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  • White House spokesman mum on Clinton pardon

    11/09/2016 12:55:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 77 replies
    November 09, 2016, 02:10 pm White House spokesman mum on Clinton pardon By Jordan Fabian The White House on Wednesday refused to rule out the possibility that President Obama would pardon Hillary Clinton to prevent President-elect Donald Trump from prosecuting her when he takes office. But Obama spokesman Josh Earnest stressed that the president is hopeful Trump will continue the longstanding tradition of not using the criminal-justice system to exact revenge on political opponents. “The president has offered clemency to a substantial number of Americans who were previously serving time in federal prisons,” Earnest said during his daily press briefing....
  • Will Obama pardon Clinton?

    11/09/2016 5:54:13 AM PST · by HogsBreath · 89 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 09-30-2016 | Tim Harris
    At a campaign rally in Novi, Michigan Friday evening, Donald Trump asked President Barack Obama not to "pardon Clinton and her co-conspirators" if any charges were filed related to the email scandal. "Mr. President," Trump said. "Will you pledge not to issue a pardon to Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators for their many crimes against our country, and against society itself. No one is above the law."

    11/09/2016 8:09:45 AM PST · by JewishRighter · 72 replies
    Vanity | 11/9/2016 | JewishRighter
    The President-Elect should publicly warn Obama not to abuse the power of the pardon to allow Hillary Clinton to escape equal justice before the law.
  • Camerota Asks Kellyanne Conway: Will Trump Move Forward With Prosecuting Clinton?

    11/09/2016 8:59:36 AM PST · by tekrat · 96 replies ^ | 11/9/2016 | Ken Meyer
    Kellyanne Conway appeared this morning on CNN’s New Day, where the Donald Trump campaign manager broke down the message and strategy behind the mogul’s upset victory in the presidential election. Conway began by talking about the “very gracious” call where Hillary Clinton admitted her defeat to Trump over the phone. She also talked at length about how the Trump campaign’s plan came to fruition in the battleground states, as well as her tweet last night about how there was at least one pollster (herself) who saw what was coming where many did not. After Conway discussed the impact Trump voters wanted to make on the government, Alisyn Camerota asked her about...
  • US: Clinton calendars won't be released until after election

    08/27/2016 10:58:48 PM PDT · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 49 replies
    AP ^ | Ted Bridis
    Trump spokesman Jason Miller released a statement Friday night saying: "It is unacceptable that the State Department is now refusing to release her official schedule before the election in full. Voters deserve to know the truth before they cast their ballots."
  • Do new Clinton emails meet standard for special prosecutor?

    08/23/2016 8:06:02 PM PDT · by MIA_eccl1212 · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/23/2016 | Fox News
    constitutional law attorney Jonathan Turley discusses calls to investigate Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation... video only, no article Fox video only, no article
  • Donald Trump calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton Foundation scandal

    08/22/2016 5:50:52 PM PDT · by upchuck · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Chris Sanchez
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump urged for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton's involvement with the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as US secretary of state during a rally in Akron, Ohio, on Monday. Trump accused his Democratic rival of corruption, claiming that donors of the foundation were given preferential treatment and awarded with special favors. He went on to say that the investigation calls for special circumstances, as the US Department of Justice "has proven itself to be a political arm of the White House." "After the FBI and Department of Justice whitewash of the...
  • GOP leader pushes for special counsel to investigate Clinton emails

    05/26/2016 11:03:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is doubling down on his push for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton's email practices while secretary of State in the wake of a top watchdog report. "I just have to say the conduct of the former secretary demonstrates why people just don't trust her," the Senate's No. 2 Republican said Thursday. "Her intention has been to obstruct the public's right to know." Cornyn's comments come after the State Department inspector general said that Clinton took steps to make sure her personal email account wasn't "accessible" while she was secretary of State. Cornyn said the...
  • Citing donations, critics say Lynch shouldn’t decide on Clinton probe

    02/08/2016 5:26:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 8, 2016 | Julian Hattem
    Critics of the Obama administration say Attorney General Loretta Lynch should be disqualified from overseeing the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server because of the more than $10,000 she has given to Democrats in recent years. With Republicans already calling for a special prosecutor to monitor the probe, conservatives are pouncing on the past campaign contributions as evidence of bias. "The latest assertion from her allies that Loretta Lynch is not 'political' is totally untrue," said David Bossie, the president of conservative advocacy organization Citizens United in a statement to The Hill. "In fact, she's been a regular financial contributor...
  • BREAKING: Meet Emmet Sullivan, IRS Judge Who Once Sicced a Special Prosecutor on DOJ

