Sunday, February 8, 2015


Obama IRS Obstructs Justice?
NO!!! REALLY !!!



Well this one doesn't come as a surprise, but it does demonstrate that justice delayed can be justice denied. We have just obtained new internal documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that show how the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel worked to delay a meeting between an IRS employee and DOJ and FBI investigators about the Obama IRS abuse and harassment of Tea Party and conservative groups and individuals who were in the way of Barack Obama's reelection effort.
To help you with a timeline, it was in May 2013 that the Treasury Inspector for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released an audit report confirming that the IRS used "inappropriate" criteria to identify, hamstring, and handcuff conservative organizations that stand in opposition to Team Obama. Put simply, the agency violated the First Amendment rights of countless Americans just as Obama sought reelection.  As further confirmation of the criminality of Obama's IRS abuse, in 2014, Lois Lerner, the former Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit that was "suppression central" for the tax agency, was held in contempt of Congress after refusing to testify at a congressional hearing about the agency's witch hunts. (The Holder Justice Department has yet to prosecute this contempt charges.)
This latest batch of emails, which were released in response to just one of our several FOIA lawsuits against the DOJ, provide the first window into the criminal investigation of the alleged IRS abuses.  The emails detail the involvement of the DOJ's Public Integrity Section, which JW was first to expose as being part of a scheme to work with the IRS to prosecute groups and individuals critical of the Obama administration. The documents show the IRS scandal is only getting worse and that the IRS Counsel's office, which is operated by an Obama appointee, has been, once again, stonewalling any serious investigation.

For starters, the emails show that on June 12, 2013, the lawyer for a cooperating IRS employee witness in Cincinnati complained to a Justice Department prosecutor about the IRS Counsel's office delaying approval of a meeting between the IRS employee and Justice Department prosecutors:                     
...we find it amazing that they didn't immediately respond giving us the green light to meet with you.
So, that's not a very encouraging sign.
The DOJ prosecutor wanted to know who the contact in the IRS Counsel's office was and wrote back, "Let's talk in am if they don't get back to you. Thanks." 
Though investigators wanted to meet quickly, the emails show it was nearly a month before the unnamed IRS employee met to proffer evidence to two Justice Department prosecutors, two FBI officials, and an investigator from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The proffer session seems to have taken place in the IRS's Cincinnati office on July 11, 2013, and included the IRS employee's attorney, who the documents suggests works at the Cincinnati area law firm of Adams, StepnerWoltermann & Dusing, PLLC.  The documents detail that the proffer took place after a Garrity immunity waiver was secured for the IRS witness. This matters because Garrity immunity assures the right of public employees not to be compelled to incriminate themselves.  
And why is the Obama DOJ is quick to give an Obama IRS employee immunity one of the most significant scandals of the Obama era?   One can't have confidence in this decision-making because the Obama Justice Department has a massive conflict of interest that undermines public confidence in its ability to pursue justice in this matter.
The most obvious conflict is evident in the fact that the DOJ's Public Integrity Section was investigating the IRS scandal only a month after it reached out to Lois Lerner about prosecuting targeted tax-exempt entities!
And then there is Barbara Bosserman, who is an attorney at the Civil Rights Division who has been reported to be leading the IRS investigation at DOJ.  She's not exactly, a detached dispassionate figure here. According to Federal Election Commission recordsBosserman contributed $6,750 to Obama's campaigns and the DNC from 2004 to 2012, including 12 separate contributions to Obama for America between 2008 and 2012.  As I told you last week, the Obama administration is desperately fighting us in federal to cover up even the most basic information about her role in the investigation.

Then there's William J. Wilkins, the chief counsel for the IRS, who is a political appointee of President Obama's.  Wilkins was a former Democratic staffer in the U.S Senate, a donor to Democratic candidates and committees, and was a lobbyist for several years.  Guess which office is key in the ongoing IRS cover-up that Judicial Watch is successfully fighting through multiple federal lawsuits?  The IRS Counsel's office.  And guess whose lawyers are representing and defending the IRS cover-ups in these same federal lawsuits?  The Justice Department!   All with your tax-dollars, of course.
Recall that the May 14, 2013, Treasury Inspector General report that revealed that the IRS had singled out groups with conservative-sounding terms such as "patriot" and "Tea Party" in their titles when applying for tax-exempt status details that the "Chief Counsel" was involved in the IRS's Tea Party and conservative targeting.
In this second "rolling production," the DOJ also released 34 pages of heavily redacted emails, while admitting that it had reviewed 938 pages of responsive records related to its contacts with the IRS concerning the criminal prosecution of targeted tax exempt entities.
The DOJ claimed that 904 pages were exempted from release for one of the following reasons:  a) contains tax return information; b) deliberative process and attorney work-product privilege; and c) unwarranted invasion of personal privacy of third parties. An additional 55 pages are currently being reviewed by the FBI for processing and response.
Despite these redactions, the new documents do provide us with important details and insight into what DOJ officials were examining and the nature of the documents it wanted from the IRS witness in question here.
On July 12, 2013, the DOJ attorney (whose name is blacked out) emails:
We appreciate receiving the time line related to the "TAG spreadsheet" and "BOLO" that [REDACTED-BLACKED OUT] prepared. As we stated, that time line will be covered by the proffer agreement she Executed yesterday.,,,
we would also appreciate obtaining the email communications that you obtained from [REDACTED-BLACKED OUT] pertaining to the 501(c)-application issues we discussed yesterday, i.e., the public allegations that the IRS "targeted" certain groups based on their political viewpoints, in particular groups associated with the 'Tea Party." As I explained yesterday, due to the filter procedures we have in place, could you please divide the communications into two groups, those dated before and those dated on or after March 1, 2012? To the extent practical, the emails dated on or after March 1, 2012, should be placed in a sealed envelope or otherwise clearly separated from the first batch (i.e., if they are scanned and emailed, please do so in separate files). To the extent any of these applications contain taxpayer information, return information, and/or taxpayer return information, the Department of Justice and the FBI have referral authority under 18 U.S.C. 6103(h) to view this information by virtue of our participation in a joint investigation with TIGTA.
We don't know why the emails needed to be filtered. And we don't know what the witnesses shared with investigators. We do know this "investigation" is an ugly mess and it is no surprise that, after nearly two years, the criminal investigation of the Obama IRS by its co-conspirators at the Obama Justice Department is a farce.

From Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch.


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