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Apologies for the brevity of this post.  Check this out from: http://thehill.com/...

The Treasury inspector general whose report helped drive the IRS targeting controversy says it limited its examination to conservative groups because of a request from House Republicans.

A spokesman for Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, said they were asked – by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) – “to narrowly focus on Tea Party organizations.”

The inspector general’s audit found that groups seeking tax-exempt status with “Tea Party” and “patriots” in their name did receive extra attention from the IRS, with some facing years of delay and inappropriate questions from the agency.

But top congressional Democrats have wielded new information from the IRS this week that liberal groups were also flagged for extra attention on the sorts of “be on the lookout” lists (BOLOs) that also tripped up conservative groups.

Issa is finished after these shenanigans.

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  •  Dream on. Issa will get away with this crap (10+ / 0-)

    for as long as it pleases him.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:18:58 PM PDT

  •  Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. (1+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson

    Fuq. Fuq. Fuq. 'head ASPLODES'

    It has to start somewhere. It has to start sometime. What better place than here, what better time than now? - Guerilla Radio, Rage Against The Machine.

    by Fordmandalay on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:19:35 PM PDT

  •  Why am I not surprised.... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  To flesh this out a bit more than is contained in (6+ / 0-)

    this diary, what has come to light is that Issa asked that an audit be done - and directed that the audit should be limited to searching for the use of "teaparty" as a flag, even thought it was well known that many other words and phrases were also being used as flags.  

    In other words, he sent them out to look for something specific, with the intent that it be used for a political purpose.  Talk about an abuse of power.

    When oh when will Dems (and Obama specifically) learn not to provide the rethugs with sacrificial lambs every time they throw accusations around?  How many people has he fired (or "accepted resignations" from) as a result of brouhahas created by Republicans?  When will he develop the sense to wait until the facts are in before accepting wrongdoing on the part of his own people when accusations are flung around by Republicans?  I just don't get this incredible wimpiness.  When is he going to stand up for people?

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:23:04 PM PDT

    •  But the article from The Hill says that Levin is (2+ / 0-)
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      k9disc, cotterperson

      blaming the IG for not giving complete information, so I'm not sure that it's all the Republicans this time. Sounds like the IG left out facts too.

    •  Exactly-Issa used IG to cherry pick info on IRS... (3+ / 0-)
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      Just Bob, cotterperson, gustynpip

      ...by deliberately setting the parameters of the IG investigation:  Telling Inspector General's office to focus on only on indications that IRS was examining republican-leaning groups or individuals.  Then Issa deliberately used that cherry picked info to hold his witch-hunt hearings.  

      Issa knew that if he  requested only information on how the IRS reviewed tax-exempt requests for conservative groups, he would only get information re: conservative groups--even if democratic-leaning groups were also "targeted" by the IRS.

      Sounds like Issa's the one who needs to be investigated.  

      •  Well, Levin's blaming the IG too. (4+ / 0-)
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        Levin, the top Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, stressed to The Hill on Tuesday that the inspector general did not say the audit was limited to Tea Party groups when it was released in mid-May.

        The Michigan Democrat also maintained that the audit’s shortcoming had emboldened Republicans to try to link the targeting of Tea Party groups to the White House.

        “You need to get at the facts. And those facts weren’t given to us, even when asked,” Levin said. “The Republicans used the failure of the IG to spell out what they knew as an opportunity to totally politicize this.”

        •  Yes, the IG should have told Issa that their... (2+ / 0-)
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          investigation could not be limited to IRS's actions regarding only conservatives--or progressives, as such a narrow focus would compromise the accuracy of the investigation.  Sounds like the Office of the Treasury IG needs to be investigated, especially since as Levin noted:  

          ...Those facts weren't given to us, even when asked...
    •  I think when there's an IG report sitting out ther (1+ / 0-)
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      that everyone thought was legit, it's kind of hard to just sit on it.  What, the president is supposed to say "I don't believe the IG report is telling the whole story"?  And then sit on it for 6 weeks?   His approval ratings would be in the 20s right now had he done that.  And I guarantee that his harshest critics here would have been ripping him.

