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Boston Herald: Former IRS Chief Lois Lerner Enjoys ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card from Obama Administration

IRSBy Adriana Cohen
Boston Herald

Disgraced former IRS chief Lois Lerner is enjoying her “Get Out of Jail Free” card care of the Obama administration.

Who’s surprised she won’t face charges given the fact that most Americans believe the White House was in on allegations the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups 
applying for nonprofit status?

It gets worse. During the “investigation,” IRS head John Koskinen stonewalled big time, refusing to provide Congress with information including Lerner’s “missing” emails. Sound 
familiar?

If Americans don’t see a pattern here — of obfuscation and obstruction — under the Obama administration, I have a bridge I want to sell you.

“Lerner was caught red-handed targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups, wrote partisan emails to prove it, then engaged in a massive cover-up effort — with a suspiciously crashed server, an oddly missing BlackBerry and plenty of excuses,” reports 
Investors Business Daily.

But never mind that. Lerner, a longtime Obama loyalist, was let off the hook by the 
Justice Department on Friday.

Can you imagine if Lois Lerner were a conservative IRS agent who targeted Democrats, minorities or gays? She’d be in jail right now. And the left-leaning media would’ve been covering the scandal — around the clock.

But thanks to the Obama administration, we’re no longer equal under the law. The rule of law is now arbitrarily applied based on 
political affiliation and whose pinky ring you kiss. And that’s dangerous for all of us — no matter how you vote.

To read more click here. 

Justice Department Prepares to Turn Over Nearly 30,000 Emails in IRS Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Did the IRS improperly disclose taxpayer information to the White House?

It has been a question that is more than a year old but may finally yield an answer after the Justice Department said it is close releasing thousands of documents related to the IRS investigation, International Business Times reports.

The Justice Department reportedly could release nearly 30,000 emails between a White House policy adviser and a former IRS official.

The potentially inappropriate exchange surfaced in 2013 when The Daily Caller reported that the White House and IRS officials exchanged confidential information about a conservative group aiming to abolish the contraception mandate with Obamacare.

The allegations are part of larger claims that the IRS was targeting conservative groups seeking tax exemptions.

Ex-FBI Special Agent, Wife Admit They Hid Cash Income from IRS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI special agent and his wife admitted they hid income from the IRS.

Pritesh Desai, 47, and his wife Darshna Desai, 45, both of Watchung, N.J., pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to defraud the IRS in federal court in Trenton, NJ.com reports.

The couple is accused of hiding income from their part-ownership of a Piscataway pharmacy.

Desai was a special agent in the New York Field Office at the time of his resignation in July 2013.

The couple is accused of conspiring with each other to hide cash income from June 204 to june 2012.

Issa: Special Prosecutor Needed for Uncompromised IRS probe

Rep. Darrell Issa

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) wrote this column for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

By Darrell Issa

In May 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered an investigation into efforts of an Internal Revenue Service division, which under the supervision of former Director Lois Lerner, systematically selected organizations with conservative sounding names for delay and enhanced scrutiny. But despite evidence of wrongdoing and criminal acts, more than a year later there have been no indictments. Media leaks from the investigation have even pointed to a predetermined outcome that no one will end up facing criminal charges. Amid concerns that numerous factors have compromised the investigation, top U.S. Department of Justice officials continue to rebuff bipartisan calls for a special prosecutor.

This past Thursday, the Department of Justice’s number two official, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, testified before Congress about his department’s criminal investigation of the IRS targeting scandal. What little the Justice Department would share about what it says is an ongoing effort raised more concerns that the current investigation suffers from political interference, conflicts and a stunning lack of competence.

To read more click here. 

Former FBI agent, Rep. Michael Grimm, faces federal charges, surrenders to FBI in New York

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, was indicted Monday on 20 counts of fraud and other charges in connection to a Manhattan restaurant he owned, Fox News reports.

The Republican from New York evading the IRS and hiding more than $1 million in profits to avoid paying taxes.

Grimm, who was released on a $400,000 bond, pleaded not guilty in a Brooklyn federal court following his arrest earlier in the day.

“Michael Grimm made the choice to go from upholding the law to breaking it,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said at a press conference detailing the charges. “And in doing so, he turned his back on every oath he had ever taken.”

Grimm responded that he’s the victim of a “political witch hunt.”

“We’re going to fight tooth and nail until I am fully exonerated,” Grimm said outside the courthouse, flanked by his attorneys.
Grimm was previously an FBI special agent and Marine Corps combat veteran.

The indictment accuses him of mail and wire fraud charges and filing false federal tax returns. According to the indictment, he tried to hide the sales at his Upper East Side restaurant, Healthalicious, which he operated from 2007 to 2010.

Newly Uncovered E-Mails: IRS’ Lerner Discussed Targeting ‘Political’ Groups with DOJ

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New evidence has emerged to indicate that Lois Lerner, the central figure in the IRS scandal, was communicating with the Justice Department about pursuing groups trying to get a tax exempt status, Fox News reports.

E-mails between Lerner and the FBI raise questions about the extent to which the Obama administration was involved in the targeting.
In one email from May 2013, Lerner expounded on the possibility of pursuing tax-exempt groups that lie about their political activity.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ,” Lerner reportedly wrote to the office of Steven Miller, the agency’s acting director at the time. “He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who ‘lied’ on their 1024s — saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.

“DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS.”

House Committee to Call for Criminal Investigation of Former IRS Official

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican lawmakers are want the Justice Department to seek charges against embattled ex-IRS official Lois Lerner.

Fox News reports that the House Ways and Means Committee are to meet Wednesday to write a letter notifying the Justice Department that Lerner may have broken the law.

The letter will argue that Lerner violated the constitutional rights of citizens, misled investigators and released private taxpayer information.

The accusations stem from the scandal involving the agency’s singling out of conservative groups to investigate.

IRS Hires Former Cop Convicted of Illegally Accessing FBI Info, Sharing with Terrorism Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Weiss Russell, a former cop convicted two years ago of illegally accessing an FBI database and sharing it with the subject of an investigation, managed to land a job at the IRS.

The Washington Times reports Mohammad Weiss Rasool, or as the IRS knows him, Wiess Russell, was sentenced to two years of probation after being convicted of accessing the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Database in 2008.

Rasool was running license plate numbers for a friend, who happened to be the subject of a terrorism investigation, the Times wrote.

Now critics want to know how Russell managed to get a job at an agency that handles so much private information.