Obama’s White House Counsel Was Told of IRS Audit Findings Weeks Ago … And Obama Never Knew, Really?
How could Barack Obama not have know, is this administration that incompetent … or that corrupt?
As reported at the WSJ, the Barack Obama White House counsel was told weeks ago by the Treasury Department that an IRS audit would show that Internal Revenue employees targeted conservative and Tea Party groups. This further provides more speculation and disbelief in the comment that President Obama made in that he only learned about the IRS audit when the media reported it. That is pretty much almost impossible to believe. How could legal advisors to the president not provide crisis control and give Obama a heads up as to the audit? The investigation was not at the beginning, it was at its conclusion.
LIAR, LIAR – The Castaways
The White House’s chief lawyer learned weeks ago that an audit of the Internal Revenue Service likely would show that agency employees inappropriately targeted conservative groups, a senior White House official said Sunday.
That disclosure has prompted a debate over whether the president should have been notified at that time.
In the week of April 22, the Office of the White House Counsel and its head, Kathryn Ruemmler, were told by Treasury Department attorneys that an inspector general’s report was nearing completion, the White House official said. In that conversation, Ms. Ruemmler learned that “a small number of line IRS employees had improperly scrutinized certain…organizations by using words like ‘tea party’ and ‘patriot,’ ” the official said.
President Barack Obama said last week he learned about the controversy at the same time as the public, on May 10, when an IRS official revealed it to a conference of lawyers. The president’s statement drew criticism, focusing attention on his management style and whether he has kept himself sufficiently informed about the agencies under his authority.
As American Power opines, Hey, I guess there’s something to be said for incompetence. “We’re not dishonest, just bloody stupid.” But as American Power, I also believe that Obama was in the loop and this is just their latest way to hide from the truth. If it was the truth that Obama found out when the American public did, how frightening is that? However, no one really believe that. Honestly, there is no way a little birdy did not tell him long before this. Let alone, it is also hard to believe that so many government entities could have targeted conservative groups and their not have been executive coordination.
Obama Top Aid Pfeiffer on IRS Scandal, “the Law Is Irrelevant” … Also, “It’s Largely Irrelevant” Who Doctored Benghazi Talking Points
MISSION STATEMENT FOR OABMA ADMINISTRATION: THE LAW IS IRRELEVANT …
Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer was asked on TV this morning on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ whether he thought the IRS actions violated the law. Pfeiffer’s answer was rather telling, especially as he was put on all the Sunday talk shows to difuse the numerous scandals that have affected Barack Obama. Pfeiffer said, , “the Law Is Irrelevant”. HUH? Basically, the Daily Caller opines that his talking points were pretty much the same on all of the talk shows, “that the details were ‘irrelevant’ and Obama wants to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” Doesn’t this seem to be a pattern for Barack Obama? Whether its “Fast & Furious,” “Benghazi,” “IRS scandal, or any Obama blatant disregard for the law and the US Constitution, his attitude is the same … so what how it happened, let’s just not let it happen again. or in his case, don’t get caught having it happen. Pfeiffer also said on CBS ‘Face the Nation,’ “The question isn’t ‘Who edited what talking points/’ That’s largely irrelevant. (VIDEO)”
Many believe that the Obama presidency has been a lawless one, and the fact that the IRS purposely attacked Conservative organizations and fast-tracked liberal ones during an election year does nothing but add fuel to the fire. Now we have a top Obama aid making of the worst possible comments, especially since the IRS did break the law. The law is irrelevant? This may actually be the mission statement of the Obama Administration.
“Look, I can’t speak to the law here,” he said. “The law is irrelevant. The activity was outrageous and inexcusable.”
Where Was Obama During Benghazi Attack? Top Obama Official Dan Pfeiffer Says, “I Don’t Remember What Room Obama Was In. It’s a Largely Irrelevant Fact”
WHERE WAS BARACK OBAMA DURING THE BENGHAZI ATTACK WHERE 4 AMERICANS DIED? WHAT HAPPENED TO TRANSPARANCY?
