The IRS Scandal's Sacrificial
Resignations To Cover For
The *REAL* CulpritsIt's masterful the way the Obama administration tried to pull this off. Now, it didn't work, but you have got to admire the planning that went into it.
Having known for weeks that an IRS scandal was about to break, the administration quickly sacrificed outgoing Acting Commissioner of the IRS Steven Miller - who as it so happens was leaving that job next month anyway.
The unlucky Joseph Grant - NONE of the criminal conduct happened
while he was on the job the last EIGHT DAYS but canned anyway!
It's next move was to 'force' the resignation of the fellow presently in charge of the IRS division where this targeting of Conservative groups occurred from 2009-2012. The problem? That guy had only been in that job for a grand total of 8 days.
Meanwhile, the two people who were in charge of that IRS division while the actual abuse was occurring? Nothing whatsoever has happened to them. In fact, both received huge bonuses over this time period and one of them was actually PROMOTED to a new, higher position.
Last Friday Lois Lerner had a planted question asked to her at a conference so the IRS could get out ahead of the release of the Inspector General's investigative report that came out this Wednesday. Lerner was attempting to do what's in media parlance called a 'controlled explosion', where the offending party breaks the bad news itself, offers an apology and minimizes their own culpability in an attempt to head off further damage.
In her statement to a stunned room of conference goers last Friday, Lerner admitted the IRS division in charge of granting tax exempt status to non-profits had deliberately targeted Conservative groups for delays and denials of their applications for tax exemption. She then made a concerted effort to blame just a handful of low level rogue employees in one office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Further investigation - and the release of the IG's report this Wednesday - has revealed that just about everything Lerner claimed was false.
Kevin D. Williamson at NRO's excellent 'The 9 Lies Of Lois Lerner' breaks down her falsehoods so go read it:
Today former Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller defiantly told Congress that the IRS's deliberate targeting of certain groups due to their political beliefs was 100% legal, before backing away from that statement.
As the scandal grows, the glaring fact that 2 patsies offered up thus far weren't in charge when the abuse occurred, while the two people who were sail on untouched will be much, much harder to justify.
Lois Lerner Sarah Ingram Hall
Riddle Me This: How in the hell do these two people STILL have
jobs at the IRS?
Sarah Ingram Hall, who was actually in charge of the tax exempt division when this criminal conduct occurred, not only hasn't been fired, she was actually promoted to the head of the IRS's new ObamaCare enforcement division. Lerner is also still safely ensconced at her IRS job.
Last Friday when the attempt at a 'controlled explosion' was just getting underway after Lerner's revelation & apology, the IRS told reporters that no one had been fired or would even be disciplined for these abuses. Karen Tumulty at the Washington Post:
IRS on conf call saying no disciplinary action against employees who targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny.That smug attitude quickly changed, leading to the offering up of two scapegoats, but the real question is how can the IRS - and the Obama Administration - claim the scandal has been dealt with when the people most responsible for the scandal are still there?
— Karen Tumulty(@ktumulty) May 10, 2013