Bombshell: Shades of Hillary’s Hijinks As IRS Reveals This About Lerner And Tea Party Targeting

Just as the Hillary Clinton Emailgate scandal continues to unfold in a devastating drip-drip-drip pattern, now it appears that the Lois Lerner investigation has taken another dramatic turn in a long series of damaging revelations. The ongoing Lerner drip-drip-drip has to do with IRS targeting and intimidation of Tea Party and other conservative and patriot groups.

The Washington Times reports that, just as Hillary used a private email account for conducting official business when she was secretary of state, Lerner — the former IRS official at the center of the targeting scandal — used not one, but two personal email accounts in her official capacity as director of the Exempt Organizations unit at the Internal Revenue Service.

Lawyers for the IRS just admitted in a court filing that the tax agency has found a second non-official Lerner email account that appears to contain records relevant to a lawsuit filed by a government watchdog.

Lois Lerner had yet another personal email account used to conduct some IRS business, the tax agency confirmed in a new court filing late Monday that further complicates the administration’s efforts to be transparent about Ms. Lerner’s actions during the tea party targeting scandal.

The admission came in an open-records lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm that has sued to get a look at emails Ms. Lerner sent during the targeting.

The second personal email account that likely contains relevant communications to or from Lois Lerner has been identified as belonging to “Toby Miles.” While it is unclear as to why that particular name was given to Lerner’s heretofore undisclosed account, Fox News notes that Lerner’s husband has a similar name.

…Lerner’s husband is Michael Miles and reportedly may have been linked to the account. The IRS, though, concluded it was a personal account used by Lerner.

The IRS targeting scandal, which has been investigated for years by Congress, has continued to simmer largely because of the slow pace at which the tax agency has released information on Lerner and the behind-the-scenes activities involved in holding up the grant of tax-exempt status to a number of right-leaning groups.

As Western Journalism reported a few weeks ago, an angry federal judge has threatened to lower the boom on the IRS and its boss, John Koskinen, for stalling the release of relevant documents and discoveries. Judge Emmet Sullivan expressed his frustration with the tax agency in declaring that he may well take punitive action against the Obama administration for not complying with his order to provide to the court IRS documents that Koskinen and others have adamantly claimed were missing, inaccessible, or destroyed.

In addition, Rep. Jason Chafftez, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has said that he will possibly pursue contempt charges against IRS Commissioner Koskinen. The Republican lawmaker also threatened to mount an effort to remove the IRS chief from office through impeachment if President Obama didn’t fire him.

Obama has, of course, stood by his man at the Internal Revenue Service.

What do you think? Will the IRS and Lois Lerner ever be held accountable for their actions?

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WATCH: Ted Cruz Reveals Where He Would Send 90,000 IRS Employees After Abolishing The Federal Agency

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz received a rowdy reception on Saturday at Americans for Prosperity’s annual Defending the Dream Summit in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to Cruz, the event included former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Texas Gov. Rich Perry, and La. Gov. Bobby Jindal.   

The Associated Press reported that Cruz was the “hands down favorite” with the political activist-laden crowd; approximately 3500 people showed up to the event.

The fiery, at times raspy-voiced, Cruz laid out what his “day one” agenda as president would be, reminiscent of the GOP’s Contract with America in the 90s.

His first priority: rescinding “every single illegal and unconstitutional executive order.” The Texas senator said: “You live by the pen, and you die by the pen.” In a document released last year, Cruz listed 76 different “lawless acts” of the Obama administration.

Next on his priority list: instructing the DOJ to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood. That would be followed by directing all federal agencies to end persecution of religious liberty “immediately”; ripping to shreds the Iranian nuclear deal; and directing the U.S. embassy in Israel to be moved to the nation’s capital of Jerusalem.

Some additional items on a President Cruz’s agenda in the following days would include repealing Obamacare and ending Common Core.

He received perhaps his strongest crowd response when he promised to allow members of the military to bear firearms while on duty. He said: “The next time that a jihadist shows up at a recruiting station in Chattanooga Tennessee, he’s going to meet the business end of firearms wielded by a dozen Marines.”  

