Monday, October 26, 2015

IRS-GHAZI: Republicans Lose Again As Justice Department Investigation Finds No Wrongdoing

Remember the horror that was the IRS scandal? It blew up in May of 2013 when a supervisor named Lois Lerner was accused of inappropriately scrutinizing right wing tea party groups who were applying for a tax exempt status. 

The supposed scandal fueled a full-on conservative meltdown that within hours had sent Fox News and the right wing media into a frenzy. They  reported and actually convinced their viewers/listeners that Obama acolyte and director of the exempt organizations office at the IRS Lois Lerner was taking direct orders from the master and his henchman Eric Holder to scuttle all tea party groups tax exempt status requests. They believed that she had been receiving her orders as far back as 2011 so the overlord could win his 2012 re-election bid... because of course?

Lois Lerner and her evil cohorts being sworn in at the IRS congressional hearings
Due to the ginned up outrage and willful ignorance over the fake controversy a partisan congressional hearing was convened. Within weeks the interim leader of the IRS was forced from office and the White House was once again dogged by another wave of manufactured scandal... hoo-ray.

Well here is the outcome of that story which probably won’t get much coverage on the wing-nut circuit…

The Justice Department notified members of Congress on Friday that it is closing its two and a half year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted the tea party and other conservative groups because as it turned out the IRS used these "lazy" practices on both right and left leaning groups. They also informed the Congress that there will be no charges brought against Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in the letter…

We found 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. Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges.

Democrats welcomed the announcement.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement…

"Today, the Justice Department confirmed the same conclusions we had years ago. Over the past five years, Republicans in the House of Representatives have squandered literally tens of millions of dollars going down all kinds of investigative rabbit holes -- IRS, Planned Parenthood, Benghazi -- with absolutely no evidence of illegal activity."

Republicans, of course, soiled their nappies upon hearing the decision…

Darrell Issa, R-California, the former House Oversight Committee chairman said…

"The Justice Department's decision to close the IRS targeting investigation without a single charge or prosecution is a low point of accountability in an administration that is better known for punishing whistleblowers than the abuse and misconduct they expose,. After stating that their investigation confirms that tea party and conservative groups were improperly targeted, they dismiss it merely as a byproduct of gross mismanagement and incompetence -- ignoring volumes of evidence in the public record and efforts to obstruct legitimate inquires."

Another perfectly good made up scandal down the drain for the republicans.

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