    06/28/2014 1:32:47 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 7 replies
    New York Observer ^ | June 27, 2014 | Sidney Powell
    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....
  • Clinton Adviser Lanny Davis: Time for Independent Counsel to Investigate IRS Scandal

    06/27/2014 6:38:51 AM PDT · by don-o · 54 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 27, 2014 | Larry O'Connor
    A former White House counsel during the Clinton administration said Thursday that it’s time for an independent counsel to look into the growing IRS email scandal. Lanny Davis, a close adviser to Hillary Clinton and a frequent defender of the Obama Administration, appeared on my morning talk show in Washington, D.C., on WMAL. I asked him to comment on the latest hearings on the lost IRS emails conducted earlier this week in Congress: If this were a Republican administration I’d be saying when hard drives have been obliterated and this recent Lois Lerner—I think very inappropriate, maybe innocent but completely...
  • Ted Cruz: Eric Holder Should Appoint IRS Special Prosecutor or Be Impeached

    06/26/2014 12:22:24 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 76 replies
    NRO ^ | June 26, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached if he refuses to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS, according to Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas). With the IRS claiming to have lost two years of former official Lois Lerner’s emails, Cruz is headed to the floor to introduce a resolution calling for the special prosecutor. “He’s going to say, if Attorney General Holder does not appoint a special prosecutor, he should be impeached,” a Cruz aide told National Review Online. “Eric Holder has been at the center of every big scandal in...
  • Issa Calls for Special Prosecutor in IRS Case; Suggests Immunity for Lerner

    06/26/2014 11:13:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jun 2014
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) demanded a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups and the disappearance of emails from key officials. Issa declared that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is “not the ideal person, not even an appropriate person” to oversee the investigation into the IRS’ conducts, and that this case calls for a true, special, independent prosecutor who has the ability to issue warrants, to seize materials, to safeguard documents and other information before it goes away and get to the truth.” He added that a special prosecutor will almost certainly...
  • Lerner refuses to testify, refuses to produce emails - compel her to testify or jail her!

    06/24/2014 11:38:59 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 100 replies
    June 24, 2014
    <p>Lerner refuses to testify, refuses to produce emails - compel her to testify regarding the recipients, senders, subjects and contents of the "lost" email conversations or jail her for contempt of congress.</p> <p>How far up the ladder does this criminal conspiracy go?</p>
  • IRSgate Obstruction of Justice: time for a Special Prosecutor

    06/18/2014 12:02:04 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 13 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 6/18/2014 | Steve Berman
    The IRSgate scandal has entered a new phase.  We are no longer thinking in terms of abuse of power, although that allegation certainly has an abundance of evidence already.  Now we’re talking about some real coverup crimes; actual felonies with jail time.  Those involved with the IRS coverup have known known this from the beginning.   Congress must appoint a Special Prosecutor. Lerner is a lawyer, and she began her career as a staff attorney at the Department of Justice’s criminal division, then moving on to the Federal Election Commission and served there as head of the enforcement division. ...
  • Ted Cruz Calls for Special Prosecutor in Obama Admin Scandals

    01/25/2014 4:29:31 PM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Big Government ^ | 1/24/2014 | BOB PRICE
    In the wake of a series of scandals that have plagued the Obama Administration, Texas Senator Ted Cruz released a statement asking if President Obama will “announce meaningful action on the IRS, NSA, economy, Benghazi and ObamaCare” during his State of the Union Address next week in our nation’s capital.Shortly after the 2012 election cycle, news was released about a scandal regarding the IRS’s increased scrutiny of conservative non-profit organizations like Catherine Engelbrecht’s King Street Patriots and True the Vote organizations.Throughout the course of 2013, Members of Congress like Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) attempted to investigate the IRS and the...
  • Growing IRS Scandal Requires A Special Prosecutor

