IRS “Loses” the Emails of 5 Other Employees Connected With the Targeting of Conservative Groups

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If you’ve been following the IRS scandal, you’ll remember that when subpenaed, the IRS conveniently “lost” Lois Lerner’s emails, and destroyed her computer’s hard drive.   It is also said that they destroyed her Blackberry as well.  It seems that every bit of communication technology she ever touched had to be destroyed; right after Congress decided to look at it.  It now appears that the emails of another FIVE IRS staffers mysteriously went ‘POOF” right after Congress started looking at the problem.  Steve, at America’s Watchtower, has more…

And now the list has grown once again according to this story because it is now being reported that the IRS has lost the emails of another five employees who are embroiled in this scandal.

  Here is more:

The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.

The tax agency said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. The revelation set off a new round of investigations and congressional hearings.

On Friday, the IRS said it has also lost emails from five other employees related to the probe, including two agents who worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status.

The agency blamed computer crashes for the lost emails. In a statement, the IRS said it found no evidence that anyone deliberately destroyed evidence.

  What a remarkable coincidence! You may remember that when this scandal first broke the IRS basically blamed rogue agents in the Cincinnati office and now their emails related to the scandal are lost because of computer crashes. 

Wow, absolutely EVERYONE in involved had their emails mysteriously disappear?  That has to be a complete coincidence, right?

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Rubio Goes After Obama on VA

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Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio is taking the Obama administration to task for their “systemic” incompetence.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said the Obama administration was incompetent and unable to separate politics from actual crises that affect Americans.

“This is a campaign that was very good at messaging, but they have no competence in terms of governing,” Rubio said during an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News.

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The Obama White House has a “systemic problem of governing” and a visceral reaction to “circle the wagons to protect their people” as opposed to holding them accountable for poor management, Rubio told host Bill O’Reilly.

The administration is “more concerned about what they’re going to say than what they’re going to do,” said Rubio, a possible 2016 GOP candidate for president. “For them, it’s an opportunity to message as opposed to an opportunity to solve it.”

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Administration officials, he said, interpret any criticism as “partisan politics” instead of legitimate concerns.

The senator, elected in 2010, said he has fielded a “significant” number of constituent complaints about the Veterans Administration. Yet, Rubio said, when when they were brought to the White House’s attention, he was accused of playing politics to “embarrass” Democrats.

The administration is currently being criticized for a scandal where veterans have allegedly died while waiting indefinitely for care at VA hospitals across the country. A whistleblower revealed that the VA kept a secret waiting list of patients in an effort to deceive Washington that timely care is being provided.

“This is a very valid and legitimate complaint that people have, a very serious crisis,” Rubio said.

 

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Emails Show That IRS Released True The Vote’s Confidential Tax Information to the Office of Elijah Cummings

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As we have seen, Elijah Cummings is one of the Congressmen who are keenly interested in killing the investigation into the IRS’s targeting of Conservative groups.  Now, we see why Elijah Cummings was so keenly interested in stopping the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt.” According to recently disclosed emails, it appears that the office of democrat Elijah Cummings actually participated in the targeting.  Town Hall has more…

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, along with five Subcommittee Chairmen are demanding Cummings provide an explanation for the staff inquiries to the IRS about True the Vote and for his denial that his staff ever contacted the IRS about the group.

“Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” the letter to Cummings states. “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”

The first contact between the IRS and Cummings’ staffers about True the Vote happened in August 2012. In January 2013, staff asked for more information from the IRS about the group. Former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner went out of her way to try and get information to Cummings’ office.The information Cummings received was not shared with Majority Members on the Committee.

On January 28, three days after staffers requested more information, Lerner wrote an email to her deputy Holly Paz, who has since been put on administrative leave, asking, “Did we find anything?” Paz responded immediately by saying information had not been found yet, to which Lerner replied, “Thanks, check tomorrow please.”

On January 31, Paz sent True the Vote’s 990 forms to Cumming’s staff.

