatment by Tea Party groups. In response to a February 2012 complaint and request for briefing from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about, according to the IRS, a Tea Party organization that applied for exemption about 18 months previously and only just recently heard anything about the status of its application: When it did finally hear from us, [the IRS] apparently asked some fairly detailed questions and gave the organization a short deadline to respond.
Miller, who was then-IRS Deputy Commissioner for Service and Enforcement, emailed: let me know if its a taxpayer I should know about. He also complained about the number of emails about the issue, writing: Will the emails never stop? Miller became Acting Commissioner for the IRS later in the year and was eventually forced out after the Obama IRS scandal became public in May 2013.
Lerner handled the subsequent briefing of Rep. Jordan, and a statement by the IRS in response did not mention backlogs, Tea Party targeting, or Lerners own concerns about the nature of the questions the IRS was sending to Tea Party applicants.
Another email shows that Miller delayed guidelines for handling the backlogged applications the very week after Lerners briefing of Rep. Jordan. This same email chain, dated February 28, shows that, in a response to a complaint from Sen. Mitch McConnells (R-KY) office about Tea Party application delays, Lerner admits: this is a very sensitive area.
Just to review, it was back in May 2013, that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released an audit report confirming that the IRS used inappropriate criteria to identify Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations that had expressed opposition to the Obama administrations policy agenda during his re-election bid. In May 2014, Lerner was held in contempt of Congress after refusing to testify at a congressional hearing about the agencys actions. TIGTA has proven to be a real goldmine for the truth that the IRS has worked to conceal. Earlier this month, TIGTA released another report confirming that the IRS failed to timely search its back-up tapes resulting in 24,000 Lerner emails being destroyed. The TIGTA report also confirms that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen delayed informing Congress (and the courts) for months about Lerners email issue.
Keep in mind that all of these developments come in response to your JWs FOIA lawsuit seeking documents about the Obama IRS targeting and harassment of Tea Party and conservative opponents of President Obama.
Lets be clear about whats happening here. These recovered Lerner emails had to be dragged out of the Obama IRS, which is still resisting a federal court order requiring disclosure of Lerners lost emails. This material shows that the IRS cover-up began years ago. We now have smoking-gun proof that top officials in the Obama IRS unlawfully harassed taxpayers just to keep them from complaining to Congress about IRS targeting and abuse. No wonder the Obama IRS has had such little interest in preserving or finding Lerners emails.
I am grateful that Judge Sullivan made it clear that he would personally hold accountable IRS Commissioner Koskinen and Justice Department attorneys for any further contempt of his court orders in our FOIA lawsuit. The missing and then-the-not-missing Lerner email saga is a stark example of the Obama administrations contempt for a federal court and the rule of law. That Obama administration officials would risk jail rather than disclose these Lerner documents shows that the IRS scandal has just gotten a whole lot worse.
Judicial Watchs legal team, led by Director of Litigation Paul Orfanedes, deserves special kudos here. Their legal brilliance and persistence in court, against an army of taxpayer-funded lawyers at the Justice Department and IRS, paid off once again this week.
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And you thought that you were having a bad day.
These vermin need to be held in contempt and put in a not so nice prison.
That’s a good start.
Shut up, put on your Nikes and “JUST DO IT!”
More theatrics for the hicks back home.
Liberals can do anything, and never pay a price!
That smirking IRS commissioner should by all rights be on latrine duty at Leavenworth.
POINTS TO PONDER--let's follow the money:
<><> So where did Lerner got $$hundreds of thousands to pay high-price lawyers to protect her sorry behind?
<><> Mishandling of public funds maybe?....maybe bribes?...maybe paybacks?
<><><> Lois has lots of info Dems could use---maybe she sold info to the highest bidder?
<><><> Lerner once saved the *** of Cong Dickie Durbin (Dem-Ill)---maybe ol' Dick put in a line item in a budget bill that regularly spits out tax dollars to a secret numbered account offshore?
<><><> BOMBSHELL-- Lerner was angling for a job w/ Obamba's fund-raising giant. Did OFA kick in a few bucks? OFA's books need intense scrutiny N-O-W.
<><><> Maybe the buck-raking Clintons' tax-exempt foundation was tapped for a (cough) grant?
Course, Lerner's assistance to Obama's plans for tax-exempt buck-raking Foundations may not be going unrewarded, either.
OBAMA's KENYAN HALF-BROTHER HEADS THE OBAMA FOUNDATION--in honor of their father
Kenya-resident, Malik Obama in Muslim dress, holds up
photo of his half brother Obama in Muslim dress, taken
during an earlier visit.
MORE HERE http://shoebat.com/shoebat-foundation/obamas-wahhabist-fundraising-empire
BACKSTORY---The Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF) is run by Malik (in Kenya)---to honor Malik and Obama's late dad. It was fast-tracked by Lois Lerner for IRS tax-exempt status.