    09/18/2013 5:39:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies ^ | September 18, 2013 | Editorial
    Corruption: As the layers on the IRS scandal are peeled back, it's become increasingly clear the law has been broken and the White House may have been far more deeply involved than claimed. Time for a special prosecutor. A House investigation has found that, far from being a case of "rogue agents" in Cincinnati as the White House has claimed, the IRS harassment of conservative groups appears to have been directed from the very top in Washington, D.C. IRS employees say they were made "acutely" aware as far back as 2010 that President Obama wanted to go after tea party...
  • White House: No special prosecutor for IRS scandal, despite public support

    05/30/2013 10:03:01 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 30, 2013 | By Aaron Blake
    <p>The White House will not be pushing for a special prosecutor to handle the IRS scandal involving the targeting of conservative groups, even as three-fourths of Americans are calling for one.</p> <p>Asked aboard Air Force One about a Quinnipiac University poll that showed 76 percent of Americans want a special prosecutor to handle the case, White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the administration isn’t looking at that option.</p>
  • Criminality Appears To Lie at the Heart of the IRS Scandal

    05/23/2013 4:19:57 AM PDT · by opentalk · 73 replies
    New York Sun ^ | May 23, 2013 | Lawrence Kudlow
    When you get right down to it,the political targeting and stalling of tax-exempt applications by the IRS was an effort to defund the Tea Party. Rick Santelli,one of the Tea Party founders and my CNBC colleague,was the first to make this point. I’ve taken it a step further: The IRS was taking the Tea Party out of play for the 2012 election,as it looked to avoid a repeat of 2010 and another Tea Party landslide.… But there can be only one reason for the stalled-out approval process for conservative groups. The IRS was trying to put them out of business....
  • Vanity: FLASH! Dem Rep Danny Davis: Special Prosector OK

    05/20/2013 6:28:21 AM PDT · by Lockbar · 14 replies
    5/20/2013 | Me
    As just heard live on WLS radio in Chicago in phone inverview. Illinois Dem. Congressman Danny Davis says he has no problem with a special prosecutor being named to investigate IRS-Gate.
  • IRS Spared Lib Groups as TeaParty Languished,More Conservative Orgs Targeted Than Thought

    05/15/2013 1:01:00 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 26 replies ^ | May 15 2013 | Guy Benson
    Lerner also reportedly fast-tracked an approval for a foundation operated by President Obama's half brother, taking the extraordinary step of granting it retroactive tax-free status. "Seventy-five organizations effected" - That number almost immediately swelled to 300. Now it's closer to 500:
  • Conservative group says IRS approved non-profit status after applying with ‘liberal-sounding name’

    05/15/2013 1:24:47 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    Conservative group says IRS approved non-profit status after applying with ‘liberal-sounding name’ The Ticket By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 46 mins ago In May 2011, Drew Ryun, a conservative activist and former Republican National Committee staffer, began filling out the Internal Revenue Service application to achieve non-profit status for a new conservative watchdog group. He submitted the paperwork to the IRS in July 2011 for a news site called Media Trackers, which calls itself a "non-partisan investigative watchdog dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government." Although the site has investigated Republicans like Ohio Gov....
  • IRS SCANDAL HITS CO: Did Sen. Bennet in 2012 Request IRS Target of Conservative Orgs? ( Colorado)

    05/14/2013 7:18:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | May 14, 2013
    Internal Revenue Service to investigate conservative groups? Was the IRS to read between the lines of his request? A keen observation by View from a Height blogger Joshua Sharf may have tied Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bennet, who now chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to the most recent Internal Revenue Service scandal. Late last week, the IRS came under scrutiny for targeting conservative groups, such as the Richmond Tea Party, for inappropriate intrusion into their business dealings. According to the DailyMail, the Richmond Tea Party received a letter in January 2012 asking that they complete a 55-question document that...
  • Holder Defends AP Probe: 'Aggressive' Action Necessary, 'Very Serious Leak'

    05/14/2013 5:11:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/13/13 | breitbart
    Today at a Department Of Justice press conference Attorney General Eric Holder said he has no problem without letting the Associate Press answer the charges of a leak endangering national security.
  • IRS faces class action lawsuit over theft of 60 million medical records

    05/15/2013 7:30:24 AM PDT · by Lacey · 112 replies
    Healthcare IT News ^ | 05/15/2013 | Erin McCann
    he Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges. According to a report by, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data. "This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power...
  • Holder not sure how many times he’s seized press records

