New Documents Suggest IRS’s Lerner Likely Broke the Law
It is likely the largest unauthorized disclosure of tax-return information in history: the transfer of some 1.25 million pages of confidential tax returns from the IRS to the Department of Justice in October of 2010. And it was almost certainly illegal.
You Don’t Have to Be a Criminal for the IRS to Seize Your Bank Account
Congress is considering a bill that would prohibit the federal government from punishing people who haven’t committed any crime.
This will take some clarification.
Like many other police agencies, the IRS has extensive and easily abused civil-forfeiture powers. The …
‘Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should [have] let the [S]outh go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.” Greeley, editor of the …
The IRS disclosed in a court filing on Monday that former agency official Lois Lerner used a second personal e-mail operated under the alias “Toby Miles” to conduct IRS business.
Her use of the mysterious account has prompted speculation into …
Judge Threatens to Hold IRS Commissioner and DOJ Lawyers in Contempt for Stonewalling on Lois Lerner Emails
A federal judge has threatened to hold Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen and several Justice Department attorneys in contempt for defying his order that the government produce newly recovered Lois Lerner emails. The threat occurred today at a fiery …
House Republicans Considering Impeachment of IRS Head over Stonewalling in Lois Lerner Investigation
House Republicans investigating the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups are seriously considering an effort to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen or other agency employees for “culpable misdemeanors” pertaining to the destruction of e-mails written by Lois Lerner, the former …
Conservative Group Uncovers New Roots of the IRS Scandal
A group of lawyers who have been investigating the origins of the IRS scandal for the past year-and-a-half say they’ve uncovered the real roots of the IRS scandal — and they’ll surprise both liberals and conservatives alike.
The group, …
The Problem with ‘Abolish the IRS’
‘Completely unworkable,” “irresponsible,” “happy talk,” “a disservice to the political process.” That’s just a sampling of what tax experts, most of them right of center, told me they think of one of the most popular lines from Ted Cruz’…
About Those IRS Budget Cuts
In the last few weeks, a bunch of stories have come out about how IRS budget cuts are responsible for the long lines at IRS offices, the agency’s lack of responsiveness on the phone, and its fundamentally terrible customer service. …
Issa: New Koskinen Testimony Will Turn Up Heat on Lois Lerner
California Republican representative Darrell Issa indicated on Sunday that upcoming testimony from Internal Revenue Service commissioner John Koskinen could further incriminate embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner.
“Either Lois Lerner’s attorney is outright not telling the truth#…#or the commissioner …
Jason Chaffetz wants to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Orrin Hatch doesn’t want him to. Chaffetz is in the right this time.
Koskinen is not the central figure in the IRS scandal, which found the federal tax agency being …
Lynch: Lois Lerner Protected by DOJ’s ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’
Justice Department officials used “prosecutorial discretion” to shelter former IRS official Lois Lerner from a grand jury after she was held in contempt of Congress.
“I believe that in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the matter was handled and was …
How Obama Officials Dodge the Freedom of Information Act
During the Watergate era, delaying tactics by government officials were dubbed “stonewalling.” Obama-administration officials seem to have added an element of farce to their cover-ups by literally going to the dogs.
This week, the IRS admitted in court, in response …
Cruz Compares Actual Abuse by IRS in Targeting Obama’s Political Opposition to Nixon’s Attempted Abuse of IRS
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the IRS scandal today, Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), in his capacity as chairman of the relevant subcommittee, gave a hard-hitting opening statement, comparing the revenue agency’s actual abuses of political opponents during …
House Republicans: IRS Commissioner Must Go, Even if It Takes Impeachment
A group of House Republican lawmakers called for the ouster of IRS commissioner John Koskinen on Monday, and expressed a willingness to impeach him if he couldn’t be forced from office by other means. The call for Koskinen’s removal comes …
The Obama Administration’s Newly Political Approach to FOIAs
At the Treasury Department, the memo came down from the deputy executive secretary, Wally Adeyemo, in December of 2009. Going forward, the memo stated, “sensitive information” requested under the Freedom of Information Act was to be reviewed not only by career …
The Out-of-Control IRS, Rewriting Laws
The Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in King v. Burwell shines a light on the Internal Revenue Service’s practice of rewriting the Affordable Care Act to suit President Obama’s political agenda. What is lesser known is that this …
The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches
It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. What’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information …
Rev. Al Sharpton: Tax Rebel
Welcome, Reverend Al Sharpton, to a gathering of tax-protest legends that includes Evelyn Gregory, Wesley Snipes, Howard Jarvis, Lauryn Hill, and Tom the Tinker. Some were outlaws, some were lawful. Some gave all, all gave some; but none wanted to …
Ted Cruz: Eric Holder Should Appoint IRS Special Prosecutor or Be Impeached
Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached if he refuses to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the targeting of tea-party groups by the IRS, according to Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas).
With the IRS claiming to have lost two …