Top IRS officials specifically targeted tea party groups and misled the public about its secret political targeting program led by ex-official Lois Lerner, according to a bombshell new congressional report.
The Daily Caller has obtained an advance copy of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report set to be released Tuesday morning that definitively proves malicious intent by the IRS to improperly block conservative groups that an IRS adviser deemed “icky.” (That’s right. “Icky.”)
“The Committee has identified eight senior leaders who were in a position to prevent or to stop the IRS’s targeting of conservative applicants,” the Oversight report states. “Each of these leaders could have and should have done more to prevent the IRS’s targeting of conservative tax-exempt applicants.”
Here are six major takeaways from the report:
1. The IRS admitted that the front office was “spinning” about the targeting rumors as early as 2012, after IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman denied the tea party targeting to Congress.
“This is what the front office and [IRS Chief of Communications and Liaison] Frank [Keith] are spinning about now,” an IRS legislative affairs office employee wrote in an email to co-workers, referring to a news article on Shulman’s dishonest testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, in which he denied rumors of improper targeting.
2. Then-IRS commissioner Steven T. Miller almost broke down and told the truth about the tea party targeting at a July 2012 hearing, but Lerner’s sidekick Nikole Flax told him not to.
“I am beginning to wonder whether I should do [Chairman] Boustany[’s hearing] and affirmatively use it to put a stake in politics and c4,” Miller wrote in an email to Flax.
Flax replied, “[I]f the hearing is as generic as I recall, seems like you are too senior. Would be silly to think the c4 issues won’t come up – but I think Sarah [Hall Ingram] could handle it fine as well.”
Wait a minute. You mean this scandal extends further than just 2 rogue agents from Cincinnati?
Cummings exposed! He is Democrat demagog and racist piece of shit!
Lock up all in the IRS.
I am "icky", hear me roar. At least, we are of sound mind. All of this reminds me of the elementary school yards.
this was an Obama moment when I believe it was bill o'reilly that asked the president about the irs scandal and Obama said that there was not a smidgen of corruption, this is the scandal where eric holder refused to investigate the irs...this is where the white house lied, and all of the employees were in cahoots, where information was buried, destroyed or just mot available....and to this day nobody is in jail...nobody has been fired.
Ask your congressman and senators - If the IRS - the executive branch and the congress of the united states does not have to obey the law then why in the H_LL should we obey it? Also ask why if Al Sharppound can run up a debt of 4.5 million dollars with the IRS and nothing happens - why do I have to still pay my taxes? Ask them if the Dept. of Justice can give away guns to Mexican drug cartels - how is it they can violate the constitution and steal mine? We have created a lawless society and no one is accountable for his actions except for the white middle class worker. Tell congress the IRS has to go - vote on a flat tax and cut the IRS budget to zero. When the government is the instrument of tyranny - congress better stand with the people. Maybe we should start having tribunals in the states and start indicting congressmen and senators for treason and malfeasance in office. If sharppound and learned are not going to jail - if Gitmo detainees are let go to prey on americans & Baynor & Macdumbo are still allowed to lead us - then maybe it is time we marched on Washington and took it away from the criminals and traitors.
Deputy Division Counsel Janine Cook replied, “[G]uess they are thinking they’ll have suspicions about reality but the paper/reps will pass muster.”
5. So the IRS reached out to outside advisers to help come up with ways to deny tax-exempt status to “icky” organizations.
“It appears that the org is funneling money to other orgs for political purposes,” a Cincinnati-based IRS agent working under Lois Lerner wrote to tax law specialist Hilary Goehausen in April 2013. ”However, I’m not sure we can deny them because, technically, I don’t know that I can deny them simply for donating to another 501(c)(4). . . . Any thoughts or feedback would be greatly appreciated.”
“I think there may be a number of ways to deny them,” Goehausen replied. “Let me talk to Sharon [Light] tomorrow about it and get some ideas from her as well. . . .This sounds like a bad org. :/ . . . This org gives me an icky feeling.”
6. A May 2011 email from a lawyer in the IRS chief counsel’s office made clear that the agency sought to use a new “gift tax” to target donors to nonprofit political groups.
The lawyer wrote that the “plan is to elevate the issue of asserting gift tax on donors to 501(c)(4) organizations to the Chief Counsel and the Commissioner.”