Surprise - No Charges to be filed in IRS Targeting Scandal

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  1. G8trGr8t
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    FBI was unwilling to even tell the oversight committee what assets were used in investigation. I suspect this investigation had all the professionalim of the investigation into Winston. lengthy..as in it took a long time to try and wait this out

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyph...pected-in-fbi-investigation-into-irs-scandal/

    No criminal charges.
    That was the expected word from the Federal Bureau of Investigation following a lengthy investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s tax exempt organization scandal.
    There are a lot of words that could be used to describe the tenor of what happened. Incompetent. Flawed. Lazy. Confused. Mismanaged. I’ve heard quite a few – and chances are you’ve uttered a few of those yourself.
    But the behavior didn’t rise to the level of what would be considered criminal. That’s the finding – to date – of the investigation.
    And that has Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) hopping mad.
    The Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been involved in the matter since 2012 when he formally requested a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) inquiry into allegations of unfair targeting and flagging of tax exempt applications. The scandal came to a head in 2013 when now former Director of the IRS’ Exempt Organizations office, Lois Lerner brought the scandal public during a disastrous appearance at an American Bar Association conference calling it “absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate.” Lerner subsequently refused to testify in front of the Rep. Issa’s committee, instead invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Calls for the IRS to fire Lerner were unsuccessful (citing employment-related rules). Lerner has since resigned.
    Lerner wouldn’t be the only IRS figure pulled into the scandal. One day after Attorney General Eric Holder announced an investigation into the scandal, Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller resigned. Both Lerner and Miller received significant bonuses for their employment.
    Despite all of the really bad behavior, federal investigators have not been able to categorize any of it as criminal, a fact that Rep. Issa calls questionable. Rep. Issa and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) responded to the reports that charges would not be pursued by blasting the offices of the FBI and Attorney General Eric Holder, saying, “Given the circumstances, there is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation.”
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    Barbara Bosserman, a Department of Justice trial attorney tasked with leading the investigation, had been a donor to the Democrats. According to Rep. Issa, Bosserman “has donated at least $6,750″ to the Democratic National Committee and President Obama’s election campaign over the past several years.

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    Even the FBI ignored this for the longest time. It's hard to investigate with so many taking the 5th. They obviously have nothing to hide. I think Meggs' investigation into Winston looks world class compared to this.

    CORRUPTION RULES!!!!!
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    Not surprised as anyone of authority took the 5th.
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    then you grant them immunity and compel testimony
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    So we can add the FBI to the wacky right wing target list.

    Or maybe there was just nothing here to begin with.
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    Nothing there huh? Why all the pleading the 5th? Let's face it Obama rules by intimidation and harrassment.
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    Obama was "outraged" when he learned about the targeting. Christie was "outraged" by the bridge closure. People should be outraged by the lies, hypocrisy, and corruption that help define the ruling class (of which the Chicago and New Jersey branches are outstanding examples). But it's understandable that after a while you simply get tired of being outraged. There's an old saying about don't let the bastards grind you down, but that's what they do. Also, being continually outraged is bad for your health.
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    Gee, why would anyone want to take the 5th when compelled to testify during a partisan witch hunt?

    Time to find another scandal to create out of whole cloth, pubs.
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    Which is what Darrell Issa should have done when Lois Lerner took the 5th. I suspect that Issa elected not to do so because he knew that Lerner's testimony indicating no real wrongdoing on the part of the agency would have seriously weakened the Republican narrative of the fabricated IRS scandal that Issa and company are still perpetuating. A more rational explanation for the delayed processing of 501(c)(4) application is inadequate funding of the IRS which the Repubs are furthering compounding with the 2014 budget.
    Forbes, not exactly a liberal publication, actually addresses the issue in an article posted yesterday on its website.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2014/01/14/irs-gets-hammered-in-the-2014-budget-agreement/
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    too funny. every problem is due to not enough money being spent

    Benghazi- not enough money

    IRS targeting - not enough money

    education - not enough money

    broken record

    there seems to be no problem that some more of somebody else's money cannot fix. Liberal solution to everything, just throw more money into the hole and sooner or later it will fix everything
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    It's ironic that the people who love voting for the guys who want to cut funding to everything also want to cry like schoolgirls about the negative results of those cuts.
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    The evidence is just overwhelming. This is a laughable conflict of interest. Washington is corruption beyond repair.
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    Maybe budget cuts do have real consequences. I don't know about education, but House cut the IRS's budget at the same time that application for 501(c)(4) status significantly increased. Rationally processing more applications with a smaller staff would result in delays. Speaking of the IRS budget cuts, there are other consequences. Also from Forbes.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/janetnovack/2014/01/09/starve-the-irs-beast-punish-the-average-taxpayer/
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    G8trGr8t, since you also mentioned Benghazi.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news...owed-deep-cuts-in-state-depart/#ixzz2qWgdiaz7
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    No one every loses their job in President Pinochio's administration. It would hurt Thursday's job #s.
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    What do budgets have anything to do with the common sense-aspect that on the anniversary of the most infamous event in recent American history, we didn't have extra security for ambassadors in a foreign country standing on ground that is supposed to be the same as U.S. soil? What amount of budget-cutting explains the lack of common sense there? I would bet that, even after the cuts, there's more than enough money to prevent events like what happened in Benghazi.
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    They have bigger fish to fry... Like the traffic jam from New Jersey to New York....
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    First of all, Stevens rejected the call for additional security. Second, there's a real chance that there were CIA assets in the area (maybe even the consulate itself) that they didn't want to draw undue attention.
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    The IRS can't even get the basics down. They don't even know arithmetic if you take a close look at the threatening letters they send out in mass.

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