Up until this point, Rep. Cummings has denied his staff ever contacted the IRS about True the Vote and their activities during Oversight hearings. In fact, on February 6, 2014 during a Subcommittee hearing where Engelbrecht testified, Cummings vehemently denied having any contact or coordination in targeting True the Vote when attorney Cleta Mitchell, who is representing the group, indicated staff on the Committee had been involved in communication with the IRS. This was the exchange:

Ms. Mitchell: We want to get to the bottom of how these coincidences happened, and we’re going to try to figure out whether any – if there was any staff of this committee that might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these Federal agencies. We don’t know that, but we – we’re going to do everything we can do to try to get to the bottom of how did this all happen.

 

Mr. Cummings. Will the gentleman yield?

Mr. Meadows. Yes.

Mr. Cummings. I want to thank the gentleman for his courtesy. What she just said is absolutely incorrect and not true.

So, there you go.  Democrats trying to silence the investigation into the scandal that they themselves created.  Isn’t that convenient?

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Will Fox Again be Targeted by the Obama Administration?

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govt-censorshipIf you recall, right after Obama was elected, the new administration declared the Fox News was not a news network, and sought to exclude them from anything in the new administration.  Of course, Fox covers stories that the rest of the networks refuse to cover.   That, and they refuse to lie for team Obama.  Given that history, and other, more recent events, and you’ll agree with Wyblog’s assessment of the situation…

Will the FCC shut down Fox News now that Obama has blamed them for all his problems?

It’s not without precedent.

Obama has gone out of his way to make sure that journalists keep their mouths shut about the shady actions and scandals that his administration has been involved in.

He threatened to destroy the career of a Fox News reporter exposing the truth about Benghazi. He’s using Soviet tactics to prosecute a filmmaker who made a movie exposing Obama’s radical background. He’s also been the most aggressive president since Nixon in keeping a tight grip on information. One former NSA official even came out and said that Obama’s tactics have made the US a police state.

And let’s not forget how he used the IRS to harass Conservatives.

Oh, wait, he told Bill O’Reilly he really didn’t do that. Honest.

And besides, all his problems are caused by Fox News. They’re spreading lies!. Lies and more lies! It’s all lies!

While speaking about Benghazi, Obama laughed at one point when O’Reilly asked about Susan Rice’s contention that the attack was a spontaneous action.

About two minutes later, Obama blamed Fox News for people believing Obama did not call the Benghazi attack terrorism.

“Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out,” O’Reilly said.

“And they believe it because folks like you are telling them that,” Obama said.

“No, I’m not telling them that,” O’Reilly responded to laughter.

You know what I find most disconcerting? How he laughed at O’Reilly’s questions. Classy, that, isn’t it? Real Presidential.

When you look at any action of this administration, you have to keep in mind that controlling information is step one in any totalitarian state.  Eliminating Fox is a goal, especially when they outdraw both MSNBC and CNN combined.  And, what of all the Tea Party groups that have turned up over the last few years…

So I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that new IRS regulations will effectively put most conservative groups out of business, right before the 2014 midterm elections.

IRS Reg-134417-13 will forbid conservative groups from holding voter registration drives, advertising, promoting, and prohibits any kind of political activity including rallies, mailings, teas, and forums.

Meanwhile unions, a heavy Democrat-friendly constituency, are exempt from these new rules. I’m sure that’s just an oversight…

See, they completely make the charge of illegally targeting Conservatives go away by making it legal.

In a regressive world, run by regressives, only regressive ideas are to be discussed.  Any other ideas are to be banned, and the proponents of those ideas punished!

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IRS Scandal Update: 292 Conservative Groups Targeted, No Identified Liberal Groups

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When the President, or the MSM, mentions the IRS scandal (if it’s mentioned at all), it’s fake, a non-issue, and a farce invented by conservatives to stop the democrats from courageously enforcing their beautiful social justice.  But, for a non-issue, how were almost 300 Conservative organizations targeted, and no identified liberal organizations?  Here is some video from FOX…

and some more…

Yes, nothing to see here.  The IRS is your friend! Just move along!

