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August 1, 2013 - 7:52 am

If the IRS scandal is “phony” as President Obama claims it is, then why is the agency redacting the documents that it is sending to Congress like this?

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That’s among the questions that Rep. Jim Jordan is asking. Jordan sits on the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating the IRS’ abuse of conservative groups — abuse to which it confessed on May 10.

Jordan says that many of the 13,000 pages that the IRS sent the committee look like the ones above. Which are totally blacked out.

“How do you get to the truth, when this is the kind of information we’re getting from the IRS?” Jordan asked rhetorically on Greta Van Sustern’s show last night.

It’s a good question. The IRS would bring the hammer down on any American who responded to an IRS audit similarly. That American would be facing jail and mountains of fines and a ruined life.

“After the president said he wants to get to the bottom of this, this is important, you know we have this, we have the FBI director who couldn’t tell us who’s heading the investigation, how many agents have been assigned to the investigation, have they talked to any of the victims groups? And on and on it goes,” Jordan said. Jordan noted that the IRS scandal started from a planted question and IRS official Lois Lerner blaming “two rogue agents in Cincinnati.”

Those two “rogue agents” must have a huge budget for black printer ink. Full page after full page of it.

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President Obama set the tone for this contemptuous response by calling the scandal “phony.” He thumbed his nose at the thousands of Americans whom the IRS abused, and now the IRS itself is thumbing its nose at Congress as it attempts to conduct oversight of government actions — which is Congress’ job.

The “rogue agents” claim fell apart quickly, and now multiple IRS offices have been shown to have been involved in the scandal, which reaches into the IRS counsel’s office in Washington, at least. It may also have reached into the Federal Elections Commission, which would strongly indicate that the scandal itself originates above either agency, but within the executive branch. The White House, in other words.

“Here’s the part that scares me,” Jordan said. ” We now think it goes broader than this. We think maybe groups that already had tax-exempt status were being harassed and targeted via the audit process.” Jordan said that one conservative group had not been audited since 1995, but was audited by the IRS in 2011 and 2012. He also described the harassment — and that’s what it was — that Catherine Engelbrecht suffered at the hands of multiple executive branch agencies after she founded True the Vote, which advocates for election integrity.

Van Susteren noted that it’s a crime to obstruct justice, as the IRS appears to be doing by releasing reams of blacked out pages.

But there’s a clock running on this scandal, and if the FBI and IRS are both actively and even aggressively failing to investigate, what are the odds that any obstructers will ever get caught? The president and his spokesman say the scandal is “phony,” after all. That sent word out to everyone involved that the president’s May 15 claim that he was outraged by the scandal was, itself, phony. So you don’t have to tell Congress a thing.

“There’s no indication that they [Obama, new IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel, whose agency sent the black pages to Congress] give a damn,” Van Susteren said.

Indeed. Or, they know exactly where the scandal will lead, and are downplaying it and mocking Congress to play for time.

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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Quite false. Abrogations of civil rights by federal employees fall under several statutes, and TIGTA is only one of them and that not directly.

Your full of one falsehood after another.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'd like to point out that waste is part of the scandal. Since there is no actual documentary evidence of IRS wrongdoing, congress has gone on a fishing mission asking for 54million pages of documents, most of this is taxpayer information, protected from congressional scrutiny by disclosure laws. Congress has asked for a ridiculous document dump of confidential information. The IRS has seventy (70) lawyers working full time going through the documents page by page redacting taxpayer disclosure.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
No, they are redacting everything in many cases, including the questions the IRS criminally asked.

How soon do you think Holder/Obama' DOJ/IRS will investigate this moneylaundering?
freebeacon.com/liberal-foundation-distributed-money-from-bermuda-to-liberal-nonprofits/
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Tom,
Don't waste your time. You're feeding a troll.

Palomin might actually be David Axelrod for all we know.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I am not David Axelrod. LOL. Palomin is short for PalominZigfrid, my cat. I am not a troll. My responses will always be polite, factual and on topic. While I might get a little snide on occasion, I avoid all ad hominem attacks.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well no, your response about privacy is not factual or on topic.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Thank God Congress hasn't succeeded in bullying the IRS into illegally disclosing taxpayer information. I don't want politicians to be able to look through my tax records without a court order. Do You? They have no choice but to provide congress with the requested documents or they would be in contempt of congress. However, since these congressmen are asking for confidential taxpayer information they have no legal right to see, the IRS did the only thing they could do, Redact the information, even if it means every word on the page.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The people who have been victimized by the criminality the IRS has already admitted to and apologized for, want an accounting of the IRS's crimes. Congress has oversight responsibility to investigate the crimes the IRS has admitted to, and has enforceable power under the constitution to subpoena power the information they need about who was asked what inappropriate questions...

...The answers could of course be redacted by either the IRS.

But doesn't seem to be what they are doing. They seem to be stonewalling their crimes and taking the 5th.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
No congress is asking for an insane amount of data, the vast majority of it containing taxpayer identifiable information. Ways & Means can indeed subpoena the information in executive session, meaning they do it with the same confidentiality requirements against disclosure as the IRS. No leaks unless you want the IG arresting you! They did not do so because they wanted to be able to release the taxpayer information for political purposes. (My opinion of the reason, it could just have been stupidity) By requesting the information for open session, all taxpayer identifiable information must be redacted.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
Congress isn't asking for more data than the insane and criminal actions of the IRS have generated, and no much of what was requested is public ly available documents, and where responses to questions may be private information, the questions cannot be, they are IRS generated.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Maybe I'll try sending in my next quarterly check to the IRS with the amount blacked out. Can't be too careful.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I don't understand. I saw those same documents related to Fast and Furious. Someone mixed up the documents! /end snark

Of course it is disrespectful. But no one knows and only a handful of us care. They can now count each one of those pages as evidence of their attempt to cooperate, and the news readers will dutifully repeat the line.

Is anyone surprised?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Who was the smart-ass that decided to send congress fully redacted pages? That/Those people really shouldn't be working in the IRS, due to their disrespect of We The People.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Are you suggesting that they refuse to answer the congressional request? Or should they illegally disclose taxpayer data? Perhaps they should recommend that congress modify its request so that the information is for executive session and therefore they could legally be given the redacted information?
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
There is no indication they are blacking out only what would be protected information.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
How does Congress go about having someone arrested? Why hasn't Holder or any of the IRS idiots that have lied to congress been arrested. Let them sit in jail overnight, arraign them, let them out on bail and restrain them from any of their job responsibilities until after the trial.

How does the country expect justice when the justice dept is so corrupt???

I know, it's mostly rhetorical... Nothin to see here folks
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
All authority to prosecute crimes related to the federal tax code are exclusive to TIGTA. TIGTA protects the IRS from partisan bullying and keeps them honest. Think of it like police internal affairs on steroids. TIGTA has hundreds of investigators with the authority to subpoena and arrest agents without warrant. They are full time permanent special prosecutors of the IRS. They have full access to the IRS and account for dozens of convictions every year. They are the one who had full access to all the data, interviewed all participants and concluded there was no political motivation, just gross incompetence.
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
Congress does not have the power of arrest-that's why the Admin can play rope-a-dope and get away with it.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Under the constitution, the congress has subpoena power and the power to arrest and hold persons until they answer the subpoena.

What the Republicans there don't have is the balls, err, the judgement that now is the time for it.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
This is nothing but a middle finger from Obama to America.
1 year ago
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