Did you catch this mornings FOX News Sunday interview of Obama top aid Dan Pfeiffer and Chris Wallace? If you did, you heard Pfeiffer trip over himself and get very defensive when Wallace asked the question as to where President Obama was during the attack. Pfeffer said that the president was kept up to date as to the situation in Benghazi. Wallace countered with, “what did he do that night” and ”where was he?”. Was he in the Situation Room? As stated at the Weekly Standard, Dan Pfeiffer responded, ”I don’t remember what room Obama was in. It’s a largely irrelevant fact.” HUH? Pfeiffer just admitted that Obama was not in the Situation Room, otherwise he would have said he was there.
Pfeiffer just showed how thin-skinned, defensive, and evasive the Obama administration is. Instead of answering the question with a simple answer as to where Obama was, Pfeiffer has to come up with excuses and blame Republicans for conspiracy theories. Wallace says, here is the point, the Ambassador goes missing, the first one in 30 years in killed. Four Americans, including the Ambassador are killed. Dozens of Americans are in jeopardy. The president at 4 pm says to the Chairman of the Joint Forces deploy forces, yet no forces are deployed. Where is he when all this was going on? Pfeifer then did his best to master the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!
Pfeiffer says, “The suggestion of your question that some how the president allowed this to happen”. Well, if the disengaged president fits, WEAR IT! It’s obvious the Obama administration does not want to provide the truth. The idea that Obama was sleeping while Americans died would not go over well with “We the People”.
Why cant Barack Obama or any of his minions answer the simple question, What did Obama know and when did he know it? The Obama administration is trying to make light of the Benghazi attacks, which is shameful in its own right. Legal Insurrection reminds of Obama’s own words, there appears to be a lot of “THERE, THERE“. What a way to deflect and try and make the Benghazi story go away, pretend like the death of four Americans, including the death of a US Ambassador is no big deal. From the PJ Tatler, “Hillary Clinton wondered what difference it made whether we got to the truth of what happened in Benghazi. Now we have White House aide Dan Pfieffer saying it was “irrelevant” where the president was during the attack.” If it’s so irrelevant and its makes no difference, why can’t Obama and his minions just answer the question then? Maybe because as Joe Biden has said in the past, “Its a big F’n deal”.
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) Said Former IRS Chief Douglas Shulman Lied to Congress … “There’s absolutely no targeting.” #IRS Lied!!!
Bipartisan outrage against the IRS scandal …
As reported at The Hill, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) stated that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman lied under oath during the 2012 House Ways and Means Committee hearing in which Shulman, in response to questions from Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), held that the IRS was not targeting specific groups applying for tax-exempt status. Shulman stated, “There’s absolutely no targeting.” Well, we certainly know that he was lying through his teeth as the IRS has admitted in a half-hearted apology admitted that they targeted Conservative, Tea party and religious organizations for their tax-exempt status. Douglass Shulman is expected to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next week. So what happens to an individual who lied to Congress? Anything? How about the MSM? There is some moral outrage, but hardly the level if this had happened if a Republican was president.
This is a serious issue and the trust of “We the People” and our government hang in the balance. What happened to a government that was of, by and for the People? Our government has become one that attacks us and we fight against, not for the People.
“Yes, I can give you assurances [there was not targeting of groups based on political leanings]. As you know we pride ourselves on being a non-political, non-partisan organization.” (2012 House Ways and Means Committee hearing)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) said the former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commissioner appointed by President George W. Bush lied to Congress under oath when he told lawmakers last year that the agency did not give special attention to certain groups.
Following the House’s opening investigative hearing into the IRS’s revelation that it gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, Crowley was asked if he believed Douglas Shulman lied to Congress.
“I think Mr. Shulman did,” said Crowley in an interview with Fox News. “My understanding is that it was common knowledge if they were going after political groups back then.”
