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Lerner’s IRS ‘Admission’ Was A Planned Roll-Out

From US News & World Report:

Exclusive: Woman Who Asked IRS’s Lois Lerner Scandal-Breaking Question Details Plant

Lawyer says she was called directly by IRS official and given question

By Rebekah Metzler | May 17, 2013

The woman whose question prompted a top Internal Revenue Service official to admit the agency was inappropriately targeting conservative groups says she was contacted prior to the event that elicited the admission and was directed to ask the question.

Celia Roady, a prominent tax lawyer in the firm of Morgan Lewis, said she was called personally by Lois Lerner, the IRS head of the tax exempt division, on May 9.

"I received a call from Lois Lerner, who told me that she wanted to address an issue after her prepared remarks at the [American Bar Association] Tax Section’s Exempt Organizations Committee Meeting, and asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks," Roady said in a statement to U.S. News and World Report.

"I agreed to do so, and she then gave me the question that I asked at the meeting the next day. We had no discussion thereafter on the topic of the question, nor had we spoken about any of this before I received her call. She did not tell me, and I did not know, how she would answer the question."

Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller admitted to House lawmakers Friday during an oversight hearing of the controversy that the question was a plant. The IRS was aware of a forthcoming Treasury Department Inspector General Report that would condemn the targeting of groups applying for 501(c)(4) status if they contained the words "tea party," "patriot" or "9/12." …

In other words, they wanted to get out ahead of the IG’s report. So as to make it look like they had just uncovered the problem and were doing something about it. When it fact, they had known about the problem for years.

By the way, both Lerner and Miller testified before Congress the week before last, but neither of them discussed the scrutiny given to Tea Party groups, despite being asked. They were so used to covering all of this up.

Here is some more dumped Friday news, via the Wall Street Journal:

Higher-Ups Knew of IRS Case


The Internal Revenue Service’s watchdog told top Treasury officials around June 2012 he was investigating allegations the tax agency had targeted conservative groups, for the first time indicating that Obama administration officials were aware of the explosive matter in the midst of the president’s re-election campaign.

The disclosure to the Treasury general counsel and the deputy secretary was a cursory one, according to J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. He said he didn’t reveal conclusions of the probe, which was in its early stages, and his disclosure came as part of a routine update to Treasury leaders. At the time, Republican lawmakers were complaining publicly about alleged IRS targeting of tea-party groups…

They were also asking the IRS in both hearings and letters about what the IRS was up to. And they were told — nothing.

It was one of several new details that emerged during a contentious four-hour House committee hearing Friday…

Mr. Miller conceded the agency likely disciplined the wrong employee in one effort to address the problem. Another was reassigned in the agency’s Cincinnati office, but he couldn’t provide the employee’s name

They really are on top of things over there. Still, you have to admit they were good at covering up for their boss, so he could get re-elected.

At the hearing, lawmakers of both parties expressed anger that IRS officials didn’t reveal the problems to them in 2012. GOP lawmakers, after receiving complaints from tea-party groups about IRS scrutiny, asked then-commissioner Douglas Shulman about that in March 2012. He testified before the Ways and Means committee then that there was "absolutely no targeting," but he didn’t correct his testimony after learning of the problems in May, according to congressional investigators…

That is, Mr. Schulman lied to Congress, then quietly went back and ‘corrected’ his testimony when nobody was looking.

Several other IRS officials, including Mr. Miller, didn’t disclose the problems to lawmakers in letters and testimony

Don’t worry. Lying to Congress is only a problem for baseball players and Republicans.

Lawmakers of both parties questioned his response.

"Throughout this time, the IRS leadership has demonstrated a total disregard for the oversight role of the Congress and this committee," said Rep. Sander Levin (D., Mich.), the committee’s top Democrat. Mr. Shulman "had an obligation to return to this committee and set this record straight. So did Mr. Miller."

"How was that not misleading this committee?" said Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) to Mr. Miller. "How can we not conclude that you misled this committee?"

"I did not mislead the committee," Mr. Miller responded, adding later, "I answered the question truthfully." …


This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Lerner’s IRS ‘Admission’ Was A Planned Roll-Out”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Can we the people finally rid ourselves of the lawless Gestapo?
    These are the Aholes that will enforce Nobama Care.

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    A “Flat” Tax would solve most of this problem. We could reduce the IRS by 75% and as an added bonus watch all the progressive programs go bye-bye.

    All we need is Total power in 2016. House (280); Senate (65) 4 extras to make up for the RINO’s; White House (2) We’ll make Breitbart’s ghost VP.. Then take a page from FDR and expand the Supreme court to 13 members and install Sarah Palin, Michele Bauchman, Judge Andrew Napolitano and Rush Limbaugh as the new Justices.

    America would return to normal in 5 years.

    Problem Solved. ;-)

    • GetBackJack says:

      I remember Dick Armey, an economist, one of the three authors of Contract With America and highly influential member of the House literally shouting with joy from the steps of the Capitol Building on the day the Republicans took control for the first time in decades … “Next Stop. We Rid The Nation of The IRS!”

      Hs own Party defeated him.

      Not to be rude, but any of us who hope the Republican Party is going to abolish the IRS and go Flat Tax is smoking weed that’s been flavored with Paraquat.

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