H/T: Independent Sentinel

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Thats All FolksBurning His Bridges

“I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution … I found this out at 8:50 yesterday morning.” – Chris Christie

“You can’t fool the fat man” – Randy Newman

It’s amazing, isn’t it, how many innocent politicians become embroiled in scandal through absolutely no fault of their own.  At least, that’s the way they tell it.  By the way, I’ve got a bridge in New Jersey I’d like to sell you …

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Your Obama Scandal Template™

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Nothing to see here.  Move along.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

With the many scandals now surrounding the Obama administration many have asked yours truly to stop texting them photos of my penis when I will apply my world famous templates to this.  Always willing to listen to my public except when they get restraining orders I now present for your edification the Obama Scandal Template™.

The IRS is accused of inappropriately targeting your political opponents

  1. Humbly ask the American people for forgiveness.  After all, you are the President.  The buck stops with you
  2. Deny any and all knowledge of anything the IRS may or may not have done
  3. Blame it on low level staffers at the Cincinnati office
  4. Fire the acting head of the IRS (who was due to resign anyway)
  5. Republicans are so racist

On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks The U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed by a mob

  1. Unfortunate. But that hero knew the risks and gave his life in the line of duty.
  2. If only he had asked for more security
  3. Seriously.  I don’t know why he didn’t ask for more security
  4. Obviously it was a youtube video.  Islam is the religion of peace
  5. I would expect racist Republicans to try to score political points on this

The Justice Department has seized the phone records of the Associated Press

  1. This has been the most transparent administration in history
  2. Obtaining the phone records was necessary for national security
  3. Seriously.  We wish we didn’t have to do it but lives were at stake
  4. Chump don’t talk trash about Obama chump won’t get no trash
  5. So we took some phone records.  It was necessary to root out teabaggers – the real terrorists

Let’s go back to Benghazi for a moment.  Records show that Ambassador Christopher Stevens repeatedly asked for more security in the months leading up to the attack

  1. Islam is the Religion of Peace.
  2. Like I mentioned earlier, it was that damned youtube video
  3. Fortunately the man who made the video is in jail. Free speech? Bah!  Not if it insults the Prophet!
  4. I do not believe you when you say he asked for more security.  Your sources are wrong
  5. If only those racist Republicans would be nicer to Muslims.  Maybe this wouldn’t have happened

Let’s go back to the IRS for a moment.  Staffers in the Cincinnati office say they didn’t have the authority to target conservative groups on their own and that the orders came from very high up

  1. I see what you’re trying to do here.  Sow doubt as to the honesty of President Obama.  Well, it won’t work
  2. Hope and change!
  3. Obama called me the other day at home.  Me!  Oh god he likes me!
  4. Are you honestly saying teabaggers deserve constitutional protection?  Need I remind you our president is a constitutional scholar.  Besides, the constitution was written a hundred years ago or something.  No one knows what it means
  5. Nixon did it!  Take that you racist Republicans

And there you have it.  The Obama Scandal Template™.

No thanks are necessary.  I’m just doing my job so the MSM won’t have to.

Original Post:  Manhattan Infidel

NOTE:  The Conservative Hideout does not support the texting of external genitalia.  If you wish Manhattan Infidel to cease and desist sending you pictures of his junk, kindly look for the contact information at his site. 


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My Exclusive Interview with Former Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller

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Being a blogger means one thing:  Not making a profit Being at the forefront of breaking news stories.  And when the scandal of the IRS targeting groups opposed to the Obama administration broke I spared no expense to get to the bottom of the story.  Using my contacts in the government hookers I was able to get access absolutely no access to the movers and shakers in Washington.  And so, without further adieu I now present my exclusive interview with former acting IRS commissioner Steven T. Miller (pictured here)

I want your blood.  And any records that prove you oppose the administration

I want your blood. And any records that prove you oppose the administration

MI: Thank you for meeting with me.

STM:  No problem.  As a government employee we exist to serve the people.

MI: Do you really believe that?

STM: Of course.  [Pause] Ah, who am I kidding.  We are better than you rubes.

MI: Okay. Moving along.  What would you say is the role of the IRS?

