The National Review is reporting that Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of exempt organizations, has been placed on administrative leave. Lerner, who had earlier refused to resign, was place on administrative leave with pay. Earlier this week, Lois Lerner appeared before the House Oversight Committee on the IRS scandal of targeting conservative non-profit organizations and stated that she had done nothing wrong and then plead the 5th. This scandal is not going away any time soon and is only going to gain momentum.
Lerner on Thursday afternoon sent an e-mail to employees in the exempt-organizations division she oversees stating, “Due to the events of recent days, I am on administrative leave starting today. An announcement will be made shortly informing you who will be acting while I am on administrative leave. I know all of you will continue to support EO’s mission during these difficult times.” She concluded, “I thank you for all your hard work and dedication,” adding, “The work you do is important.”
So let’s get this straight … Lerner refused to testify in front of Congress on IRS-gate, she refused to resign and so she was place on administrative leave with pay. Isn’t that like a summer vacation with pay? Must be nice, $172,000 a year salary with bonuses for doing a good job. This is how we deal with Washington “Big Government” bureaucrat? What ever happened to a good old fashion … YOU’RE FIRED!!!
Much more from Legal Insurrection …
The development also comes on the heels of a report from FOX19, a local affiliate in the Cincinnati area, that examined the chain of command in that office. The report found that of the ‘rogue’ agents said to be responsible for the targeting of conservative groups, each had different managers, and the only connecting chain of command transitions back to Washington, DC. It also suggests that the IRS employees previously interviewed were questioned as part of an audit rather than an investigation, the latter of which asserts more scrutiny, and that the employees may need to be questioned again – this time under oath.
- Even though in an interview, she said she wanted the death penalty
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Attorney General Eric Holder OK’d Search Warrant for Fox News reporter’s Private Emails … Obama Instructs Holder to Investigate Holder
MEDIA-GATE … MORE FROM THE MOST TRANSPARANT ADMINISTRATION EVER.
And the scandals and lies keep coming from the Barack Obama administration. As reported at NBC, Attorney General Eric signed off on the search warrants to investigate FOX News James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act. But wasn’t it President Barack Obama who said that kind of thing didn’t happen in his administration and he was for a “Free Press”? Barack Obama said, “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.” REALLY? How can Obama say he is against the targeting of journalists and have top ranking officials in his department doing just that? Obama claims there will be an investigation into these issues so that they never happen again. WHAT? As stated at Powerline, “Whenever he has addressed the issue, he has cited his own support for a media shield law as if that were somehow exculpatory.” The overreach of seizing media records from the AP and Fox News, of course this is only what we know of at this point, was done and approved by Obama’s DOJ. Let me guess, Obama didn’t know about this either. Is Obama the President? How come he can’t just say to individuals in his own administration to stop the nonsense? I thought Obama was supposed to be the smarted president ever? Guess not.
Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
The disclosure of the attorney general’s role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.
“I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” Obama said. “Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.”
The Gateway Pundit adds, Holder Lied to Congress On His Role in Investigating News Reporters. Watch the VIDEO. The Obama administration has no shame. They really believe that no one is going to hold them accountable for their actions. It’s up to you America, are you?
This is what Holder told Congress:
“First of all you’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material. This has not fared well in American history… In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.“
But wait don’t worry, the Lonely Conservative opines, “Oh, but not to worry. President Obama has instructed Holder to investigate himself, so I’m sure nothing like this will ever happen again.” Yes, sarcasm is included! At this point we might as well have an independent investigator looking at every aspect of the Chicago style politics of Barack Obama. Every thing they have done has been questionable, meant to intimidate and against the Constitution. What a joke the Obama administration has become and sadly. ultimately the joke is on “We the People” and the “US Constitution”.
Exactly how is Eric Holder not asked to resign?
All this as we head into Memorial Day where we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to fight against tyranny and uphold the United States if America and the US Constitution.
Judge Declares Mistrial in Jodi Arias Penalty Phase … Jury Cannot Reach Unanomous Decision, Hung Jury on Life or Death for Arias
ARIAS VERIDICT ON PENALTY PHASE IS IN … NO VERDICT, HUNG JURY, UNBELIEVABLE!!!