      Even after just getting the resignation of the head of the IRS (who was leaving in a few weeks anyway), Chris Matthews and his ilk were demanding mass firings and to this day he trashes the President for not going to IRS offices and personally firing lots of folks.

      I just don't see how it's politically possible to sit on an IG report and question its findings.  I've never seen anyone do that.

  •  Don't kid yerself... (5+ / 0-)
    Issa is finished after these shenanigans.
    This bastard will double down with EVEN CRAZIER LIES.

    The screwballs who support this criminal think it's GREAT and they'll send him money!

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:24:56 PM PDT

  •  White House is Looking a Little More Tarnished Now (0+ / 0-)

    too.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:27:37 PM PDT

  •  No he isn't (2+ / 0-)
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    He SHOULD be finished but... that ain't the world we live in, stupidly.

    My style is impetuous.
    My defense is impregnable.
    YOU'RE NOT ALEXANDER!

    by samfish on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:33:33 PM PDT

  •  Issa is not the best person to be (1+ / 0-)
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    Just Bob

    GOP's chief investigator but it's not like they will remove him from his chairmanship.

    Still you need someone who is squeaky clean and doesnt grandstand on the issue for the media. Hard to find many like that in either party.

    But in a sane world, this would be the end of the IRS scandal.

  •  This makes me happy, BTW... :-) nt (1+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson

    Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

    by k9disc on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 07:38:49 PM PDT

  •  So the IG was totally incompetent. (0+ / 0-)

    Regardless of what the GOP request was, a thorough investigation mandates that you ask if the treatment given to tea party groups is different than that given to other, particularly opposition, groups.  Otherwise, the final report is totally meaningless.  Good heavens, how stupid can the IG be?

  •  Calling Jay Carney a "paid liar" with zero evidenc (2+ / 0-)
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    should have been enough to finish Issa, but that buffoon is still there, still conducting fishing expeditions and witch hunts.  

    Declaring an "investigation"'s conclusion (that the WH directed the IRS to attack enemies) before conducting any investigation also should have been enough to finish Issa, but the buffoon is still there, still conducting fishing expeditions and witch hunts.

    In other words:

    He's out there operating without any decent restraint, totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct. And he is still in the field commanding troops.
    An apropos quote from Apocalypse Now
  •  Echos of Shirley Sherrod (0+ / 0-)

    Will the five people who were fired get an apology and their jobs back?
    http://mediamatters.org/...

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 08:27:54 PM PDT

  •  JoelGP (0+ / 1-)
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    I called you out as a Troll, Shill and Sockpuppet in a previous diary for your constant Snowden supporter bashing. I was forced to withdraw my accusation for lack of evidence, but never one to let things lie after an examination of your history can you explain why after 400+ diaries and merely 700 comments, almost every one of your diaries is recommended by mzjones shortly after posting, and that these diaries are the only diaries mzjones has ever recommended or commented in, each comment being grammatically structured the same way as your diaries and always praising your o' so wise opinions?

    ... just thought Id ask.

  •  can i interest you in a game of poker, or some (0+ / 0-)

    shares of stock in a lovely, urban bridge?

    "Issa is finished after these shenanigans."

    to have been elected to congress in the first place, it was required that at least 51% of the voters in rep. issa's district either: a. agree with his positions., or b. aren't very bright., or c. both. absent a radical change in his constituency, he'll continue being re-elected, no matter what he does. you can't fix stupid.

    •  His constituents are conservative but not stupid (0+ / 0-)

      and they can be re-educated. From Wiki:

      Issa won re-election to a seventh term, defeating Democrat nominee Jerry Tetalman, 58%-42%. The sixteen-point margin of victory was the smallest in Issa's political career. He carried the San Diego part with just 55% of the vote, while he dominated the Orange County part with 66% of the vote
      Beating him is not out of the question, but it will take some serious work.
      It might be better to target his committee appointments, hit him in DC for his abuse of his position and get him stripped. There has to be enough on him now to warrant some kind of discipline.
      Of course, if Pelosi gets the gavel back, he's out of his chair immediately.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 04:51:23 AM PDT

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