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A Couple Of Flashbacks To Bill Clinton’s Audits

First from the archives of the New York Times:

White House Denies Seeking I.R.S. Audit of Clinton Accuser

By JOHN M. BRODER | September 16, 1997

The White House denied today that it had any knowledge of an Internal Revenue Service audit of Paula Corbin Jones, who has accused President Clinton of making an improper sexual advance in a Little Rock hotel room six years ago.

Michael D. McCurry, the President’s press secretary, was asked today whether the White House had ordered or approved the audit of Ms. Jones, now a Southern California homemaker. ”None whatsoever,” he responded sharply.

”We may do some dumb things from time to time but we are not certifiably insane,” Mr. McCurry said. ”The I.R.S. and the I.R.S. solely is the one that makes decisions about the enforcement of tax laws.”

Susan Carpenter McMillan, Ms. Jones’s spokeswoman and adviser, said this weekend that Ms. Jones and her husband, Stephen, were told of the audit by the I.R.S. late last week.

She said the I.R.S. notice informed the Joneses that their 1995 returns were being audited and demanded detailed data on income and taxes for the years 1994 and 1996 as well.

And from the archives NewsMax:

IRS Official Admits Clinton Enemies Were Audited

By Carl Limbacher | April 23, 2002

An official with the Internal Revenue Service has admitted that legal opponents of former President Bill Clinton were singled out for tax audits, according to court documents made public this week.

"What do you expect when you sue the president?" senior IRS official Paul Breslan told Judicial Watch, the Washington-based legal watchdog group that had filed 50-plus legal actions against the Clinton administration and subsequently found itself in the IRS’s cross hairs…

"There were literally six witnesses in the room when Breslan told us we should have expected an audit," Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman revealed to NewsMax.com. "Four of them were lawyers."

The legal group became the target of an IRS audit in 1998, just four days after it filed an independent impeachment report against Clinton, based on years of investigation into everything from Chinagate to the Paula Jones case.

But Judicial Watch wasn’t alone. Witnesses bearing damaging testimony against the president were a favorite target of the Clinton IRS. Those singled out for audits include:

Clinton paramours Gennifer Flowers and Liz Ward Gracen, sexual assault accusers Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick, and fired White House Travel Office Director Billy Dale.

The Jones case, which would eventually lead to Clinton’s impeachment, was of particular interest to the IRS, which apparently leaked her confidential tax returns to the late New York Daily News reporter Lars Erik Nelson.

In a September 1997 column Nelson revealed details from Jones’ filing to bolster claims that she was profiting from her sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton.

In a subsequent interview with NewsMax.com’s Carl Limbacher (then with the Washington Weekly), Nelson insisted somewhat implausibly that a "friend" of Jones had come across her tax return during a visit to her home and decided to go public with the secrets…

As the Judicial Watch complaint notes, the Clinton IRS also went after organizations and even media companies it perceived as politically hostile, including:

The National Rifle Association, The Heritage Foundation, The National Review, The American Spectator, Freedom Alliance, National Center for Public Policy Research, American Policy Center, American Cause, Citizens Against Government Waste, Citizens for Honest Government, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Concerned Women for America and the San Diego Chapter of Christian Coalition…

We are already sick and tired of Obama’s current IRS scandal being compared to Richard Nixon. Practically every Democrat President since FDR has sought to use the IRS against their enemies. But somehow only Nixon ever gets mentioned. And the only real evidence against Nixon came from the 1972 White House tape, where, in a fit of pique, Nixon railed against audits — after just having been told his campaign was being audited.

Nixon angrily said he wanted the McGovern campaign and its donors audited, too. But they never were. In fact, the head of the IRS at the time, David Alexander, was made a hero because he didn’t audit anyone at Nixon’s request. Though, again, it’s not clear that he was ever asked to.

In any case, it’s clear Nixon never succeeded in using the IRS against his enemies. But FDR did succeed. And so did Bill Clinton. And so, it would seem, did Barack Obama.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, May 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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