IRS Chairman Compelled To Testify About Missing Emails

After initially admitting it somehow lost two years’ worth of emails sent by former IRS official Lois Lerner, the agency announced this week that at least six other employees’ correspondences similarly vanished. Documentation of these communications, congressional investigators contend, could have added much-needed context to a look at the IRS’s systematic targeting of conservative groups.

Among the emails missing are communications between Lerner and White House sources as well as other key Obama administration agencies. The widespread data loss has been blamed on a hard drive crash about three years ago.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, along with House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, has joined the growing chorus of critics who claim such a result is suspicious. Many wonder why, if the crash truly led to the obliteration of so many integral emails, the IRS failed to notify anyone until this week.

Issa recently announced he issued a subpoena compelling IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to testify regarding the ongoing controversy.

“I will not tolerate your continued obstruction and game-playing in response to the Committee’s investigation of the IRS targeting,” Issa wrote.

He concluded that agency officials have “promised to produce requested – and, later, subpoenaed – documents, only to respond later with excuses and inaction.”

According to Issa, even now “the IRS still insists on flouting constitutional congressional oversight.”

Camp has continued to express his belief that there is more to the story than agency officials are reporting.

“We are simply not going to accept the IRS claim that these documents are not recoverable,” he said.

As for Koskinen, he expressed his willingness to testify before two House committees regarding the missing emails. Furthermore, he took issue with allegations that his agency is trying to purposely disrupt the investigation.

“I spent three weeks trying to restore [missing data] back in 2011,” he asserted. “We’ve got 24,000 emails from that period, so nobody’s hiding anything.”

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A Call For The Formation Of The IRS And VA Select Committees

In spite of what Democrats and their lapdogs in the media would have us believe, the American public does not trust Barack Obama.

Because we are now beginning to feel the full effects of Obamacare, a Fox News poll released last month told us 61% of Americans, including 38% of Democrats, think Obama is a liar to one extent or another. The Select Committee on Benghazi was a great start, but now let’s keep looking.

Democrats in both Houses know they are in trouble. Senate Democrats are staring at a nightmare on Election Night in November. They’re on their heels, so let’s take advantage of this opportunity to show the country what criminals Democrats really are.

Next, we need a Select Committee on the IRS.

The work done by Representative Darrell Issa thus far in his IRS investigation has not been easy. There was no ground work and no particular suspicions about the IRS outside of conservative and TEA party movement circles, so mocking Issa as a zealot chasing after imaginary law breakers was easy for the media. Nevertheless, for at least a year, polls have shown a sizable number of Americans (36%) believe Obama ordered the IRS to target conservatives.

There is now fertile ground for expanding that percentage well into the mid-50% range, especially given the new evidence being uncovered almost weekly.

A Select Committee to investigate the IRS Co-Chaired by Representative Issa and Texas Representative Louie Gohmert should be commissioned. Gohmert really wants a Special Prosecutor for the IRS, which of course won’t happen; so that makes him a perfect fit for the next best thing.

We also need a Select Committee on the deaths in the Veterans Hospitals and the huge backlog of benefit claims cases.

Unfortunately, the scandals involving the Veterans Administration are just getting started; and we’ll hear more, not less, about this outrageous and callous disregard for the welfare of those who gave so much to fight for our freedoms. Polls on the subject are hard to find, but media stories about dozens of deaths caused by V.A. incompetence are beginning to surface.

Veterans are well respected (94%), and those who use the V A system as their primary source of healthcare are probably more likely to be minorities. The V A’s statistics show that in spite of being just about 15% of all veterans, African Americans and Hispanics represent roughly 40% of those utilizing Veteran Administration healthcare services. That will be a perfect shield against the scurrilous charges of “grandstanding and cheap politics” from a Democrat cheerleading media.

A Select Committee on the Veteran’s Administration, headed by South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson (of “You Lie!” fame) can get to the bottom of this cesspool. He should be assisted by John Kline of Minnesota and Kristi Noem of South Dakota–who should be selected because she is not a lawyer and can bring the perspective of the American “every woman” to the Committee.

