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IRS scandal cover-up begins to unravel

The IRS scandal took on new impetus today with a interesting revelation:

Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee.

Retiring IRS lawyer Carter C. Hull implicated the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins, and Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’ exempt organizations office, in the IRS targeting scandal and made clear that the targeting started in Washington, according to leaked interviews that Hull granted to the Oversight Committee in advance of Thursday’s hearing.

Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George will return to Republican chairman Darrell Issa’s committee Thursday along with two central characters in the IRS saga: Hull and Cincinnati-based IRS employee Elizabeth Hofacre, who previously gave Hull’s name to congressional investigators, fingering him as her Washington-based supervisor.

Yup, the rats are deserting the sinking ship.  They are certainly not willing to go down with it and so they’re naming names.  And contrary to all the claims previously, it seems that Washington D.C. was indeed involved and not just a “couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati” as we were told in the beginning.

It’s usually never the crime itself that hangs politicians, but the attempted (and ham-fisted) cover-up.  And that’s precisely what this is beginning to look like.  As for being “ham-fisted”, is there anything this administration does that isn’t ham-fisted?

~McQ

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37 Responses to IRS scandal cover-up begins to unravel

  • We all await with bated breath (I’m using salmon eggs today) for Erp to show up to republish the moonbattery Lie-0-thron talking points.
    Erp, over to you…

    • Do you have a moment? Let me tell you about my spirituality. Yes, I know this is a political blog, but after all, the whole IRS thing isn’t a real scandal, so we should talk about my spiritual journeys instead.

      See, I’m getting laid again, for the first time in years, and that has opened up my mind to spiritual vistas that you dense, materialist righties can’t possibly comprehend.

      OK, so she’s not that attractive. It doesn’t matter – she’s beautiful to me. And, really, exactly how many options do you think I had in my dream town of 3000 people? When you take out men, women too young, too old, or married, I think I counted about a dozen left.

      As part of my spirituality, I believe nothing happens by chance. When my wife threw me out for being a dweeb ended our empty, soulless marriage, that was not by chance. And what do you think got me on this spirituality kick, anyway? Let me tell you, after years without any, pussy will make you spiritual.

      Anyway, I needed to understand why she totally non-randomly decided she couldn’t stand me anymore, so I started learning more about spirituality. It certainly wasn’t because I perceived my life as so empty and meaningless that I turned to mumbo-jumbo to fill the void. Stop saying that.

      No, it was totally because it was part of my life’s journey. I could teach you classes in it, if you like. I could teach you about non-locality in quantum physics, without all the mathy stuff, of course. I mean, really, who needs the victor spaces and superpromotion stuff to understand it? That’s all just grubby detail, and I know you grunt engineer types really like it, but people with higher understanding like me don’t need any of that to grasp the wonder and spiritual implications of quantum physics. And then, of course, turn around and instruct you grunt engineer types in them. Because I’m such a nice guy and want to share my wisdom. Not because I have a pathetic need to lecture others to bolster my own ego. Stop saying that.

      And of course I can teach you classes in everything else too – economics and history of freedom-inspired Marxism and how Obama is the mostest perfectest leader we’ve ever had and Iran was the biggest foreign policy disaster in history even though it seems calmer now than any other place in the Middle East. Or how nothing is a scandal if it hurts Democrats. Or how I both do and don’t believe in post-modernism, which is kind of like that Sohumdinger’s Cat thing in quantum physics.

      Don’t you want to spend time taking lessons from me instead of availing yourself of the hundreds of thousands of hours of material on those subjects from people who actually have accomplishments? It would be so personal! I would teach you my wisdom, and we could bond, and you would realize that I’m not a mediocre thinker with a narcissistic need for attention, but a fellow traveler on the road to wisdom who just happens to know much, much more than you about every subject.

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      No, even though this is a political blog, I think we ought to use comment threads discussing my spiritual journey. For example, I find fascinating the neo-platonic approach of Plotinus, which I totally understand after reading the Wikipedia article on it. It’s kind of pantheistic. Isn’t that great! Lot’s of gods to choose from, and if I choose a different one from you, that’s cool.

      Oh, and let’s talk about the Dalai Lama, who had physics lessons, and so there’s totally quantum physics stuff in Buddhism. Don’t even start with how maybe he didn’t understand it because he didn’t have the math, or maybe understood it and thought it didn’t really apply. Really, isn’t that enough? That he took some physics lessons? See, it all ties together. I decree it.