    05/15/2013 9:08:48 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 15 May 2013 | Vince Coglianese
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he isn’t sure how many times he’s seized reporters’ records. “I’m not sure how many of those cases … I have actually signed off on,” Holder said in an interview with NPR’s Carrie Johnson. “I take them very seriously. I know that I have refused to sign a few [and] pushed a few back for modifications.” Holder’s answer serves as confirmation that the Justice Department’s secret seizure of The Associated Press’s phone records is not an isolated incident. Though the decision to subpoena information from media organizations normally falls to Holder, he insists...
  • IRS Scandal Grows: Agency Withheld Approval of Pro-Life Group

    05/15/2013 10:03:42 AM PDT · by tellw · 18 replies ^ | 5/15/13 | Steven Ertelt
    The scandal involving IRS discrimination against conservative groups is growing. In one case LifeNews has profiled, a pro-life group was told it had to promote abortion. Now, the Thomas More Society is speaking out about blatant bias by the supposedly apolitical tax-collection agency. The pro-life legal group informed LifeNews today that cases it handled support mounting accusations that demonstrate the agency’s abuse of pro-life organizations, in addition to those identified as ‘tea party’, ‘patriot’, or ‘government spending’ groups. Outrage spurred by recent revelations of IRS discrimination against these groups has also led the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to...
  • Claim: Obama Campaign Co-Chair Attacked Romney with Leaked IRS Docs

    05/15/2013 10:20:05 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    One of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign co-chairmen used a leaked document from the IRS to attack GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, according to the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). NOM, a pro-traditional marriage organization, claims the IRS leaked their 2008 confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign. Those NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Solmonese was also a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman. Both the Huffington Post's...
  • Congressman on IRS Scandal: Koch Bros. 'Abused the System'

    05/15/2013 10:23:14 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 35 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 5-15-2013 | Kerry Picket
    (snip) Speaker of the House John Boehner (R – OH) stated at the weekly GOP leaders press conference that Americans needed “accountability from their government.” However, some Democrats are doubling down on the issue. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) told reporters on Tuesday that some conservative organizations, like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, deserve to be scrutinized. (snip) Congressman Alan Grayson (D – FL) told Breitbart News he thinks the “Koch brothers have abused the system by setting up 501c3’s that are doing political activity,” arguing, “It doesn’t make any sense to look for something on the other...
  • Under Pressure: Democratic senator pressured IRS to investigate nonprofits (Carl Levin)

    05/15/2013 10:24:19 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 49 replies
    free beacon ^ | 5/14 | goodman
    Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012.
  • Telling: Axelrod calls Benghazi ‘BS’; Drudge editor Curl says WH ‘knows’ it’s the ‘real scandal’

    05/15/2013 10:50:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 40 replies
    As Twitchy reported yesterday, Drudge editor Joseph Curl teased that a CIA source says “still one more shoe to drop” for the Obama administration. Sheesh! The administration can open a Zappos soon. Today, he reminds citizens to keep their eyes on the ball: The White House knows Benghazi is devastating. Curl explains why:
  • The 'Independent' Revenue Service

    05/15/2013 10:30:29 AM PDT · by garjog · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 14, 2013 | Editors
    The White House says Mr. Obama only learned of the IRS political abuses from news reports. Funny, that's also how they learned about the Justice Department seeking the phone records of the Associated Press. And who knows what the State Department or "the intelligence community" was up to on Benghazi. The Washington Examiner's David Freddoso joked on Twitter that "Seal Team 6 is the only govt agency that acts directly on Obama's behalf." All others are run by career officials who keep screwing up. Your "independent" government at work.
  • McConnell tells Obama 'no more stonewalling' in IRS scandal

    05/14/2013 1:30:59 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    al Reuters ^ | May 14, 2013 | Thomas Ferraro
    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called on President Barack Obama on Tuesday to make available for questioning everyone who knew about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, and demanded "no more stonewalling." With Congress preparing to hold hearings on the IRS's holding conservative groups to extra scrutiny, McConnell said he was "calling on the president to make available, completely and without restriction, everyone who can answer the questions we have as to what was going on at the IRS, who knew about it, and how high it went."
  • Former Attorneys General say Justice Department's AP operation highly unusual

    05/14/2013 1:50:33 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies ^ | 5/14/2013
    The Justice Department is obligated to investigate leaks that could endanger national security, but the secret seizure of Associated Press telephone records – called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" by the news organization – is unusual, according to two former attorneys general. *snip* Mark Corallo, chief spokesman for another Bush attorney general, John Ashcroft, called the secret probe "unprecedented." "The normal course of business is very narrow and very tailored to a particular individual’s phone records," said Corallo, who served for three years as director of public affairs under Ashcroft. "The idea that they would do two months – grab...
  • Reporter Presses Carney: How Can You Be Sure No One in WH Was Involved in IRS Scandal?