Crowley was referencing a 2012 House Ways and Means Committee hearing in which Shulman, in response to questions from Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), held that the IRS was not targeting specific groups applying for tax-exempt status.
“There’s absolutely no targeting,” said Shulman at the time.
So the question remains, was Barack Obama sincere in his outrage over the IRS scandal? Does anyone think that if such targeting was done against Progressive and Liberal group that were favorable to Obama, that he would be acting differently? I think we all know the answered. The only thing that will even attempt to satisfy the American people lack of trust in the US government is either individuals need to be put in prison for IRS-gate or the entire IRS needs to be scrapped, one and for all.
Forest Gump Barack Obama Goes Golfing …
“It’s inexcusable, the public has a right to be angry about it … “ – Obama discussing IRS scandal. Interestingly enough, that is how most people think about you screwing around golfing rather than doing your job.
As reported by ABC News, despite being in the middle of three scandals President Barack Obama went golfing. That is correct, the Golfer in Chief went golfing as his administration is in taters as he, his minions and advisers struggle to deal with the Benghazi scandal, the IRS scandal and the AP scandal. Good grief, who friggin does this? Could this president care less about the harm that his administration has caused to America and Americans. This is how little he cares that the IRS would purposely target Conservatives? Oh that’s right, they were conservatives and Tea Party folk, they don’t count in Obama’s mind. Could his actions show anything but that? Obama claimed he was outraged. This is how he shows his outrage that the IRS subverted the US Constitution to help him politically to win reelection? The Obama administration was also forced to provide a document dump of emails regarding Benghazi this week. Obama claimed he knew nothing about the IRS, AP or Benghazi scandals. So do we have a pathological liar in the White House or Forest Gump?
President Obama — despite dealing with a trio of political scandals that flared up this week — squeezed in some time on the golf course today, and included a woman in his foursome for the first time this year.
The president played golf at Andrews Air Force Base today with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Let’s Move! and nutrition policy advisor Sam Kass.
Earlier this week, Obama even took flack from the LEFT for his actions when MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked, “What part of the presidency does Obama like?” It would appear the golf. Those on the LEFT call Obama detached. So doe that make him fit for office? An individual who golfs while his administration burns? Maybe if Obama spent half the time doing his job and understanding what was going on in his administration. Then again, Obama knew. He created the culture of attacking conservatives. That was his agenda all along.
Barack Obama reminds me of OJ Simpson who said after he was ridiculously found not guilty of murder that he would spend his time searching for his wife’s killer. Of course that resulted in OJ’s searching on golf courses across the US.
Charles Krauthammer Says IRS Scandal Could Be a “Fatal Problem” for Barack Obama … Second Article of Impeachment of Nixon/Watergate was Abuse of IRS
IRS Scandal Could Be a “Fatal Problem” for Barack Obama …
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told Sean Hannity that if the White House had any connection with the IRS scandal, it will be a ‘Fatal Problem’ for President Barack Obama. Krauthammer called the IRS situation “the one scandal that people have a visceral sense about,” it’s the one U.S. institution, besides the military, that can do very serious harm. Krauthammer is correct and the American people are outraged that the IRS, already seen in a bad light by most Americans, now have lost all trust in the government agency that appears to have to ability to act without any rules or over-sight. On Friday during House hearings on the IRS scandal, Rep. Mike Kelly blasted the IRS for their vindictive, partisan ways and stated, “This confirms that the IRS can do anything they want, anytime they want, to anyone they want.” Charles Krauthammer went on to say that the IRS going after conservative groups based on their politics is “a violation that everybody, left or right, understands.” Earlier in the week, Krauthammer commented on President Obama’s “Clintonian” response to the media’s question as to whether anyone in the White House knew about the scandal and corruption that was taking place in the IRS. President Obama dodged the question by saying, “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press.” Which had nothing to do with the question.
