Charges Unlikely in IRS Tea Party Targeting Scandal

It’s a training issue.I will classify any mistakes on my tax filings as training issues. I'm sure that will fix things.Credit: jesman / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND It’s always a training issue. Via Reuters:

The FBI is not planning to file criminal charges involving the Internal Revenue Service's extra scrutiny of the Tea Party and other conservative groups, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing law enforcement officials.

The newspaper quoted officials as saying that investigators probing the IRS actions, which unleashed a political furor in Washington, did not uncover the type of political bias or "enemy hunting" that would constitute a criminal violation. The evidence showed a mismanaged agency enforcing rules it did not understand on applications for tax exemptions, the Journal reported.

The case is still under investigation, but criminal charges were unlikely unless unexpected evidence emerged, officials familiar with the probe told the paper.

GOP Calif. Rep Darrell Issa, who has organized his own investigation at the House, is, of course, unhappy. His House investigation previously indicated that IRS employees knew the White House wanted Tea Party groups targeted. He responded to the news last night. Via Bloomberg:

“These revelations further undermine the credibility of the Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department under his leadership,” Issa and Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, said in a statement last night. “Given the circumstances, there is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation.”

The IRS said in May that it had given extra scrutiny to Tea Party groups applying for nonprofit status, unleashing a scandal that led to the ouster of the agency’s acting chief and several other senior officials. Congressional committees, including the House Oversight panel led by Issa, have begun investigations and the Justice Department has been conducting a criminal probe.

Issa was also upset at the news that the lead investigator was also a donor to President Barack Obama’s campaign, which doesn’t exactly cast a good light on the independence of the investigation.

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  • nova3930||

    I for one am shocked that the most transparent administration ever, conducting an open and honest investigation being lead by a completely unbiased Obama donor is finding absolutely no criminal activity.

  • Doctor Whom||

    Between this and the article on the Obamacare lies, I picked a lousy time to send my shocked face out to be dry cleaned.

  • AlexInCT||

    Some people that work for the fat guy in Jersey that might run against Billary blocked traffic: SCANDAL!

    The demcorats use federal agencies to target political enemies, or hide their botched attempts to cover for what amounts to an act of war that cost 4 Americans their lives (in a place should not have been in the first place), and all is well. It's a training issue....

    Banana republlic it is...

  • Almanian!||

    I never shopped at a Banana Republic - I sure don't want to live in one.

  • ||

    Better move soon then!

  • Almanian!||

    I fear it's already too late, Epi.

    PS Good luck to your Seahawks this weekend! The look of winning is strong in this one. SF - too old for the training...

  • ||

    The Niners won't be able to hear themselves think on Sunday. It hasn't gone well for them before.

  • WTF||

    I really don't see the Niners coming out of there with a win.

  • Killaz||

    You are going to clean their clocks, unless Roger Goodell is in the stadium, looking on. Then I would be a little worried.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Look, no one in the entire Virgo Supercluster expects the Obama administration to prosecute any element of itself, regardless of the crimes committed. Nothing is going to happen until Congress takes action, and I'll bet that's not going to happen until after the elections.

    We need an independent counsel/special prosecutor/whatever now. Now.

  • ||

    Who will appoint this independent counsel/special prosecutor/whatever? Eric Holder, Barack Obama or their true master Valerie Jarrett?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Fucking Congress fucking could, but the wussy is strong in that branch.

  • Almanian!||

    Somewhere, Boner is crying....

  • Rasilio||

    Oh please please please let the tea party primary his ass

  • Pro Libertate||

    How he's still Speaker is beyond me.

  • WTF||

    See, this proves it's a fake scandal!
    FAKE SCANDAL!! FAKE SCANDAL!!
    BUSHPIGS!!1111!!CHRISTFAGS!!111!!!
    /Shreek

  • ||

    and I'll bet that's not going to happen until after the elections.

    FIFY.