Judge Sherry Stephens declared a mistrial in the Jodi Arias penalty phase. The jury could not reach a unanimous decision in whether Jodi Arias should receive live in prison or the death penalty. How is that possible? Every one of these jurors were asked the question whether they could, if necessary, give the death penalty to the defendant if it was warranted. What else would one have to do to get the death penalty? Maybe Arias needed to stab Travis another 30 times or actually behead him? Seriously folks, if this case did not reek of the death penalty, what does? As the verdict or non-verdict was read in this case, the family and friend of murdered Travis Alexander cried and stared at the jury in disbelief. Individuals sobbed in the court house and even the judge struggled with her words reading the verdict and thanking the jury for their service to the community. Yes this jury gave a verdict of first degree murder, but how did this jury not have it in them to give this family justice and some how feeling the need to put this family through more pain?
However, this is not over. In a written statement, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said prosecutors “will proceed with the intent to retry the penalty phase.”
An Arizona judge declared a mistrial in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial Thursday after a deadlocked jury said it couldn’t decide whether to sentence her to death.
That means a new jury will be chosen, but the first-degree murder conviction still stands.
A retrial for the penalty phase will begin on July 18, Judge Sherry Stephens said. A status conference has been scheduled for June 20.
The hung jury brought to a close a dramatic chapter in a high-profile case that has lasted for months, drawing spectators who lined up for courtroom seats and waited anxiously outside the courthouse.
But the closely watched trial isn’t over yet.
Jodi Arias, make no mistake about it, there will be another day and you will get what is coming to you.
- Lois Lerner will invoke the 5th when asked to testify in front of the House committee investigating the scandal
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) Rips IRS Official Lois Lerner a News One … Claims She Waived Her 5th Amendment Rights … Audiance Applauds (Update: Darrell Issa Says Lerner lost her rights)
After top IRS official Lois Lerner made an opening statement, she then invoked her 5th Amendment rights, and then was then dismissed by Rep. Issa from the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) then added his two cents and blasted Lois Lerner for her actions. Goudy stated, “You don’t get to tell your side of the story and then not be subjected to cross examination.” But that is the way it is in “BIG GOVERNMENT” out of control where you have an all too powerful agency like the IRS run by career bureaucrats who thumb their nose at “We the People”. The arrogance of those from the IRS that have testified has been one of smugness and defiance. America, this is what big nanny state government looks like where individuals believe they should be responsible for everything in your life from pre-birth to death
“Mr. Issa, Mr. Cummings said we should run this like a courtroom and I agree with him. She just testified. She just waved her Fifth Amendment rights. You don’t get to tell your side of the story and then not be subjected to cross examination. That’s not the way it works. She waved her right to Fifth Amendment privilege by issuing an opening statement. She ought to stand here and answer our questions. (Applause)”
“When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.”
Lerner shocked the committee room in the opening moments of Wednesday’s hearing by delivering an opening statement denying any wrongdoing and professing pride in her government service.
Issa said late Wednesday that he’s consulting the House parliamentarian and outside counsel to determine how to proceed.
Legal experts, however, say Issa’s argument that Lerner has waived her Fifth Amendment rights might not be as strong as he suggests.
IRS Official Lois Lerner “I Have Not Done Anything Wrong. I Have Not Broken Any Laws. I Have Not Violated any IRS Rules or Regulations.”
What a joke. Top IRS official Lois Lerner says to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a prepared statement, “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations.” Then like any innocent person who has done nothing wrong, pleads the 5th on the grounds of what she would say might incriminate her. You just can’t make this stuff up. Lois Lerner is the woman who was in charge of the division that targeted conservative and tea party groups withholding their freedom of speech and then invoking her 5th Amendment rights. UNREAL. It is obvious that there will need to be a “Special” prosecutor appointed to investigate this scandal. If IRS officials are just going to make a joke of the hearings, lie, obfuscate, and plead the 5th.
Hmm, if she has done nothing wrong, why did she apologize weeks ago for the IRA targeting conservative groups? Her apology and admission that the IRS targeted conservative non-profits started all of this and forced the MSM into following the story.
British Soldier Beheaded In London By Terrorist Attackers Who Shouted “Allahu Akhbar” … “You people will never be safe.”
Terrorism comes to the streets of London …
An individual thought to be a British soldier was savagely killed in the streets of SE London. First, he was intentionally run down by two radial Islamists in their car. Then, two attackers hacked him to death with knives and meat cleavers, attempting to behead their victim in the name of Allah. After these two Islamic savages murdered the off-duty soldier, demanding that witnesses tape them as they spewed their fanatic Muslim rants … “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone.” As the two men stabbed their victim to death they yelled, “Allahu Akhbar”. The Islamist also went on to say, “You people will never be safe.” I hope there is no questioning as to whether this was an act of terrorism.