    05/14/2013 1:51:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/14/13 | Fox
    In a fiery exchange during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, one reporter pointedly asked Press Secretary Jay Carney how he could be “categorically certain” that no one from the White House was involved in the IRS targeting conservative groups.Carney stumbled when asked whether he was basing his claims on assumptions. “I can tell you that … I am not aware of anyone here knowing about it.”
  • Holder launches probe into IRS targeting of Tea Party groups

    05/14/2013 2:00:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/14/13 | Fox
    Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he's ordered a Justice Department probe into an IRS program that singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for additional scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt status. Holder announced the investigation during a press conference in Washington. He said the FBI was coordinating with the Department of Justice to see if any laws were broken. He called the practice "outrageous and unacceptable," echoing remarks from President Obama a day earlier. The probe comes as newly obtained documents show the current IRS chief knew about the agency's targeting of Tea Party groups as...

    05/14/2013 2:01:54 PM PDT · by Liz · 27 replies ^ | 5/13/13
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican governors are urging President Barack Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it targeted conservative political groups. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker call the allegations “Big Brother come to life.” They want a special prosecutor to find out if any laws were broken and say Obama should fire any IRS employees responsible for the situation................
  • ScottWalker, Bobby Jindal: IRS case needs a special prosecutor

    05/14/2013 11:44:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/14/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It may not be the only case, or even the most pressing case, in need of an independent investigation, but there’s little doubt the targeting of White House opponents by the IRS needs a lot more sunlight than the Obama administration has thus far provided. Republican Governors Association chair Bobby Jindal and vice-chair Scott Walker demanded a special prosecutor to start an investigation of the expanding scandal: Two Republican governors are urging President Barack Obama to appoint aspecial prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it targetedconservative political groups.Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker call...
  • RNC Chairman calls for Holder resignation

    05/14/2013 10:16:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 14, 2013 | Susan Ferrechio
    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus believes Attorney General Eric Holder should resign for tapping the phones of the Associated Press, calling the move a violation of the First Amendment. Here is his statement: “Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society. The First Amendment doesn’t request the federal government to respect it; it demands it. Attorney General Eric Holder, in permitting the Justice Department to issue secret subpoenas to spy on Associated Press reporters, has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution. Because Attorney General Holder has so egregiously...
  • IRS Scandal Suggests it is Time to Abolish the Income Tax and the IRS

    05/14/2013 10:06:41 AM PDT · by Marcus · 16 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | May 14, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    The evolving by the hour IRS scandal, in which the tax agency targeted conservative groups for examination and harassment, as detailed by the Washington Post, cries out for not only an investigation, but legislation. To be sure an investigation and the punishment of those responsible for politically motivated examinations and audits must happen. But the fact that the IRS did these things at all stems from the fact that someone wanted to target conservative organizations and perhaps people and, thanks to the existence of the IRS, they could. This therefore argues for an overhaul of the tax code that would...
  • GOP Rep: Eric Holder Needs to Re-Read Constitution

    05/14/2013 10:09:24 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies ^ | 5-13-2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) told Breitbart News he thinks Attorney General Eric Holder needs a refresher course on the U.S. Constitution in the wake of reports that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of the Associated Press's phone records. Gosar expressed concerns that President Barack Obama’s “enemies list” continues to grow, especially in light of revelations that the IRS targeted conservative and Tea Party organizations. “On one hand, I am encouraged to hear that the Attorney General obtained warrants first. Score one for the Fourth Amendment,” Gosar said in an email. “But I remain concerned about the First...
  • Inside the AP: Fear, determination

