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Bryan Preston


June 24, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Until they were caught and the IG was about to release his investigation, in other words. Keeping our eye on the ball here, the IRS originally said that the targeting stopped in 2012. Now, that story is no longer operative. The IRS kept right on targeting the president’s enemies. There’s a mid-term to win in 2014, dontchaknow. Maybe in December 2014 we’re learn that today’s story wasn’t really operative and the IRS continued targeting the president’s enemies right through the mid-term.

The acting head of the IRS said Monday that the agency was still giving improper scrutiny to groups seeking tax-exempt status when he arrived in May, suggesting that the probe into the IRS’s treatment of conservative groups could widen.

Danny Werfel, the acting chief, said that the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt applications used other “be on the lookout” lists as they tried to flag cases that needed more attention.

Basic questions still not answered: Who came up with those BOLO lists and how were they disseminated through the chain of command? Who wrote the opposition research-style questions that the IRS was asking of Tea Party groups?

We may never get those answers. Republicans are too busy giving away the country, and Werfel is already indicating his intention to become part of the cover-up.

But Werfel also stressed that – while investigations into the targeting are ongoing – there is no evidence yet that officials outside the IRS were involved, nor is there any reason yet to believe that there was “intentional wrongdoing” among agency officials.

Werfel, whose official title now is principal deputy commissioner, also said there was no evidence to date that suggests there were similar problems in other areas of the IRS.

Nothing to see here…

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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Danny Werfel (what serious grown-up person calls himself "Danny" instead of "Daniel"?) made a statement about his "investigation" that makes it seem as though he's living in an alternative universe. Does he really believe that we are going take seriously a corrupt body investigating itself? How little respect these lowlifes have for the citizens who pay their bloated salaries. The left is making much of the fact that groups with names containing the words "progressive" and "occupy" were also targeted - yes, targeted for expedited processing.
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looks to me like we are paying big time salaries and benefits to a whole pitiful class of softballers who seek to put themselves on pedestals of impropriety. they do not appear to be any smarter than the most common thief of pickpocket, yet they practice these devious trades on a much grander scale. passing gigantic books of corrupt laws w/o even bothering to read them. after all, if it turns out bad for the peons, they can just exempt themselves and their favorites. sounds like nothing short of a house cleaning will fix this mess.
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I wouldn't even give these bosses the time of day. Tell them not to bother talking to Congress anymore, because we know they are just lying.
Just keep pressuring the small fish, so they save themselves and rat out their bosses.
Nothing galvinizes a bureaucrat's perspective like trying to avoid prison. Ms. Lerner, ready for an orange jumpsuit?
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As a remedy, how about the IRS expedites the processing of applications of any groups that were unfairly targeted? That should be easy to monitor. The period should be double or longer the time that the targeting occurred.
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