Krauthammer stated, “The one issue that can fell a presidency is the corruption of the IRS coming from on high.” Hannity pointed to the denials of political targeting by the former head of the IRS when such targeting was going on, and both he and Krauthammer suspected someone will be fired over this in the future.
Krauthammer also said that Benghazi hasn’t gotten more attention is because of the lack of media coverage and the complexity of the scandal that has not fully resonated with the public.
Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.
This conduct has included one or more of the following: 1.He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal believes that IRS officials responsible for the IRS scandal where the Internal Revenue Service illegally targeted Conservative organizations should go to jail. Jindal will call the matter “simply un-American” and when you take away Americans civil rights and freedoms away, “When you do that, you go to jail.” This is much the same opinion that came out early this week when GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner stated, “My question is who’s going to jail over this scandal.” What are the odds that anyone is going to go to jail over this scandal? Personally, this needs to be investigated like one would the mob. Start with the small fish and threaten to put them away until they keep trading up to see just how high this goes.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will use a Saturday speech to Virginia Republicans to suggest the IRS officials who targeted conservative political organizations for scrutiny be sent to prison.
“You cannot take the freedom of law-abiding Americans, whether you disagree with them or not, and keep your own freedom,” Jindal, a Republican, will tell delegates at the Virginia GOP convention, according to remarks shared with POLITICO. “When you do that, you go to jail.”
Channeling the growing fury on the right over the IRS scandal, Jindal will call the matter “simply un-American.”
But instead of jail time, Sarah Hall Ingram, who served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012, during the period of time when the IRS targeted Conservative organization was given a bonus and rewarded with heading the IRS department responsible for the implementation of Obamacare.
Escándalo irs también dirige grupos Hispanos conservadores … IRS scandal also targeted Hispanic Conservative groups.
The IRS also unjustly targeted Hispanic Conservative groups as well as reported at Fox News Latino. I’ll give this to the IRS, they certainly left no Conservative group unscathed with their corrupt and over-reaching Gestapo tactics leading up to the 2012 presidential election. They targeted Tea Party groups, Hispanic or otherwise, Tea party Patriots and any one who was thought to be a conservative who would oppose the current occupant of the White House.. This, while they fast-tracked liberal ones. But we are supposed to believe it was just a mistake and not premeditated, willful targeting of one segment of the population who opposed to current resident of the White House. Let me just say, No way Jose or better yet, mierda de Bull.
The Internal Revenue Service scandal involving the apparently unjustified targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups has also hit home with the Hispanic community.
George Rodriguez, former president of the San Antonio Tea Party, said that when the organization applied for non-profit status, leaders were intimidated by IRS workers with excessive paperwork and meddling questions.
“They asked us all sorts of things that were out of the norm,” Rodriguez, now head of the conservative South Texas Alliance, told Fox News Latino. “We knew these questions were not the norm and we had our suspicions about them.”
Rodriguez said the group received a questionnaire from the IRS with “well over 50 questions,” including inquiries into who the group met with, where they held their meetings, who was in attendance and what the subject of their internal emails were.
“They should have been worried about the numbers, not who we were meeting with,” he added. “It was flat-out dirty politics.”
Rep Mike Kelly Gets Standing Ovation After Historic Rant Ripping the #IRS for the Vindictive Bullies That they Are … “This confirms that the IRS can do anything they want, anytime they want, to anyone they want.”
FINALLY A STATEMAN STANDS UP FOR ”WE THE PEOPLE” … Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) is my new hero and should be a hero to all Americans!!!
US Representative Mike Kelly was given a standing ovation Friday at the House Committee on the IRS scandal after he ripped into IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. Every American, no matter what your political belief, should watch the below video and stand up and cheer for what Kelly did. He stood up for all Americans, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, etc, as blasted the IRS commissioner and the over-reaching abuses of the IRS. It is about time some one stood up to this “Gestapo” like government organization and called them out for what they true are … government bullies who have the ability to destroy people lives. There is no greater abuse of power than what the IRS is allowed to do to “We the People” as a matter of their standard SOP.
