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Dem Laughs Off IRS Connections To White House

From the Daily Caller:

White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info

By Patrick Howley | October 9, 2013

Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.

Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division, also received an email alongside White House officials that contained confidential information.

Ingram attempted to counsel the White House on a lawsuit from religious organizations opposing Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials — including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew — contained confidential taxpayer information, according to [the House] Oversight [Committee].

And it is against the law for the IRS to give the White House confidential taxpayer information.

The emails provided to Oversight investigators by the IRS had numerous redactions with the signifier “6103.”

Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code forbids a federal employee from “disclos[ing] any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee.” Federal employees who illegally disclose confidential taxpayer information could face five years in prison.

Or they can face retirement with a a six figure pension, as is the case with Ms. Lerner.

And we a related a Washington Examiner report on another witness at the same House hearing:

House investigators: IRS gave White House confidential data in order to fight HHS mandate lawsuits

By JOEL GEHRKE | OCTOBER 9, 2013

House investigators say that IRS officials gave confidential taxpayer information to White House aides to help President Obama’s team fight lawsuits filed against the Health and Human Services contraception mandate.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., confronted the IRS’s Sarah Hall Ingram about emails she exchanged with White House aides about organizations that would qualify for an exemption from the HHS mandate…

Note that this is a different batch of emails from those involving Lois Lerner.

"The documents indicate that Hall Ingram and her subordinates violated the IRS’s traditional role as an impartial administrator of the tax code by using their expertise and knowledge to advise the White House on a politically controversial subject: the four-prong test for religious exemption to the contraception mandate," according to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee statement concerning the emails.

"The substance and the context of this exchange indicate that the White House hoped to include religious-affiliated schools — such as Wheaton College — within the scope of the Form 990 filing exemption in order to moot the lawsuits filed. This e-mail exchange, indicates that Hall Ingram counseled the White House on a strategy for dismissing lawsuits that challenged the administration’s infringement of religious liberty."

So this did reach into the White House, after all. Despite all the denials to the contrary. What a surprise. But how is this being reported by tour media watchdogs?

From the Washington Post:

Connolly hints at witch trial in Obamacare probe

By Emily Heil | October 9, 2013

Democrats have often dismissed Republicans’ various investigations into the doings of the White House as “witch hunts.” On Wednesday, Rep. Gerry Connolly took a literary riff on this idea. During a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Affairs committee looking into the implementation of Obamacare, the Virginia Democrat asked an IRS official if she had ever read Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible.” …

Sarah Hall Ingram, director of the IRS’s Affordable Care Act office, who was testifying before the panel, replied that she had seen it performed, and that she was from New England, and was therefore familiar with the legendary witch trials in Salem, Mass., that form the basis of the play.

“Have you been consorting with the devil?” Connolly asked. “Not to my knowledge, sir,” she answered, with a slight smile.

“Are reports that you can fly accurate?” he asked. “Greatly exaggerated, sir,” was her answer.

Isn’t that hilarious? Meanwhile, if this scandal had involved Republicans, the Washington Post would be making comparisons to Watergate.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 10th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Dem Laughs Off IRS Connections To White House”

  1. There was no need for Rep. Connolly to ask her those questions, demons always recognize each other.

    • Petronius

      Noyz, I find that Leftist ideology and modern art are responsible for most of the evil in the world.

    • Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB agent that defected to the US, said in a 1983 interview that a small part of the USSR’s plan to bring down the US from within was to promote art that made no sense and was ugly. That didn’t promot any national pride or inspiration. Just ugly twisted lines. Now, look around any museum or city and you’ll see it decorating every wall and plaza.

      Evil, like liberalism, is an easy and gutless choice. Wide is the path that leads to destruction…..and it’s decorated with modern art.

    • captstubby

      seeing that modern art has been brought up…

      when i was in school, i had my occupational goals set on becoming a Commercial Artist.

      (didn’t happen.)

      no computers existed.

      you had to master the “old ” ways,

      Air brush, silkscreen, type setting, lino printing, scratch board, oils, acylics, pen and ink ,

      well you get the “picture.”

      we had still life, mounted animals from Biology, and live models to sketch, draw and paint.

      but unfortunately to get in to Madison Avenue at that time the prevailing trend was “Op Art”, Peter Max.

      and the early stages of the crap they call ART today.

      my instructors of course showed us the true Artists and Masters, but there was no way to avoid the NEW TREND that was in demand.

      i cannot begin to describe what its feels like when i observe literally the S..T we see today.

      when our generation is gone, all those skills will be lost.

      like the Old World Craftsmen and their young Apprentices did in The War To End All Wars.

