With IRS decision, another favorite GOP myth crumbles into dust

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Once again, reality has been shown to directly contradict Republican mythology.

Once again, the Republican response is to brush aside that contradiction as just further evidence of the dark forces that conspire against them. Once again, facts be damned, they refuse to even entertain the notion that their collective mythology might be wrong.

The latest example — coming the same week that the Benghazi story exploded on them — is the decision by the Justice Department not to file charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, whom conservatives had long ago identified as the perpetrator of a White House-orchestrated plot to use the agency to punish its political enemies. In a letter explaining its findings, the Justice Department said it had indeed found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia” at the agency, all of which had been previously documented.

However, it uncovered “no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution. We also found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice.”

Note the definitive nature of that statement. They found NO evidence. Not insufficient evidence for a prosecution, but NO evidence. After conducting more than 100 interviews over a two-year period, including extensive interviews with Lerner, and after perusing more than a million IRS documents and almost 500 non-profit applications, NO evidence of any criminal wrongdoing or malign intent.

Period.

Furthermore:

“Throughout the investigation, not a single IRS employee reported any allegation, concern or suspicion that the handling of tax-exempt applications — or any other IRS function — was motivated by political bias, discriminatory intent, or corruption. Among these witnesses were several IRS employees who were critical of Ms. Lerner’s and other officials’ leadership, as well as others who volunteered to us that they are politically conservative.”

Again, it is hard to imagine a more definitive statement of fact. No evidence, not even allegation or suspicion, from any employee, on any count. None. And that conclusion includes claims that Lerner and others tried to hide their tracks by destroying her computer, deleting emails, yadda yadda yadda yadda yadda, ad infinitum.

No evidence. Of anything.

To which the hapless Darrell Issa has responded by claiming the Justice Department “ignored volumes of evidence in the public record and efforts to obstruct legitimate inquiries.” House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte was similarly dismissive.

“The American people should be concerned that this kind of politicization continues to go unchecked by this administration and a Justice Department charged with pursuing wrongdoing,” Goodlatte said. “You can be sure this will be a major issue during the committee’s (Department of Justice) oversight hearing with Attorney General Lynch next week.”

Yeah, that’s the ticket. Maybe we should put it on national TV.

 

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1stTruthOMeter
1stTruthOMeter

Republicans wouldn't be able to get away with these faux scandals if that dreaded "lame stream media" would hold them accountable.

Buttercup23
Buttercup23

Republicans don't deal in realities.  It's the Republican Way since Reagan's time in office.  Over the last 30 years they've only gotten worse.  Vote for a Republican at your own peril!

dreema
dreema

Facts and evidence are conspiracies in the conservative mindset. Anything outside the bubble? "Lalala" (fingers in ears)

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

 Yeah, that’s the ticket. Maybe we should put it on national TV.


I agree. The 11 hour Benghazi questioning actually boosted Hilary's poll numbers.

straker
straker

JoelEdge - "myth right"


Since the Tea Party has some groups being held up by the IRS, it just MUST be political.


Right?

straker
straker

bu2 - "orders came from the White House"


Since you know for sure she did something wrong and someone is covering her guilt up, please give us your hard evidence to back up such a claim.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Man, I've been tryin and I can't even put it into words what we saw Sat night (at the Coastal Ga Republican convention).

It wasn't so much a political gathering, as a convention of poor hardworing people - how do I put this - the largest gathering of the kind of people that would fall for the Nigerian prince email scam - I've ever seen.

You think the gov, senators, high rollers hung around? hell no just breezed through like less than 2 min. out of a 4 hr event.

David Perdue was a no-show because he demanded a $70k 'speaking fee to show up for his own team - and to quote the organizer "we just couldn't afford that"

anothercomment
anothercomment

If this is true and David Purdue is going around charging $70k or any speakers fee, especially while in Georgia, it is an Ethics violation. Their are strict limits on outside earnings and fees that can be made by Senators and Congress Members. You can't get paid for giving speeches while in Federal Office, Most Federal Employees can not get paid for giving a speech even on their own time. It is very rare that one is allowed a speakers fee, It is called Public Service for a reason,

If someone has first hand knowledge that he is doing this he needs to be brought up on Ethics Violations. It is illegal. You have to wait until you are out of office then their is a cooling off period!

bu2
bu2

Bookman is in total denial about Lois Lerner politicizing the IRS.


She clearly got orders from someone.  It may not have been very high up in the Democratic party (or may have), but she plead the 5th and nobody else admitted to it. 


