Website Exposes This Gigantic List Of Clinton Scandals

Almost as soon as she gained national prominence as America’s first lady, Hillary Clinton has been embroiled in scandal after scandal. Admittedly, some were caused – or at least initiated – by her husband; however, as she has continued to make a name for herself as a political heavyweight, controversy continues to hang over her head.

Pundits on both sides of the aisle continue to opine regarding the repercussions of recent scandals – most notably, her use of a private email server while secretary of state and suspicious donations made to her family’s non-profit foundation. One conservative news site, however, is shining a light on some of the White House hopeful’s previous ignominies.

WND recently published a list of “Hillary’s 22 biggest scandals ever,” a list that included more prominent and timely issues as well as incidents that occurred more than two decades ago. The list, as ordered in the WND article, includes the following controversies:

  1. Clintons turn IRS into ‘gestapo’

During Bill Clinton’s second term, reports surfaced that prominent conservative groups had been subjected to audits while there was no indication that any corresponding organizations on the political left had been targeted by the IRS.

  1. Covering Bill’s dirty deeds

Amid allegations of sexual assault against Bill Clinton that cast a negative light on the political power couple, Hillary reportedly aided her husband not only by publicly defending him, but by using shady – and potentially criminal – tactics in an effort to delegitimize his accusers.

  1. Looting the White House

After Clinton’s second term came to a close, the couple reportedly attempted to take roughly $190,000 worth of furniture and other items from the White House – on top of causing about $14,000 in vandalism damage to the presidential mansion.

  1. Filegate: FBI files on GOP enemies

The Clintons reportedly gained confidential tax records on many of their political rivals, a scheme in which Judicial Watch claimed Hillary played a central role.

  1. Hillary’s ‘Muslim Brotherhood princess’
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Huma Abedin, a confidant who served as Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, was linked to the Muslim Brotherhood – specifically through the al-Qaeda connections of both her mother and father.

  1. Vince Foster’s 1993 death

Family friend and White House counsel Vince Foster was himself embroiled in at least a few of the Clintons’ early scandals until his suspicious death. Initially ruled a suicide, the circumstances of Foster’s death have led to significant speculation in the decades since.

  1. Emailgate: ‘She should go to prison for this’

One of the more recent scandals involves Hillary Clinton’s admitted use of a personal email server to share official correspondences during her stint as secretary of state.

  1. Chinagate: Sale of high-tech secrets

Judicial Watch initially released a report suggesting Chinese corporations supported Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection effort in exchange for technology secrets.

  1. Travelgate: Always room for friends

During the Clinton administration, the Clintons reportedly laid off the White House travel office staff so that they could fill the department with family members and friends.

  1. Whitewater: Jail for friends, but not Clintons

One of the most identifiable Clinton scandals involved an investigation into a real estate deal that later encompassed accusations of improper campaign donations and the couple’s potential involvement in Foster’s death.

  1. ‘Landing under sniper fire’ in Bosnia
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Hillary Clinton has faced criticism for her since-debunked 2008 claim that, more than a decade earlier, she was touring war-torn Bosnia in a helicopter as it sustained sniper fire. While she described a very dramatic landing, news footage of the event showed no such threat existed.

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  1. Hillary’s ‘missing’ law firm billing records

More than 100 pages of pertinent information went missing ahead of a 1994 federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the Watergate scandal. When the documents did surface two years later, it was revealed that she was in contact with many of the scandal’s central figures.

  1. Pardongate: Hillary Senate contributions

The wife of one convicted tax cheat pardoned by Bill Clinton at the end of his second term responded by becoming a major contributor to Hillary’s 2000 campaign to become a New York senator.

  1. Hillary’s cash cows and 9,987 percent profit

A series of investments in cattle futures was seriously profitable for a young Hillary Clinton. Between 1978 and 1979, a $1,000 investment turned into a nearly $100,000 profit, a success subsequently linked to a Clinton supporter who also happened to be a high-level player at Tyson Foods.

  1. Clinton body count: ‘You find dead people’

Foster was not the only suspicious death linked to the Clintons. In addition to those who met an untimely end after crossing the powerful couple, many others on their wrong side also ended up behind bars.

  1. Hillary’s radical pal, Saul Alinsky

Reports indicate community organizer and author of Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky, was a major influence on a young Hillary Clinton. She was involved in Alinsky’s group, Industrial Areas Foundation, for decades after the radical activist’s death.

  1. Hillary laughs about defending child rapist

Audio unveiled decades after it was recorded revealed Hillary Clinton celebrating the fact that an accused child rapist she represented was set free in 1975 – despite the fact that she insinuated that she believed him to be guilty of the crime.

  1. Hillary ca$hes in: Iranian fundraising

The Clinton Foundation reportedly received numerous financial contributions from a group accused of serving as an agent of the Iranian government.

  1. Clinton Foundation: Scandals keep coming

The Clintons’ nonprofit organization has faced controversy far beyond the Iranian connection, including accusations of tax fraud and a secretive deal believed to have facilitated the release of nuclear material to Russia.

  1. Benghazi: 4 American lives lost

A scandal that continues to incite passions involves then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, lambasted for her perceived inaction before, during, and after a 2012 attack that killed four Americans in Libya.