The crowd responded with roars of approval and began chanting of “Cruz, Cruz, Cruz….”

The candidate went on to state his support for a flat tax, which could be completed on a postcard. His plan would then be to “padlock the IRS building,” adding, tongue-in-cheek, he would ship all of its 90,000 employees to the southern border. He felt there could be no better deterrent to anyone seeking to immigrate to the country illegally than the sight of IRS agents lining the border, which drew laughter and thunderous applause from the audience. 

h/t: CNSNews

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Uh-Oh: Lois Lerner Caught Saying 2 Words About Republicans That Could Doom Her

Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the scandal where the agency allegedly targeted conservative groups, called Republicans “evil and dishonest” with a “hateful message” in emails. The Senate Finance Committee released contents of the emails as part of an Aug. 6 report.

The emails showed that Lerner, who headed up the division processing tax-exempt status applications, and others working in the department, let their personal politics and the Obama administration’s political agenda affect their jobs.

Comments made in emails to friends after Lerner appeared before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2014 indicated she intended to maintain her 5th Amendment rights.

“Yesterday was a doozy. They called me back to testify on the IRS ‘scandal,’ and I tool (sic) the 5th again because they had been so evil and dishonest in my lawyer’s dealings with them,” Lerner wrote in a March 6, 2014 email. She added: “this is very bad behavior from our elected officials.”

Lerner, who has since retired, also said she was a pawn in Republicans’ attempts to take over the Senate and were using the scandal to gain donations.

“Every time they get some email they see as incriminating, they roil up their base and get lots of contributions and spread their hateful message about how the government is out to get people,” she wrote.

Lerner also apparently doesn’t like Texas because she said it “is just pathetic as far as political attitudes are concerned” and also stated that President Abraham Lincoln would have been better off letting the South secede.

A new piece of information that came out of the emails is that Lerner wanted the IRS IT staff to recover emails wiped from her server to turn over to the committee probing the scandal.

“Why the IRS was unable to retrieve them when my computer crashed, I have no clue — I’m not an IT person,” she wrote.

The Senate report said the IRS had a “dysfunctional culture” resulting from management flaws. That resulted in the mistreatment of conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status. Lerner bears much of the responsibility, according to the report, because she failed to inform supervisors about long processing delays.

One of the problems was that the IRS didn’t audit groups conducting possible improper political activity from 2010 through 2014 because IRS officials were afraid they would be accused of targeting the groups out of “political leanings.” Sensitive taxpayer information was also inappropriately disclosed by IRS employees under the Freedom of Information Act, the report said.

“This bipartisan investigation shows gross mismanagement at the highest levels of the IRS and confirms an unacceptable truth: that the IRS is prone to abuse,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Finance Committee.

The IRS issued a statement after the report was released.

”The IRS is fully committed to making further improvements, and we want to do everything we can to help taxpayers have confidence in the fairness and integrity of the tax system,” the IRS statement said.

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Newly Exposed Document Reveals Shocking Thing Lois Lerner Wanted To Do To Bristol Palin

According to USA Today, the details of a two-year Senate Finance Committee investigation contained some additional revelations about former IRS official Lois Lerner’s alleged targeting of conservative groups and advocates.

One email in particular referenced former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, as a potential target for auditors.

As the head of the agency’s tax-exempt organizations department, Lerner reportedly sent an email asking for input from her staff.

“Thoughts on the Bristol Palin issue? I’m asking because I don’t know whether to send to Exam as a referral,” the 2011 email stated.

Beyond her apparent targeting of the younger Palin, then receiving a six-figure endorsement salary from teen pregnancy advocacy group Candie’s Foundation, Lerner’s take on U.S. history raised some additional red flags.

She wrote to one friend in 2014 that she thinks “Lincoln was our worst president not our best,” noting that America would have been better off had the North and South never reconciled.

Lincoln should have “let the south go,” she continued, adding that the two regions “really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.”

