The Blaze has a story on the IRS scandal in which according to CIA sources ordering of the targeting of Fox News James Rosen came from the White House. In fact Fox News is reporting tonight that the the DOJ had bugged the phone records of the Fox News at their space in the White House press room.
According to The Blaze story, Joseph Curl, a Washington Times Columnist, Tweeted this:
“CIA source says Fox News scandal the “4th Shoe”; says it goes much deeper; says WH also sitting on “something” that has top aides terrified.”
There is much more to this, as I’m being told that the “order” to go after conservative groups came from a “senior aide” within the White House and the aide was so close there is no way that Obama didn’t know. In fact the source told me, “This order came – either directly or indirectly – from the President”
Interestingly the second article of impeachment on Richard Nixon was “abuse of the IRS”.
Want to know why the Obama administration tried to hide the events of Benghazi prior to the November election? A new poll from CNN tells you why.
“A new poll from CNN demonstrates that Americans say the continuing investigations into two scandals that have arisen in the last week are important.
According to the poll, 55 percent of those polled say the questions about the administration’s conflicting stories on the cause of the September 11 attacks on the American diplomatic post in Benghazi are “very important,” with another 29 percent saying they are “somewhat important.” And on the issue of the IRS targeting conservative groups for increased scrutiny, 55 percent said the it was “very important” and another 30 percent said it was “somewhat important.”
Here’s more from CNN:
But 59% now say that the U.S government could have prevented the attack in Benghazi, up 11 points from last November. And only 37% say that congressional Republicans are overreacting in their handling of the matter, with 59% saying they’ve reacted appropriately.
It’s the same story on the IRS controversy, with 54% saying the GOP in Congress has not overplayed its hand.
The CNN poll results are similar to those found by Gallup earlier this weekend.”
How much this would have affected the election results is anyone’s guess, but it shows that if they media – besides Fox News – had done it’s job and investigated Benghazi, it would have at least chipped away at Obama’s false foreign policy credentials.
This also shows as more information comes to public light they will begin to turn against Obama as we are already seeing happen in his approval poll numbers.
It’s evident that it’s going to be the defense of the White House and Democrats that the IRS targeting of conservative groups is going to be blamed on a few “rogue” agents in the Cincinnati office. First, we now know that everything began when George Soros funded groups began putting pressure on the IRS to check out conservative 501(c)(3) groups in the wake of the Supreme Court Citizens United ruling.
“The IRS scandal can be traced back to a series of letters that the liberal groups Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Democracy 21 sent to the IRS back in 2010 and 2011. Both groups were funded by George’s Soros’s Open Society Foundations. The CLC received $677,000 and Democracy 21 got $365,000 from the Soros-backed foundation, according to the Foundation’s 990 tax forms.
The letters specifically targeted conservative Super PACs like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, asking the IRS to scrutinize them more thoroughly to determine whether or not they should retain their tax-exempt status.
On Oct. 5, 2010, when the first letter was sent to the IRS, calling specifically for the agency to “investigate” Crossroads GPS. The letter claimed Crossroads was “impermissibly using its tax status to spend tens of millions of dollars in the 2010 congressional races while hiding the donors funding these expenditures from the American people.” Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer wrote a blog post for the liberal Huffington Post to promote it, and the effort to get the media to notice the anti-conservative campaign began.
On June 27, 2011, a second letter by the CLC and Democracy 21 complained about enforcement of 501(c)(4) tax regulations, asking “that the IRS issue new regulations that better enforce the law.” Two days later, an IRS senior agency official was briefed on a new policy targeting groups which “criticize how the country is being run,” according to a Washington Post story. According to the Post, this policy was later revised.
A third letter by the CLC and Democracy 21, on Sept 28, 2011, got media traction. The letter showed the escalation of the left’s complaint about 501(c)(4) groups. It challenged “the eligibility of four organizations engaged in campaign activity to be treated as 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations.” The four organizations included Crossroads GPS, Priorities USA, American Action Network and Americans Elect.”
Today I had a conversation with with a senior IRS official who wishes to remain anonymous, but told me that there is no way that a handful of people in the Cincinnati office.
“There is no way this would have originated from just a few “rogue” agents, the guildence had to come from someone up the chain”. Just how high?
We’ll have to see. Kim Strassell at the WSJ has a theory on it.
“Mr. VanderSloot is the Obama target who in 2011 made a sizable donation to a group supporting Mitt Romney. In April 2012, an Obama campaign website named and slurred eight Romney donors. It tarred Mr. VanderSloot as a “wealthy individual” with a “less-than-reputable record.” Other donors were described as having been “on the wrong side of the law.”
This was the Obama version of the phone call—put out to every government investigator (and liberal activist) in the land.
Twelve days later, a man working for a political opposition-research firm called an Idaho courthouse for Mr. VanderSloot’s divorce records. In June, the IRS informed Mr. VanderSloot and his wife of an audit of two years of their taxes. In July, the Department of Labor informed him of an audit of the guest workers on his Idaho cattle ranch. In September, the IRS informed him of a second audit, of one of his businesses. Mr. VanderSloot, who had never been audited before, was subject to three in the four months after Mr. Obama teed him up for such scrutiny.
The last of these audits was only concluded in recent weeks. Not one resulted in a fine or penalty. But Mr. VanderSloot has been waiting more than 20 months for a sizable refund and estimates his legal bills are $80,000. That figure doesn’t account for what the president’s vilification has done to his business and reputation.
The Obama call for scrutiny wasn’t a mistake; it was the president’s strategy—one pursued throughout 2012. The way to limit Romney money was to intimidate donors from giving. Donate, and the president would at best tie you to Big Oil or Wall Street, at worst put your name in bold, and flag you as “less than reputable” to everyone who worked for him: the IRS, the SEC, the Justice Department. The president didn’t need a telephone; he had a megaphone.
The same threat was made to conservative groups that might dare play in the election. As early as January 2010, Mr. Obama would, in his state of the union address, cast aspersions on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, claiming that it “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests” (read conservative groups).
The president derided “tea baggers.” Vice President Joe Biden compared them to “terrorists.” In more than a dozen speeches Mr. Obama raised the specter that these groups represented nefarious interests that were perverting elections. “Nobody knows who’s paying for these ads,” he warned. “We don’t know where this money is coming from,” he intoned.
In case the IRS missed his point, he raised the threat of illegality: “All around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates . . . And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.”
One more thing. I’m hearing rumors of rumblings among IRS employees involved in the scandal. It looks like from what we’re seeing in the congressional hearings is that people may go to jail. That means trials which means discovery which means plea bargans which means more possible whistle blowers.
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