New evidence undercuts White House claims that the IRS was merely confused about the law and never purposefully targeted conservatives. IRS e-mail shows they were secretly planning the recently proposed regulations which essentially codify the targeting that they began in 2010 and are continuing to do to this day. How likely is it that Lois Lerner – who plead the Fifth rather than answer simple questions about what the IRS was doing – was writing new regulations that would give the IRS the power to silence and target conservatives and at the same time was confused by the current law and as a result targeted and silenced conservatives?
House committees are still digging into the IRS political targeting scandal, and based on a hearing Wednesday there’s more to learn. The day produced more evidence blowing apart President Obama’s claims that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” or political motivation in the IRS handling of groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Mr. Obama wants Americans to believe that the targeting resulted from the confusing tax law governing nonprofits, which he says was “difficult” to interpret and resulted in mere “bureaucratic” mistakes. This is also the Administration’s justification for issuing new regulations governing 501(c)(4)s that would effectively silence White House opponents this election year. Published in the Federal Register in November, the new rules cite the “lack of a clear and concise” regulation as reason for the rewrite.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp blew up this fairy tale at Wednesday’s hearing with new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Mr. Camp unveiled a June 14, 2012 email from Treasury career attorney Ruth Madrigal to key IRS officials in the tax-exempt department, including former director Lois Lerner. [Read more...]