They first hit the man, thought to be a British soldier, with a car in broad daylight. Then the two attackers hacked him to death and dumped his body in the middle of a southeastern London road.
As the victim — dressed in what appeared to be a T-shirt for Help for Heroes, a charity that helps military veterans — lay prone, one of the two attackers found a camera.
“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone,” said a meat-cleaver-wielding man with bloody hands, speaking in what seems to be a London accent.
“The only reasons we killed this man … is because Muslims are dying daily,” he added, in video aired by CNN affiliate ITN. “This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth.”
WARNING - Graphic Violence
From the UK Daily Mail - Blood on his hands, hatred in his eyes. Many, many pictures of the unspeakable attack.
- Two men repeatedly stab and try to behead off-duty soldier in SE London
- During attack they shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ and told witnesses to film them
- Charged at police officers with rusty revolver, knives and meat cleavers
- Killing took place 200 yards from barracks and close to primary school
- Both men placed under arrest after being treated for gunshot wounds
- PM: Killing is ‘sickening’ and Britain will ‘never buckle’ in face of terror
Another VIDEO from CNN that shows the British police taking down these terrorist savages
Warning: Graphic violence
UPDATE I: Woolwich machete attack leaves man dead.
The Met Police said a murder inquiry was being led by its Counter Terrorism Command. Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK would “never buckle” in the face of terror attacks.
Footage has emerged showing a man wielding a bloodied meat cleaver and making political statements.
Police confirmed two men had been arrested in connection with the murder.
One Child Dead, Two Injured and One Missing after Landslide at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul, MN (Update: 10 Year Old Mohamed Fofana’s Body ID’d)
TRAGEDY DURING 4TH GRADE FIELD TRIP …
A landslide at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul, MN has left one child dead, two children injured and one child missing. The incident occurred as a group of 4th grade children from the Peter Hobart Elementary School were on a field trip at the the Lilydale Regional Park. As reported at CBS-WCCO, the kids were exploring a hillside in the park when the ground gave way due to the recent rains. The slide created a sinkhole, which quickly filled with water. Police said the two injured children were taken to Regions Hospital. The search for the fourth child was suspended due to dangerous conditions as light rain fell throughout the afternoon. Sadly, the search effort for the missing child is now being described as a recovery effort.
A fourth-grade field trip to a Mississippi River park popular with fossil hunters turned deadly Wednesday when gravel saturated by persistent rain gave way, killing one child and injuring two others. A fourth child was missing.
The landslide at Lilydale Regional Park swept over a group of children from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park, burying one to the waist and completely burying another, Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said.
Another child suffered minor injuries in the landslide, which happened about 1:15 p.m. The three children were taken to Regions Hospital, and one died, Zaccard said.
A search for the fourth child was suspended due to dangerous conditions as light rain fell throughout the afternoon. Zaccard described that search as a recovery effort.
Search crews recovered the body of a missing fourth grader Thursday, a day after a gravel slide at a St. Paul park.
The child, identified by family members as 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana, was among four youngsters from a St. Louis Park, Minn., elementary school who plunged off a 30-foot bluff at Lilydale Regional Park after the ground gave way during a school field trip Wednesday.
On Wednesday, officials found the body of 9-year-old Haysem Sani. Two other students from Peter Hobart Elementary School were injured in the slide. One boy is recovering at home, while the other is hospitalized in serious condition.
Charles Krauthammer on IRS Scandal: This is Why It Has Legs … “This Thing Will Go On and It Could Be Fatal”
IRS SCANDAL HAS LEGS … IT WILL NOT GO AWAY, COULD BE FATAL.
Syndicated columnists Charles Krauthammer commented on the IRS targeting scandal on Tuesday during ’Special Report’ after yet another day of hearings that has only fueled the fire for all individuals, Democrats and republicans alike. Krauthammer explained, this is why this scandal has legs. First, everybody is outraged as everybody knows what the ITS can do and everyone is afraid of it. Second, now you have some one who is going to pleads the 5th and that has the appearance that the IRS is hiding something. Last, Democrats are up in arms as well as Republicans.
“Yes, the Republicans are up in arms but the Democrats are too. This thing will go on and it could be fatal.”
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