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March 8, 2014 - 9:49 am

One imagines that the reason the IRS has changed its tune and will now supply all the emails Congress requested eight months ago is that they’ve had the opportunity to go through them and have found nothing incriminating.

But the value of of examining all of Lois Lerner’s emails during the months in question has to do with the two-track approach to the IRS investigation that Republicans have initiated.

The first track is an examination of the targeting scandal and all the related issues associated with IRS actions. The second, and equally important, track, is getting to the bottom of how the IRS came up with its new set of regulations that govern what “political activity” is legal for 501(C)(4) organizations.

The significance of the IRS relenting in giving Congress Lerner’s emails is that she was at the center of conversations at the agency regarding how these rules were developed — and why. Republicans want to know why political activities that were legal under the old rules have suddenly been declared illegal by the IRS.

The Daily Mail reports:

The powerful House Ways and Means Committee will get everything from disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner’s email account since a few weeks before Barack Obama became president.

And Republican committee members are hoping they’ll find a smoking gun tying the Obama administration to the years-long scheme to play political favorites with nonprofit groups’ tax-exemption applications.

After eight months of back-and-forth stonewalling, the IRS has agreed to turn over the complete contents of Lerner’s email account, along with other documents that two congressional committees have been demanding.

‘If there’s not a Holy Grail email in this round of documents,’ a senior staffer to a Ways and Means committee member told MailOnline, ‘then we’re not going to find it.’

‘Whether that’s because Lerner covered her tracks or because the IRS is shredding documents, we’re probably never going to know.’

More likely, Lerner was smart enough not to commit anything to writing — if, indeed, she is trying to hide something. A good investigator would be able to glean clues about missing emails from sometimes unrelated communications, so the IRS probably didn’t do much shredding.

The IRS has proposed a rewrite of its regulations governing communications restrictions on ‘public benefit’ organizations that are exempt from paying federal income taxes.

That redesign of the rules began long before Lerner herself exposed the IRS’s pattern of holding up right-wing groups’ applications, often with dozens of intrusive questions over several years.

The effects of the agency’s desired rule change would be substantial: Organizations would be prohibited from emailing information, or publishing anything online, about candidates’ voting records during the last 60 days before an election.

Tea party groups, which began their rise to prominence five years ago, comprised most of the organizations that the IRS targeted beginning in 2010. Their political free-speech concerns have driven more than 146,000 public comments to the IRS, demanding that the regulatory revisions be scrapped.

In practical terms, the proposed new rules are outrageously arbitrary and appear to be designed to inflict massive damage on the ability of conservatives to get their message out:

Cleta Mitchell, a board member of the American Conservative Union Foundation, said Friday during that organization’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference that the new rules would affect the event where she was speaking.

‘It would mean that in even-numbered years, CPAC could have no speakers who are candidates for office,’ she said, dumbfounded.

The few tantalizing clues to how these rules came about — a result of some emails ferreted out by Issa’s oversight committee — show that the Tea Party was uppermost in the minds of IRS personnel when developing the new regulations. It is hoped that this vast treasure trove of new evidence will shed light on the decision-making processes of the IRS and answer questions about where exactly the push to silence conservatives came from.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Given the history of lies and felonies that have been the norm for this administration; what are the odds that what is being turned over is the complete, unredacted, email record? And for that matter, what are the chances that the administration has not fabricated and inserted false favorable data into the record? When dealing with grifters and liars, the first assumption has to be that they are lying and grifting. When dealing with people who not only hate the Constitution they swore to uphold, but are on record as trying to destroy it; what is the worth of their sworn testimony?

Subotai Bahadur
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A conspiracy to deprive citizens of their Constitutional protections by high level government officials...WILL HAVE A COVERUP.

A conspiracy to invoke totalitarian retribution for dissent, will NOT be admitted. It will NOT turn over documentation or witnesses or any kind of material evidence.

It is axiomatic that tyranny is NOT prone to confessions.

