Lawlessness: On Day 768 of the IRS scandal targeting political dissidents, the tax agency said it has more emails to release. Only it can’t release them until September because it must ensure there are no duplicates. Baloney.
Missing yet another court-ordered deadline on June 12, the Internal Revenue Service has failed to release 6,400 new emails found on the hard drive of Lois Lerner, former tax exempt organization chief, pertaining to the agency’s admitted targeting of administration critics.
The agency is being investigated by Congress and scrutinized by the group Judicial Watch.
These are among the same emails whose release to congressional investigators had already been delayed by more than a year on errant claims by the IRS commissioner that the entire cache had been lost.
Now, instead of that dog-ate-my-homework claim, the excuse is that the IRS only wants to make sure there are no duplicates in the bunch, a peculiar fastidiousness given how the agency has stopped answering most taxpayer phone calls .
Let’s cut to the chase here: The IRS is obstructing justice because it doesn’t want the truth to come out . The agency has been caught red-handed targeting opponents of the Obama administration, including the tea party, pro-Israel groups and conservative news media.
It purposely delayed issuances of tax-exempt status to nonprofit groups and held investigations entirely outside its own mandate.
What the IRS is hiding is bound to be the work of malicious political operatives cloaking themselves as impartial civil servants, plotting among themselves against their political enemies through email.
The stiff-arms given by the IRS at every juncture — from Lerner’s invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a House hearing to this latest claim about preventing duplicates — is consistent with that scenario.
As a result, the IRS is moving closer and closer to rogue status — an agency so contemptuous of the law and confident of its impunity that it’s becoming a law unto itself.
Would the IRS itself be just as casual about deadlines if private citizens failed to file their taxes by April 15?
Would it show understanding to a corporation that said it had lost all its emails with tax records in some sort of server crash that somehow wiped the whole thing clean?
Does the IRS let anyone it has accused of tax evasion take the Fifth or withhold the incriminating evidence?
Absolutely not. Yet it somehow expects the courts and Congress to go along with the sloppiness and obstruction it would never tolerate in the people it “serves.”
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