  • Brett L||

    I, for one, can't wait until OFA and MoveOn get audited by completely unbiased agents in a Republican administration in 2017.

  • Killaz||

    Nice to see you, Eric. I thought we could have a little chat. Funny thing, our records show two thousand guns were sold by your agency in Mexico. We never got the transaction receipts. Any idea what could have happened there?

  • wareagle||

    well, of course, there will be no charges. It's a fake scandal and you don't charge people for fake things.

    /progderp

  • Floridian||

    The GOP should be ecstatic. Come time an elephant is in the White House, they will have a road map to suppress their enemies and not face a single negative consequence.

  • WTF||

    Except the GOP does not have the MSM to cover for them, and the democrats are much more willing to go for blood.

  • AlexInCT||

    ^^^THIS^^^

  • Floridian||

    Do it anyways. It's not like the people who vote GOP care what the MSM have to say anymore. They lost all credibility with this president.

  • Jeff||

    Except that the Democrat-run media would never let a Republican administration get away with it.

  • ||

    The banana-republicification of our government continues apace. I can't wait for Obama to show up on the White House lawn dressed in a general's uniform with really nice epaulets. A really spiffy, pressed white uniform. And sunglasses.

  • wareagle||

    Evita sold separately.

  • freeAgent||

    I'm pretty sure that's how he dresses on the weekend.

  • From the Tundra||

    I'm thinking he'll end up looking like General Garcia from The In-Laws , hand puppet and all.

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blo.....inlaw1.jpg

  • Killaz||

    Close enough?

    http://goo.gl/rEIcnF

  • ||

    Too close for comfort.

  • Pro Libertate||

    WTF? OBAMA!!!!! Then. . .tiny Washington.

  • Killaz||

    This cult of personality bought and paid for by you, the America Taxed Chump.

  • Killaz||

    American Taxed Chump

  • Pro Libertate||

    Next up? Obama to be added to Mount Rushmore. Obama to replace the Statue of Liberty.

  • ||

    "The Statue of Bribery"

    "The Statue of Inability"

    "The Statue of Megalomany"

  • Pro Libertate||

    The Statue of Transparency. They'll tear down Lady Liberty and actually build nothing, yet insist that a transparent polymer statue of Obama is there.

  • ||

    Yeah, but they would call it the Statue of Solidity.

  • Pro Libertate||

    The Statue of Opaqueness. What, you can't see the statue? Clearly you lack faith. Please leave this country through the Ellis Island exit authority.

  • WTF||

    Two plus two equals five, Winston.

  • lap83||

    What's the table for? Incense? Virgin sacrifices?

  • Killaz||

    Their still working on the design for their version of a menorah to go right behind the gelded bound Dreams of My Father.

  • Killaz||

    They're

  • Killaz||

    His presidential library is going to make these eight years we will have endured his reign totally worth it. If it isn't the prezlib version of Graceland, I will be in shock.

  • Pope Jimbo||

    Take that back! Graceland is a cool place to visit.

    I'm sure if The King had lived he would have redecorated and removed the shag carpet from the ceiling.

    True Fact: The tour my parents and I were on was delayed so James Brown could get a private tour. So don't tell me that it isn't a hip thing to do.

  • Killaz||

    I looked into the menorah situation, and why it is taking so long. Apparently, it is very difficult to make one that looks tasteless.

  • Seamus||

    That's racist!

  • freeAgent||

    The evidence showed a mismanaged agency enforcing rules it did not understand on applications for tax exemptions, the Journal reported.

    WHAT THE F***ING F***? DOES THE IRS MAKE A HABIT OF HIRING PEOPLE WHOSE IQS ARE BELOW 80? How can you possibly not understand that when you have a list of keywords which overwhelmingly correspond to those used by conservative organizations, you are going to end up targeting conservative groups much more than liberal ones? That is unbelievable and completely ridiculous on its face.

