Elder Patriot – Americans will be paying for the misdeeds and corruption of the Obama administration for years to come. Earlier this week bombshell evidence surfaced that Obama’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) acted both unethically and treasonably when they authorized the sale of uranium to hostile nuclear power Russia.
Yesterday, the Department of Justice was forced to acknowledge that Obama had also ordered the IRS to financially injure his political opponents. Will anyone pay for these crimes?
Unbelievably, we reported on this egregious violation of our most fundamental Constitutional protection more than two years ago and yet nothing has been done until now. Where were the mainstream media?
In October of 2015 we wrote:
“The on-going investigation into the targeting of conservative donors by the IRS is but one example. The investigation is now five years old. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee under the direction of Jason Chaffetz still has not brought charges.
“At the heart of this investigation is Lois Lerner who was appointed Director Exempt Organizations at the IRS while George Bush was still president.
“After Barack Obama became president, Nikole Flax, the former chief of staff to then IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, visited the White House 35 times. During this time period Ms. Flax was also in constant contact with Ms. Lerner. We know they were working in concert with high-ranking aides to the president to criminally prosecute conservative tea party groups and conservative donors with the intent of silencing their political voices.
“The House committee conducting the investigation subpoenaed Ms. Lerner but she refused to testify instead invoking her Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and then resigning her position. When Ms. Lerner’s email were subpoenaed current IRS Director John Koskinen destroyed the available documents he found and made no effort to find the rest of them.
“Under questioning Mr. Koskinen complained about the high cost and the amount of time required to locate the subpoenaed emails even while he was destroying them. In all, at least 24,000 emails and the 422 tapes they were backed up on were destroyed under Koskinen’s orders. Mr. Koskinen’s words serve as a slap in the face to all Americans who annually spend tens of billions of dollars and over 3 billion hours in their attempts to comply with the over 70,000 pages of IRS regulations he oversees. And, accidently missing documents and emails are no excuse for Mr. Koskinen’s jack-booted auditors and criminal investigators.
“Oh, and where have we heard this before? Ms. Lerner also conducted official IRS business on her private e-mail account. It’s clear she knew this was illegal because her response when told those emails wouldn’t be archived was, “perfect.”
This sordid corruption of the IRS finally was finally resolved yesterday when Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement announcing that a settlement had been reached with four hundred sixty nine different plaintiffs because Obama-ordered the IRS to conduct politically motivated witch-hunts of “Tea Party” and other conservative groups that resulted in denials of tax-exempt status:
“[I]t is now clear that during the last Administration, the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to screen applications for 501(c) status. These criteria included names such as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” or “9/12” or policy positions concerning government spending or taxes, education of the public to “make America a better place to live,” or statements criticizing how the country was being run. It is also clear these criteria disproportionately impacted conservative groups.
“As a result of these criteria, the IRS transferred hundreds of applications to a specifically designated group of IRS agents for additional levels of review, questioning and delay. In many instances, the IRS then requested highly sensitive information from applicants, such as donor information, that was not needed to make a determination of tax-exempt status.
“There is no excuse for this conduct. Hundreds of organizations were affected by these actions, and they deserve an apology from the IRS. We hope that today’s settlement makes clear that this abuse of power will not be tolerated.”
Obama’s IRS then used the donor information to use their powers to harass them.
So what is Sessions going to do about the perpetrators of these crimes?
It’s one thing when a criminal invokes the Fifth Amendment and forces the government to make their case against him or her but it’s quite another when a government employee who has sworn to protect and defend the Constitution turns around and uses the protections of the Constitution to try to save their ass after they denied those same protections to those who they were entrusted in protecting.
How can a public servant use the Fifth Amendment to impede an investigation into crimes that they previously took an oath not to let happen on their watch?
Lerner is the worst kind of criminal because she violated and preyed on the public trust.
At the very least Lerner should be stripped of her government pension and other retirement benefits. She deserves to rot in a federal penitentiary for this violation of the public trust.
An even greater slap in the face to Americans is that John Koskinen, Obama’s IRS Commissioner who was responsible for preventing this kind of corruption remains in charge at the IRS. If you want to know why you should ask the House Republicans who derailed his impeachment.
We’re still waiting for AG Sessions to hold Obama’s corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder to account for scheming to defraud American taxpayers when they forced them to underwrite the subversive activities of the most radical, anti-American organizations imaginable.
In June, Sessions said:
“When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people – not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power.”
The Holder-Obama scheme directed these funds to activist Marxist groups in what amounted to a government run extortion racket.
In just one example, Attorney General Eric Holder forced Bank of America to settle on a $17 billion payout much of which was distributed directly to subversive leftwing groups. Many of these organizations later resorted to violence against police and Donald Trump’s supporters during the presidential campaign.
Such a violation of public trust demands more than just words.
Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp. That won’t happen with words of admonishment and government payouts. Americans deserve to know these criminals who waged war against them will lose their freedom to walk amongst us.