Again I had to find out from the foreign press that IRS’ own internal investigations clearly pointed at targeted malfeasance against conservatives, as much as 6 months before the 2012 elections, but this critical information and attempt to undermined our voting process was conveniently kept from congress:
Tempers flared in a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Wednesday, with members on both sides of the aisle castigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative groups with special scrutiny, and then hiding the practice from Congress.
Rep. Darrel Issa, the committee’s chairman, said that the committee learned just yesterday that the IRS completed its own investigation a year before a Treasury Department Inspector General report was completed.
But despite the IRS recognizing in May 2012 that its employees were treating right-wing groups differently from other organizations, Issa said, IRS personnel withheld those conclusions from legislators.
‘Just yesterday the committee interviewed Holly Paz, the director of exempt organizations, rulings and agreements, division of the IRS,’ Issa said. ‘While a tremendous amount of attention is centered about the Inspector General’s report, or investigation, the committee has learned from Ms. Paz that she in fact participated in an IRS internal investigation that concluded in May of 2012 – May 3 of 2012 – and found essentially the same thing that Mr. George found more than a year later.’
So not only was the management at the IRS well aware that their employees were engaged in wielding the massive power of government to intimidate and suppress what these people clearly saw as enemies of the Nanny State, but they sat on it. There was a lot of this sort of stuff that went down before the election but was kept under wraps, it seems. I have a feeling that the LSM and many of the people now trying to pretend this stuff is all much ado about nothing, primarily because they like who won the election as a result of the lies and manipulations now coming to light and whom the target of the governmental abuse was, wouldn’t be so blasé about this all if it wasn’t their side that profited from it.
UPDATE: Holy freaking Sheat these Obamanauts are morons:
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said embattled IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights and will be hauled back to appear before his panel again.
The California Republican said Lerner’s Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination was voided when she gave an opening statement this morning denying any wrongdoing and professing pride in her government service.
“When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.”
Issa dismissed her from the committee room once it became clear she wouldn’t answer questions.
Lerner’s decision to speak at all immediately triggered a dust-up among lawmakers who were confused about whether she gave up her Fifth Amendment protections when she made an opening statement.
This chick is a lawyer right? And who was her lawyer? Did either understand how invoking the 5th works in the real world, or did they watch one Hollywood movie too many? These are the people running the country. No wonder things are as effed up as they are.