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Jack Lew: Phony IRS Scandal Won’t Happen Again

From Red Alert Politics:

Chris Wallace grills Treasury Secretary Jack Lew about “phony scandals”

By John Twarog and Kelsey Osterman | July 28, 2013

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew looked visibly uncomfortable during his appearance this morning on ‘Fox News Sunday‘ this week, as host Chris Wallace doggedly questioned his guest about President Obama’s recent claim that the scandals that have plagued his administration are somehow “phony.” …

When asked by Wallace if President Obama actually thought the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservatives was actually a phony scandal, Lew dodged the question.

“The President has made clear, I have made clear, that the mistakes that were made in judgment, very bad judgment, managing the 501-c4 program were unacceptable and they had to be fixed,” Lew said.

These were not ‘mistakes in judgment.’ They were official policy. Policy allegedly set in motion by one of the IRS’s two political appointees, the IRS’s Chief Counsel William Wilkins. A man selected by Obama himself.

“So that was not a phony scandal?” Wallace followed up…

“He appointed an acting IRS commissioner who’s taken decisive action, clearing out all of the people who had supervisory responsibility for any of the decisions leading up to that,” Lew said.

No one has been fired. In fact, by all accounts, everyone involved is still being paid.

“He’s put in place methods to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” …

How can something ‘phony’ happen again? If it’s phony, it didn’t happen in the first place?

“I think we have to look at the facts,” [Lew] said. “There’s been a lot of investigations. There’s been a lot of hearings, IGs, the Justice Department — there’s no evidence of any political decision maker who was involved any of those decisions. And I think the attempt to keep finding that evidence is creating the kind of sense of a phony scandal that is referred to there.” …

And never mind that a top lawyer at the IRS, Carter Hull, claims that William Wilkins, told him to target the Tea Party applications. And never mind that William Wilkins met with Mr. Obama at the White House just two days before the IRS changed its policies, and began targeting the Tea Party.

The Treasury Secretary claimed that the IRS targeting of political groups was “equal opportunity” to both conservatives and liberals.

“At equal numbers, or not grossly disproportionate conservative groups over progressive groups?” Wallace followed up. “There are a equal number of groups,” Lew maintained. “The bad judgment was equal opportunity.” …

This is simply a boldfaced lie that has even been debunked by the Treasury Department’s own inspector general several times.

Of the 298 applications scrutinized for political involvement between May 2010 and May 2012, only six were considered to be ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive.’ And those applications were never held up. While the applications from Tea Party groups were held back for three years, on average.

“There has not been an investigation,” Wallace finally told Lew. “The Justice Department investigation is not complete, and the Inspector General never conducted an investigation. He conducted an audit. So where is the investigation?”

“An awful lot of time has gone into asking a lot of questions of a lot of people,” the Treasury Secretary said. “And I’m not saying it’s done.” …

For some reason this article left out the exchange where Lew insisted that he is ”leaving the investigation to the proper people who do investigations” because, “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to do the investigations.” And never mind that Obama charged Lew with investigating the scandal back in May.

Also, Chris Wallace didn’t even bring up the IRS’s leaking of tax information to leftwing groups. Nor their apparent auditing of conservative groups and candidates. But don’t worry. It’s just our imagination.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, July 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Jack Lew: Phony IRS Scandal Won’t Happen Again”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    We are living in a very strange universe were the perception has become the reality. There were years, I remember when news pukes were merciless in getting to the truth and asking the really tough questions that made the interviewee squirm. Or maybe that’s just my own perception.

    The other odd phenomenon is when the news pukes become the news. By inserting themselves into the stories and rewriting the narrative to suit the socialist agenda, they have cheapened their profession to that of a dollar whore, willing to do anything and everything to make socialism look good or to further the goal to get people to adhere to the government for all their needs.

    Pathetic.

  2. “We are living in a very strange universe were the perception has become the reality.”

    Well, let’s be clear about this … it is their perception driving what’s Real to them. Outside their sphere of insanity you and I are goggle-eyed at these inmates throwing poo at each other and celebrating the diversity of the poo.

  3. yadayada

    Rusty – I too am old enough to remember when reporters asked tough questions. unfortunately it was (and for the most part still is) only of people who didn’t toe the progressive line.
    I saw that interview. Wallace was somewhat firm with a couple of questions, but we never, ever see anyone going for the throat. lew said something to the effect of, I saw no evidence of blah, blah, blah….
    when you don’t look, you don’t see. almost all of his answers were of this slippery nature. absolutely pathetic.
    this is why libs are so adamant in their belief that there are no absolute truths. can’t nail jello to a wall.


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