    • Capt,
      I had a somewhat similar experience except I wasn’t aiming for any career, I just liked to paint and draw when I was a kid. I still have a pillowcase that I used as a canvas to paint my mother a butterfly landing on a flower in acrylics. It’s not DaVinci, but it’s was pretty good for a 7 year old kid. So, by 5th grade, 3 years after the desegregation, I finally had a class with a bona fide art teacher. Now, I had been drawing and doing small paintings, without any training at all, since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Nothing to speak of, but there was talent there that could have been nourished into some skill with time and effort.
      Anyway, here I am in this class with the art teacher, a real 60’s hippie babe with, I kd you not, rose colored glasses. I drew a picture of a collie dog, from memory, that wasn’t half bad, and I’ll never forget what she said. “You’re never going to get anywhere in the art world drawing so realistically. Abstract is the way to go. Try not make the dog look so much like a dog.” I can’t remember if I replied, but I never drew anymore. That woman killed whatever talent I might have had with a few words. I hate that b&%#%!

  2. Witch hunt at the white house? The only question is do we burn them at the stake, or do we give them the dunk test? I’m leaning towards the dunk test. Dunk them, and if they drown they’re innocent. If they survive, THEN we burn them at the stake.

    I love options.

  3. Please, please, please don’t get me started on the IRS. Please …

  4. Petronius

    I suppose it would be in bad taste to point out that the White House-IRS persecution of Tea Party people, Christians, and Jews is the closest thing to we’ve had to a witch-hunt in this century?

    With regard to the Salem witchcraft trials, I suggest that the episode is representative of an enduring flaw in human nature, rather than a flaw in the Puritan community. Our own experience with the day-care child abuse hysteria of the 1980s and 1990s, and the way in which children can be manipulated by prosecuting authorities to “remember” imaginary events, is instructive. Some of the convicted parents from Wenatchee, Washington remained locked in the State prison for many years, pending new trials, while their “abused” children, by then grown to young adults, recanted their testimony and struggled to have their parents released.

    Some of the preschool cases, such as the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California, the Little Rascals cases in Edenton, North Carolina, the Glendale Montessori cases in Stuart, Florida, and the Faith Chapel Church case in Spring Valley, California, involved fantastic accusations of satanic black magic and animal sacrifice combined with ritual abuse of toddlers. Hundreds of innocent people –– teachers, Sunday School teachers, and pastors –– were convicted based on hearsay testimony, the absurd claims of an alcoholic schizophrenic mother, and the “expert opinion” of psychiatrists who spun ridiculous theories out of ordinary incidents of bed-wetting. Rev. Nathaniel Grady, one of the Bronx five, spent ten years in prison before finally being released.

    Young adults have falsely accused their parents of being child molesters two decades after the crimes were allegedly committed. And American courts and juries have accepted this testimony, supported by the “expert opinion” of psychiatrists about the so-called “repressed memory syndrome.” This bit of bogus psychological quackery has sent hundreds of innocent Americans to prison –– including parents.

    The admission of this “expert opinion” about repressed memory syndrome is part of the ongoing perversion of our legal system. It used to be that it took direct evidence based on provable facts to convict people of crimes. That was what the presumption of innocence was all about. But now people are being convicted of hypothetical crimes based on pure witchcraft.

    The Puritan response to the Salem witchcraft hysteria was at least open and honest. When Increase Mather returned from England to Massachusetts in the autumn of 1692, he wrote a book, “Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits,” which drew attention to the risks of public delusions and put an end to witchcraft trials in America. Early in October, Governor Phips ordered that spectral and intangible evidence would no longer be admissible in trials. The General Court of Massachusetts passed a motion deploring the actions of the judges in the special tribunal that had been created to investigate the allegations of witchcraft. Members of the jury signed a statement of regret. Some of the witnesses who had given false testimony came forward to confess their perjury. The colonial government appropriated funds to compensate the families of the victims who had been hanged.

    In contrast to the Puritan response, the Nerobama regime continues to stonewall its involvement in the witch-hunt of the Tea Party. None of the culprits have been brought to justice for the crimes and political abuses that were committed at the IRS. In some cases these abuses are ongoing. And, as we see here, creeps like Gerry Connolly (Bolshevik, VA) feel confident enough in their political power to brazenly flaunt their crimes, engage in hijinks, and make silly wisecracks as they ridicule their defenseless victims.

    Despicable.

    • Excellent commentary!

      As an aside, I lived in Edenton, NC for 1.5 years while we installed 6″-10″ natural gas pipelines in the six northeastern NC counties. Of course, I knew of the ‘Little Rascals’ case as my hometown is only an hour away, and I was cautious about ever bringing it up with any of the locals. After some time, I mentioned it to a local guy who came to work for our survey crew. He told me that the local church had ran the parents of the Kellys’, who ran the daycare, right out of town. They wouldn’t speak to them at church and didn’t socialize with them. The town was still very divided in 2002. The case happened in 1989 and the charges fianally got dropped in 1999. Half the people of that town still believed those poor people molested those kids despite all the retractions and evidence to the contrary. Needless to say, I was glad to leave for Texas when we finished that job.

      That’s a very scary thought, that at anytime, any child could accuse you and there’s no way you can say or do anything the authorities will believe. The children wouldn’t lie…..right? I recommend that adults always be in pairs around other peoples children. You never know.


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