  1. Peter Franklin Paul: Another Hillary friend goes to prison

Paul was an entertainment executive and major financial supporter of Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate bid. He has since become an outspoken critic after accepting a plea deal and serving three years in prison for what he contended was retaliation for calling attention to fraud within Clinton’s fundraising methods.

  1. Watergate: Fired for being a ‘liar’

As a House Judiciary Committee staffer in 1974, Hillary Clinton helped investigate the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation. She was soon fired by a supervisor who described her as an “unethical, dishonest lawyer.”

Does Hillary have too much baggage to win in 2016? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Under Public Pressure, IRS Returns $107K Seized From NC Small Business Owner

Lyndon McLellan has been battling the IRS since it seized his convenience store’s entire bank account last fall. Under public pressure, the IRS notified his attorney that it was voluntarily dismissing the case and will be returning 100 percent of his money.

McLellan was never convicted or even charged with a crime after IRS agents raided his small business–L & M Convenient Mart in Fairmont, North Carolina–last October. The IRS, however, seized $107,000 from his business’ bank account using a civil forfeiture law.

The law is designed to capture drug dealers or terrorists, who deal in cash and make a series of smaller deposits to avoid government reporting requirements. (Banks are required to report cash transactions of $10,000 or more.) The practice is called “structuring.”

McLellan made the “mistake” of making multiple deposits just shy of $10,000, which caught the agency’s attention as someone potentially engaging in structuring.

According to the New York Times, “Under the increasingly unpopular practice of civil forfeiture, law enforcement agents can seize property suspected of having ties to crime, even if no charges are filed — and then begin forfeiture proceedings, in which the burden of proof is on the owner.”

McLellan spent the next several months and over $20,000 of his own money in accountant and lawyer fees trying to prove to the federal government that he had done nothing wrong.

The IRS had officially adopted a new policy last November that was supposed to prevent situations like McLellan’s from happening going forward.

Earlier this year, McLellan reached out to a North Carolina congressman for help.

Fox News reports:

At a February 2015 hearing before the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, Rep. George Holding, R-N.C., mentioned to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen that he had reviewed McLellan’s case — though he did not specifically name it.

“If that case exists, then it’s not following in the policy I’ve been advised,” Koskinen testified, adding that he had “lengthy meetings with the senior leadership” of the IRS’s criminal investigation division and was assured that employees were trained in and advised about the new policy.

Afterwards, McLellan’s attorney received a threatening email from the IRS:

Whoever made [the case file] public may serve their own interest but will not help this particular case. Your client needs to resolve this or litigate it. But publicity about it doesn’t help. It just ratchets up feelings in the agency. My offer is to return 50% of the money.

Two weeks ago, the Institute for Justice agreed to take up McLellan’s case, which then garnered national press coverage.

On Thursday, the IRS notified the Institute’s attorney that it would be returning all of McLellan’s money.

“I’m relieved to be getting my money back,” McLellan said in a press release from the Institute for Justice. “What’s wrong is wrong, and what the government did here is wrong. I just hope that by standing up for what’s right, it means this won’t happen to other people.”

The Institute for Justice’s release added that:

Even after he recovers his bank account, Lyndon is still out tens of thousands of dollars, thanks to the government’s actions. Lyndon paid a $3,000 retainer to a private attorney before IJ took the case on pro bono, and he also paid approximately $19,000 for an accountant to audit his business and to provide other services to help convince the government he did nothing wrong. The government is refusing to pay those expenses. And the government also is refusing to pay interest on the money.

“The government cannot turn Lyndon’s life upside down and then walk away as if nothing happened,” said Robert Everett Johnson, an attorney at the Institute for Justice who represents Lyndon. “Lyndon should not have to pay for the government’s lapse in judgment. And the government certainly should not profit from its misbehavior by keeping the interest that it earned while holding Lyndon’s money. We’ll continue to litigate this case until the government makes Lyndon whole…”

“Civil forfeiture turns the American principle of innocent until proven guilty on its head, forcing property owners to prove their own innocence,” said IJ Attorney Wesley Hottot. “That isn’t just unfair—it’s unconstitutional.”

What do you think of the IRS’ actions in this case? Let us know your thoughts. 

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OUTRAGE: Here’s What Was Just Revealed About The IRS’s Treatment Of Its Own Cheating Employees

Question: How do you think the IRS would react if you were found to have repeatedly failed to file your tax returns on time, or intentionally inflated your expenses in order to reduce the amount of taxes owed the government, or claimed the stimulus homebuyer’s tax credit without actually buying a home? Can you imagine that federal tax collectors would simply look the other way and not go after you for cheating Uncle Sam?

Of course not. You’d never expect the IRS to give you a break if it’s proven that you haven’t done what President Obama and his liberal allies so often demand — pony up and pay your fair share. However, if you’re an employee of the Internal Revenue Service who has knowingly failed to pay what you owe the federal government, you could be treated differently than an ordinary citizen. And that’s exactly what the Treasury Inspector General (IG) overseeing the IRS has just revealed — preferential treatment of tax cheaters who work for the tax agency.

