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.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

IRS Hacked, Secret Taxpayer Info Stolen. Agency Head’s Crazy Response Is Beyond Belief.

If you were one of the more than 100,000 taxpayers whose confidential data was stolen by criminals who hacked into IRS computers, you might rightly feel that you were the victim of a serious security breach. But surprisingly, that’s not what the head of the Internal Revenue Service thinks.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen — while acknowledging that the private information of some 104,000 taxpayers has been stolen over the past few months — claims the theft is “not a security breach.” The Washington Times reports that Koskinen held a phone call with reporters on Tuesday to discuss the hacking that has reportedly gone on since February, but was caught only last week.

According to the Times report, despite the obvious failure of the IRS computer system to protect against unauthorized intrusion, Commissioner Koskinen insisted, “’This is not a security breach. Our basic information is secure.’”

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah was quick to pounce on Koskinen’s seeming denial of the truth in the security breach that reportedly allowed fraudsters to file false returns that cost the government millions of dollars. Hatch, according to The Washington Times, said the IRS has been warned repeatedly that it needed to do more to keep taxpayers’ private data safe and secure.

“That the IRS — home to highly sensitive information on every single American and every single company doing business here at home — was vulnerable to this attack is simply unacceptable,” said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican and chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance.

The hackers are said to have gained access to taxpayers’ info by breaking into a new system called “Get Transcript,” which is designed to let individuals go online and retrieve their own tax records. Koskinen said the criminals used information they already knew about taxpayers — some of it supposedly gathered from social media sites — to fool the system into believing it was the taxpayer logging in.

That the IRS boss would find harsh critics among Republicans on Capitol Hill is not surprising in the least. As Western Journalism has reported, the agency head has recently been accused of lying to Congress because he repeatedly testified, under oath, that many thousands of Lois Lerner’s “missing” emails were lost forever and could not be recovered.

Another batch of Lerner’s “missing” emails has been found, according to a report on Fox News. And not just a handful of previously undisclosed communications, but thousands of emails that had been requested by congressional investigators but not provided to them. It was the Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration who reportedly turned up the emails that the head of the IRS had told Congress were lost forever.

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The Dirty Dozen Democrats Who Could Have Prevented the Downgrade

William E. Been, FloydReports.com

While watching the debt ceiling increase by $2.4 trillion just to cover spending until the next presidential election, the scam perpetrated on the American people could not have been any more obvious. While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives negotiated with itself for weeks in an attempt to propose something that might save our great nation from financial disaster, neither the U.S. Senate nor the White House proposed any plan at all. Even worse, while listening to Barack Obama’s rhetoric about the need for a bipartisan solution, the Majority Leader of the Democrat-controlled Senate announced that bills coming from the House were “dead on arrival.” In fact, nothing coming from the House was even allowed to be debated by the overly partisan Senate leadership. This resulted in another crisis-not-to-be-wasted. As the administration-imposed deadline of August 2 approached, the Democrats’ rhetoric followed a familiar pattern as they attempted to frighten the American public with false accusations that grandma won’t get her medical care, seniors will lose their Social Security, sick children will be turned away, and that a major calamity will occur if no increase in the debt ceiling is approved by August 2.

In attempting to understand how and why our government has become so blatantly irresponsible, I heard an interview with Orrin Hatch on FOX News. Senator Hatch spoke of his past attempts to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, specifically one in 1997 that failed to pass by a single vote. I could not help but wonder what that one vote would have meant to the current situation. With the debt being $5.4 trillion in 1997 and heading for $15 trillion in 2011, it is clear that holding at the 1997 levels would have assured that no crisis would have occurred and that the spending being generated by the Obama administration would have been dramatically reduced. As a result, it is important to understand who those senators were who accounted for the missing vote that would have facilitated financial soundness.

A familiar pattern was again evident. The vote was 66-34, with a super majority of 67 votes required to pass the Amendment. Upon review of the senators’ vote, it was once more aggravating to see the partisan politics that has ruled this country since the early 1990s. The “one vote” that killed the bill was cast by 34 Democrats as a block. They collectively killed the chance for financial sanity. Even more remarkable, every GOP senator voted for the bill, joined by 11 Democrats. Yet, the 34 Democrats blocked a bill that could have prevented the debt ceiling crisis of 2011.

