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Drafting error vs. drafting miscalculation

Featured image Sean Davis, a former congressional staffer, examines the claim that the provision in Obamacare limiting subsidies to those participating in state exchanges was the product of “drafting error.” He finds it laughable. I discussed what a legislative drafting error looks like here. Davis sees it the same way: When I worked in the Senate. . .it was not uncommon to find obvious errors in bills and amendments. Sometimes you would »

Inside the IRS, part 5

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 subsequent posts including part 2, part 3, and part 4. Yesterday we learned that the IRS disseminated the following announcement by email: »

IRS experts say Lois Lerner’s hard drive was just scratched

Featured image The IRS’s claim that Lois Lerner’s hard drive was irreparably damaged always seemed laughable to attorneys who (like John and me) have been involved in disputes over electronic discovery, as well as to IT professionals and their trade association. Now we learn, via Byron York, that IRS’s own IT professionals dispute this claim: Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner’s hard drive — the one containing emails that »

Cleta Mitchell: IRS annoyed by Power Line

Featured image We have followed True The Vote’s case against the IRS for obvious reasons and have asked TTV counsel Cleta Mitchell to keep us as closely informed as she can. The case is important in a number of respects and the public interest in the case as well as related inquiries, I think it is fair to say, is rather high. We know our readers are intensely interested in it. Cleta »

Judge Sullivan also wants to hear from the IRS

Featured image In the post immediately below, Scott reports that Judge Reggie Walton “wants to hear from the IRS.” Specifically, he wants the IRS to testify under oath about discovery issues pertaining to the destruction of evidence. Judge Walton isn’t the only veteran District Court Judge here in Washington DC who wants to hear from the IRS about this matter. Yesterday, Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Clinton appointee, ordered the IRS to explain »

Cleta Mitchell: Judge Walton wants to hear from the IRS

Featured image Cleta Mitchell writes to report on the hearing before Judge Walton today on True The Vote’s motion for an order addressing discovery issues with the IRS on the destruction of evidence. Cleta writes: Here is the order from today’s hearing – -Judge spent 2 hours asking questions – the judge is requiring the IRS to start testifying under oath – by persons with direct knowledge and by the end of »

Newly-released IRS emails raise additional questions

Featured image New documents obtained by Judicial Watch demonstrate that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration sought a key May 2010 internal email ordering the targeting of Tea Party groups. Lois Lerner initially acknowledged the existence of the email, but later denied it. The email may be among those lost when Lerner’s hard drive crashed. In a January 24, 2013 email from Troy Paterson of the Inspector General’s office to Holly »

More on the IRS’s Illegal Destruction of Evidence

Featured image Scott wrote earlier today about the motion that True the Vote is bringing against the IRS in the federal court in the District of Columbia. The motion asks for expedited discovery with respect to the IRS’s destruction of evidence relevant to True the Vote’s case, an order prohibiting further destruction of evidence, and other relief. I have read True the Vote’s brief in support of its motion. It appears powerful. »

Cleta Mitchell to the IRS: See you in court

Featured image 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. The recent disclosure of the “loss” of thousands of emails subject to production by the IRS in the litigation was the subject of Cleta’s letter »

On Obama’s Misuse of the Department of Justice and the IRS, I Was a Prophet

Featured image Writing in American Thinker about Megyn Kelly’s forthcoming interview with Bill Ayers, Karin McQuillan recalls something that I wrote in 2008, which I had completely forgotten. She refers to Ed Lasky; the first quote is McQuillan’s, the second is Lasky’s, and the third is mine: Ed Lasky’s many articles, including this one predicting an Obama Ayer’s-style radical assault on education (think Common Core) and another with the prophetic 2008 quote »

Lerner’s attorney: It was just one of those things

Featured image Lois Lerner attorney William Taylor III appeared on CNN this morning and among the items up for discussion was the “loss” of two-years’ worth of Lerner’s emails in the epidemic of computer crashes plaguing the IRS. As for the crashes, according to Taylor, we don’t know the half of it. As for the “loss” of Lerner’s email, it was just one of those things. Taylor omits the rest of the »

Clouded with a chance of meatballs

Featured image New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan solicits a response to criticisms of the Times’s coverage (or lack thereof) of the IRS scandals from David Joachim, who is the Times’s man on the case. Sullivan links to Joachim’s stories and provides his response in “Is the Times ignoring a scandal at the IRS?” Joachim holds that “we’ve paid copious attention to this story, and we will continue to do so. »

Crimes of the IRS: John Eastman comments

Featured image Our friend John Eastman is the chairman of the National Organization for Marriage. After months of evasion and denial, the IRS has now admitted that it illegally leaked the names of NOM’s donors to a third party who saw to their publication. The IRS agreed to settle NOM’s case against it on the basis of a consent judgment under which it will receive $50,000 as actual damages. I wrote about »

Lois Lerner’s emails — an IT trade association’s take

Featured image The IT world remains skeptical of the IRS’s claim that Lois Lerner’s emails were destroyed innocently, or even that they were destroyed at all. We noted here the skepticism of a former IRS IT specialist. Now, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) expresses its skepticism. By way of background, this organization administers internationally accepted certifications for information technology professionals. Here is what IAITAM’s president, Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, »

Crimes of the IRS, NOM edition

Featured image Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Daily Signal reports, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit. The Daily Signal explains that under a consent judgment entered earlier this week, the IRS agreed to pay $50,000 in damages to the National Organization for Marriage as a »

Grassley’s narrow escape [With Comments By John]

Featured image The House Ways and Means Committee has issued a press release stating that Lois Lerner sought to target Republican Senator Chuck Chuck Grassley for audit. The press release is based on email messages that the committee has posted here. Through a sheer stroke of bad luck, Lois Lerner received an event invitation directed to Senator Grassley and Grassley apparently received Lerner’s. The invitation indicated that the event organizer would pay »

And the most absurd Democrat is…

Featured image In an astute Wall Street Journal column almost exactly one year ago, my daughter Eliana named House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings “The IRS’s best friend in Congress.” And that was before Cummings’s moving tribute to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in last night’s hearing! In his column on last night’s hearing, Byron York names Cummings the best supporting actor. Having watched the hearing, I would say the competition for »