IRS AND OBAMA WHITE HOUSE ACCUSED OF UNLAWFUL TRANSFER OF TAXPAYERS' FILES
NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
December 4, 2014
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A former Department of Justice honcho, discussing his book -- Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department -- on Sunday, accused the White House of using the huge tax-collecting bureaucracy to target numerous Americans such as the libertarian Koch brothers, staff members at True the Vote and many other citizens who have opposed Obama's agenda and policies. And the American people may have the proof thanks to a federal judge.
Sundays can always be counted on to be rife with tidbits of information disclosed on the morning network and cable news shows, but usually only those Americans who pay attention to their leaders' shenanigans are privy to the sometimes shocking, oftentimes disturbing, revelations from newsmakers. A perfect example of a news story that gets lost in the shuffle is former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams' appearance on Fox News' "Fox and Friends Weekend" during which he announced that the Obama administration will finally turn over thousands of documents regarding yet another an alleged illegal conspiracy between the Obama White House and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
According to Adams -- now an independent investigator of government corruption as well as a columnist for several news and commentary publications -- President Barack Obama's "historically transparent" White House and the scandal-plagued IRS will soon turn over thousands of documents involving the improper transfer of confidential taxpayer records by the IRS to Obama's minions in the White House.
While the Ferguson grand jury news story and the immigration amnesty news story dominated most of the attention of the news media, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), J. Russell George, informed the watchdog group Cause of Action that it will turn over nearly 2,500 documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the group.
Cause of Action’s Executive Director Dan Epstein said: "The court has ruled that the federal government cannot hide behind confidentiality laws to prevent Americans from knowing if our President has gained unauthorized access to their tax information. This is a decisive win for all Americans and for government transparency and accountability. The public already knows the President uses FOIA to shield his targeting of the press and this ruling prevents the President from using FOIA to shield his targeting of taxpayers."
Attorneys for the public-interest group had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after the inspector general couldn't reveal the existence -- or the non-existence -- of a probe into former White House senior economics adviser Austan Goolsbee’s alleged unauthorized access to the Koch brother’s tax returns.
As reported by the Examiner earlier this month, "The Koch brothers are considered a conservative force who used the tactics employed for years by the political left. They created a group, Freedom Partners, to support conservative of libertarian organizations and causes and founded the well-known Americans for Prosperity.
They are being credited with bringing down Colorado’s Mark Udall despite his family name being synonymous with Colorado politics. Koch funded political ads successfully linked Udall to President Barack Obama despite Senator Udall’s attempt as distancing himself from Obama and Obamacare."
The Examiner revealed that "unable to stop the Kochs politically, it appears that now the Democrats, who still run the Senate under Harry Reid, and the White House are attempting to stop them using the federal criminal justice system. According to the Examiner source, the IRS is scouring the Koch family’s personal finances and those of their business and philanthropic financial records."
A federal judge ruled that: "[T]he Treasury's inspector general is not allowed to conceal the existence of an investigation it had previously acknowledged. The fact that TIGTA has publicly announced that it has investigated unlawful disclosures of, or access to, that body of information protected by statute as ‘return information’ strongly suggests that the fact of an investigation is not, itself, ‘return information,’” according to the judge hearing the case.
Of even more importance is the allegations that hundreds of taxpayers' confidential information ended up in the hands of Obama's minions. "The release of the documents may be the beginning of yet another scandal. President Obama and the other denizens in the White House have no right to target anyone using IRS confidential documents. This was a fishing expedition on a grand scale and the culprits are the same people involved in other IRS-related scandals. It's disgusting and it's illegal," said former police detective and corporate security investigator Thomas Laurence.
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