Representative Kelly shredded the IRS for their scandalous actions of targeting Conservative groups and their over-reaching, bullying tactics. As Kelly stated, “This confirms that the IRS can do anything they want, anytime they want, to anyone they want.” Kelly basically said what every American has thought or wanted to say for years, but were too afraid of retaliation from this all-too powerful government organization. The standing ovation at the end of Kelly’s rant just shows the outrage of the American people. This is what tyranny looks like, and its hardly soft tyranny. Kelly would also say, “And I don’t believe the White House just found out about this in a news report. Where you’re sitting you should be outraged but you’re not.” I think it is rather unbelievable that President Barack Obama also did not learn of this when the American people did. Obama dodged the question when asked. That is either a lie or this president is not most clueless, unengaged president ever.
Our Founding Fathers never envisioned such and entity would ever be given so much power which shredded the US Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. This is what America fought to get away from. How in the hell has it come to this? Government has gotten far too big, out of control and without fear of “We the People”. What happened to a government of, by and for the People?
From Real Clear Politics:
REP. MIKE KELLY (R-PA): This has nothing to do with political parties. This has to do with highly targeted groups. This reconfirms everything the American public believes. This is a huge blow to the faith and trust that the American people have in their government. Is there any limit to the scope where you folks can go? Is there anything at all? Is there any way that we could ask you is there any question that you should have asked?
My goodness. How much money do you have in your wallet? Who do you get emails from? Whose sign do you put up in your front yard? This is a tax question? And you don’t think that’s intimidating? It’s sure as hell intimidating. And I don’t know that I got any answers from you today. And I don’t know that — what Mr. George said is great work — but you know what? There’s a heck of a lot more that has to come out in this. Any anybody that sat here today and listened to what you had to say, I am more concerned today than I was before, and the fact that you all can do just about anything you want to anybody?
You know, you can put anybody out of business that you want. Any time you want. I gotta tell you. You could talk about how you’re a horribly run organization, if you’re on the other side of the fence, you’re not giving that excuse. And the IRS comes in, you’re not allowed to be shoddy, you’re not allowed to be run horribly, you’re not allowed to make mistakes, you’re not allowed to do one damn thing that doesn’t come in compliance, and if you do, you’re held responsible right then. I just think the American people have seen what’s going on right now in their government. This is absolutely an overreach and this is an outrage for all Americans.
More at Twitchy … Best rant ever!!!
- Rep Kelly to Miller: You think this is uncomfortable? Try being a citizen being targeted by the IRS.
- Rep. Kelly just now ‘This is a Pandora’s Box.’ That sounds right.
- Rep Kelly: My grandson freaks out bc something might come out from under the bed at night and grab him. That’s how Americans feel about IRS.
IRS Deliberately Chose Not to Fess Up to Scandal Before Election … If this Fact Came Out in Middle of 2012 Election, “Terrain would have looked very different” (VIDEO)
IRS SCANDAL: From the Weekly Standard, the IRS knew the scandal and Conservative, political witch hunt that was going on in their department and deliberately chose not to tell Congress. Not one person in the IRS came forward as a whistle-blower and had the integrity and ethics to tell anyone what was going on. NBC’s Lisa Myers reported this morning that the IRS deliberately chose not to reveal that it had wrongly targeted conservative groups until after the 2012 presidential election. Imagine if this information came out during the 2012 Presidential election, the results might have looked very different. So in order to find the guilty, follow the money, or in this case the power, and who had the most to lose or gain. Sorry, but that goes straight to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Barack Obama.
“[I]f this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different.”
The IRS commissioner “has known for at least a year that this was going on,” said Myers, “and that this had happened. And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year?
Posted May 18, 2013 by Scared Monkeys
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