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‘Ousted’ IRS Commissioner Was Leaving Anyway

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

Obama fires acting IRS commissioner as pressure grows surrounding political targeting of conservative groups that sought tax-exempt status

By David Martosko | 15 May 2013

In a hastily called press conference in the East Room of the White House, Obama told reporters that he had asked Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to find out who was responsible for a program that targeted tea party groups and other conservative organizations for a special level of intrusive questioning after they applied for tax-exempt charitable statuses…

Why should the Treasury Department be in charge of investigating how it broke the law? Why not appoint a special counsel?

Lest we forget, a special counsel was appointed to investigate the Valerie Plame (non) scandal, even though everyone knew beforehand who had leaked her (non-classified) information.

‘Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting director of the IRS,’ Obama said. ‘It’s important,’ he added, ‘to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.’

But in an email to IRS employees, Miller claimed he would only be leaving next month because his assignment would be over.

‘It is with regret that I will be departing from the IRS as my acting assignment ends in early June,’ Miller wrote. ‘This has been an incredibly difficult time for the IRS given the events of the past few days, and there is a strong and immediate need to restore public trust in the nation’s tax agency.’

In fact, Mr. Miller was not the acting director when this illegal activity occurred. He was appointed November 10, 2012. The IRS had been scrutinizing conservative groups since March 2010. And we are supposed to believe that they had stopped by late 2012. (After the elections were over.)

However, Miller had been the Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, which put him directly in charge of the Tax Exempt Entities Division. And, before that, Millar had been the Commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division. — So, in fact he might have been promoted in November for his fine work there, suppressing the Tea Party.

In fact, it turns out that Miller has a long history of being involved in these kind of IRS shenanigans.

From the Washington Examiner

Deja vu: IRS boss of Tea Party probes targeted anti-Clinton group in 1990s

By Paul Bedard | May 14, 2013

Steven T. Miller, the acting IRS commissioner who managed the division that has admitted targeting anti-Obama Tea Party groups, was one of several agents who investigated anti-Clinton organizations including Judicial Watch during that Democrat’s administration, according to court documents and interviews.

Miller, who headed the IRS Services and Enforcement Division from 2009 until the end of last year, is named in court documents as part of a trio of Internal Revenue Service officials who allegedly characterized the 1998-2001 investigation of Judicial Watch as politically motivated.

According to court papers, one agent in the case reportedly told the legal watchdog group, "What do you expect when you sue the president?" Miller reportedly added that the Judicial Watch audit, coming after the group sent the White House a lengthy Freedom of Information Act request, "had created at least the appearance of a problem." …

At the time, several groups probing various Clinton administration scandals were being audited, leading to charges that the president was manipulating the IRS to target his enemies…

According to the IRS website, Miller, a lawyer, joined the IRS in the office of chief counsel in 1987 and "has served most of his 25 years at the IRS, an agency in the Treasury Department, in its Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division." That division is the one involved in the current scandal.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that the audit his group faced in the 1990s came from a complaint sent by a citizen and sent to the White House which forwarded it to the IRS. "This was all part of the pattern of the Clinton years," he said, adding that it cost his group "a lot of money" to fight the audit…

So history may be repeating itself with some of the very same players.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 16th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “‘Ousted’ IRS Commissioner Was Leaving Anyway”

  1. Well, it’s all forgiven then. If somebody was ALREADY on the way out we’ll just paddle him a little extra then slip him a lucrative book contact, pay him lucrative speaking fees and make sure his pension is up to date … maybe even finagle a triple dip … and it’s all good.

    amirite?

  2. Petronius

    Firing the temporary acting commissioner ain’t gonna do it, Skippy.

    tyranny (a working definition) –– having the sole power to decide whether one has the right to act or not act, unconstrained by the Constitution, the courts, the States, an opposition party, or against the will or consent of the people.

    By this definition, we now live under a tyranny. We can say this with confidence because Nerobama has used the IRS to obstruct, intimidate, and silence the tea party, which was the only remaining effective opposition to his rule.

    By this step, the IRS has lost forever any remaining shreds of respectability and fairness that it might once have enjoyed. It is proven unfit to receive new responsibilities under ObamaCare, including especially access to our private medical information.

    The IRS in Nerobama’s hands is revealed to be a political weapon for punishment and intimidation of the opposition. It’s become official: the IRS is now a Stalin-esque, openly partisan, instrument of terror. And not just political terror, for we need to note this program also targeted Christian and Jewish organizations, FoxNews reporters, the uppity St Louis reporter, et al.

    And we are now learning that the harassments didn’t stop with the IRS. The FBI and BATF also joined in the fun.

    Remedies:

    Under these circumstances, serious remedies are necessary before the American people can have some semblance of confidence in their government:
    1. disband and close the IRS and imprison all criminals
    2. impeach the president and Secretary of Treasury
    3. both of the above
    For the sake of our liberty, either the IRS or the president –– or both –– must go. Anything less will be properly seen as an acquiescence in –– or even an endorsement of –– continuing corruption and abuse of power. Anything less must be seen as kowtowing to tyranny.

    If one of those remedies is not taken, that leaves only a few alternatives –– the classic banana republic options:
    4. military coup
    5. revolution
    6. full blown dictatorship
    7. Americans become refugees and leave the USA.

    The time for tea parties is past.


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