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Benghazi Investigation: It’s Not Often Obama Gets Slammed Like This On Live TV

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has some harsh words for Obama’s White House in his opening remarks in today’s Benghazi terror attack hearing:

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WATCH: MSNBC Blames Conservative Groups For IRS Targeting

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner says that the IRS and Lois Lerner are the REAL victims here, and not the harassed conservative groups.

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Why Hillary Will Get Away With Benghazi

No matter how many times it is called “phony” or the administration blames Fox News for keeping the scandal alive, the issue of Benghazi and the September 11, 2012 attacks remains alive and well. And this fact is damaging to presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. A recent Pew Research Center/USA Today poll ranked the death of those four Americans that night in Benghazi as the “worst thing about the career of [Hillary] Clinton,” followed by her husband’s affair, according to Bloomberg this March.

The Democratic establishment has started to complain that this is Republican politicking because of Clinton’s unannounced, but presumed, candidacy. But the issue cuts both ways: the Democratic establishment has a glaring conflict of interest when it comes to finding out the truth about the Benghazi attacks because they don’t want some of their own tarnished in the process.

“The total cost of compliance with Benghazi-related congressional requests sent to the department and other agencies is estimated to be in the millions of dollars,” stated the Pentagon in a March 11 letter, according to the Associated Press.

“Congressional Republicans have been relentless in investigating the attack, arguing that the Obama administration misled the American people about a terror attack during the heat of the presidential campaign,” reports the Associated Press. “The GOP is determined to press ahead, especially since the assault on the mission occurred during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.” This manufactured public relations framework is aided by the fact that the House GOP established a website dedicated to the investigation into the Benghazi attacks, and has released a number of reports that are authored by the House majority without input from their increasingly alienated minority Congressional partners.

But the converse remains true. Why hasn’t the Democratic leadership forged ahead on the Benghazi issue to investigate and then close it once and for all? There are real issues that remain to be settled in this controversy, such as why the security was so inadequate at the U.S. Mission that night despite escalating threats, and why the military was so poorly positioned on the anniversary of September 11, 2001. One must ask whether this reluctance comes because the investigation might harm those in power at the time—President Obama and Hillary Clinton?

And if the Republicans are engaged in a “witch-hunt,” as Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)—who solicited the Pentagon letter—contests, why, then, has House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) refused to create a Select Committee to investigate the scandal despite ongoing pressure from a number of groups and even relatives of the deceased?

“Instead, media consumers are left with the narrative that this is a political battle rather than a search for the truth, and that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his Oversight and Government Reform Committee are composed of belligerent politicians who care little about decorum or etiquette,” I wrote for Accuracy in Media back in October last year. “(That, according to Politico, seemed to be the greater takeaway.)” And the same messaging has continued to this day.

Now this issue is heating up, and the complicit media are quick to promote the party in power’s message. “A House Republican chairman is doggedly pursuing the question of whether military personnel were told to ‘stand down’ during the 2012 deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya,” reported the Associated Press on March 28. “The panel’s persistence on an issue the military considers settled underscores that Republicans have no plans to relent in their politically charged investigation of the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans as President Barack Obama sought re-election that fall” (emphasis added).

In the MSNBC piece “Some Conspiracy Theories Aren’t Cheap,” Steve Benen writes that “These GOP lawmakers aren’t just spinning their wheels, looking for election gimmicks; they’re wasting our resources.” Politico says that Benghazi has “become a catchphrase signifying conservative suspicion of the Obama administration” and reports that all 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “demand” that Chairman Darrell Issa end his probe into the attacks.

Politico’s John Bresnahan also made sure to mention the Hillary connection. “Democrats privately believe that Issa is using Benghazi to try to hurt Clinton’s possible presidential ambitions in 2016,” he reports. At least Bresnahan was more honest; he reports the source of such complaints as being with the party in power instead of placing the blame on the GOP for politicizing the issue, as Businessweek and the Associated Press did.

“[Oversight spokesman Frederick] Hill said the reason the panel continues to probe the attacks—as well as pursues its investigation into allegations that the IRS improperly targeted conservative nonprofit groups—is because the Obama administration has turned it into a battle between the committee and the administration’s legal teams, slowing down the process dramatically while exponentially increasing costs,” reports Bresnahan. So the fight goes both ways. The media shouldn’t excuse the administration in the process.


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