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IS ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SCANDAL ABOUT TO EXPLODE?

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What: another? :rolleyes:

IS ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SCANDAL ABOUT TO EXPLODE?

While strong cases can be made for both Benghazi and Fast and Furious, most voters consider Barack Obama’s misuse of the IRS to be his administration’s worst scandal so far. But, as we wrote last year, targeting of conservative non-profits for harassment is not the only dimension of the IRS scandal. In addition, there is strong reason to believe that one or more White House political appointees have illegally accessed private taxpayer information and used it for political gain.

Austan Goolsbee directed Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and later chaired his Council of Economic Advisers. In August 2010, Goolsbee conducted a telephone press briefing in which, according to the Washington Post, he purported to reveal confidential taxpayer information:

So in this country we have partnerships, we have S corps, we have LLCs, we have a series of entities that do not pay corporate income tax. Some of which are really giant firms, you know Koch Industries is a multibillion dollar businesses. So that creates a narrower base because we’ve literally got something like 50 percent of the business income in the U.S. is going to businesses that don’t pay any corporate income tax.

There are three possibilities here: either Goolsbee just made up the claim that Koch Industries doesn’t pay corporate income taxes; or he learned Koch’s tax status from some proper, legal source; or else he illegally accessed Koch’s tax returns and used the information he learned for political purposes in a call with reporters.

Koch immediately objected to Goolsbee’s statement and requested an explanation. In response, Goolsbee has never come up with a coherent account of where he got the information that he passed on to the press. First, as reported by the Weekly Standard:

[A]n anonymous White House official told Ben Smith, then a reporter at Politico, that the claim was based on testimony to the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and publicly available sources, such as Forbes magazine and Koch Industries’ website.

But this turned out to be false. There was no such testimony, and there is no such publicly available information on Koch Industries’ corporate status.

Next, in May 2013, Goolsbee took to Twitter to try to explain:

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This explanation made no sense. If you follow the link, the story has to to with some other Koch–not Charles or David–and Florida state taxes, not federal corporate income taxes. Goolsbee apparently thought better of this defense and deleted his tweet.

In the meantime, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee asked for an investigation, and the Treasury Department’s Inspector General looked into the matter and wrote a report. On August 10, 2011, a TIGTA [u.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] Special Agent sent an email to Koch Industries, stating that “the final report relative to the investigation of Austan Goolsbee’s press conference remark is completed, has gone through all the approval processes, and would now be available through a [FOIA] request.”

However, when Koch Industries asked for a copy of the report, the Obama administration refused, asserting that it could not legally turn the report over, because it would disclose the identity of the wrongdoers, and it also contains confidential taxpayer information…about Koch Industries! The shamelessness of the Obama administration is almost beyond comprehension.

So, for more than three years Obama has managed to keep the lid on this scandal by hiding the Inspector General’s report. Along with Koch Industries, the Washington Free Beacon and a government watchdog group called Cause of Action made Freedom of Information Act requests for documents relating to the Inspector General’s investigation. When the Obama administration refused to produce any responsive information, Cause of Action sued.

On September 29, a federal district judge in Washington ruled in Cause of Action’s favor. Cause of Action had asked for all documents related to any investigation by TIGTA into the unauthorized disclosure of tax return information to anyone in the Executive Office of the President. The Obama administration made a “Glomar response,” which means that it would neither confirm nor deny the existence of any responsive records, on the theory that doing so would itself reveal information protected under FOIA.

The court’s ruling was limited: it found that the administration has already admitted that an investigation took place, and sent the issue back to TIGTA to “determine whether the contents — as distinguished from the existence – of the officially acknowledged records may be protected from disclosure” by a FOIA exemption.

The wheels of justice, as they say, grind slowly. As with other Obama administration scandals, Barack’s effort is to run out the clock. It may be that by the time we learn the full extent of the Obama administration’s lawlessness, the administration will be over. But the remaining options are not good: either Austan Goolsbee, a senior adviser to Obama, made up a smear of Koch Industries out of whole cloth, or else Obama’s IRS allowed the White House illegal access to confidential taxpayer data for political purposes. That’s a crime for which at least two people should go to jail.

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Must be. Obama has never broken any US laws. Ever.

The deniers are almost out of excuses.

I think the whole IRS thing was just a protest about a movie gone horribly wrong.

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Oh dear lord, I swear it must take you some serious, serious effort to dig this stuff up.

I was hoping this would be about a real scandal like someone caught Obama spiking the Koolaid with the Ebola virus.

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So, blogs are now major outlets for facts?


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Facts? Who said anything about facts? :wacko:

Because conservatives only deal in FACTS. Duh. :ranting:


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

President-Obama-jpg.jpg

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You are far too kind Marvin, "conservative" wasn't quite the word I had in mind.

Well, with the profanity filter and all I couldn't say ##### or ##### so I took the high road. :rofl:


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

President-Obama-jpg.jpg

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I was hoping this would be about a real scandal like someone caught Obama spiking the Koolaid with the Ebola virus.

That's my favorite cocktail.


I love a guy who looks like he could be on Criminal Minds as either an agent or a killer.

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