Will Congress be stymied by an FBI coverup?
Although the Obama administration's official position is that too much is being made of unfolding scandals, the A-G ordered an instant FBI investigation. New disclosures show the IRS intruding like Big Brother on private thoughts, reading lists, etc. The agency faces a class action lawsuit alleging it improperly seized medical records of 10 million Americans. NRO's Kevin Williamson exposes nine lies told by Lois Lerner, who directs IRS regulation of tax-empt organizations.
Tea Partier & Sen. Marco Rubio calls out Team Obama for its political "culture of intimidation" (14:02).
So an FBI probe sounds great.
Or does it?
What if Congress subpoenas witnesses to testify, and the witnesses demur due to FBI investigation?
And then there is the case of True the Vote, a nonpartisan group whose laudable aim is to see that no one votes who is not eligible to vote, and that no one votes fraudulently. No less than five agencies have gone after TTV, including multiple surprise audits. Also, the EPA has been caught treating information requests discriminatorily, favoring those of lefty groups over righties.
The president tossed the acting IRS chief to the wolves (he was asked to resign and did, facing firing otherwise), and promises a full investigation. But do not trust the White House on this.
Put simply, it is hard to believe that a government agency--even one as uncharming as the IRS--would embark on a blatantly illegal, unconstitutional and (most important) politically toxic course by openly selectively harassing administration opponents.
More likely is that the White House played a role in this. Put simply, bureaucrats who abuse power normally make sure their rear ends are covered; they make sure the boss approves. And the IRS top brass would not likely let this go forward without at least a firm belief in having tacit WH and or congressional (in this case, senatorial) approval. This kind of thing no one with brains and political savvy risks without strong political cover. House Tea Party Caucus director Michelle Bachmann, a former federal tax litigation attorney who handled civil & criminal cases, said on Greta's On the Record last night (6:04) that it is "impossible" for IRS underlings to "go rogue", as they are very closely supervised all the way up the IRS managerial food chain.
Bottom Line. Look for more surprises, unless the coverup succeeds.
Letter from the Capitol, LFTC, Conservative Politics