Author Archives: Scott Johnson

That Krazy Koskinen

Featured image I dutifully watched IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testify before the House Oversight Committee regarding the “lost” Lois Lerner emails last night. Koskinen’s specializes in audacity, Obama style. He serves as front man for the Democrats in the scandals that beset the IRS and he’s not giving an inch. In his capacity as front man, the audacity not only comes in handy, it is a bona fide occupational qualification. According to »

The IRS scandals: An evidentiary note

Featured image Yesterday on FOX News Sunday Chris Wallace invited Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell and reptilian Democratic hack Julian Epstein to discuss the IRS scandals in the context of the “lost” IRS emails. More than one scandal inheres in the events, including Obama’s declaration of innocence regarding those involved; I therefore refer to the IRS scandals. The video of the FOX News Sunday segment is below and is worth a look if »

Helton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour

Featured image IRS Commissioner John Koskinen turned in a memorable performance before the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday morning. I wrote about it here. Koskinen looks like he was sent by central casting to front for the Democrats in the IRS scandals. Indeed, he reminds me of the character actor Percy Helton, whom you would have seen in dozens of movies and television shows if you are anywhere near my »

On the lost IRS emails

Featured image Kim Strassel’s Wall Street Journal column yesterday took a look at the “lost” IRS emails. Strassel’s column is behind the Journal’s subscription paywall but easily accessible via Google. If you missed it, however, Walter Olson extracted this nugget: According to Strassel’s column today, the contents of Lois Lerner’s hard drive were wiped out by forces unknown “about 10 days after the Camp letter arrived,” that is to say, a letter »

The gift of valor revisited

Featured image Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Phillips discovered the story of Marine Corporal Jason Dunham during one of his four embeddings with Third Battalion, Seventh Marines in Iraq. A few weeks after Dunham’s death in 2004, Michael learned that Corporal Dunham had been attacked by a black-clad Iraqi who leaped out of a car and grabbed him around the neck. As they fought hand to hand, the Iraqi dropped a hand »

Bill Henck: Inside the IRS, part 4

Featured image William Henck has worked inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel as an attorney for over 26 years. We posted his personal account, including his testimony to a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him, this past February in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with part 2 in May and part 3 earlier this month. When we posted the second of Bill’s two items in May, I »

Ryan to IRS: “Nobody believes you”

Featured image IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before the House and Ways and Means Committee this morning. The committee has posted Koskinen’s opening statement online here. In his testimony, we learn that in IRS-world, agency emails are not considered records subject to preservation under otherwise applicable law. According to Koskinen, the agency’s “email system is not being used as an electronic record keeping system.” Koskinen added that “it should be remembered that »

Comey’s conundrum

Featured image I urge readers following the IRS scandals to review the sworn testimony of FBI Director James Comey in response to the questions posed to him by Rep. Darrell Issa before the House Judiciary Committee on June 11 (video below). Rep. Issa homed in on the transmission of 1.1 million 501(c)(4) documents in a database submitted to the FBI by ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in 2010. The database (I’ll refer to »

Ms. Hillary says

Featured image In Hillary Clinton’s interview earlier this week by Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren on FOX News (videos and transcript here), Baier asked Ms. Hillary what it meant when she purported to “take responsibility” for Benghazi. The question arose from Clinton’s earlier interview with Diane Sawyer, the video of which we posted in “The fog of Hillary.” It appeared that Clinton was not prepared for Baier’s question; she certainly had »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image In this installment of her thoughts, our friend Ammo Grrrll asks: “How hot IS it?” She writes: Many winter residents of Arizona are escapees from colder climes such as Canada, Michigan and Minnesota. Wonderful people in the main, they bring their money, amusing accents, and frugal tipping habits to our Dusty Little Village (DLV) and then they go home in late March or April, mercifully, before they can vote. They »

Tom Cotton on Obama’s smear artists

Featured image A Joint Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing yesterday about the swap of suspected deserter Bowe Bergdahl for the Tabilban Five. The committee has posted videos of the hearing and text of the witnesses’ testimony here. C-SPAN has posted videos of the hearing here (part 1) and here (part 2). FOX News has posted a brief account of the hearing here. As Bergdahl’s platoon mates »

Cleta Mitchell to the IRS: An update

Featured image Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell represents True the Vote, one of the groups illegally targeted by the IRS in the scandals that have exposed the agency as a partisan operation. True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht has been harassed by federal law enforcement authorities representing three different federal agencies. Last week’s disclosure of the “loss” of thousands of emails subject to production by the IRS in the litigation was the subject of »

When he’s 72

Featured image It was of course the team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney — as singers, songwriters, and instinctive harmonists — that constituted the organic entity at the heart of the Beatles. McCartney was the yang to Lennon’s yin. Today McCartney turns 72. One of McCartney’s earliest songwriting motifs was the projection of himself into the future looking back. It was a device he used to great effect in songs such »

Ms. Hillary says

Featured image Ms. Hillary was so impressive on Fox News yesterday — her ability to treat Greta Van Susteren as though she knew what she was talking about was a coup all by itself — that it was almost possible to forget momentarily why she is such an unacceptable political figure. I know our readers don’t need a reminder, but just before her appearance on FNC, she turned up before a town »

Dana Milbank or your lyin’ eyes?

Featured image In his most recent Washington Post column, Dana Milbank purported to report on a program hosted by the Benghazi Accountability Coalition at the Heritage Foundation. As you might guess from the subject of the panel if not the venue, Milbank came to bury the panel, not to praise it. The subject all by itself seemed to put Milbank in a bad frame of mind; he described it as “the umpteenth »

Ms. Hillary says

Featured image In this installment of “Ms. Hillary says,” Ms. Hillary actually isn’t sayin’. A Canadian TV anchor asks her a straightforward question: “Keystone, yes or no?” the anchor asked Clinton. “Well I can’t say that, because I was there,” Clinton replies before the anchor cuts her off. He isn’t buying her answer, and as she continues, her response explores the far reaches of evasion and absurdity. Check out the video below »

The war Obama believes in

Featured image In the adjacent post, I say that when your project is the “fundamental transformation” of the United States, as Obama’s is, you can’t necessarily divulge all the details. On one front of the transformation, however, Obama and his crew have been relatively forthright. They openly profess a “war on coal.” Indeed, it may be the only “war” they believe in. In the video below, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy openly professes »