STM: To objectively, impartially and fairly collect income from Americans.

MI: Seriously?

STM: Okay, you got me.  The IRS’s role is to punish the administration’s enemies.  To make the lives of conservatives a living hell.  To use tax records to blackmail and intimidate those whose politics we disagree with.

MI: Wow.  I must say I appreciate your honesty.

STM: I’m out of control I tell you.  Power mad.  I destroy.  Why before I went into the office this morning I broke my cat’s neck and drank his blood. Why?  Why not.  That’s just how I, and the IRS, roll. 

MI: Okay.  I don’t know how to follow up with that but let’s start with this.  Does the IRS make use of “code words” to target certain groups?

STM: You mean like teabaggers?

MI:Yes.  Exactly.

STM: Never.

MI: Really?

STM: Okay.  You got me.  Especially teabaggers.  We target all those that believe in smaller government.  Because by believing in smaller government they decrease my power.  Power!  I live for it.

MI: You’re starting to scare me.

Look into my eyes!

Look into my eyes!

STMLook into my eyes.

MI: Stop that. Now back to my question.  How many code words do you use?

STM: Thousands, literally.

MI: Can you give me some examples?

STM: Any group that wants to “make America a better place” we target.  Some other code words include “small government” “Patriot” and “George Lazenby” to name a few.

MI: George Lazenby?  Really?  Why?

STM: It’s a well known fact that George Lazenby’s fans all favor smaller government.

MI: I did not know that.

STM: By the way, as long as you’re here, do you suffer from any blood disorders?

MI: Not that I”m aware of.

STM: Perfect.  [He lunges at Manhattan Infidel]

I'm a government employee.  I must drink your blood!

I’m a government employee. I must drink your blood!

MI: Will you cut that out.  I just had gall bladder surgery. You’ll rip my stitches.

STM: But I’m a government employee.  I must drink your blood.

MI: I’m out of here. Psycho!

STM: Come back.  Come back now!  Or I’ll audit you!  And drink your blood!  And kill your cat!

MI One last thing before I go.  You were forced to resign because of the IRS scandal.

STM:  I did not resign.  I was scheduled to move on anyway.

MI:  Really?

STM:  Would I lie?

Would I lie?

Would I lie?

And there you have it readers.  Once again I have unearthed a story the mainstream media won’t touch:  Many in the IRS wear capes.

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel

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IRS Harassment of Conservative Groups Extended to Other IRS Offices, Including DC

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The IRS scandal took another turn late yesterday, when it was discovered that not only did the Cincinnati office take part, but others, including the DC office, were engaged as well.  Also, it is noted that the head of the IRS knew as well, and said nothing for quite some time. Legal Insurrection has more…

The Washington Post reports tonight, IRS officials in Washington were involved in targeting of conservative groups:

Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.

The head of the IRS was aware for over a year, Top IRS official didn’t reveal tea party targeting:

Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Steven T. Miller repeatedly failed to tell Congress that tea party groups were being inappropriately targeted, even after he had been briefed on the matter.

The IRS said Monday that Miller was first informed on May, 3, 2012, that applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups were inappropriately singled out for extra, sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

At least twice after the briefing, Miller wrote letters to members of Congress to explain the process of reviewing applications for tax-exempt status without revealing that tea party groups had been targeted. On July 25, 2012, Miller testified before the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee but again was not forthcoming on the issue — despite being asked about it.

So, either the IRS is the most incompetent agency in the universe, or they were intentionally malevolent.  I’m going with malevolent.

The other day, I asked “why are they not fighting this?”  Why the admissions?  Obviously, they are going to throw people under the bus and make this go away.  But, what this story really does is knock Benghazi off the front page.  It got hot last week.  VERY hot, and it lead back to the highest levels of the administration.  In this story, it stops with the head of the IRS (unless someone else comes forward), and it insulates the White House.

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Election 2012: America Votes for Free Stuff

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Give me Free stuff!

President Obama has been reelected.

Yes.  You heard correctly.  President Obama has been reelected.

Four years of recession.

Four years of scandal.

Allies insulted.