      Ultimately to me there is one test – does my belief system work in the world. It does! Totally! I decree it, and don’t start with how I can’t possibly know that because I’m in a tiny moose-infested town in the middle of nowhere instead of living in the complex real world. I feel (and I know you’ll consider this a delusion, but I’m fine with that) that my life is magical and full of joy because I listen to the universe, and get some pussy every couple of days.

      I watch the signs and realize there is more to existence than just what we perceive in the material world. And shut up about how watching and perceiving are really the same thing, so that sentence is contradictory. It’s not! I totally decree it! In the name of quantum physical spirituality, I declare it to be so!

      It provides me an immensely satisfying life and a very positive/optimistic attitude. Now, if those beliefs are deluding me into believing this when I’m really a mediocre thinker with no accomplishments and some serious personality disorders, so be it. It works for me, and that’s what matters!

      Thank you for listening to my spiritual insights and engaging with me as an equal. Would you like to make a small donation?

  • “As for being “ham-fisted”, is there anything this administration does that isn’t ham-fisted?”  Narcissism.  Ideological purity while disregarding reality.  Golfing.  Campaigning.

  • Yes, boys and girls, they have docked the USS Barack O Scandal right up to Democrat stooge Lois Lerner and IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins.
    Carter Chipman Hull “passes the buck” up the line, and we know where the buck stops (Harry Truman told us so).

    • From whence rotteth the fish…???

      • Pick me!  Pick me!
        Is it the rogue tail fins in Cincinnati?
         
         
        Speaking of which, has anyone noticed the plethora of ‘interns’ and minor low level people who seem to be driving so many of the bad decisions of major organizations lately?  Rogue IRS agents in Cincinnati, Interns at the NTSB using derogatory ethnic names, random mail boys editing audio tapes to make defendants look racist.  The janitors at the White House intercepting important calls and making the Secretary of State and the President look bad. Ex-PFC Wintergreen at DOD telling everyone the Marine colonel in charge of AFRICOM is retired and unavailable for Congressional testimony on Benghazi.
         
        Wow, talk about power to the people.

      • “The fish rots from the head, so they say. So I’m thinking, why not cut off the head?” — Dr. Horrible.

  • So what?
    The media will abort coverage in a couple weeks (when Shrillary announces she’s running in 2016), the legislatures won’t do anything in the end, and the voters think it’s just fine as long as THEIR ox isn’t gored.

  • We now have a report from at least one Congressman that those involved with Benghazi were given Non-Disclosure Agreements to sign.
    Cover-up by NDA … from the Most Transparent Administration EVAH !!!!
    William J. Wilkins of Washington, DC has been a partner in the Tax Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (also known as WilmerHale) since 1988. He has a broad tax practice that includes counseling nonprofit organizations, business entities, and investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions, and government investigations. – See more at: http://www.pappastax.com/index.php/2009/04/obama-makes-nomination-for-irs-chief-counsel/#sthash.rSnAxFhy.dpuf
    William J. Wilkins of Washington, DC has been a partner in the Tax Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (also known as WilmerHale) since 1988. He has a broad tax practice that includes counseling nonprofit organizations, business entities, and investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions, and government investigations. – See more at: http://www.pappastax.com/index.php/2009/04/obama-makes-nomination-for-irs-chief-counsel/#sthash.rSnAxFhy.dpuf
    William J. Wilkins of Washington, DC has been a partner in the Tax Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (also known as WilmerHale) since 1988. He has a broad tax practice that includes counseling nonprofit organizations, business entities, and investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions, and government investigations. – See more at: http://www.pappastax.com/index.php/2009/04/obama-makes-nomination-for-irs-chief-counsel/#sthash.rSnAxFhy.dpuf
    William J. Wilkins of Washington, DC has been a partner in the Tax Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (also known as WilmerHale) since 1988. He has a broad tax practice that includes counseling nonprofit organizations, business entities, and investment funds on tax compliance, business transactions, and government investigations. – See more at: http://www.pappastax.com/index.php/2009/04/obama-makes-nomination-for-irs-chief-counsel/#sthash.rSnAxFhy.dpuf

  • Tomorrow’s forecast for New York Times /Washington Post / NBC / CBS / ABC / CNN reporting on the hearing: a 90% chance of “progressive groups were targeted too, so it’s not political” with an additional 20% chance of “some of these whistleblowers are Republicans, so they’re saying all of this for political reasons”.