    05/14/2013 9:54:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/14/13 | DYLAN BYERS and KATIE GLUECK |
    Reporters across The Associated Press are outraged over the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of staff phone records - and they say such an intrusion could chill their relationships with confidential sources. In conversations with POLITICO on Tuesday, several AP staffers in Washington, D.C., described feelings of anger and frustration with the DOJ and with the Obama administration in general.
  • Gingrich super PAC super donor Sheldon Adelson has businesses under scrutiny by IRS, Justice

    05/14/2013 9:18:10 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 3 replies
    Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who have reportedly given a combined $10 million to Winning Our Future, the super PAC that supports and is run by former staffers of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, were drawn to him by a shared view of the importance of the U.S. relationship to Israel. But a review of public records by Sunlight suggests that the couple, who appears to be the former House speaker's most generous political patrons pending the filing of Winning Our Future's first complete financial disclosures later this month with the Federal Election Commission, have considerable...
  • IRS Won’t Say If It Will Comply With Congressional Demand for All Communications and Names....

    05/14/2013 9:27:05 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 52 replies
    ( - The Internal Revenue Service has given no indication to the House Ways and Means Committee about whether it will respond to the committee’s demand, delivered in writing last Friday, that the agency hand over copies of all internal communications containing the words “tea party,” “patriot,” or “conservative” and the names and titles of all IRS officials involved in discriminating against tea party and conservative groups when they submitted applications for tax-exempt status.
  • BREAKING: Eric Holder Recuses Himself From [Associated Press] Leak Investigation

    05/14/2013 9:33:10 AM PDT · by pabianice · 95 replies
  • Stephen Colbert on the IRS targeting conservative groups (VIDEO)

    05/14/2013 9:11:10 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    The Comedy Central host explains why he is the biggest victim of the Internal Revenue Service’s singling out of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny.
  • Reporter Claims IRS Harassment After Tough Obama Interview

    05/14/2013 9:04:54 AM PDT · by maggief · 55 replies
    RedState ^ | May 14, 2013 | Dana Loesch
    St. Louis Reporter Larry Conners revealed via Facebook yesterday that he has been “hammered” by the IRS since his much-discussed interview with President Obama. Conners, a veteran reporter, asked tough, but fair question during the interview which was slammed by progressives in media. Conners says: Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS. I don’t accept “conspiracy theories”, but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me. At the time, I dismissed the “co-incidence”,...
  • Capuano says IRS flap reminiscent of Nixon administration

    05/14/2013 2:56:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 5/13/2013 | Joshua Miller
    US Representative Michael E. Capuano on Monday said he was troubled by reports that the Internal Revenue Service had aggressively pursued conservative organizations, and called them reminiscient of the Nixon administration. On the growing focus in Congress on the attacks on the US diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya last year, Capuano said the death of four Americans there raised “legitimate questions.” But he said, based on the information available, he expected the issue to end up becoming “the typical right-left type of nonsense you see on one station, but eventually falls off the others.” He said the recent reports that...
  • As applications swell, IRS nonprofit division overloaded, understaffed (The excuses begin)

    05/14/2013 3:14:01 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    NBC ^ | 5/14/2013 | Dave Levinthal
    Amid withering accusations the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party and other conservative groups with enhanced scrutiny, the agency faces another problem: It’s drowning in paperwork. The IRS’ Exempt Organizations Division, which finds itself at the scandal’s epicenter, processed significantly more tax exemption applications by so-called 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations — 2,774 during fiscal year 2012 — since at least the late 1990s, according to an analysis of IRS records by the Center for Public Integrity. Compare that to 1,777 applications in 2011 and 1,741 in 2010, federal records show. Not since 2002, when officials processed 2,402 applications, have so...
  • Drudge Ties IRS Scandal To Obamacare, Foreshadows ‘Brave New President’ After ‘American Holocaust’

    05/14/2013 1:15:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 13, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar
    Amid the controversy over Uncle Sam singling out politically conservative groups, Matt Drudge took to Twitter on Monday morning to offer his take. Linking the IRS scandal to President Obama‘s health care law, the Drudge Report creator foreshadowed civil war, an “American Holocaust,” and a “brave new president.” Recently, Sarah Palin, too, drew a connection between health care and the IRS, noting that the “same corrupt” agency “will be in charge of enforcing Obamacare.” Drudge weighed in thusly — including some interesting hypotheticals: (TWEETS AT LINK)