Sadly, 18 of these 34 senators are still in the Senate, and still blocking all attempts to reduce spending and debt. This Group of 18 has destroyed the financial stability and strength of the greatest nation in history. Every American needs to know these senators, who will be listed as the “Dirty Dozen plus 6” at the end of this document.

Having documented the Democrats’ destruction of mortgage lending standards during the 1990s, this irresponsible destruction of a bipartisan Balanced Budget bill in 1997 coupled with the mortgage lending debacle should be an indictment of the entire Democratic Party. No theft of wealth at any level can even begin to approach what the Democrats and their allies in the Progressive movement have committed against our country. The Democrats have destroyed our financial reputation, the reserve status of our dollar, and are continuing reckless spending at the….

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GOP Senators Block Obama’s Extremist Judicial Nominee

Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

Senate Republicans blocked the confirmation of Goodwin Liu, Obama's extremist judicial nominee.

The Senate votes today against a motion by Senate Democrats to cut off debate on Goodwin Liu, a pro-abortion law professor President Barack Obama selected to become a judge on a federal appeal court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Liu’s nomination for the federal appeals court in the western United States in April on a 10-8 party line vote. Liu, a liberal University of California law professor, faced opposition from Republicans while getting support from each of the Democrats on the committee and Republican lawmakers have filibustered his nomination, calling him too extreme to be approved.

Today’s vote saw Senate Republicans uphold their filibuster 52-43 with Republican senators Lindsey Graham, Dick Lugar, John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Scott Brown all voting to stop the nomination from moving forward. Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska joined them while “pro-life Democrats” Bob Casey and Joe Manchin voted to allow the nomination of the abortion activist to move ahead.

Lisa Murkowski, a pro-abortion Republican, was the lone GOP vote for ending the filibuster.

During the debate leading up to the vote, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, a member of the committee, outlined his strong opposition, saying Liu has “activist judicial philosophy is fundamentally at odds with the principles on which our system of government is based.”

…As a law professor at Berkeley, Liu has spent the last few years lecturing about his disdain for the U.S. Constitution. “‘[S]trict construction,’” he wrote in the Stanford Law Review, “[doesn’t] make a lot of sense.

Meanwhile, Curt Levey, executive director of the conservative Committee for Justice, called Liu “the worst of Obama’s nominees at all levels of the federal courts.”

Obama picked Liu for the open federal appeals court seat a year ago, but Republican filibusters kept him from receiving approval in the full Senate — forcing Obama to renominate Liu this January. With Democrats controlling fewer seats now, at 53, they are seven short of the 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster assuming no Democrats peel off and side with Republicans, which may not be the case for some moderates or those facing tough election battles in 2012.

Liu is a liberal abortion supporter who conservative legal guru Ed Whelan observed was so left-wing that former “White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel initially vetoed” his candidacy for the Ninth Circuit “on the ground that Liu’s left-wing record made him too controversial.” But Whelan says new White House counsel Robert Bauer “eager to please the Left, successfully pushed back.”

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Issa: Obama Punishes a Whistleblower

Ben Johnson, FloydReports.com

Congressman Darrell Issa has written a scathing five-page letter to the Department of Homeland Security stating it demoted an employee who blew the whistle on the department’s illegal stonewalling of Obama’s political foes. Issa, who is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to Janet Napolitano that the action had the appearance of “retaliation” and that “Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime.”

Issa states that Catherine Papoi, who was DHS deputy unit chief in charge of the Freedom of Information Act, was passed over for a promotion and forced to vacate her office the day after she met with investigators.

Ironically, the Associated Press reported the story the same day Barack Obama was set to receive an award for government transparency to kick off “Sunshine Week.” Obama canceled the event.

Last March, Papoi went to the DHS Inspector General to complain of “hundreds” of cases of illegal stonewalling. The IG report has yet to be released a year later. She then turned to Issa.

Papoi said officials are “breaking the law by knowingly and intentionally delaying and obstructing the release of agency records.”

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