John Bolton

John Bolton

Friday, December 06, 2013

Despite Repeated Promises to Get to the Bottom of IRS Scandal, Obama Dismisses Entire Episode in Interview

Six months later and not one Tea Party groups has been contacted by the FBI!

Remember this from May 16th??
OBAMA: Well, with respect to the IRS, I spoke to this yesterday. My main concern is fixing a problem, and we began that process yesterday by asking and accepting the resignation of the Acting Director there. We will be putting in new leadership that will be able to make sure that -- following up on the IG audit -- that we gather up all the facts, that we hold accountable those who have taken these outrageous actions. As I said last night, it is just simply unacceptable for there to even be a hint of partisanship or ideology when it comes to the application of our tax laws.
But let me make sure that I answer your specific question. I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the IG report before the IG report had been leaked through the press. [Edior's note: REALLY?] Typically, the IG reports are not supposed to be widely distributed or shared. They tend to be a process that everybody is trying to protect the integrity of. But what I'm absolutely certain of is that the actions that were described in that IG report are unacceptable.

So in addition to making sure that we've got a new acting director there, we're also going to make sure that we gather up the facts, and hold accountable and responsible anybody who was involved in this. We're going to make sure that we identify any structural or management issues to prevent something like this from happening again. We're going to make sure that we are accepting all of the recommendations that the IG has in the report.

And I'm looking forward to working with Congress to fully investigate what happened, make sure that it doesn’t happen again, and also look at some of the laws that create a bunch of ambiguity in which the IRS may not have enough guidance and not be clear about what exactly they need to be doing and doing it right, so that the American people have confidence that the tax laws are being applied fairly and evenly.
The IG has done an audit; it's now my understanding they're going to be recommending an investigation. And Attorney General Holder also announced a criminal investigation of what happened. Between those investigations, I think we’re going to be able to figure out exactly what happened, who was involved, what went wrong, and we’re going to be able to implement steps to fix it.
And, as I said yesterday, I’m outraged by this in part because, look, I’m a public figure -- if a future administration is starting to use the tax laws to favor one party over another or one political view over another, obviously we’re all vulnerable. And that’s why, as I’ve said, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you should be equally outraged at even the prospect that the IRS might not be acting with the kind of complete neutrality that we expect.
Fast forward to Thursday when Obama was asked the IRS scandal by MSNBC's Chris Matthews. Obama described the scandal as:
"An office in Cincinnati, in the IRS office that — I think, for bureaucratic reasons, is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether a nonprofit is actually a political organization deserves a tax exempt agency. And they’ve got a list, and suddenly everybody’s outraged.
How dismissive and what a contrast with what he said earlier. By now, everyone who has been paying attention to this issue knows that the Administration line that this was some rogue operation in at an IRS office in Cincinnati is false. We also know that despite repeated promises to get to the bottom of the matter, none of the Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS have been contacted by federal investigators. Six months after the scandal broke and there is no visible sign of any Administration investigation. Can you imagine a rape case where the police never interview the victim?

I know, I know. We've learned from experience that Obama will say one thing one day then do nothing or something completely different the next. Whether it's the vanishing red line in Syria or "if you like your plan you can keep it. Period!" Obama's words are all relative to the moment and designed solely to achieve political objectives. And he gets away with it because there is so little accountability from the news media on most issues.

It's obvious that an Administration run largely by corrupt Chicago cronies will not seriously investigate ANY wrongdoing in which they may be complicit. It's past time that we had a Special Prosecutor appointed. Had this, or any other Obama scandals happened during a Republican Administration a Grand Jury would already be hearing evidence!

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