Only days after we learned the Obama administration had appointed an Obama donor to head investigations into the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, we now have a leak from law enforcement saying the FBI doesn’t expect to file criminal charges.And why not? Especially when merely the suggestion of using the IRS against political enemies was listed as an article of impeachment against Richard Nixon. Now there are reports suggesting the IRS will bully people into signing up for the UnAffordable Obamacare scheme.
That’s the gist of a late-breaking story Monday evening in The Wall Street Journal. The story notes that though the investigation may go on another few months, unless other evidence is unearthed, the FBI conclusion will be that the IRS was a “mismanaged bureaucracy” enforcing rules “ it didn’t understand.”
Without the evidence, we’re not in a position to say. But criminal liability never been our priority. All along our position has been that federal agencies such as the IRS should be held accountable the way the Founders intended: through our democratic system.
For the IRS outrages extend well beyond the targeting of individuals and groups opposed to President Obama’s agenda. High on that list is the way the woman at the center of this storm, Lois Lerner, basically took her own version of the Fifth at hearings, telling Congress she’d done nothing wrong but wasn’t planning on saying anything else.
This idea of having an Obama donor investigate the IRS scandal shows even more how this is being covered up by the "most transparent Administration, Evah." It is reminiscent of how another liberal Democrat abused power back in the mid-1970s. After allegations of electoral fraud influenced by the "Rev." Jim Jones and the People's Temple cult helped the late George Moscone win the race for mayor of San Francisco, District Attorney Joseph Freitas Jr. appointed an attorney named Tim Stoen to look into the charges of vote fraud. The problem? Stoen (at the time) was a member of the cult and a confidant of Jones, before later defecting.
More importantly, why has Darrell Issa not followed up on charging Lois Lerner for violating the Fifth Amendment? Why have there been no aggressive attempts to investigate this? And, just like with Benghazi, why has Speaker John Boehner not called for an independent investigator to look into this harassment of private citizens?
This is a crime, and the criminal in the White House is being allowed to get away with it.