Senate investigators combed through more than a million pages of email correspondences in the wake of the IRS scandal, prompting the bipartisan panel to conclude that Lerner handled her position poorly in responding to requests from conservative groups.

Did the IRS unfairly target conservatives? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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What’s Happening In 2015 America Meets Sam Adams’ Criteria For Armed Rebellion

Samuel Adams, one of the fathers of the American Revolution, specified four criteria (conditions) for citizens to determine when armed rebellion is justified to respond to a tyrannical and illegitimate government.

Adams and others of a special committee wrote to the governor of Massachusetts, expressing their disapproval of the Shays Riots. Adams specified four criteria for the justification of armed rebellion, which were printed in a circular letter and reproduced by the Massachusetts Gazette on September 12, 1786.

All four criteria are easily met today, in 2015 America:

1. When laws are no longer made by a legislature elected by the people 

Today, no Senator or Congressman writes the laws they claim to sponsor or vote for or against. Bills are written by lobbyists and staff members of companies, and sometimes legislators’s staff. However, the majority of laws enacted are through regulations created by unelected bureaucrats of federal and state agencies.

2. When our form of government exists without our consent

For every law Congress enacts, 56 rules and regulations are enacted by unelected federal and state agency bureaucrats. In fact, in 2013, 65 bills were signed into law; but federal agencies enacted 3,659 rules and regulationsUnelected regulatory bureaucrats and/or lobbyists write America’s laws, without citizens’ consent and most often against the will of the people.

3. Taxation without representation

Obamacare is one obvious example. Congress, against the will of the people, imposed a tax by mandating that individuals must purchase from a selection of government-classified health insurance policies. Congress intentionally substituted a mandate by imposing a penalty for anyone who fails to comply. In response, the U.S. Supreme Court denied due process to Americans.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is another obvious example. Its numerous scandals evidence egregious abuse of power committed by unelected bureaucrats. Unelected bureaucrats have been targeting and discriminating against citizens by selectively enforcing regulations Congress did not create.

In response to the IRS’ abuse of power, an outraged public submitted a record-setting number of comments expressing their opposition to IRS rules. A Center for Competitive Politics study found that 94 percent of public comments opposed some aspects of proposed IRS rules; 87 percent opposed them outright; and of all participants, opponents outnumbered supporters by a 2:1 margin. Yet, their opposition has not prevented unelected bureaucrats from enforcing laws Congress did not create.

4. When authority is no longer derived from ourselves

The 2014 $1.1 trillion quid pro quo omnibus spending bill is an obvious example. (It was not a budget; Congress has not submitted or passed a budget since 2009). The Washington Post calculated that each legislator who voted for the bill received approximately $322,000 from the finance/insurance/real estate industries PACs and employees of firms in those industries. It writes: “On average, members of Congress who voted yes received $322,000 from those industries. Those who voted no? $162,000. Here’s the split by party. House Speaker John Boehner received the most money for ensuring the bill passed.

One provision of the bill written by Citigroup, ZeroHedge reported, could cost taxpayers nearly “$303 trillion in gross notional derivatives as a result of ‘siloing’ swaps, and their associated risks, in FDIC-insured operating companies.” Taxpayers would again (as they were in 2008) be responsible for bailing out financial institutions for losses they incur from these contracts.

Its editors write:

“WE NOW KNOW WITH CERTAINTY THAT TO A CLEAR MAJORITY IN CONGRESS – ONE CONSISTING OF REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS – THE FUTURE VIABILITY OF WALL STREET IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WELL-BEING OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS.

The laws that Congress does pass are written by industry professionals to benefit those industries, not the people they represent in theory only. American citizens, according to Samuel Adams, are justified in rebelling against what the Founders considered an illegitimate, unconstitutional, and tyrannical government ruled by evil men.

Abraham Lincoln warned Americans that they were responsible for losing their freedom. He stated: “America will never be destroyed from outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

The question remains: will Americans heed his warning before it’s too late?

This column was first published by Constitution.com.

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