So, let's not be silly or stupid. Dissent was and is being punished. By illegal and unconstitutional government treason.

Anyone who thinks that those same people are now going to roll over have an infantile naïveté.

If you are going to conspire to commit treason, you are already covering up your crimes. That cover up will expand, not contract. Of course she has communication with other conspirators. Of course they will be hidden from view.

Our only hope would be a recipient who "turns". We get the RECIPIENTS email...and nail all the rest by the back door.

What the conspirators had to find was whether they had been compromised. The delay allows them to cover THOSEA TRACKS.
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‘If there’s not a Holy Grail email in this round of documents,’ a senior staffer to a Ways and Means committee member told MailOnline, ‘then we’re not going to find it.’

‘Whether that’s because Lerner covered her tracks or because the IRS is shredding documents, we’re probably never going to know.’

Afraid I’m with Lifson on this one. He’s suggesting this move is part of what’s known in military lingo as a “modified limited hang-out strategy.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/03/is_the_irs_using_a_modified_limited_hangout_strategy.html
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I suggest Issa get in touch with Edward Snowden - maye he'll have untampered-with copies of her correspondence. I'm not placing any bets on these "disclosures" otherwise.
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How much you want to bet they're all covered with black ink?
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Not one thing will come of this. Not because the IRS, Lerner and Dems high up on the food chain aren't guilty of some sort of illegal collusion on all of this, but because the proof won't be in the emails. If they were, then they never would have been released -- they would have stonewalled until the end of times.

I would check to see if those emails were tampered with in anyway. I don't know if that's possible, but if it then I'd look into it b/c I just don't believe that they would honestly and openly just release everything. Could be that there's honestly just nothing incriminating in the emails either, but there is definitely illegal targeting of conservative organizations going on. And the bad guys could very well be smart enough to make stuff discoverable in emails.
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would be nice to see the emails and see how much blacked out is present.

Do like that this scandal started with 2 rogue agents, which has been shown to be a lie, and now people are realizing that huge problems exist when the power of the IRS can be used to stifle free speech.

And don't even want to hear about the evils of businesses spending money, until and unless the same scrutiny is given to union organizations that force members to spend theier money for political purposes, at cross roads to their beliefs, and in contradiction to the way a union is supposed to work. But guess when liberals have unions doing their dirty work, they have to work as hard as possible to shut down those with different views.
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Organizing for American (Obama for America, Organizing for Action) Obama's OFA: "support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012."

Raised $26 million 2013. Most TParty groups that scared the DemIRS raised $2000.

Obama has chosen to go into permanent campaign in an unprecedented way while creating new avenues for the soft corporate money that he spent years warning against.

OFA will work to enact the president's second-term agenda and campaign to ensure dems control senate and house. Dem Super PACs will be freed from election law constraints that prohibited coordination between them and the Obama campaign, will be able to share information and resources with OFA as they try to elect more Democrats to Congress.

MEDIAMAtters will be another 501 c4 in bog hurt.
The DOJ’s director of public affairs resigned a few months ago after Boyle revealed e-mails between her and the studiously nonpolitical 501(c)(3) Media Matters showing them colluding to attack various reporters and administration opponents. Did IRS review them? Nope.

More 501 c4: Priorities USA, ProPublica, New America Foundation, Mediamatters, Americans Coming Together (ACT), Media Fund, Campaign Legal Center, Democracy 21, the Center for Public Integrity, Mother Jones and Alternet

-----ALL petitioned in 2010 that conservative groups be audited by IRS.

20 weeks ago
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They're scrubbing the emails, and it looks like they're getting the DoJ to help them do it properly.

Isn't that just special.
20 weeks ago
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Her life is over. She does not have the gift of good looks. People will shun her.
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If they agreed to give them over then she used an outside account and there is nothing in them, or they have now scrubbed them. This is nothing, a non-story, but it is being played up since it will show nothing. The only way this would have been helpful is if another agency had showed up and seized this email, then there might have been something in them.
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