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Late on 7 May 2019, the New York Times “broke” a story handed to them by Democrat Party operatives within the IRS, the New York State Department of Taxation and Revenue, or the New York City Department of Finance. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that these are the three possible employers of one or more employees who would, because of their positions in those particular agencies, have access to the IRS computer databases. The employee or employees reportedly had legal access to the computer database. They improperly accessed the system to steal 10 years of Donald Trump’s tax data from 1985 through 1994.
Each year is a record. That makes at least 10 felony counts, the way the IRS and DOJ play when they actually mean business. It is not a coincidence that the NYT was spoon-fed this data the day after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin properly refused to hand over the most recent 10 years of Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Democrats. This has nothing to do with “Russia,” and everything to do with supposedly non-political public employees illegally interfering in the 2020 election, just as the IRS did in 2012.
Let us be clear, this latest criminal act by tax authority professionals was green-lit by the long failure to prosecute, and the failure to use the power of the purse to severely punish the whole IRS after it colluded in rigging the 2012 election in favor of the GOP Congressional party, the little club of senior time-serving legislators, as well as President Obama. The IRS did so by illegally targeting the Tea Party movement, preventing election of a second wave of new legislators who would not be beholden to the likes of Mitch “Mumbles” McConnell and Paul “Lying” Ryan.
This was not a rogue employee, or small cell. As CBS reported in 2013:
Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general’s report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.
It was the genius of the IRS criminals that they benefited both wings of the permanent party in the Swamp. That is why we got no more than play acting from Congress when both chambers were controlled by Republican(t)s. Now the criminal or criminals expect a replay, with the Republicans playing the same phony outrage role.
Secretary Mnuchin must immediately lead the way in actually catching the felon. Attorney General Barr must order the full resources of the FBI to be used to back up Treasury in tracing the digital fingerprints in the IRS, and possibly New York government, systems. The perpetrator or cabal must be subjected to a “Paul Manafort raid” and for the same reason: to send a loud clear message. As Fox News described the Manafort home invasion:
The FBI’s July raid on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Virginia home lasted 10 hours and involved a dozen federal agents, who seized documents labeled “attorney-client,” according to a source close to the investigation.
The July raid was first reported earlier this month, but the new details reflect the intensity and scope of the search, which the source described as “heavy-handed, designed to intimidate.” Elements of the account were backed up by a second individual also not authorized to speak on the record.
Such tactics are especially warranted, unlike the Manafort case, because of the long, documented history of convenient and even blatant destruction of evidence by the IRS, such as when the agency destroyed evidence that was relevant to a lawsuit brought against it in 2011 by the pro-Israel group Z Street.
I say go in with heavy teams, in full tactical gear. Grab everything. Frog march the perp or perps out the front door in front of cameras. Then conduct a joint Treasury and DOJ press statement with AG Barr and Secretary Mnuchin promising prosecution to the maximum extent of the law and a full restoration of public trust through a complete house cleaning.Published in