The reason Darrell Issa's oversight committee held congressional hearings into the Benghazi incident was to do political damage to President Obama, and more importantly after last November's presidential election, to tarnish Hillary Clinton's reputation going into the 2016 presidential election.
After Fast and Furious hearings didn't produce the political-damage results Republicans were looking for, Benghazi became the new "scandal." But Americans haven't been buying the GOP bullshite being shoveled over Benghazi either.....so along comes the IRS "scandal."
The IRS "scandal" has staying power because, allegedly, if you follow the fictitious narrative from Republicans and their media pets, the IRS has conspired to "target" conservative groups...Teas, Patriots, 9/12'ers, and the like. Target those conservative groups.....for something.....what, I haven't quite figured out.
No conservative group was denied tax exempt c4 status. In addition, not one conservative group who applied for c4 status was prevented by the IRS from raising and spending money while they were waiting for their tax exempt application to be approved.
Further, the only group denied tax exempt c4 status during the time period under question was a Democratic group. Of 298 c4 applications chosen for extra scrutiny by the IRS in Cincy, less than 100 were from conservative groups. One in three applications chosen for extra scrutiny by the IRS were conservative groups. Which means....duh....two out of three applications given extra scrutiny before being approved for c4 "social welfare" status were not associated with conservatives.
Darrell Issa has been holding hearings on this c4 and "targeting" issue....but without much success. Again, as with Fast and Furious and Benghazi.....Issa's goal is not to rectify some alleged injustice. His goal is to do political damage to Obama and Democrats....with the end goal of tying a "corrupt" IRS in with the much hated Obamacare, the health care legislation Republicans still want to repeal.
But Issa doesn't have the goods to link the White House or Obama with the Cincy IRS "scandal." So, ole' Darrell has been trying to fake his way. On June 2nd, Issa told CNN that the "whole transcript" of interviews with IRS agents in the Cincy office "will be put out"....adding...."this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters"...."the indication is they were directly being ordered from Washington."
Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) warned Issa that if he didn't actually release the actual transcripts.....Cummings would.
Issa refused to release the transcripts of those IRS interviews.....so Cummings released them yesterday.....upsetting the GOP Chair of the Oversight Committee. Surprise of surprises....the transcripts do not connect the White House in any way to the tax exempt screening process used by the IRS in Cincy.
Republican and Democratic committee staffers interviewed IRS official John Shafer on June 6 about the agency's decision to scrutinize a tea party group's application for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status. Shafer, who identified himself as "a conservative Republican" and said he'd worked for the IRS since 1992, said that he and a fellow screener initially flagged a tea party group and continued to do so with subsequent applications in order to maintain consistency in the process.
He said his team flagged the first tea party application because it appeared to be a high-profile case, and he wanted to make sure all high-profile cases received similar attention.
Asked plainly, "do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to screen Tea Party cases?" Shafer replied, "I have no reason to believe that."
"Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decisions to centralize the review of Tea Party cases?" he was asked. "I have no reason to believe that," he replied.
Asked if he had "ever communicated with [then IRS] Commissioner Shulman about the screening of Tea Party cases?" he replied, "I have not."
Now for those who follow Fox religiously, you've been hearing that a female IRS official in Washington D.C., Holly Paz, is the person who made the decision to "target" Teas, patriots, etc. Also not true. Here's Paz.....
Paz said liberal groups were mentioned by name, alongside the Tea Party, on an IRS BOLO -- or "be on the lookout" -- list. Screeners in Cincinnati, where all applications for tax-exemptions are processed, used the list to identify sensitive or complex cases that should be sent to specialists in Cincinnati and Washington......
She reportedly testified that she believed "tea party" was being used by Cincinnati IRS officials not specifically to refer to tea party groups, but generically to refer to all of the targeted groups, saying, "since the first case that came up to Washington happened to have that name, it appeared to me that that's what they were calling it that as a shorthand, because the first case had been that."
There is no scandal here. Full stop. The myth that conservative Teas were targeted by government or the IRS for extra-special punishment is belied by the facts that not one Tea group was refused c4 status and only one out of three IRS applications designated for extra scrutiny were conservative groups....when 80% of all applications were from conservative groups.
The secondary go-to "scandal", which Issa created out of whole winger cloth, described as the IRS in Cincy being ordered by Washington, or Obama, to "target"conservative groups......has now also been shown to be fictitious.
That leaves nothing but a Darrell Issa sad face.
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