Tag: John Koskinen

A Smoking Gun

 

IRS ScandalIt has been obvious to anyone who has paid attention that the Obama administration made use of the Internal Revenue Service to confine and paralyze the Tea Party movement by denying many of the organizations that grew up after 2009 the tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status they sought or by delaying until after the 2010, the 2012, and, in some cases, the 2014 elections a decision on their applications. Back in May 2013, the Inspector General for the Department of the Treasury issued a report, revealing that, starting in 2010, the IRS had singled out groups with words such as “patriot” and “Tea Party” in their titles for intensive scrutiny and that at that time they “began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status (e.g., lists of past and future donors).”

With Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, and their minions in control of the Department of Justice, there was never any chance that there would be a full-scale investigation of these shenanigans and the lodging of criminal charges, and John Koskinen, who took over the agency at the end of 2013, has dragged his feet at every turn, vociferously denying that anything partisan in nature was done.

Judicial Watch, which has doggedly pursued this question through a Freedom of Information lawsuit first brought in October 2013, just discovered a smoking gun — notes taken at an interoffice meeting held in Washington DC, ca. August 2011 — where then IRS Director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements Holly Paz reported on what was going on:

Rules for Conservative Radicals

 

imageSome members of Congress say that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen should resign or be impeached. Under the gentlemanly standards of Marquess of Queensbury rules, a case can be made for that.

But what about Saul Alinsky rules? Why don’t we let him stay in office and make him the face of the Democratic Party? We can even tie him to Hillary: “Clinton’s capital gains tax will make John Koskinen very happy!” To top it off, he’s a middle-aged, white male. And, while we’re at it, why don’t we do something similar with Planned Parenthood?

Friday Document Dump: 30,000 IRS Emails Found

 

The midterms are over, the political world is distracted by Obama’s amnesty order, and official Washington has left for the weekend. In other words, a perfect time for the IRS inspector general to quietly note that he may have recovered up to 30,000 “missing” emails sent by Lois Lerner.

His office informed Congress late this afternoon that the information was discovered among the agency’s disaster recovery backup tapes:

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It seems nearly every day we hear a new “bombshell” about the emails the I.R.S. “lost” or how a smoking gun email was found.  I see posts on Facebook inviting me to witness a video of a GOP Rep on the House Oversight Committee “destroying” an I.R.S. flunky on the stand. I’m always underwhelmed. Preview Open

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Whatever Happened to the Peter Principle?

 

MarieHarfI turned on the TV last night just in time to catch Megyn Kelly’s calm evisceration of State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf. You’ve seen Harf: The young blonde with big glasses who clumsily lies about Obama’s foreign policy with all the gravitas of a cashier at The Gap.

Harf usually appears when State’s usual spokesperson is indisposed. Jen Psaki also has a CV filled with cringeworthy gaffes, most famously the hashtag diplomacy photos that forced Putin to return Crimea to Ukraine.