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February 27, 2014 - 6:59 am
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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), has recalled IRS honcho Lois Lerner to testify on the agency’s abuse of Tea Party and conservative groups. She has since retired from the IRS and is receiving a six-figure retirement income, making more money per year after leaving her government job in disgrace than most Americans make working full-time.

Last time America saw Lerner was last May, when she raised her hand and was sworn in to testify, then declared her innocence and took the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) pointed out at the time that Lerner is not allowed to declare innocence and then take the Fifth. The committee reserved the right to bring her back and compel her to testify.

Next week she will be back to testify before the committee, or at least, she is expected to be back because the committee has recalled her. She could fail to appear. Gowdy appeared on Fox this morning and outlined a couple of scenarios that may play out. Gowdy ruled out granting Lerner immunity from prosecution before knowing the outlines of what she knows and is willing to say, comparing that to “buying a used car over the phone.” Until the committee has some idea what Lerner will say, they will not grant her immunity. In one of Gowdy’s scenarios, Lerner testifies. He indicated that that is unlikely. In another, she takes the Fifth again, and the committee holds her in contempt of Congress because of her previous claim of innocence. She can be jailed if she continues to refuse to testify. She could also be found in contempt and jailed if she fails to show up to next week’s hearing.

Gowdy also outlined what could happen if she does take the Fifth again. Her attorney, he said, could call for a meeting with members of the committee to outline what Lerner will admit to, in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Gowdy indicated while the committee is not interested in granting her immunity at this point, once committee members have a better understanding of what Lerner is willing to say, immunity could be on the table. Lerner could then be expected to offer testimony that implicates others who were involved in the abuse scandal, either within the IRS or above it.

There is no doubt that crimes were committed by IRS officials, as I’ll explain on the next page.

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I'd prefer to see her led away to federal prison in handcuffs, but if immunity will result in enough evidence to prosecute the real instigators in the White House, so be it.

Problem is, if she does have such evidence, and is granted immunity, her life expectancy could probably be measured in days.
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The FBI "...still has not even interviewed many of those who believe the IRS abused them."

I have followed this case closely, and from what I have read, Bryan, this should be amended to say "...still has not even interviewed any of those who believe the IRS abused them."

Also, this abuse continues to this day. A number of conservative groups are still awaiting their determinations despite having submitted their applications over four years ago. And Ben Carson and everyone around him, including his family and associates, have been subjected to multiple IRS audits, beginning in June 2013, after Lerner made her infamous "apology" for having the audacity to make the thin-skinned Obama feel bad at a prayer breakfast several months prior.
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The only way she gives up anything is if she spends some time in jail.

How likely is that?
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She may sing like a bird but, the press will be busy reporting on the oscars or food labeling.
21 weeks ago
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What will happen? Assuming she says anything, we'll be confronted with a large number of incoherent mouthings, all of which are false. The media (retch!, gag!) will not say or print a thing.

Next silly question?
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What happens? Oh something between nothing and a stern talking to. Now move along, nothing to see here.
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This Tool has nothing to fear…..

She went from the safe and secure cocoon of a well-compensated anonymity deep within the bowls of Petty, Partisan Make-Work Statism, to an (even better!) compensated gig as “Joan of Arc” to all the Leftists, their donors, groupies, and wannabe’s.

She has us by the short hairs, and she knows it.

She knows P-Bamma and the Holder Company have her back, so does the Media….She can flip us the bird if she chooses. She is “immune”, whether we grant her Immunity, or not.

She can hold a press conference on the steps of The Capitol before going inside and rail ala’ Hillary, about the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that’s trying to topple our Democracy….

Maybe throw the Race Card in for good measure as well…to sympathetic nodding heads holding microphones, she can say that she was “terrified” of these new “racist/militia” groups that sprung up in spontaneous hatred for this “historic first” president…

She can ADMIT that she, of her own volition, hyper scrutinized, blocked and impeded these groups as much as her position allowed, out of a sense of “duty” because, hey, we all KNOW the Tea Party is RACIST, don’t we?

And once in front of The Committee she can play Hero/Victim and take the 5th again…”youre all just evil, I wont waste my breath”…or, she can say to The Committee “Yes, I did this…and I ordered OTHERS to do this, and I’d do it all over AGAIN because it’s the right thing to DO ” and storm out of the room to thunderous applause and gigs with Oprah and the gals on The View.

She can do ANY of these things if she chooses, all to no personal ill consequence whatsoever.

But, what she will most LIKELY do, is avoid the all that grandstanding, and stay loyal to the agenda….what she will most LIKELY do, is play us for fools…..

She will pull the “but I’m a GIRL!” thing, feign intimidation (of the committee AND of her IRS Superiors at the time) and “hint” at some potential revelations…. things she’s afraid would have “scapegoated her” if she dared mention them before, powerless little thing that she is…

She will pretend she’s been chomping at the bit all along to provide genuine cooperation, but, as the humble little servant-girl she is, caught up in all this Palace Drama, she was “afraid” of making “enemies” because without Immunity, well, she’s just a victim TOO....

