Obama Administration Scandals

Today’s IRS Documents: What Do They Show?

Featured image Earlier today, Judicial Watch made public a batch of documents that it received from the IRS in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents consist of a series of emails relating to the IRS’s treatment of applications for 501(c)(4) status from “Tea Party” or otherwise conservative organizations. I am still working my way through the emails, but have a few preliminary observations. First, the most significant ones »

Why You Should Be Sympathetic Toward Cliven Bundy

Featured image On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of »

The Lois Lerner files

Featured image This past week House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp announced that the Committee, acting had voted out a criminal referral letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding actions taken by IRS employee Lois Lerner. Camp’s press release is posted here. Camp’s letter of referral and exhibits are posted here. Camp’s letter covers a lot of ground. Kim Strassel devotes a good Wall Street Journal column sorting through it, »

House Republicans Vote to Hold Lerner In Contempt; Eric Holder’s Thoughts Are Elsewhere

Featured image Yesterday Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Today, the House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. It was a straight party line vote, indicating that Democrats have no problem with the Obama administration’s corruption of the IRS to serve its political purposes. Presumably the full House will next vote to hold Lerner »

The IRS Scandal Nears a Climax

Featured image Today’s headlines are all about the IRS: Darrell Issa’s committee has released emails that show Democratic staffers from the House’s Government Oversight and Reform Committee communicating with the IRS about True the Vote, an anti-voter fraud organization that the Democrats wanted to suppress, in 2012 and 2013. It appears that Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking Democrat and therefore the Congressman to whom these staffers reported, may have lied during a »

Fools and knaves: Mike Morrell vs. Vile Rat

Featured image The author of the comments below is a reader who contributed “Fools and knives, part 2″ to our long-running series. With former CIA deputy director Mike Morrell scheduled to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence this morning — Morrell had a powerful hand in shaping the Obama administration talking points from which the ineffably lame Susan Rice spoke on the Sunday gabfests following the 9/11 attack on »

Trey Gowdy on the case

Featured image IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made news yesterday when he told the House Oversight Committee that it might take years before congressional investigators can review all of the documents pertaining to the inappropriate targeting of Tea Party groups. “What they want is something that’s going to take years to produce,” Koskinen told Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in reference to Republican »

One More Reason Why the Obama Administration Is the Least Transparent Ever

Featured image The Obama administration has a standard response to all scandals: it stonewalls. Getting information from the administration is like pulling teeth, only slower. Document requests and subpoenas go unanswered, or inadequately answered, for years. So far Obama’s stonewall strategy has worked quite well. After a year or two, a scandal is treated as old news, even though the administration has never produced the information that would allow Congressional committees, reporters »

Obama’s IRS, cont’d

Featured image In today’s Wall Street Journal, Rep. Jim Jordan summarizes some of the evidence that the IRS has committed serious crimes at the behest of its political masters. Rep. Jordan is a member of the House Oversight Committee that has held hearings and conducted an investigation of the IRS’s criminal misconduct. Analyze this: I have spent a considerable amount of time and energy on the investigation—which included 38 daylong interviews of »

What is to be done?

Featured image Once upon a time, not so long ago, administrative agencies were vested only with the authority to interpret the laws they enforced. Unless the authority was delegated to them, agencies lacked the power to write the laws. They certainly lacked the power simply to rewrite them. Yet this was precisely what Barack Obama has done in his increasingly lawless administration. In the blizzard of Obamacare pronouncements and regulations issued to »

Nixon vs. Obama: Who Deserves Impeachment More?

Featured image Impeachment is a political remedy, not a legal one, and Republicans in Washington should never even hint at impeaching Barack Obama. Still, you would have to be an unusually obtuse observer not to notice that the grounds for removing Obama from office are stronger than the grounds that were deemed sufficient to impeach Richard Nixon. The president’s most fundamental constitutional duty is to “take care that the laws be faithfully »

Mr. Times regrets again

Featured image The House Oversight Committee released its report on Lois Lerner’s Involvment in the IRS Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations on Tuesday. For reporters working on deadline, the committee released a handy summary of the report’s highlights. The report was widely covered by mainstream media outlets including the Washington Post and CBS News. We found yesterday, somewhat to our surprise, that the New York Times had not deemed news of the report »

Mr. Times regrets

Featured image The House Oversight Committee report on Lois Lerner’s Involvment in the IRS Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations was released yesterday. For reporters working on deadline, the committee released a handy summary of the report’s highlights. Paul Mirengoff covered the release of the report here. The Washington Post covers it here. The Wall Street Journal covers it here (on its Law blog). CBS News covers it here. How is the New York »

House report demonstrates wisdom of Lois Lerner’s Fifth Amendment plea

Featured image The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released a scathing report on Lois Lerner’s involvement in the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of conservative advocacy groups. Based on an extensive investigation that included a review of Lerner’s email traffic, the report shows that Lerner, in response to political pressure, willfully pushed the IRS to crack down on conservative nonprofit organizations. According to the Committee report: [D]ocuments show that Lerner and »

Liars of a feather

Featured image Michael Ramirez finds that a number of stories involving the Obama administration have something important in common. I have been following these stories somewhat obsessively, so this cartoon hits home with me. It puts me in mind of the famous Epimenides paradox. Epimenides the Cretan is reputed to have said: “All Cretans are liars.” In the case of Ramirez cartoon, however, there is no paradox. Ramirez is an outsider to »

In search of an honest liberal

Featured image George Will began his career in journalism as the Washington editor of National Review, a perch from which he served as a relentless expositor and critic of the lies of Watergate perpetrated by the Nixon administration. In his history of National Review, former NR senior editor Jeffrey Hart recalls: National Review responded to the developing scandal with condemnation for the violation of constitutional norms mixed with a great deal of »

Obama’s IRS: Political arm of the Democrats

Featured image Having lived through the Watergate scandal and the impeachment proceedings against President Nixon, I recall that one conservative journalist stood out from the pack. As the Washington columnist for National Review, George Will regularly exposed the Nixon administration’s lines of defense as the lies that they were. He distinguished himself both for his merciless analytical rigor and his skills as an anatomist. Will was in the infancy of his now »