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White House Counsel Robert Bauer: Architect of IRS Abuse?

June 4th, 2013 - 7:12 pm

When the FBI finally fires up its criminal investigation of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, there is one person the special agent in charge better be sure to interview — former White House Counsel Robert Bauer. The FBI may discover the whole IRS mess leads through the land of campaign finance “reform” and an obsession with speech regulation, an obsession shared by Bauer.

Any criminal investigation identifies for further scrutiny those with motive, opportunity, and means, and Bauer deserves no quarter from FBI investigators on those three counts.

Robert Bauer

Robert Bauer

The Crimes

Without any doubt, crimes were committed by IRS employees, not the least of which was the fact that IRS employees disclosed confidential information from IRS forms to the political enemies of the groups seeking tax-exempt status.

For example, Cindy Thomas, the Cincinnati unit manager for exempt organizations at the IRS, illegally released the tax applications of nine separate conservative organizations to the left-wing group ProPublica. The IRS claims that Thomas’ illegal release of private tax information was an “accident,” but the excuse is absurd.

Thomas wasn’t the only IRS employee leaking the tax information of conservative groups to their enemies. Pro-marriage groups found their confidential information in the hands of gay marriage advocacy organizations.

The FBI can start by finding out whether Thomas and her fellow IRS travelers in fact released the private information. If the FBI says Thomas cannot be prosecuted because she claims it was an accident, then Congress needs to step in and impose mandatory minimum prison sentences for any IRS employee that releases private information, accidental or not.

The bigger question the FBI must get to the bottom of is who hatched the policy of targeting Tea Party groups that led to these crimes?  For that they should turn back to Robert Bauer.

The Motive

Robert Bauer had the motive to direct IRS policy against Tea Party groups. He is a longtime opponent of First Amendment freedoms and an advocate of government-speech regulation. He also can’t stand the work the Tea Party is conducting to monitor and eradicate voter fraud, work the Republican Party and national campaigns have utterly failed to perform.

During the 2008 election, while representing the Obama campaign, Bauer sent a threatening letter to the Justice Department demanding criminal investigations of people who had the audacity to speak about voter fraud. Bauer even singled out Sarah Palin in the letter. Anyone who “developed or disseminated” information about voter fraud, to Bauer, deserved the heavy boot of a criminal investigation.  Read the letter; it reveals a nasty, thuggish, and lawless attitude toward political opposition.

To Bauer, those merely speaking about voter fraud were worthy of criminal investigation. Sound familiar?

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Hindsight reveals why Bauer was so agitated.  Two Obama campaign staffers, Amy Little and Yolanda Hippensteele, later pleaded guilty to voter fraud.  We also know, courtesy of John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky, that a Minnesota election for U.S. Senate was decided by voter fraud in 2008. And who can forget Melowese Richardson, the Obama activist and poll official in Ohio who said on camera that she voted multiple times for President Obama in 2008?  I could go on and on with multiple examples of voter fraud from 2008 where candidate Obama was the beneficiary.

No wonder Bauer was so anxious back in 2008 to shut everyone up.

Fast forward to 2012. Again, Mr. Bauer was up to his old tricks in his second stint as Obama campaign counsel, this time targeting Tea Party groups fighting for election integrity. Bauer and his campaign hench-lawyers called state election officials, seeking to unleash state criminal investigations of Tea Party groups working for election integrity.  I have spoken with state election officials in at least three states which describe Obama campaign efforts to prompt state officials to target Tea Party groups.

I’m happy to share with the FBI special agents the names of those states if Mr. Bauer won’t.

Bauer even published this memo, specifically targeting True the Vote with outright lies so egregious he should be ashamed of himself.

true the vote

After the Obama campaign voter fraud of 2008, in 2012 Bauer was anxious to remove election integrity groups from the polls as observers.  If the IRS couldn’t slow the Tea Party watchdogs down, Bauer threatened them in other ways.

If the FBI special agents interview Mr. Bauer, it won’t be hard to conclude he had the motive to launch the Tea Party shakedown.

The Means

President Obama’s campaign counsel certainly had the motive to target the Tea Party, but did Bauer have the means as campaign counsel?  Remember, Bauer served as White House counsel from November 2009 to June 2011, right during the time this IRS shakedown was hatched.

Anybody who has worked in the White House will tell you that the White House counsel enjoys a position of power like few others.  They can make things happen with a phone call.  One former West Wing staffer told me that “any department’s staff who received directions from Bauer would think they were getting directions from the president. The White House counsel has the power to make policy with a phone call.”

Something important happened two months after Bauer became White House counsel — the Supreme Court decided Citizens United vs. FEC, a decision that caused the left to go batty. They feared the decision might cost them the White House.  President Obama boorishly (and inaccurately) addressed the decision in the 2010 State of the Union.

The FBI special agents should ask Bauer some simple questions: With whom did you speak at the IRS about conservative and Tea Party groups post-Citizens United?  Did you direct anyone on your staff to do the same? Did you hear about anyone speaking with the IRS about Tea Party groups? Who hatched the IRS harassment, which started on your watch? Did you meet with Doug Shulman any of the 157 times he visited the White House, and did you discuss exempt status of conservative groups?

The Opportunity

The FBI agents might ask Bauer why a parade of Citizens United-obsessed speech-regulation zealots visited the West Wing just before the Tea Party shakedown went into effect.

Tova Wang, of the leftist Soros-funded group Demos, visited the White House and met with Bauer’s staff on June 2, 2010.  In fact she hovered around the White House on multiple occasions during the critical time period the IRS policy was being crafted.

