IRS targeted conservatives

IRS Keeps ABQ Tea Party On Hold

James Monteleone, Albuquerque Journal

The Albuquerque Tea Party is still waiting on word from the IRS about its tax-exempt status application more than a year after initial reports that the IRS targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny – and nearly 5 years since it first submitted its application for tax-exempt status.

Issa: Lois Lerner’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Email

Kendall Breitman, Politico

“[This is] a smoking gun, this is Lois Lerner clearly cautioning people not to say things on email and be delighted to find out that the local instant chat [messages] wasn’t tracking what they said,” Issa stated.

Conservative Groups Take IRS to Court

Bernie Becker, The Hill

Two conservative organizations – Judicial Watch and True the Vote – won hearings over the missing emails of Lois Lerner, shifting the center of action on the IRS investigation this week from the Capitol to a federal district courthouse.

Issa: Holder Will Appoint IRS Special Prosecutor

Greg Richter, NewsMax

A.G. Eric Holder will appoint a special prosecutor on the IRS scandal because he wants to leave office at year's end and because there will be pressure from Nov.'s midterm elections, Darrell Issa said.

Independence 'Born' with Lawsuit vs. Bureaucrats

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, American Thinker

Private lawsuits against the IRS and some law-breaking officials, however, are having positive effect, and are certainly doing more than the Department of Justice to hold the government accountable.

Obama Enables IRS Deception

David Limbaugh, Creators Syndicate

What could be so incriminating on these emails that Lerner and her cronies would prefer having three-fourths of the country believe they deliberately destroyed the evidence over disclosing what was on the emails.

Lerner's Attorney: She Plead the 5th To Avoid Being Bullied

Scott Greer, Daily Caller

Lois Lerner's attorney called the IRS investigation "election year politics" in a CNN interview. 

IRS Staredown Not Going Away

Bernie Becker, The Hill

Investigator Darrell Issa and Lois Lerner’s lawyer Bill Taylor squared off, showing that the battle over the IRS’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups may not go anywhere this year. Issa said the lawyer lied repeatedly and gave his client bad legal advice. 

Cruz to Holder: Appoint IRS Special Prosecutor or Be Impeached

Senator Ted Cruz today introduced a resolution demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS or face impeachment.  The text of the sense of the Senate resolution follows.

Rush: Impeach Obama for Using IRS to Punish Enemies

Rush Limbaugh,

Rush Limbaugh called for Obama's impeachment for his neglect of the law regarding his administration's handling of the ongoing IRS scandal.b"This guy needs to be impeached. We impeached Nixon for less than this kind of stuff. Nixon only dreamed about doing what this guy's done."

Is Lois Lerner Guilty of Treason?

Does “levying war” against the United States consist only in taking up arms to overthrow the government, or is using the power of the government itself to undermine the Constitution a form of treason?

Why the IRS Will Pay Conservative Org $50,000

Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner

The IRS has agreed to pay $50,000 to The National Organization for Marriage, who sued the agency over allegations that it released its private donor list to a rival group in 2012.

Contractor: Easy to Find Lerner's 'Lost' Emails

Alana Cook, WND

The CEO of a major a fed. contractor, which has several contracts with the Treasury Dept., says it should be easy for IRS contractors to retrieve the “lost” emails of Lois Lerner, and says it's 'very unlikely' they're 'not stored on backup machine.'

IRS Had Contract with File Storage Co. When Emails Were 'Lost'

Fox News Staff

The Obama admin. claims that emails connected to Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the Tea Party-targeting scandal, are lost forever because her computer hard drive crashed, but skeptics are pointing out the agency had a contract with a file-storage company.

IRS Rejection of 1 Lib Org Doesn't Make It OK to Harass 200 Tea Party Orgs

Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner

The vast majority of the Tea Party groups have or had tiny budgets and made NO political expenditures at all.

Issa Calls On WHouse Attorney to Testify On IRS Email Scandal

Patrick Howley, Daily Caller

Darrell Issa requested the testimony of White House’s Jennifer O’Connor at next Tues.’s hearing on the IRS lost emails. O’Connor worked at the IRS during its conservative targeting scandal. Issa thinks she “knew or should have known” that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails were missing.

Lois Lerner Email Cover-up May Succeed

Thomas Lifson, American Thinker

The White House claims that they have no records of any suspicious emails from Lerner regarding the IRS targeting scandal, and now it's been revealed that the hard drive was destroyed. Congress is powerless to root around White House records and find emails from Lerner. 

Why Issa Asked the IRS to Hand Over Hard Drive

Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner

Darrell Issa issued a subpoena to the Internal Revenue Service, ordering the agency to turn over the hard drive they claim is responsible for wiping out two years of critical email communications. Issa has dramatically widened his probe into the IRS after the agency announced last week that it had lost the emails.

IRS Claims It Lost Lerner Emails

Brett Logiurato, Business Insider

The IRS claimed it had lost 2 years' worth of emails from Lois Lerner relating to the agency's targeting of conservative groups' tax-exempt status. The claim sparked outrage from congressional investigators and could reignite another controversy for Obama. 

Tea Party Hits Sen. Whitehouse on Ethics

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

The Tea Party Patriots accused Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) of breaking ethics rules by pressuring the administration to target conservative groups engaged in political activities. Jenny Beth Martin sent a letter to the Senate Ethics Comm. urging an investigation of Whitehouse’s activities.