March 05, 2014

IRS officials take Fifth so as to say nothing about a "non-scandal"

So committee chairman Darrell Issa proceeded to halt the hearing. But Dem. Rep. Elijah Cummings said he had questions for Lois Lerner, the IRS official who had already previously pleaded the Fifth. Why she would answer him after pleading the Fifth I don't know, but Cummings had no questions; instead he went on a tirade about "one-sided investigations," showed how self-important he is by yelling "I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America," and resorted to the McCarthyite "un-American" charge.

Issa cut Cummings off, saying the hearing was over. I'm sure Cummings will call Issa a racist for doing so.

In related news, Ms. Lerner said she felt "pressured" by the IRS to "fix the problem" in response to the Citizens United decision: "They want the IRS to fix the problem … Everybody is screaming at us right now: ‘Fix it now before the election. Can’t you see how much these people are spending?’"

Who's "they," Ms. Lerner? I'm willing to bet it all that it certainly wasn't the GOP who wanted you to "fix the problem."

David French has lots more:

Not only did the IRS target conservative tax-exempt applications for delays and excessive, unconstitutional scrutiny, it also flagged already-approved conservative groups for excessive surveillance, exclusively audited conservative nonprofits, leaked conservatives’ confidential documents to a liberal media outlet, and engaged in potentially improper coordination and communication with the Federal Election Commission. Taken together, this level of corruption may have had a material influenceon the outcome of the 2012 election.

With a partisan Democratic IRS represented by a partisan union, it’s hardly surprising that the IRS has taken it upon itself to respond to specifically Democratic complaints and work to effectively reject the First Amendment and do all it can to overturn the Supreme Court of the United States’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – even to the point of going “off-plan” to draft draconian new speech-restrictive regulations. Is it the IRS’s role to restrict free speech?

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