  • AlexInCT||

    You were just being facetious asking this right? Because if you are not the blatantly obvious reason is that they are lying, yet again, to cover up their criminal activity.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Issa was also upset at the news that the lead investigator was also a donor to President Barack Obama’s campaign"

    Someday, they'll all stop pretending, and then we'll really be in trouble.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    My comment from the linked H&R article:


    In the report, the investigators do not find evidence that IRS employees received orders from politicians to target the tea party, and agency officials deny overt bias or political motives.

    But the report says the IRS was at least taking cues from political leaders and designed special policies to review tea party applications, including dispatching some of them to Washington to be vetted by headquarters.

    According to the (ahem) Washington Times, Obama used mind jedi to impart this "direct influence" you mention.

  • WTF||

    First off, the retarded don't rule the night. They don't rule it. Nobody does. And they don't run in packs. And while they may not be as strong as apes, don't lock eyes with 'em, don't do it. Puts 'em on edge. They might go into berzerker mode; come at you like a whirling dervish, all fists and elbows. You might be screaming "No, no, no" and all they hear is "Who wants cake?" Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.

  • AlexInCT||

    WILFORD BRIMLEY!

  • wareagle||

    no evidence that Christie's minions got direct orders from him, either. But in that case and this, one is true: either this had wink/nod approval from the chief or the culture was such that no one saw their actions as being problematic.

  • sarcasmic||

    No evidence? Christie is a Republican! What more evidence do you need?!?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Christie's minions were hand picked and worked in his office.

    The IRS was headed by a Bush appointment and far removed from the White House.

    Christie will be fine and his Dem opponents won't beat this for 14 months like desperate Benghazi-freaks have.

  • WTF||

    BUSHPIGS!!111!!!CHRISTFAGS!!1111!

    You really are a one-trick retarded little shrieking fuckstain, aren't you?

  • ||

    Actually, it's a sockpuppet whose only purpose is to get you to respond to it by saying inflammatory things that it hopes will make the puppets dance. Don't be its puppet or its porn. It hates nothing more in this world than you ignoring it. I suggest starting.

  • WTF||

    Yeah, it seems to like the insults just as much as real engagement. I think I will take your advice.

  • From the Tundra||

    I don't know. The recipes were pretty good. The chile verde was excellent, btw.

  • PapayaSF||

    The IRS was headed by a Bush appointment and far removed from the White House.

    "Far removed"?

    Head of IRS Tax Exempt Divison Visited White House 165 Times, Met with Obama 6 Times

    I wonder how many previous heads of the tax exempt division ever visited the White House, much less met the President.

  • widget||

    http://slatestarcodex.com/2013.....-nutshell/

    I don't mean hawk reactionism here, it's a novelty me. But there is a perspective to it I find very interesting.

    This article is actually a critical of reaction:

    ..Speak out against the Chinese Empire and you lose your head. Speak out against the King of Spain and you face the Inquisition. Speak out against Comrade Stalin and you get sent to Siberia. The great thing about western liberal democracy is that it has a free marketplace of ideas. Everybody criticizes some aspect of our society. Noam Chomsky made a career of criticizing our society and became rich and famous and got a cushy professorship. So our advantage is that we admit our society’s imperfections, reward those who point them out, and so keep inching closer and closer to this ideal of perfect government.

    Okay, back up. Suppose you went back to Stalinist Russia and you said “You know, people just don’t respect Comrade Stalin enough. There isn’t enough Stalinism in this country! I say we need two Stalins! No, fifty Stalins!”

    Congratulations. You have found a way to criticize the government in Stalinist Russia and totally get away with it. Who knows, you might even get that cushy professorship.

  • widget||

    If you “criticize” society by telling it to keep doing exactly what it’s doing only much much more so, society recognizes you as an ally and rewards you for being a “bold iconoclast” or “having brave and revolutionary new ideas” or whatever. It’s only when you tell them something they actually don’t want to hear that you get in trouble.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    I feel sorry for you yahoos. You want a real scandal so bad and they keep coming up empty - nada.