The Washington Times reports that the majority of identified and proven tax cheaters in the employ of the IRS are still on the job, as the agency hasn’t fired them; and in fact, says the IG, many have been rewarded — promoted even after being nailed for not paying up:

In about 60 percent of cases of ‘willful violations,’ IRS managers found mitigating circumstances and refused to fire the employees, even though the law calls for that penalty. In some of those cases, the managers didn’t even document why they had overridden the penalty, said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George.

And how many of these “willful violations” of tax law by its own employees did the agency refuse to act on? The Times article says that, over a decade-long span, there were 1,580 instances where IRS workers were determined to have intentionally cheated on their taxes.

“The inspector general took a sampling of 364 cases of intentional cheaters and found that 108 of them were not only not fired, but were given raises or promotions within a year of being found to be cheating,” noted The Times.

Coverage by The Hill of the IG’s report observes that the audit comes at an “awkward time” for the head of the agency: “John Koskinen, the IRS chief, has been saying for months that more than $1 billion in budget cuts have amounted to ‘tax cuts for tax cheats,’ by hurting the agency’s ability to investigate crimes.”

The Hill piece then quotes a Republican congressman from Illinois who blasts the agency for not taking swift, punitive action against known tax cheats in its own ranks:

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee overseeing the IRS, said the fact that the agency would harbor tax cheats while complaining about their ability to find them ‘quite frankly defies logic.’

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Watch: Man Fights For More Than $107,000 Seized By The IRS

A North Carolina business owner is fighting to recover more than $107,000 seized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS took the money in a civil forfeiture proceeding last year.

Lyndon McLellan, owner of L&M Convenience Mart in Fairmount, N.C. had $107,702.66 seized by the IRS last summer, according to The New York Times. He rejected a settlement which would have given him half of his money.

The 50-year-old business owner triggered the suspicion of the federal agency when he made several cash deposits of just under $10,000. As Vox reports, the law states that if one deposits more than $10,000 in cash, your bank must file a form with authorities noting the transaction. It is also illegal to “structure” deposits under $10,000 to avoid the IRS red flags.

The Times points out that under the civil forfeiture law, federal authorities can seize property tied to possible crimes, even if no charges are filed. No charges have been filed against McLellan, WGHP reported.

Last October, the IRS announced it would no longer fight structuring cases unless the money was involved in a separate illegal activity, with the U.S. Department of Justice following the IRS’ path in March. Still, McLellan remains without his cash.

“It was like I was just slapped in the face with something. I didn’t know what was going on,” McLellan told The Times. “You work for something for 13, 14 years, and they take it in 13, 14 minutes.”

Federal prosecutors contend they can continue to pursue the case because the seizure of assets came before the IRS announced its policy change. McLellan needs to prove all of the money came from legitimate sources.

Both the IRS and the Justice Department filed a complaint last December which would allow them to keep McLellan’s money permanently.

The Institute for Justice, a libertarian policy advocacy law firm, is representing McLellan. “This case demonstrates that the federal government’s recent reforms are riddled with loopholes and exceptions and fundamentally fail to protect Americans’ basic rights,” said Institute for Justice Attorney Robert Everett Johnson in a statement Friday. “No American should have his property taken by the government without first being convicted of a crime.”

Johnson’s organization released this video on YouTube on behalf of McLellan:

h/t: Fox News

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House Report: IRS Prioritized Bonuses And Union Activity Over Customer Service

The House Ways and Means Committee released a report Wednesday showing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) prioritized bonuses for employees and union activity in the face of budget cuts.

Entitled “Doing Less with Less: The IRS’s Spending Decisions Harm Taxpayers,” the committee’s findings were staggering. They include:

  • This IRS made a 73 percent reduction in user fees allocated to customer service, and a 6 percent decrease in total funding for taxpayer assistance.
  • The IRS awarded $60 million in bonuses to its employees, at a time when the IRS did not yet know what its budget would be for fiscal year 2015.
  • The amount of time IRS employees spent on union activity would allow for over 2 million additional taxpayer-assistance calls.
  • If the IRS contracted with private debt collectors it could increase its own enforcement budget by more than $100 million every year.

The report comes just one week after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said his agency could not handle customer demand:

Customer service – both on the phone and in person – has been far worse than anyone would want. It’s simply a matter of not having enough people to answer the phones and provide service at our walk-in sites as a result of cuts to our budget

“At all times, but especially during tax season, the IRS should put the taxpayer first. But instead, the agency cut funding for the very customer service that taxpayers rely on. The IRS has a lot to answer for, and the Ways and Means Committee is going to hold it accountable,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., lashed into Koskinen even further during a hearing of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Wednesday.

The IRS has blamed the decline in customer service on budget cuts. But Congress didn’t cut the IRS’s budget for taxpayer assistance from 2014 to 2015.

Let me repeat that. The amount of money Congress appropriated to the IRS for taxpayer assistance was the same this year as last year, but the level of service has decreased drastically.The Commissioner himself has said that taxpayer assistance this year is quote ‘abysmal.’

h/t: Fox News

Do you think the IRS needs reforming?

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