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    IRS Employee Explains Why Conservative Groups Were Targeted

    IRS Employee Explains Why Conservative Groups Were Targeted

    IRS jobs apparently trump free speech.

    Cleta Mitchell is a conservative activist who has been very vocal about the IRS scandal which involved the targeting of conservative Tea Party groups in the run-up to the 2012 election.

    She recently appeared on C-Span and an alleged IRS employee called into the show and explained to her that he would target these groups because they want to abolish the IRS.

    Ali Meyer reported at the Washington Free Beacon:

    IRS Employee Admits He Would Go After, Target, and Try to End Conservative Groups

    A self-identified IRS employee admitted he would go after, target and try to end conservative groups who wanted to abolish the IRS, to Cleta Mitchell, an attorney representing those groups, on a Washington Journal segment on C-SPAN.

    Mitchell, a political law attorney who has represented conservative groups during the IRS targeting scandal since 2010, was a guest on C-SPAN to discuss the possible impeachment of the IRS commissioner John Koskinen.

    The first caller was a self-identified IRS employee who said he would go after the groups Mitchell represents if their goal was to abolish the IRS.

    “I am a lowly clerk at the IRS, looking at your application for tax-free status,” said the caller, Bill, from Elizabeth, New Jersey. “I go to your web page to see the goals of your group and one of the goals of your group is to abolish the IRS.”

    “You can bet every dollar you got I’m going to go after you and target you and try and end your group and that’s just the way it is,” the caller said.

    “Well, it shouldn’t be that way, actually, and I don’t know anybody who said they would they would get rid of the IRS, but if they did that’s their right, that’s their First Amendment right to do that,” Ms. Mitchell responded. “And a government employee is not supposed to superimpose his beliefs or his judgment or his concern about his job over those of a citizen who has a first amendment right to express that opinion to abolish the IRS or to change the tax code.”

    Here’s a video of the exchange:

    The IRS scandal has taken a backseat in media coverage, largely due to the 2016 election, but new developments are still coming to light.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that the IRS is now under fire for destroying records:

    Instant Document Destruction at the IRS

    Has the Internal Revenue Service been systematically evading federal record-keeping laws? On Monday the Cause of Action Institute sued the IRS and commissioner John Koskinen for refusing to preserve electronic employee communications that concern official business.

    Cause of Action says that in 2010 the IRS struck a little-noticed agreement with the National Treasury Employees Union not to record employees’ instant messages. The watchdog group also says that in response to its Freedom of Information Act requests for text messages sent by senior IRS officials, the agency replied that due to “routine system housekeeping” and “spacing constraints,” IRS text messages are retained for only 14 days before they are deleted.

    Both actions appear to violate the Federal Records Act that requires agencies to preserve all relevant documents. The agency says it retains emails, at least those that don’t disappear in mysterious computer crashes. But if employees can send text messages and not save them, they can avoid records retention. “No agreement with a union or any other party can supersede Americans’ right to know how the IRS makes decisions,” says Cause of Action. “In addition, the IRS is violating the law by regularly deleting all employee text messages as a matter of convenience.”

    Whether the IRS is abolished or not, a complete change in leadership is obviously needed.

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    Valerie | May 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    The question is not how IRS workers would behave, but how people in charge of those workers actually did behave.

    I have no strong feelings about the caller, because I have no way to judge his credibility. However, the behavior of the people in charge was admittedly improper. I am concerned that we have yet to see either consequences or reform applied.


       
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      Arminius in reply to Valerie. | May 25, 2016 at 4:41 am

      The only person in charge of the IRS that matters is the President. If the President is a Democrat, there need be no “smoking gun” in the form of an email or engraved invitation to hound his enemies. He can merely make apparently innocuous public comments or even half jokingly say something, as Barack Obama did during a commencement speech at ASU in May 2009:

      “I really thought this was much ado about nothing, but I do think we all learned an important lesson. I learned never again to pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA brackets. . . . President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”

      It doesn’t take many hints for the the IRS to know they’re off the leash and free to act naturally.

      Search on the term “Ideological Organizations Audit Project” for another example. This time, though, of JFK using the same technique.

      And we all know Obama was a great admirer of JFK. Obama spoke of him often, usually when using JFK’s meeting with Khrushchev as an example of how to conduct diplomacy. Which explains all of Obama’s diplomatic debacles, not just getting pantsed by the Iranians. It would be hard for me to believe he didn’t know how JFK signaled his wishes publicly to the IRS.

      Of course, the search will bring up many examples of the IRS abusing its authority for the political needs of a president. Not once will you see the IRS doing so for a Republican. They’ll accommodate the occasional request from a Republican Congressman or President but the won’t go all in for a Republican as they will for a Democrat. The IRS, indeed all federal civilian bureaucracies, regards that as sleeping with the enemy. That’s why Nixon could only be charged in the articles of impeachment with having “endeavoured” to use the IRS as a weapon against his enemies.

      Nixon was stupid to even try.


       
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      forksdad in reply to Valerie. | May 25, 2016 at 10:21 am

      You never will and if you do it is because TSHTF for real. The only way this red tape gets cut is a new Alexander cutting the gordian knot.


     
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    Xenomethean | May 24, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    The greatest threat to any nation is itself.


     
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    BlueOx | May 25, 2016 at 9:04 am

    “The caller was speculating, nothing more”

    The ironic thing is this is pure speculation on your part, Milhouse.


       
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      Milhouse in reply to BlueOx. | May 25, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      No, it isn’t. The caller’s comment speaks for itself, and Ali Meyer of the Beacon mischaracterized it. The caller did not claim to work for the IRS, and there is no reason in the world to suppose that he does. He said what he thinks he would do if he were a lowly clerk at the IRS. He has no basis for assuming that the actual lowly clerks at the IRS did as he would.


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