And then once Immunity is granted, she will LIE UNDER OATH WITH IMPUNITY… make the most tantalizing but circuitous and unprovable “accusations” without ever REALLY accusing anyone….and sent The Committee on The Fools Errand of running down every rumor, innuendo, cross-check and interpretation of “what the meaning of “is” is” in one testimony after another …. which will never lead to a Smoking Gun of Sufficient Magnitude to reveal what WE ALL KNOW REALLY HAPPENED….

That’s is, Like Minded Statists such as her go INTO Government Service for the specific PURPOSE of abusing The Political Opposition whenever they can get away with it…its their freaking JOB, and you’ll never “find the memo” TELLING to do so.…

The ONLY thing that will make a difference, is taking her away in chains, and we all know that aint gonna happen…

So, she gets off scott free, and the “investigation”, like all the others, goes nowhere, guaranteed.
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One more question:

DID IRS EMPLOYEES COLLECT BONUSES THIS YEAR OF $50 MILLIION COURTESY OF THE TAXPAYERS THEY ABUSED? ANSWER: YES!!!!
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Dear PJM:

Lets go ahead and stir the pot one more time for the masses. Issa's committee has turned iinto a JOKE. Do we really need to have Lois Lerner come back so Trey Gowdy can rant one more time about how she abused us? We are sick and tired of the stalling and endless faux outrage with ZERO results. Questions on IRS Scandal: Has anyone been punished? NO Has Lois Lerner lost anything of value? No she retired with a full pension. Has any IRS employee been demoted, fired, reassigned, disciplined, reprimanded, written up, fired, prosecuted or really rediculed? NO except when Trey Gowdy puts them through the ringer. Has the IRS actualy apologized? NO Has the IRS stopped targeting conservatives? NO So I ask what exactly is the purpose of thsi new round of theatre? I say that Isaa and the rest of the RINO republicans are doing this to throw raw meat to the tea party people like me to placate us with the "shiny object" of grandstanding. The real story is that they are actually cutting a deal to NOT hire a SPECIAL PROSECUTOR who would likely have these jokers on the way to jail if allowed to happen. So you can go ahead and strut out Lois Lerner for your photo op but I say where's the beef?
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So, enlighten us, genius, what power over Lerner and the Administration do the Republicans in either the House or Senate have over the Obama Regime that they're not using? Interrupt hurling RINO around long enough to puzzle that out for us.
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Thanks for recognizing my genius. I said specifically that Boehner has the authority to appoint a Special Prosecutor to conduct a formal investigation of this matter rather than the grab bag approach embraced by Issa who is part of the negotiation NOT to do this.
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There is no longer any such thing as a Special Prosecutor appointed either by Congress, a body of Congress, or by the DC Circuit; the law expired in '99. The only "Special Prosecutor" that currently exists is in the USDOJ and you can be sure that Holder ain't going to appoint one at Boehner's request.

Unless you can point me to some other statutory authority, the only thing Boehner or Issa can do is conduct their investigatory hearings and issue some finding that perhaps a US Attorney that never wants to work for government again will act on. In that process they can immunize witnesses who refuse to testify and if after immunization the witness continues to refuse, find them in contempt and jail them on Congress' own authority. The Sargent at Arms can lead the contemptor right to a cell in the Capitol. It will all look really good on TV to the millions of people who don't understand a thing about the issue or the process. If it is Lerner, it will be spun as just Republicans doing the will of Tea Party misogynists or some such. For all you purity-seeking geniuses, this is what happens when you lose control of a government to people who actually know how to use one.
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I would tend to land on the side of Ted Cruz and his knowledge of the constitution on this issue and he has requested Holder to appoint a prosecutor on this matter. Yes there are risks here both in terms of Holder appointing a stooge and yes Holders continuing attempts to obstruct the investigation. If this happens, we are basically in the same place we are now since we are getting no more substantive progress in our current approach of throwing more S up against the wall. If Holder actually appoints a credible prosecutor who actually is independent than we have made progress. No prosecutor at all equals no progress. With a prosecutor at least a chance of moving the ball forward. Maybe you could give the word genius a rest for now. I am signing off.
21 weeks ago
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Holder will NEVER appoint a prosecutor, and there is no way to make him. Cruz is just grandstanding for people like you and you bought it, of course.
21 weeks ago
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My ideal: Grab her out the chauffeured limo and drag up the stairs of Congress , snip off her hair while you're at it, before she sits down shivering to make her stinky slink of a testimony.
21 weeks ago
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The fix is in. She's just stalling. She won't say anything, and the House will blink.
21 weeks ago
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What will happen? Nothing. No matter what she says, or doesn't say, nothing will happen. Even if she stated, under oath, that the Tea Party was targeted for purely political reasons on express orders from the President himself, nothing will happen. The only real check that Congress has on the President is the power of impeachment, and if you seriously think that even all of the GOP members of Congress would vote for that, you haven't been paying attention. Barack Obama could shoot someone on live TV from the Oval Office and not only would he not be removed from office, a majority of the Senate would blame Bush.
For the record, she will continue to cover for the administration, as she has always done, regardless of whether or not she gets immunity.
21 weeks ago
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Two words!!! VINCE. FOSTER.
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