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Bryan Preston


June 10, 2013 - 7:19 am

Appearing on CNN Sunday, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) declared the IRS abuse scandal over. Cummings is the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

CNN’s Candy Crowley, the reporter who helped President Obama out of a Benghazi jam during the 2012 presidential debates, asked Cummings “As far as you are concerned, based on the information that you now have, which in its totality is greater than ours, is this case over? Have you solved the case of the IRS and how this came to be?”

Cummings answered, “Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on.”

Nothing to see here, move along.

In reality, we still don’t know very much at all about the IRS abuse or how it came to be. Each story the American people have been told by the IRS has fallen apart. Lois Lerner took the Fifth and refused to even testify. Rather than take any concrete action to clean the agency up, President Obama fake-fired the acting commissioner. Sarah Hall Ingraham was promoted from heading the office at the center of the abuse, to overseeing the implementation of ObamaCare. She reportedly met with the White House 165 times. Why? Rather than apologize to the American people forthrightly about the targeting and abuse, President Obama has unleashed his attack dogs to attack Republicans in Congress. Why?

Cummings and Crowley had a goal with this exchange: Apply pressure on the heads of the several congressional committees that are investigating the IRS abuse, to stand down.

Cummings’ interest here is obvious: Protect the president. What’s Crowley’s angle for participating in the set-up?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Yeah...nothing to see.

Except...the guys at Powerline seem to disagree.

The heart of the effort to target tea-party and other conservative groups, we are learning, occurred in Washington, and that is likely why five D.C.-based IRS officials who are connected to the targeting have retired or resigned, or been replaced or put on administrative leave, since news of the scandal broke in mid May. They include Holly Paz, who last week, according to an IRS source, was replaced as director of Rulings and Agreements, the division that oversaw the targeting of conservative groups; Washington lawyer Carter Hull, who is accused of micromanaging the processing of tea-party cases, and who, according to IRS sources, requested his retirement package on March 12; the commissioner of the agency’s Tax Exempt and Government Entities division, Joseph Grant, who retired on June 3; former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who resigned days after news of the scandal broke; and the director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations division, Lois Lerner, who was placed on administrative leave only after refusing to tender her resignation, according to Iowa’s Chuck Grassley. All five are or were based in the IRS’s headquarters on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.
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Damage Control 101.....
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keep hearing that NOBODY is listening to EVERYBOY'S phone calls, or emails. that's true. however, the problem is, ANYBODY in the right position can access ANYBODY else's info. and potentially use it against them, like say against a s.c. justice to sway his/her vote (just for instance).
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"Cummings’ interest here is obvious: Protect the president. What’s Crowley’s angle for participating in the set-up?"

Didn't you see the third debate? Crowley's angle is the same as Cummings.
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