Politicization of our government and abandoning fairness has been the tone set from the top, whether orders came from the White House or not.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@bu2 "She clearly got orders from someone"


It evidently was not clear to prosecutors who found NO EVIDENCE. 


consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@bu2


clearly . . .yet no charges. guess in reality not so clear. if only we had a Truth Ministry to set the public straight.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

@bu2 

If the Justice Department had merely reported finding insufficient evidence for prosecution, you might have a straw to cling to. You could argue that they made a judgment call about the quality of evidence, and that their judgment was tainted by politics. It doesn't mean you would be right, but it would at least be an argument.

But when they report finding NO evidence, you don't even have that. For example, the Justice letter states:

"No IRS employee we interviewed, from those directly involved in decision-making to those who were primarily witnesses to the behavior of others, reported having any information suggesting that any action taken by any person in the IRS was done for the purpose of harming or harassing applicants affliiated with the Tea Party or similar groups."

No employee. Any information ... any action.

All the Republicans in Congress have to do is to come up with just ONE employee who told the FBI something different, and suddenly their case would have traction and they might have evidence that this decision was flawed.  All it would take is one.

They have zero.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

@bu2 

If the Justice Department had merely reported finding insufficient evidence for prosecution, you might have a straw to cling to. You could argue that they made a judgment call about the quality of evidence, and that their judgment was tainted by politics. It doesn't mean you would be right, but it would at least be an argument.

But when they report finding NO evidence, you don't even have that. For example, the Justice letter states:

"No IRS employee we interviewed, from those directly involved in decision-making to those who were primarily witnesses to the behavior of others, reported having any information suggesting that any action taken by any person in the IRS was done for the purpose of harming or harassing applicants affliiated with the Tea Party or similar groups."

No employee. Any information ... any action.

All the Republicans in Congress have to do is to come up with just ONE employee who told the FBI something different, and suddenly their case would have traction and they might have evidence that this decision was flawed.  All it would take is one.

They have zero.

RickCaird
RickCaird

@JayBook @bu2 

So, they were so proud of it, they did a late Friday afternoon dump.  The fact that Obama had been saying "not a shred of evidence" was, to Bookman, just a coincidence.  Now Obama is saying similar things about Hillary and her private email server that "had no classified data" on it.  The fix is on on both of these.  Go read "Three Felonies a Day".  This is all about a preordained result, not actual investigation.  Can you actually imagine the danger of Lehrner being under oath in court?  

Secondly, Bookman, will you be so sanguine if the next administration does the same thing with leftist organizations?  Somehow, I doubt not.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

@bu2 

If the Justice Department had merely reported finding insufficient evidence for prosecution, you might have a straw to cling to. You could argue that they made a judgment call about the quality of evidence, and that their judgment was tainted by politics. It doesn't mean you would be right, but it would at least be an argument.

But when they report finding NO evidence, you don't even have that. For example, the Justice letter states:

"No IRS employee we interviewed, from those directly involved in decision-making to those who were primarily witnesses to the behavior of others, reported having any information suggesting that any action taken by any person in the IRS was done for the purpose of harming or harassing applicants affliiated with the Tea Party or similar groups."


No employee. Any information ... any action.

All the Republicans in Congress have to do is to come up with just ONE employee who told the FBI something different, and suddenly their case would have traction and they might have evidence that this decision was flawed.  All it would take is one.

They have zero.


Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@bu2 And with all that irrefutable evidence you have...WHY, OH WHY, were you not called to testify?

dreema
dreema

@bu2 Jay is quoting the Justice Department report, with, you know, EVIDENCE?  Unlike you, who are just making stuff up.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

td: "One can and does politicize everything"


If Obama said that breathing air is good for you, Issa would politicize it and hold his breath because he wants to make everything political. 

(hat/tip to previous posters, and anyone that can find a link to the cartoon)

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@barkingfrog @LogicalDude (visualizing)


Obama: My fellow Americans, I come before you today to call for cleaner air. Air is necessary to breath, and the cleaner the better. Everyone join me a moment and take a deep breath in.  . . .   Now let it out.  Doesn't that give you energy? Doesn't that give you strength? 

My fellow Americans, some of my adversaries say that clean air isn't so important. They want to fight me every step of the way for clean air. I call on them to follow through on their beliefs that clean air is not important. I call on them to stop breathing. I call on them to put a plastic bag over their head, seal the bottom of it, and let me know within 5 minutes if they are okay with the atmosphere inside that bag.  

Now, I know what some of you are thinking.  You think clean air is good, which is the common sense side to take, and that nobody in their right mind would try to stop breathing or put a plastic bag over their head.  

I'd love to agree with that, my fellow Americans, but I wanted to put this out as a test to my highly disagreeable adversaries who keep on calling for a political fight anytime I say something with common sense. 

