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July 29, 2013 - 9:09 am

On May 15, President Obama publicly ordered Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to investigate the IRS abuse scandal. On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace challenged Lew on how the investigation is going. Here’s the clip — go forward past the 11 minute mark for the IRS section. It turns out that the investigation isn’t going anywhere, because Lew isn’t asking any questions to pursue it.

Lew also lied to Wallace a time or two, but Wallace didn’t let him off the hook.

“We went through to find the facts,” Lew said. “It was equal opportunity bad judgment. It was conservative groups, it was progressive groups.”

“At equal numbers, or grossly disproportionate number of conservative groups?” Wallace asked.

“There are an equal number of groups, but the bad judgment was equal opportunity,” Lew said. “There were a number of supervisors, all career, who exercised bad judgment, who were relieved of their responsibilities. I think what happened there was unjustifiable…[But] there’s no political official who condoned it or authorized it.”

Who was relieved of duty? Lois Lerner supposedly was, after she took the Fifth and refused to testify, but even she was able to log into her computer after being allegedly relieved — and she’s still being paid. Who else? Lew doesn’t name any, and they’re all unionized, so firing them outright is next to impossible in the time span from May 10 to now.

Lew’s claim that there were an equal number of groups abused is flat-out false. The entire scandal began when conservative groups complained to their congressional representatives that their applications were being held up. No progressive groups were lodging similar complaints. No progressive group founders were subjected to anything like what True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht was subjected to.

Wallace invoked the testimony of Carter Hull, an outgoing IRS official, who has said he was ordered to send tea party applications to the chief counsel’s office. The chief counsel, William Wilkins, is one of two political appointees in the IRS, and reports to the Treasury Department.

“To be clear, there are 1600 lawyers in the chief counsel’s office,” Lew said. “There was no suggestion that this went to the one political person in that office. There’s no evidence of it, there has been no evidence of it.”

“Wait a minute!” Wallace said. “Have you asked him?”

“I’m leaving the investigation the proper people who do the investigations—”

“Has somebody in the Treasury Department asked William Wilkins what he knew about this?” Wallace said.

“Chris, there is no evidence that this went to any political official.”

An investigator is unlikely to find what he refuses to look for.

Since May 10, the scandal has evolved from “a couple of rogue employees in Cincinnati,” to high IRS involvement, to going inside the IRS chief counsel’s office, at least. In that same time, President Obama has gone from saying that the abuse was “outrageous” and that no one wants to get to the bottom of it more than he does, to being satisfied with a non-investigation of a “phony scandal.”

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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To quote Hilary Clinton, "At this point what difference does it make?"

They are pretty much in our faces saying, I'll do what I damned well please and I double-dog-dare you to try and do anything about it!
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Yes, with a mostly phony press covering it.
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The arrogance of these low lifes is absolutely breathtaking. Unfortunately, only Wallace is giving it any air time. The rest of the media has circled the wagons around the Obama administration. Lew is intantionally lying and covering up for the "political official" he claims does not exist. If they get away with this and all the other scandals and nothing is done (And I don't mean a sacrificial low level career employee) we have lost our republic.
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and Lew is the reason we have the problems, too many lawyers, too few investigations to find the truth and the left wing media reprinting the "phony" scandal allegations knowing that they are not phony, but serious problems, and serious problems needs serious journalism, but all we have are left wing hack writers on their knees osculation B.O.s anal sphincter and trying to sell the load of manure that they are oscualting.
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my co-worker's aunt makes $69 every hour on the computer. She has been without work for 7 months but last month her income was $19858 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more here http://www.wep6.com
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Lies and obfuscation.

I'm sorry Lew, some of us are smarter than your propaganda.
Saying a lot of vague statements that have ambiguous meaning that sound agreeable. You, Lew, are the type of politician who gives politicians a bad name. In other words, you talk a lot: "A fool is known by his many words." -Proverbs
The deficit reduction is due to the sequester cuts which Obama and his lackeys disown. They'll own the cuts but not the means. But even the sequester cuts are paltry.
A reduction in the rate of growth is no "cut".

"It would be terrible for the economy." What about freedom and liberty? Slaves, conquests and looting are good for the economy. What about freedom and liberty?
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Reminds me of the scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark when the Government official assures Indiana Jones that the Ark of the Covenant is safe and is being studied by "top men."
"Who?" Indy inquires.
"Top. Men." the official firmly replies.
Of course, we all know what happened to the Ark. It was packed away and forgotten about, which is just what they're trying to do with all of Obama's scandals.
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lew is low . but at top of obamas list
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Fortunately, the lawsuits filed by the parties injured by the IRS are not phony. Hopefully, the discovery phases of these suits will occur before the 2014 elections, and they may even go to trial in time to do some good. I can't imagine these torts settling given the circumstances.
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To quote Hilary Clinton, "At this point what difference does it make?"

They are pretty much in our faces saying, I'll do what I damned well please and I double-dog-dare you to try and do anything about it!
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Of course there isn't evidence of anything. You have to gather evidence and if you aren't looking it's real easy not to find anything.
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Oprah! didn't read a book about it so it's probably meaningless...
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Love the avatar!
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It's a phony investigation.
38 weeks ago
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Yes, with a mostly phony press covering it.
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Actually, the president had his fingers crossed behind his back when he ordered Lew to investigate it. That's about the extent of ethics in this administration.
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I wanted to buy a car once. It was on the back of the lot and hard to look at closely. The dealer would only let his mechanic look at it for problems—of course, he found none.

I looked it over and took it for a test drive. I was immediately sure that the car had been used in street racing: first gear, reverse and the parking brake were mostly gone. The tires' shoulders were worn off, and the back tires were feathered from drifting. No sale. He dropped the price a few hundred and promised to put new tires on it. No sale.

Lew reminds me of that mechanic—"Nothing wrong, it's a great car. You're just not used to the gear shift." Cars in 1902 shifted smoother than that thing.
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