    With a government this big and bloated you need to find a good ratfucker with a suitcase full of cash and do it fast.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    First off, the retarded don't rule the night. They don't rule it. Nobody does. And they don't run in packs. And while they may not be as strong as apes, don't lock eyes with 'em, don't do it. Puts 'em on edge. They might go into berzerker mode; come at you like a whirling dervish, all fists and elbows. You might be screaming "No, no, no" and all they hear is "Who wants cake?" Let me tell you something: They all do. They all want cake.

    And a tip of the hate to WTF.

  • sarcasmic||

    Great example of a leftist argument: devoid of facts and logic, instead relying on emotion and personal attacks.

  • Tony||

    There are facts presented by this investigation, but you need a scandal so badly that you're not swayed in the slightest. Who's running on emotion again?

  • sarcasmic||

    Great example of how leftists truly believe the ad hominem fallacy to be a credible argument.

  • Redmanfms||

    There are facts presented by this investigation, but you need a scandal so badly that you're not swayed in the slightest. Who's running on emotion again?

    The investigation conducted by an Obama campaign donor? Right...

  • Gilbert Martin||

    Yes there's nothing to see here - move along.

    Meanwhile it's vitally important that Gov. Christie be investigated seven ways from Sunday.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Yup a four-hour traffic delay is far worse crime than suppressing political speech.

  • ||

    GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT

  • waffles||

    Nothing to see here. Thanks a lot you jerks, now I just really want cake.

  • Almanian!||

    They all want cake.

  • ||

    Alright, I have a question. How many people who use this quote have actually watched Strangers With Candy? I'm merely curious, since if you haven't seen it--watch it. Tonight.

  • waffles||

    Well, I was a boozer, a user, and a loser. But then I discovered Warty Hugeman. Now I'm on medicaid disability and life couldn't be better.

  • WTF||

    Watched, it; loved it. One of the best shows ever.

  • Killaz||

    I watched the original run from beginning to end. As much as I love the comedy in the show, my favorite scene will always be the one where she is jumping up and down on a bed in a motel room with the redhead.

  • ||

    "I hate to burst your bubble there, Tam, but that's not Blackman. That's just the chink with some spic food I ordered, hoping we'd have something to celebrate. But I guess that's not in the cards."

  • Killaz||

    Geoffrey Jellineck: Why am I in a ladies' jail? I am a man!

    Jerri Blank: Faggot.

    [laughs]

    Jerri Blank: My asshole's hungry, baby.

  • widget||

    The scrapings from an oven that baked bread are delicious.

  • Almanian!||

    I hear fucking shrieking. I wish it would stop, but it never does.

    Must be the daddy fucking...

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The FBI is not planning to file criminal charges involving the Internal Revenue Service's extra scrutiny of the Tea Party and other conservative groups

    I never would have guessed.

  • Tony||

    What crime do you believe was committed?

  • PapayaSF||

    The same crime mentioned in Nixon's articles of impeachment, but worse. (Nixon only attempted to use the IRS against his enemies, but Obama succeeded.)

  • The Last American Hero||

    If Lois Lerner is ever compelled to testify, maybe we'll find out.

  • Tony||

    Why do you want so desperately for our government to be corrupt?

    Better question: why are you guys' psychological motivations so boring and obvious?

  • Michael S. Langston||

    Why do you want so desperately for our government to be corrupt?

    asks the one refusing to enforce Constitutional principles such as freedom of speech (when your speech costs you more than others), equal treatment in eyes of the law, etc, etc, etc...

    Or do you not see a crime when the government specifically targets people because of their ideas?

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    Another fake investigatin

  • John C. Randolph||

    Ruling Party minions exonerate other Ruling Party minions. Did anyone expect anything different?

    -jcr

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