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February 25, 2014 - 7:45 am

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) said the House Ways and Means Committee’s threat to subpoena the IRS emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS documents “is basically the last attempt by our Chairman Dave Camp to play nice.”

“It’s our last attempt to say, look, here are six letters that we have sent you since may of last year. Many of them cosigned by the leading Democrat on the committee, Sander Levin, asking for repeated attempts for information that we need to conclude our investigation to come to some determination, as to who is responsible within the administration, within the IRS for this illegal targeting. And all of those six, but one, have been ignored,” Schock said on Fox.

“Not even answered. Five of the six letters, and anybody, again, Democrat or Republican in America, should be outraged.”

Schock said many on the committee have been urging Camp, the only one who can issue the subpoena, to do so.

“Basically, this is the last straw and everybody is getting frustrated at the lack of cooperation. Our committee has jurisdiction,” he said.

The congressman noted that the revolving door of four acting or permanent IRS commissioners in the past year was hampering the investigation.

“Every one of them, once they get appointed they come in and the first thing they say is Chairman Camp, members of the committee, I’m the new acting commissioner, and I’m here to comply,” Schock said.

“Simple things like did the IRS notify the treasury of the targeting? Did the IRS notify the White House of the targeting? Zippo. Cricket. No response.”

Yesterday, Camp sent IRS Commissioner John Koskinen a letter requesting again all documents related to the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

“At a recent Subcommittee on Oversight hearing on January 28, 2014, you promised to work with the Committee to fulfill this months-long request,” the chairman wrote. “However, we have yet to receive any additional Lerner documents. If the IRS does not take immediate steps to provide the Committee with documents responsive to this request, I will consider using compulsory process to compel them.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Oooo. And if you do not comply this time, I shall...write another letter! A much angrier letter!

Until the House begins to show some actual backbone, and, say, actually refuse to pass an appropriations bill for some pet project or other of the Administration, they're going to continue laughing at this.
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Tell Dave Camp to quit 'playing nice' and start using the same tactics the democrats are using on them. The Stupid Old Party (SOP) has to stop this nice guy sh*t and fight fire with fire.

There is no 'nice' in a war and this is exactly what this is, a war. Until the SOP's understand that there will be obfuscation and outright ignoring lawful requests.
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Hark, listen to the sound of IRS shredders diligently working long into the night. And of course the electronic equivalent as all those ones and zeros get scrubbed away.
Documentation? Surely you cannot expect the IRS to keep track of every piddling little piece of paper, now can you.
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This may all have to wait until we get an Attorney General who is interested in the law rather than race. Obama better pardon Holder on the way out because Holder is guilty of obstruction.
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I'm getting weely, weely, angwy!! Pweety soon I'm gonna hold my bwef 'til I turn bwue!
31 weeks ago
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David Camp is a class A moron. But we knew that already.
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Who does Aaron Schock think he is, John Boehner? (Oooooh, Mr. tough guy, yea right:)
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No doubt King Barry has told the IRS to ignore Congress 'cause he has their back. If any agency was defunded, Barry would wave his magic wand and order it funded.
31 weeks ago
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Oooo. And if you do not comply this time, I shall...write another letter! A much angrier letter!

Until the House begins to show some actual backbone, and, say, actually refuse to pass an appropriations bill for some pet project or other of the Administration, they're going to continue laughing at this.
31 weeks ago
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"Go away, or I shall taunt you a SECOND time!"

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The problem is, how does the House manage escalation with an Adminstration as ruthless as Obama's? The congressmen share strategic dilemma with Lincoln in the run up to the Civil War. We want the both sides to play by the rules. They would be willing to blow the whole structure of government and seek unrestrained power.

Neither side wants to be the one accused of firing the first shot, of doing the first violence. Obama's lawlessness has hardly soak into the consciousness of the voters, thanks to a supplicant media.

By oath of office, our congressmen want to follow the Constitution. The other side respects no consitution or law. The best we can do is let them be more blatant and public in their lawlessness but at some point, Obama will show the House to be without means to compell Administration compliance.
31 weeks ago
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"The best we can do is let them be more blatant and public in their lawlessness"

If Congress in fact no longer has the power of the purse then we are already in the midst of a huge Constitutional crisis.

Repeal Article II. Presidents have become more trouble than they could possibly be worth.
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When you do business via CRA for years on end, then, yes, you have lost the power of the purse. And you're just noticing that our chief executive cares absolutely nothing for and is happy to undermine our Constitution?
31 weeks ago
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"Shut it down." - Brian Cox (as Ward Abbot, The Bourne Identity)
31 weeks ago
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My rejoiner is the same I would have given the South Carolina hot heads pointing their cannon at Fort Sumter - "Don't start a fight unless you're sure you'll win."
31 weeks ago
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Tell Dave Camp to quit 'playing nice' and start using the same tactics the democrats are using on them. The Stupid Old Party (SOP) has to stop this nice guy sh*t and fight fire with fire.

There is no 'nice' in a war and this is exactly what this is, a war. Until the SOP's understand that there will be obfuscation and outright ignoring lawful requests.
31 weeks ago
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Hark, listen to the sound of IRS shredders diligently working long into the night. And of course the electronic equivalent as all those ones and zeros get scrubbed away.
Documentation? Surely you cannot expect the IRS to keep track of every piddling little piece of paper, now can you.
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Compulsory process? Right.

How exactly would they enforce that? Send a really, really, I mean like, seriously strong letter this time? Sic the FBI on them? Perhaps send one of the armed divisions under their control to collar the miscreants?

All that really worked well for prosecuting Holder for contempt of congress.

31 weeks ago
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Julius Ceasar and subsequent emperors bought their seats through donatives to the legons.

Sec. Hagel may be doing just the opposite by taking our servicemen's pensions and cutting their benefits

Dear Lord, let's not let it come to that.
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