    • http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/062713-661680-irs-did-target-conservatives.htm
      “George explained that while just six progressive group applications were flagged for additional scrutiny between 2010 and 2012, the IRS stopped every one of the 292 Tea Party applications submitted.
      What’s more, the document Levin was waving around had nothing to do with why the IRS flagged those six liberal groups. It picked them out for some other reason.
      The IG also pointed out that its investigation found “multiple sources of information corroborating the use of Tea Party and other related criteria” to target right-wing groups. There was nothing comparable for liberal groups.
      And while the IG didn’t get into this, there’s also no evidence those six liberal groups were treated in any way like the Tea Party groups, which had their applications held up for years while the IRS demanded to know who their donors were, what books they were reading and what was in their prayers.”
      Rationality – the ability to make critical, coherent distinctions. Usually a sign of maturity and experience.

      • Just use their own oppressor/opressed logic on them…if a police department in a 50/50 black white town arrested 292 blacks for jaywalking and warned only 6 whites, would they consider the police force to have a problem?

        • Let’s use real numbers[1]:
          There are, nationally, 2,695 black people murdered each year. Statistically speaking, with blacks being 13% of the population, only 350 of those should have been committed by other black people. Instead, 2,447 of them are committed by blacks.
          Paraphrasing what Ricky said to Lucy, “There’s lots of splainin’ to do”.
          [1] Eric Holder’s US Dept of Justice, 2011

  • http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/18/rasmussen-just-21-think-zimmerman-should-be-charged-with-a-hate-crime/
    But see, it isn’t about any actual charges that could be laid, because there really aren’t any.
    Holder and his thugs know this, of course.
    It is about keeping the flames fanned.
    And the media puppets focused OFF the IRS scandal.

     

    • Rags, we don’t have two Americas. we have two realities; the real one and the made-up one.

  • The latest big lie is that left wing groups were also targetted. Which is an interesting defense. evidently in liberal la la land two wrongs make a right.

    • Actually they were both suppose to be targeted.  Its the fact the left groups got a pass usually.  It basically allowing the left group to exist while shutting down most of the right groups.
       
      The that scandal, technically, is that left leaning groups got a break more than right leaning groups got targeted.  The effect is the same though.  What they seem to be playing is that if they went after one left leaning group, there isn’t a story.

    • Same one they used on NSA eavesdropping.  They seem to be of the opinion that saying they were abusing everyone is a better defense than just abusing a few people.
       
      ‘Yes yes, we shot people in that town….but in our defense let me point out we shot the WHOLE town, not just select individuals!’

  • My question is Organzing for Action or America or whatever the same kind of group as the tea parties wanted to be?
     
    because I know their email addresses all end barackobama.com and that sounds pretty political to me.
     
     

  • Oh, you guys really are wishing you have something, but I guarantee you – you’ll be disappointed.   Keep ignoring stories like this:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/18/politics/irs-scandal/index.html?hpt=po_c2

    • Billy Hollis caled it…
      “Tomorrow’s forecast for New York Times /Washington Post / NBC / CBS / ABC / CNN reporting on the hearing: a 90% chance of “progressive groups were targeted too, so it’s not political” with an additional 20% chance of “some of these whistleblowers are Republicans, so they’re saying all of this for political reasons”.
      Thanks for following the script, Erb.

      • And he could have read Sharpshooter’s reply to my forecast, which pointed out the now-familiar 292 to 6 count for Tea Party vs. progressive groups that were checked, and further noted that the 6 progressive groups were held up for other reasons.

        Or he could have read the linked article in the post, which said:

        “According to Hull’s testimony, Ms. Lerner…gave an atypical instruction that the Tea Party applications undergo special scrutiny that included an uncommon multi-layer review that involved a top advisor to Lerner as well as the Chief Counsel’s office,” according to Oversight Committee documents.

        But, as we’ve all noted, he doesn’t read the posts, the articles linked, or the comments – well except for the ones bashing his quantum spirituality freshman-dorm bullshit. He sees keywords, pulls out some collectivist-defending quick hit, and posts it, with no more thought or analysis than a chimpanzee flinging its own feces.

    • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324448104578614220949743916.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#articleTabs=article
      “BOMBSHELL”.
      That is from the largest circulation print paper in the U.S., toady.
      Don’t you want to know who was the shot-caller here, you poor bung-sucking Collectivist tool…???

    • http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/18/irs-leaked-christine-odonnells-info-the-day-she-announced-her-candidacy/
      The GRINDING (or “outrageous” as Pres. Snoop-Dog had it, IIRC) abuses by the IRS are not limited to suppression of TEA Party groups and their allies.