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Dem Rep. Johnson to PJM: Obama Wouldn’t ‘Use a Federal Agency for Political Purposes’

IRS targeting of Tea Party groups “could be grounds for termination” but “certainly wouldn’t be grounds for prosecution.”

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Nicholas Ballasy

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May 27, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson told PJ Media that he has “confidence” the Obama administration would not use a federal agency for “political purposes.”

PJ Media asked Johnson for his reaction to former IRS commissioner Doug Shulman telling Congress that he never discussed the IRS singling out conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status during his 118 visits to the White House in 2010 and 2011.

“I have confidence that this administration would not use a federal agency for political purposes,” he said on Capitol Hill. “We saw that happen in the last administration with the Justice Department and those kinds of abuses I don’t think are engaged in by this particular administration but it’s something that we always have to be on guard against.”

Johnson also said if it is revealed that any IRS employees targeted Tea Party groups on their own without direction from a supervisor, it “could be grounds for termination” but “certainly wouldn’t be grounds for prosecution.”

“I’ve seen nothing that would indicate any criminal activity,” Johnson said.

Attorney General Eric Holder has started a criminal investigation into the situation.

“The FBI is coordinating with the Justice Department to see if any laws were broken in connection with those matters related to the IRS,” Holder said.

“I think the overriding message is that we need to get a handle on what is a (c)(4), a 501(c)(4). We need to make sure that the language of the statute is carefully adhered to and what has happened is that over the years since 1959, according to Lawrence O’Donnell, the IRS has applied a different standard to the interpretation of that statute,” Johnson told PJ Media.

“What we have to do is get back down to where 501(c)(4) nonprofits cannot be engaged in anything other than social welfare issues, should not be involved one iota in electioneering or politicking and so I think that’s the bigger issue.”

Johnson, a member of House Judiciary Committee, said the investigation should “go all the way up to the top” of where the idea behind targeting tea party conservative groups began.

“We need to look at their motives. Perhaps they were not meaning to politically target but they just were doing their job in terms of trying to make sure that the organization that had that name was primarily as opposed to exclusively involved in social welfare issues,” he said.

Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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you really can't make this stuff up. while not the most ignorant thing I've heard a politician say it's for sure a top 10.
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About time for Hank to tip over and sink, ain't it?
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"Dem Rep. Johnson to PJM: Obama Wouldn’t ‘Use a Federal Agency for Political Purposes’'

No, just several of them. If Georgia Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson actually believes what he is saying, he must have an IQ south of 65.

I must ask PJM, why do you interview someone who is either a total liar or a total moron? Just for grins? Maybe you should interview Bill Clinton as he's a much better liar.

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I, for one, am overjoyed that Hank actually talked to you-all.
There is nothing like hearing drivel from the mouth of a slack-jawed moron to convince us rubes that they are scared outta' their ever-loving minds.
You just know he was picked to be 'a leader' here, and it shows.
He's quoting Larry [Fricken] O'Donnel for sh!t's sake.
[...Yeah,... when I want real, authoritative journalism, I go to a total D B, surrounded by dozens of his own kind, for my info]
Thanks to PJM for this instructive window on Progressivism [and Tribalism] and some of what it entails.
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Hank Johnson - the leading intellectual of the democrat party - quite a feat considering the competition for the top spot.
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"...what has happened is that over the years since 1959, according to Lawrence O’Donnell, the IRS has applied a different standard to the interpretation of that statute,”

The guy cites Lawrence O’Donnell, that's for starters, and I can't see how that particular fact establishes anything that is germane or for that matter anything at all.

"...we need to get a handle on what is a (c)(4), a 501(c)(4). We need to make sure that the language of the statute is carefully adhered to..."

The applicants are to blame!

I think if his district gets a few more democrats, it will tip over and sink( leaning to the left with arms outstretched).
1 year ago
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This guy should have to go through a recall election because his constituents have obviously elected an idiot.
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He doesn't have confidence Guam isn't going to capsize either.
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Mr Hank Johnson.... because of you.... im re-thinking the death pannels
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And morons like this is why they need a 'special prosecutor'.
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With all the double speak that the progressives use it is truly hard to get to the ignorant parts.
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Oh my gosh. Yet another Democrat rushing to the defense of Obama and
the White House in the midst of three major scandals which all harken to
some level of participation by this regime.
We may not be able to impeach the president for his multiple treasonous acts,
but at the very least, we must demand accountability, and even indictments
for all the law-breaking and skulduggery at his White House and within
government departments under his aegis.
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I see where David Axelgreasey is now working for MSNBC. I wonder if he can still be prosecuted for being the instigator of some of this criminal skulduggery?
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you really can't make this stuff up. while not the most ignorant thing I've heard a politician say it's for sure a top 10.
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A top ten list would only scratch the surface.
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