Enemies bowed to.

Ambassadors killed and dragged through the streets.

Debt increased by five billion.

Obamacare set to take effect.

All this.

And America still reelected a small, petty, vicious man who makes Jimmy Carter look like George Washington.

I for one welcome my new overlords in the mainstream media.

I for one welcome my new overlords in the Death Panels.

I for one welcome my new overlords in the Muslim world.  First amendment?  It insults Allah!

I look forward to the rioting when the United States defaults on its debt.

If this election has taught us anything it is that we must destroy the Republican party.

We must never vote Republican again.

It’s time to “Whig” them.  Let the party disappear.  A new party is necessary.

Once there was a country dedicated to individual liberty and limited government.

Once there was a country that had a constitution, a thing of beauty.

But America has chosen free stuff.

That is the secret of Barack Obama’s victory.

Too many people now suck off the Federal Teat.

Socialism is an evil system.  It doesn’t make the poor richer.  It makes the rich, and the middle class poorer.

Our government will grow larger.

Individual freedom will disappear.

The all powerful state will tell us how to think.

The all powerful state will dictate our conscience to us.

Religious liberty is dead.

Catholics voted for Obama.

Women voted with their lady parts.

Our new religion is the state.

Our new religion is the Democratic party.

Its sacraments are taught in our schools.

Its priests are worshiped as holy men.

The media are its propaganda wing.

Once there was a great country called America.

But we settled for having Europe like us.

We settled for being Europe.

In the next four years as our debt piles up, as unemployment increases,  as the middle east kills more ambassadors  I don’t want to hear anyone complain.

We asked for this America.

We deserve it.

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel

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Amid Scandal, Major Nelson Resigns from NASA

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Amid mounting criticism Major Tony Nelson of NASA has announced his resignation.  The growing scandal, dubbed “JeannieGate” by the press has threatened future funding for the organization at a time when the United States space program is already at an all time low.

“We have no space program now.  We have to depend of other nations to get our astronauts into space” said Mitch McConnell, (R-KY).  “And now we find out that one of our astronauts has a concubine with magical powers.  Is this why President Obama has reduced funding to NASA?  How much did Obama know about the genie and when did he know it?”

Even before the disclosure that he kept a concubine dressed in a revealing outfit in a bottle in his house, there were rumors about Major Nelson’s strange behavior, ranging from being in two places at once to his penchant for invisible dogs who hate uniforms.

Nelson’s immediate superior at NASA, Major General Martin Peterson, in an attempt to save his own career, has put a positive spin on the scandal, touting it as an example of the success of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“I specifically did not ask Major Nelson if he kept a concubine with magical powers and he specifically did not tell me.  End of story.”

Despite Peterson’s comments insiders say Nelson had no choice but to resign.

“How much money have we expended on NASA?  How many shuttles have we lost?  How many men have died?  And now we find out that Nelson had a genie who could blink away every problem?  His reputation is toast” said close friend Major Roger Healey, who himself is under fire for a notoriously immoral private life that has lead to the spread of a previously unknown form of V.D. throughout NASA nicknamed “Screw the Pooch.”

Healey may have also known about the genie, given his relationship with Nelson, though he denies any knowledge of Nelson’s concubine.

The criticism of Nelson goes beyond the confines of NASA.  In Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal called Nelson “selfish” for keeping his genie to himself.

“We’re in a shooting war here.  She could help us by blinking away Al Qaeda. If nothing else the fact that this girl  is from Baghdad could help us build bridges with the Muslim population. As long as she keeps her navel covered that is.”

Perhaps the only person happy about Nelson’s genie is NASA psychiatrist, Colonel Alfred Bellows, who is currently on leave after suffering a nervous breakdown that he blames on Nelson.

“I knew it!  All those years of watching Nelson, trying to prove that something wasn’t right.  No one believed  me.  They all thought I was crazy.  But I’m not crazy. I’m not.  Now will someone please get this straitjacket off me.  I’m not dangerous.”

From Baghdad, Haji, the “Chief of All Genies” had no comment on the scandal.

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel

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