Friday, September 13, 2013

Lois Lerner's a Liar

As if we didn't know this already:
Congress's investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives has been continuing out of the Syria headlines, and it's turning up news. Emails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee between former Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and her staff raise doubts about IRS claims that the targeting wasn't politically motivated and that low-level employees in Cincinnati masterminded the operation.
In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staff—including then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz—that a Tea Party matter is "very dangerous," and is something "Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on." Ms. Lerner adds, "Cincy should probably NOT have these cases."
"Cincy should probably not have these cases>" Hmmmm .... I seem to remember that the Obama Administration in the person of IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, told us that a few rogue IRS agents in Cincinnati were responsible for this whole thing. Then  Lois got up and asserted that she did nothing wrong, right before she sought to assert her non-existent Fifth Amendment rights because she had already started to testify. In fact, it appears Lois DID do something VERY wrong:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had complained to the Federal Election Commission that conservative groups like Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity should be treated as political committees, rather than 501(c)(4)s, which are tax-exempt social welfare groups that do not have to disclose their donors.
"Perhaps the FEC will save the day," Ms. Lerner wrote back later that morning.
"Save the day" exactly how, Lois? Time to drag this lying bureaucratic hack back up to Capitol Hill and compel her to testify truthfully under penalty of prosecution and jail time. Let's hope the Darrel Issa collects the testicles and the common sense that seems to have been on hiatus and start knocking some IRS heads together. 

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