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FBI Won’t File Criminal Charges In IRS Scandal

From the Wall Street Journal:

Criminal Charges Not Expected in IRS Probe

By Devlin Barrett | Jan. 13, 2014

WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation doesn’t plan to file criminal charges over the Internal Revenue Service’s heightened scrutiny of conservative groups, law-enforcement officials said, a move that likely will only intensify debate over the politically charged scandal.

The officials said investigators didn’t find the kind of political bias or "enemy hunting" that would amount to a violation of criminal law. Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy enforcing rules about tax-exemption applications it didn’t understand, according to the law-enforcement officials…

Huh. Apparently, we imagined that Tea Party type groups were refused tax exempt status for years, while liberal Democrat groups sailed through.

Still, we thought Eric Holder was terribly concerned about voter suppression. (Though maybe that only matters when it involves ‘his people.’)

Since the outset, Republicans have voiced skepticism that the Obama administration would properly investigate itself. Last week, Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, challenged the impartiality of a Justice Department prosecutor handling the case because she had made donations to the Obama campaign…

Picker of nits. By the way, the Justice Department prosecutor handling the case, Barbara Kay Bosserman, just happened to visit the White House for seven hours in 2009, according to White House logs.

The criminal probe was launched last May, as Republicans pressed Obama administration officials as to how the targeting of such groups could have lasted for more than a year, beginning in 2010.

As he announced the investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder said the FBI and Justice Department would conduct a thorough probe of actions at the IRS. "Those were, I think, as everyone can agree, if not criminal, they were certainly outrageous and unacceptable,” he said.

But now that the spotlight is off the scandal, it turns out these things are perfectly acceptable after all.

The FBI explored a number of possible violations, including those involving statutes within the IRS code that prohibit the misuse or improper disclosure of taxpayer information.

And never mind that, thanks to the lefties at Pro Publica (among others), we know for a fact such things happened.

Another area examined was whether any IRS officials lied about what happened and the reasons for it. The people familiar with the probe wouldn’t say who was interviewed.

Lying to federal authorities is only a crime if you are a Republican.

The probe has been freighted with political suspicions. Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who has represented about a dozen groups that faced such IRS questioning, said the FBI has yet to contact her clients over the issue. "As far as I can tell, nobody has actually done an investigation. This has been a big, bureaucratic, former-Soviet-Union-type investigation, which means that there was no investigation," she said. "This is a deplorable abuse of the public trust, but I am not surprised." …

Neither are we. But it doesn’t make it any less reprehensible.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “FBI Won’t File Criminal Charges In IRS Scandal”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    We’re on the cusp of Revolution when the top law enforcement agency explains their investigations with the sixth and 21st letters of the alphabet.

  2. Petronius says:

    “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” – G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy (1908)

    If memory serves, the FBI played an active role as a principal in the IRS crimes by threatening and harassing the Tea Party groups and individuals. So it’s the stuff of banana republics, and the old problem of Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who watches the watchmen?)

    Treason is an overt act by one who owes allegiance to the USA that consists either of (1) levying war against the United States, or (2) adhering to their [sic] enemies and giving them aid and comfort.

The law of treason requires the testimony of two witnesses to the overt act, and unfortunately that would seem to be difficult to manage because the FBI, which works for Tigellinus-Holder, would be doing the investigating. Once again: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

While it is only necessary to meet one of the two alternative tests, the criminal acts involved in Fast & Furious appear to meet both tests. However, the stronger case would lie under (2) adhering to their enemies and giving them aid and comfort. Under the adherence test, it is not legally necessary that the enemy be a foreign country or foreign government.

    Ordinarily impeachment would be easier to manage than a conviction for treason, as Nerobama and his regime have provided us with multiple grounds for impeachment –– refusals to faithfully execute the laws (ObamaCare, immigration laws, DOMA, voter roll clean-up provisions of the Motor Voter law, Black Panther cases, Federal drug laws, etc.), attacks on the Second Amendment (such as Fast & Furious), attacks on religious liberty (too numerous to list here), on freedom of the press (James Rosen, Fox, AP, etc.), on assorted whistleblowers, the IRS attacks on political rights of Tea Party groups and individuals, sweeping violations of the 4th Amendment, various refusals to obey court orders, unconstitutional recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess, assorted cabinet members repeatedly lying to Congress, Benghazi and its cover-up and the cover-up of the cover-up, Chrysler dealers, GM bondholders, threats made to Supreme Court justices, Federal judges and civil servants, repeatedly lying to the American people, making grants and contract awards to cronies (Solyndra, etc.), and various other abuses of power.

    In defense of the President it may be argued that he and his regime are guilty only of gross incompetence, ignorance, and mismanagement, rather than of any intent to violate the Constitution and laws or to abuse the powers of government. However nobody is incompetent 100 percent of the time. By a random act of pure chance, even the most incompetent boob would get something right sometime.

    The grounds for impeachment are clearly there. All that is lacking is the political will and the numbers in the Senate.

  3. Astravogel says:

    It’s the same reason sharks don’t eat lawyers; Professional Courtesy.

  4. heykev says:

    This is similar to Issa’s quest for answers. He gets no where, lied to but never sends anyone to jail for Contempt of Congress.

    It’s about time he starts stacking up gobernmint operatives like cord word in the Pen.

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