irs lois lerner

so some people are arguing that people placed on the terrorist watchlist//no fly list should not be able to own a gun , which is bad. the constitution allows for due process of law, which basically means that the government can’t deny you any of your rights without going through court and letting you have all the rights of the accused, which is the problem with the terrorist watchlist- people get added without the government even telling them or giving them a chance to protest. several congressmen have not been allowed to fly temporarily because they were accidentally added to the terrorist watchlist. this is the definition of not having due process- it wasn’t a court decision they had the right to challenge, it was a government official deciding, for whatever reason, that they were suspect of terrorist activity. preventing people on this list from getting guns is getting rid of due process. If you’re too dangerous to own a gun, are you too dangerous to have freedom of speech? right to an attorney? freedom from cruel and unusual punishment? one of the main concerns is that whoever is in charge of the terrorist watchlist will abuse it to prevent people from getting guns, eg just add them to the terrorist watchlist and they can’t get a gun. and this concern isn’t unfounded at all, considering the IRS targeted conservative groups from 2010-2012 applying for tax exempt status, granting only one conservative group tax exempt status due to the extreme scrutiny placed on them, whereas almost every liberal group that applied got tax exempt status in the same time frame (see: IRS scandal, lois lerner)

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Lois Lerner's hard drive has been destroyed

We’ve got ourselves a full blown scandal and a full blown coverup.

from Politico:

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.

“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview.

Two additional sources told POLITICO the same late Wednesday, citing IRS officials.

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Federal Law requires all IRS communication to be stored, and IRS policy requires all emails to be printed to prevent the loss of the communications in the case of a tech failure.  If Lois Lerner’s emails have really be destroyed, it’s because somebody did so intentionally.

VIDEO: Lois Lerner tries to push her way into neighbor's home to avoid answering questions on IRS

This is probably one of the most uncomfortable things you’ll see today.  Journalist and author Jason Mattera (who is famous for his ambush, on-the-street interviews with people who would rather not talk to him) caught up with disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner and asks her whether she regrets using the government as a weapon against Conservatives.  

Lerner responds by trying to get into a neighbor’s house to get a away, but the neighbor actually turns her away.  All the while, Mattera keeps questioning her with things like, “It doesn’t feel good to be targeted, does it?”

Here’s the video:

Awkward! It’s hard to feel bad for her though, knowing the utter misery she put people through in order to promote her own political ideals. 

Surprise! DOJ will not seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner

I know you’ll be shocked, shocked to learn that the “non partisan” Department of Justice will not seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner.

From Politico:

The Justice Department will not seek criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure in a scandal that erupted over whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative political groups.
Ronald Machen, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a seven-page letter this week that he would not bring a criminal case to a grand jury over Lerner’s refusal to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2014. The House approved a criminal contempt resolution against Lerner in May 2014, and Machen’s office has been reviewing the issue since then.
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Lerner and other IRS officials, however, are still under investigation by the FBI for the tea party targeting matter — which is a separate probe entirely.
Lerner cited her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself during congressional testimony on March 5, 2014, although then-Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said she had waived that right by giving an opening statement at a hearing 10 months earlier when she asserted her innocence. Issa wanted her charged by the Justice Department with criminal contempt of Congress for failing to answer questions about her role in the scandal.

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This woman used one of the largest arms of the federal government to target Obama’s political opponents, then illegally deleted the evidence, then lied about it under oath. What else could she possibly have done for the DOJ to seek charges? Ugh.

Lois Lener: "I'm not sorry for anything I did"

No, she’s not sorry for using the power of the IRS to target people whose political ideologies were different than hers.  She’s just sorry she got caught.

from Politico:

Lois Lerner is toxic — and she knows it. But she refuses to recede into anonymity or beg for forgiveness for her role in the IRS tea party-targeting scandal.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lerner said in her first press interview since the scandal broke 16 months ago. “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.”

Lerner, who sat down with POLITICO in an exclusive two-hour session, has been painted in one dimension: as a powerful bureaucrat scheming with the Obama administration to cripple right-leaning nonprofits. Interviews with about 20 of her colleagues, friends and critics and a survey of emails and other IRS documents, however, reveal a much more complicated figure than the caricature she’s become in the public eye.

The portrait that emerges shows Lerner is, indeed, fierce, unapologetic and perhaps even tone-deaf when she says things that show her Democratic leanings. She had a quick temper and may have intimidated co-workers who could have helped her out of this mess. It’s easy to see how Republicans have seized on the image of a devilish figure cracking down on conservative nonprofits.

“We followed the trail where it leads, and we saw it lead to Lois Lerner,” House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said at a hearing Thursday. “She refers with disdain to conservatives; she’s an active liberal; and it’s clear her actions were set out to be detrimental to conservatives.”

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The record of Lois Lerner’s wrongdoing at the IRS is now irrefutable.  Not only did she target conservatives, but she broke the Federal Records Act in the coverup of her actions. 

There has to be a strategic reason why she’s speaking up now, but I couldn’t begin to guess what that might be.