On October 27, the House of Representatives moved to impeach the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen. It may seem odd that Koskinen is being punished since he wasn’t commissioner when the IRS scandal broke two years ago. But make no mistake, Koskinen is a worthy candidate for impeachment.Read more
It has long been good sport to make fun of the government. Ronald Reagan did it with a fine, almost deft touch. “The nine most terrifying words in the English language,” he would tell an audience, “are I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”
Just about everyone, at one time or another, has used the phrase “Good enough for government work,” and we all know what it means: that something conforms to the high customer service standards one enjoys when shopping for stamps in the post office.Read more
The Washington Times reports:
IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of documents to turn over to Judicial Watch, it realized Ms. Lerner had used yet another email account, in addition to her official one and another personal one already known to the agency.Read more
The facts are simple. The IRS systematically targeted conservative and Tea Party groups after their activism proved decisive in the 2010 midterm elections—Obama’s famous “shellacking.” The effects of this targeting were widespread. Some Tea Party groups were neutered in the months before the 2012 presidential election.Read more
Were Lois Lerner’s allegedly lost emails actually destroyed? An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), isn’t so sure, and they don’t find IRS commissioner Koskinen’s explanation of their loss very plausible.Read more
The IRS comissioner insists his agency did not break the law or relevant statutes. But under questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the IRS commissioner also admitted that he doesn't know the law or the relevant statutes:
"You have already said, multiple times today, that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing," Gowdy said. "I want you to tell me: What criminal statutes you have evaluated?"
"I have not looked at any," the IRS commissioner admitted.Read more
Republican congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio excoriated the Internal Revenue Service commissioner Monday night in a House hearing looking into the agency's malfeasance regarding conservative non-profit groups. Jordan focused his questioning to when IRS comissioner John Koskinen knew about the loss of critical emails from former official Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified that he discovered a computer hard drive crash lost the Lerner emails in April but did not report this publicly until presenting Congress with a report earlier this month.
Watch the exchange below:Read more
The IRS reportedly used a private company to back up emails, a new report claims. The company is called Sonasoft, which boasts, "Email Archiving Done Right."Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Mark Hemingway on the IRS Scandal and why it resonates with voters.Read more
The House of Representatives voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt on Wednesday, with every Republican and six Democrats supporting the resolution. The measure passed 231 to 187, without a single Republican voting against it. The six Democrats who voted with the GOP are Ron Barber of Arizona, John Barrow of Georgia, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Patrick Murphy of Florida, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.
All six hail from swing districts and are in tough bids for reelection for 2014.Read more
In an interview last night on Megyn Kelly, House speaker John Boehner talked tough about investigating the IRS:
Fox News' Megyn Kelly said, "So, Lois Lerner facing contempt charges this week in addition to a push to have the DOJ start a criminal case against her for what?"Read more
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the IRS Scandal, Lois Lerner, and why the press won't get serious about it.Read more
Darrell Issa asked Lois Lerner a serier of devastating questions about her involvment in the IRS's targeting of conservatives.
[Slide 1] In October 2010, you told a Duke University group: “The Supreme Court dealt a huge blow, overturning a 100-year-old precedent that basically corporations couldn’t give directly to political campaigns. And everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it. The Federal Election Commission can’t do anything about it. They want the IRS to fix the problem.”Read more
On May 21, liberal columnists Jonathan Capehart and Ezra Klein of the Washington Post and Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo were seen heading into the West Wing for a meeting. Just a few hours earlier, it had been reported that Lois Lerner, the bureaucrat at the center of the IRS scandal, would be invoking her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself in her testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.Read more
A collection of letters shows high-level officials in the IRS signed off on requests for additional information from conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. As NBC News reports, at least one letter sent to a conservative group has the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended IRS official at the center of the controversy. Here's more from NBC:Read more
IRS official Lois Lerner said at hearing today, "I have not done anything wrong."Read more
After the IRS revealed it had wrongly targeted hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups, the agency claimed that the misconduct was limited to "low-level employees" in its Cincinnati office. Yesterday, the attorney for Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations division, told the House Oversight Committee she would invoke her Fifth Amendment rights, making that explanation much less credible.Read more
Perhaps no other IRS official is more intimately associated with the tax agency's growing scandal than Lois Lerner, director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division. Since admitting the IRS harassed hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for over two years, Lerner has been criticized for a number of untruths—including the revelation that she apparently lied about planting a question at an American Bar Association conference where she first publicly acknowledged IRS misconduct.Read more
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