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Monday, May 27, 2013

Cutting the IRS Gordian Knot with a Special Prosecutor


The IRS Scandal with regard to targeting conservatives for political reasons reflects an agency wide policy, which would have to come from the top. Anyone who has worked inside IRS understands this. Anyone who has worked with the Federal Government and has 'handled a caseload' understands how case tracking is managed.

Case Management System

Every IRS manager in the US who worked with tax-exempt organizations nationwide would have known that Tea Party-related applications were being blocked almost from the beginning. IRS agents must handle tax-exempt applications within 270 days, after which the system automatically sends out an alert, making the agent provide a status update each month until the case is resolved.

Since the IRS started blocking Tea Party-type applications in April 2010 and didn't approve a single one for more than two years, thousands of red flags would have been generated. Given the 270-day schedule, the first alerts would have hit back in December 2010.
  • Why should anyone be surprised that Lois Learner is refusing to testify before Congress on the grounds that what she said could be used against her in a criminal proceeding?
  • Why is anyone surprised that IRS is stonewalling congressional requests for communications relating to the targeting, including crucial emails.
I find it funny (yes, ha-ha funny) that the Obama Administration keeps saying that they can't comment on an ongoing investigation. What they should say, is that they aren't going to comment on a situation that makes them look bad. The Obama Administration comments on ongoing investigations ALL OF THE TIME. It would take a few days at most to amass the paperwork and case tracking on the IRS Scandal and hand it to Congress. IRS is one of those vastly bureaucratic organizations which manages their own activities scrupulously with attorney review at almost every stage. And this is all documented in the case management system. Lois Learner may not want to personally incriminate herself, but the IRS will do it for her.

It's time for Congress to appoint an independent prosecutor (yes, independent from DOJ) and convene a grand jury.

The Obama Administration doesn't want that to happen because they won't want you to know how high the rot and corruption goes. This is how it works.
  • Ask a question.
  • Person refuses to answer citing the Fifth Amendment
  • Person goes to jail for contempt of a Grand Jury
or-
  • Ask a question
  • Person refuses to answer citing the Fifth Amendment
  • Person is given use-immunity from prosecution
  • Person either testifies or goes to jail for contempt of a Grand Jury
or-
  • Person lies under oath
  • Person prosecuted for perjury and goes to jail
Eric Holder's Justice Department won't do that to IRS people who targeted people on the 'enemies list', but an independent prosecutor will, and it won't take all that long to get to the bottom line.


8 comments:

  1. I have never met an IRS agent who didn't regularly comment on the micro-managing from above...I would hate to work for the Federal Government - you are either part of the solution, or part of the problem!

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    1. IRS (as with many federal agencies) is micro-managed. IRS has fine-tuned it to an art. Therefore EVERYONE knew what the marching orders were.

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  2. You're absolutely right, this NEEDS to be done, but won't be. Dammit!!!

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    1. I still believe within my heart of hearts that we'll see a special prosecutor.

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  3. IRS
    obama
    Ahhhhhhhh, what a pair.

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    1. They seemed to work together in lock step.

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  4. Who has the power to appoint the special prosecutor? Congress? Can we apply pressure to them to do so?

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    1. I think that Congress is moving in this direction.

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