Good night and God Bless. 

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

 It would be better to abolish the IRS totally and go to a fair tax. 

The FairTax is a piece of crap legislation that can't even get out of committee regardless of which party chairs it.

Too fuh-ni

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Visual_Cortex 

Assuming for the moment that this absurd idea went forward into fruition, it would still require an agency to collect and disperse monies received through this "FairTax", so yeah, on the face of it they could abolish the IRS, but it would have to be replaced with something almost identical.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@honested @Kamchak @td1234

The Fair Tax cult is a self-perpetuating long con.

Rarely are its adherents funnier than they get when you ask them to explain why no other nation on earth--including allll those countries unfettered by pesky checks-and-balances on near-dictatorial power from above--thinks it's a bright idea to derive all of its revenue from a big, bad sales tax on all goods and services.

Usually it's some variant of "because foreigners don't unnerstand FREEDOM."

Kamchak
Kamchak

@honested 

Worse yet, they got conned into buying two books by a couple of morons.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

with-irs-decision-another-favorite-gop-lie-crumbles-into-dust 

is more descriptive....

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Jay did a good job talking about the outrage machine they keep pumped up on the right


These "scandals" are but a cog in that wheel.


Man what a bunch of suckers 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Hedley_Lammar As I wrote earlier... they're like zombies... looking to be angry and needing braaaaaaaainzzzzzz........

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

But Republicans just know that they are persecuted.  How else can they explain being such losers.  Bwah hahahahaha!

honested
honested

@Numbers_R_Us 

Is that why they have accomplished nothing in the last 5 years despite having control of everything but the White House?

Kamchak
Kamchak

"Black Panthers"

DRINK !

honested
honested

@Kamchak 

I predict a good dose of 'Alinskys', 'Soros', and probably even an 'ACORN' before this thread is over.

VinnyC
VinnyC

This is the same DOJ that found that the Black Panthers were not intimidating voters at the polls, although the videos clearly demonstrate otherwise. The DOJ and the entire Obama administration is nothing but a bunch of corrupt liars, so this decision means nothing.  

ByteMe
ByteMe

@VinnyC Another outrage monster outs himself.  Zoloft is there when you're ready to admit your issues to a doctor.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@VinnyC Not the Black Panthers...the New Black Panthers...a tiny group using a name to which they have no claim and that has been repudiated by the Black Panthers.  And they found there was no intimidation because there wasn't any.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Doggone_GA I think he's trying to equate a couple of guys at a voting precinct in Philly as being the same as systemically restricting the right to vote in red states. 

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@VinnyC If you are intimidated by a black guy standing near a poll, then you have to get over your own racism and bias. 


Anyone with a gun, be it a white guy, black guy, hispanic guy, or Arab girl, would likely intimidate anyone. It's the gun, not the person that's intimidating. 

But hey, are you for the second amendment or not? 

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@fiftythreepercenter @LogicalDude @VinnyC Which flag are you talking about? 

Confederate flag?  I've said that it should be sold in stores and not be banned, except on government buildings.  Private people can fly it if they want. 

American flag? Should fly over places in America and Americans abroad who want to display it. 

Nazi flag?  It should not be banned, because it will easily show who the stupid racists are. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@LogicalDude Really, the flag is like gang colors so we know which thugs we're dealing with.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@consumedconsumer @fiftythreepercenter

Seen it flown from several pickemup trucks in the past few months, and their white-trash redneck drivers got a big fat one-fingered salute in broad daylight from Yours Truly.

and they will continue to get it, much to my fambly's consternation. Such folk need to know that this garbage isn't welcome, not even in Whiteyville.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Visual_Cortex I live in a better neighborhood, so they don't fly their colors, but they do post their stupidity to Facebook. It's amazing how much people think we need to see their stupidity.

honested
honested

@VinnyC 

What is it with you guys attaching imaginary significance to 'videos', especially when they show nothing?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@VinnyC And a white guy with an AR15 in a Chipotle showing off his right to carry is no big deal....

RickCaird
RickCaird

@ByteMe @Visual_Cortex 

I notice you both still feel the need to be anonymous and give the "finger" while driving.  Let me know when you go up to a guy walking back to his truck and give him the finger.  Video would be great. 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@VinnyC

 the videos clearly demonstrate otherwise

Snort.

aww, wuz you skeeered of de big skeeery colored guys?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@VinnyC This is the same DOJ that found that the Black Panthers were not intimidating voters at the polls, although the videos clearly demonstrate otherwise.


No it doesnt.


You are EXACTLY the kind of fool Fox News is counting on.