The BHOF is based at a Virginia UPS store, according to its website. The organizations IRS filings list another Virginia address that is actually a drug rehab center where the foundation does not appear ever to have been based.
As first reported by The Daily Caller, the foundation was speedily approved for IRS exemption by Lois Lerner, the self-same IRS senior official at the center of the targeting of conservative organizations that have waited over two years to receive tax exempt status. The IRS thoughtfully gave the Obama Foundation retroactive fund-raising status.......which it stupidly never applied for.
To get tax-exempt status, the foundation cooked-up a mission statement: to provide people everywhere with resources to uplift their welfare and living standards in memory of dad---Barack H. Obama: in the region of his birth, Kenya, and beyond. Its guiding principle is the inherent belief that no one can truly enjoy the riches he has reaped if his neighbor suffers....."We seek to elevate the human condition so that everyone can live in dignity and truly enjoy having one another as neighbors.
(waiting for hysterical laughter to die down)
Despite raising more than $250,000, the alleged charity doesnt seem to have done much. Its website claims the organization has built a madrassa and was building an imams house as well as some proposed latrines, but there is no other evidence that the nonprofit was working to mitigate social-shortcomings in areas of education and literacy, health and well-being, poverty, and lack of community infrastructure in such basic needs such as water, electricity, shelter and sustenance, as the site says.
Alton Ray Baysden, a former Dept of State employee, allegedly a registered Republican, who helped start the Barack H Obama foundation, declined to comment before seeing copies of a reporters passport and govt ID, along with a description of the articles motivation and slant.
Repeated reporters' phone calls went to the organizations voicemail and were not returned.
US TAXPAYERS PAY NOW---Obama collects later.
There's multi- million dollar Obama Foundation donations, six-figure honoraria, consultancies, wealth-producing insider business deals w/ oil-rich African countries.
Obama's federal outlays (that we know of).:
<><> $2 billion funding to Malik's organization---the Muslim Brotherhood,
<><> $50 million to Malik/Barack's tax-exempt foundation in the form of a grant to Kenya.
<><> While the Muslim Brotherhood was in charge in Egypt, Obama (and Hillary) showered them w/ praise.....and billions of US dollars in aid, arms, tanks and planes.
<><> Obama gave $90 million US tax dollars to wealthy oil-rich African countries.
<><> the billions missing from Obamacre?
I couldn’t agree more about that little weasel.
I bet that IRS commissioner won’t be smirking when he is in with the general population at Rikers Island.
Maya Soetoro-Ng is President Obamas sister and a specialist for the Matsunaga Institute for Peace. She is the co-founder of Our Public School, a non-profit that connects schools to their communities, and the co-creator of Ceeds of Peace, a peace education program that has been implemented in schools and communities around Hawaii.
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME...the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation received donation(s) from the Alavi Foundation....a front for the government of Iran.
"Smile everybody. Another $100 million came in today."
CUE LAUGH METER: as his nuclear deal w/ Iran
went forward, the jubilant Obama "HAD NO IDEA" Iran was
sucking up, bribing the Clintons to undermine US ntl security.
Obama's "oversight" in not getting Americans released via the nuclear deal, plus his refusal to utter a discouraging word about "Islamic terror" is easily explained.
Obama's nuclear deal gives Iran $150 BILLION.
The Obama's are salivating....gearing up to cash in bigtime, ala the Clintons.
WHY WON'T HE SAY "ISLAMIC TERROR?" B/c Obama's sucking-up to Iran....won't utter even one discouraging word.
Obama is gearing up to cash in bigtime ala the Clintons---through his two Obama foundations (two that we know of).
He needs two foundations to handle all the tax-free money about to roll in....from six-figure honoraria for him and the Mrs, multi-million dollar foundation donations, lucrative consultancies, and, untold riches from insider business deals.
These two families are corruption personified, it’s sickening.
We are past the time for threats. I is now time for the perp walk.
Yawn. No big deal. Holder got contempt and shrugged it off.
Here’s the problem: It is the executive branch that enforces the laws.
The executive branch is now totally corrupt, through and through. Therefore, they won’t enforce the laws when their guys break them.
And thats that. Period. End of story. They could prove that every IRS official eats leftover planned parenthood baby parts for breakfast, and nothing would be done. Nothing. Because they are in charge, and totally corrupt.
Don’t like it? Tough. That’s the way it is and there is nothing you or I or any of us can do about it.
If I had a nickel for every over hyped event that was going to put a corrupt Democrat in jail I’d have more money than the Clintons. These traitorous thugs will go to jail when pigs fly out of my butt.
You’re right...It’d sure be great to see it happen just once.
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