Tova Wang

Tova Wang

Perhaps she was there for the Easter Egg roll.  Perhaps not.  Either way, the FBI can ask.

Notorious speech-regulation advocate Richard Hasen also visited the White House and met with White House Counsel Robert Bauer on June 24, 2010.  (See this absurd screed at Slate saying the post-Citizens United world is “worse than Watergate.”  Freedom just rubs some people the wrong way.)

Perhaps Hasen was at the White House with Bauer to watch the longest match in Wimbledon history which occurred that day.

Perhaps not, especially since he previously met with Nicholas Colvin in the White House Counsel’s office on June 21 and 23.  Again, the FBI can find out if they ask.

Bauer or his staff met with a number of other ivory tower academics and activists interested in controlling free political speech through the spring of 2010.  These also include the noisy reformer Meredith McGehee.

We don’t yet know who engineered the illegal, criminal, and disgusting IRS shakedown of Tea Party and conservative groups. But one thing is certain: Robert Bauer had the motive, the opportunity, and the means to do it.  The good folks at the FBI are now busy preparing names of people to interview.  They better not leave Mr. Bauer off the list, or his stream of visitors.

The parties better not coordinate stories ahead of time.  These days, I hear the Justice Department has adopted an aggressive approach to email and phone records, at least for Fox News.

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Who trusts the FBI anymore? They, along with a lot of other Obama Federal Government agencies, were in on the whole thing.

American Thinker (The Evil of Banality, by Dr. Marvin Folkertsma): "Catherine Engelbrecht, who told her story on Mike Huckabee's program and has now been widely reported. She is a conservative who applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status for an organization she wanted to create. Agencies of the United States government descended upon her like a bevy of jackals. She was investigated by the FBI numerous times, and audited by the IRS, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, on multiple occasions"
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Great post, Christian. But I thnk you may be a little optimistic in expecting the Federal Government -- any part of the Federal Government -- to initiate an investigation against itself, no matter how well merited. Unless the national press stirs up the voters and the DOJ feels irresistible pressure to do something, or appoint a special counsel, the whole matter will die in a few weeks as the press ignores it and the "low information voters" (don't you just love that euphemism? It's almost as good as "undocumented worker") lose whatever interest they might have had.

Unfortunately, when your party controls the executive and one branch of Congress, the only real accountability mechanism is the press, and we know whose they are on.
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The Democratic Party isn't a political party, per se. It's an organized crime syndicate. The entire organization should be prosecuted under RICO, and the leadership and guilty foot soldiers and thugs should imprisoned. For life.
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I suggest that whoever designed the page replace the picture of former Governor Palin with a more dignified one.
44 weeks ago
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Isn't Robert Bauer married to MAO loving Anita Dunn who was a member of the Obama administration?
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Asking or even suggesting the FBI(Federal Bumbling Idiots) investigate the antics of the current Marxist administration is ridiculous. It has been so corrupted by the brat and Holder that it is worthless as an investigative agency.
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donnaquixote . "...gathering in this area but discontinued when the women I went with were all upset bercause abortion and family values were not mentioned. Religion should be kept out of politics! "=======

Perhaps you need to read the definition of Family values. " Family values are political and social beliefs that hold the nuclear family to be the essential ethical and moral unit of society" .

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I don't see why the Tea party groups should get any tax free provision. I don't think the unions should either and I would restrict the religious groups to tax relief only on their church. I attended the first Tea Party gathering in this area but discontinued when the women I went with were all upset bercause abortion and family values were not mentioned. Religion should be kept out of politics!
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Surely there is a printed guideline for IRS agents to use in determining what prayer content invalidates a group's 501(c) rating. Likewise, the IRS must also have a list of people to compare a 501(c) list of members and associations that is not acceptable. Just how does the IRS use prayer content and one's friends and acquaintances in approving or disallowing tax exempt status?
45 weeks ago
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Why isn't some entity suing to nullify what was clearly an election only won due to the government in power bringing it's full weight down upon the opposition's donors and criminally silencing ordinary citizens? This isn't Cuba, aren't there ways in which this can be done?
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"Without any doubt, crimes were committed...". Ok, so where are the indictments? While I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Christian Adams and True the Vote to get to the truth, show us the evidence of election fraud. We all believe fraud exists, but belief isn't enough. Show us the proof. Until then, this just sounds like Alex Jones. BTW, the Left claims election fraud as well, equally ridiculous.
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In his letter to the Justice Department, Bauer writes the following:

"The Department has yet to recover its credibility after the calamitous politicization of its mission in this Administration and the documented misconduct...that resulted from the corrupt injection of politics into federal law enforcement. Only by providing for a thorough, independent and immediate review, can the Department demonstrate that it will not countenance a recurrence of those events of the last years that severely stained its reputation and corrupted, for partisan political gain, the impartial administration of our laws."

The man's foresight is impressive. Such could be written today to just about any Obama administration department or agency you can name, pick one.









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"The good folks at the FBI are now busy preparing names of people to interview. They better not leave Mr. Bauer off the list, or his stream of visitors."

Sorry, but I am not holding my breath. The poison, rot and corruption are so widespread that it is impossible for me to believe that the rule of law will ultimately prevail. As of this date, NONE of the myriad criminal scandals of the Administration has been sucessfully advanced to the stage of prosecution.

At best we can expect a few firings and hand spanks. It is an awful travesty that so many lawless people can have such unfettered access to our reins of government..
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