Shocked! Shocked I tell you! O.K. Maybe not so shocked. Last time the Department of Justice selected a donor to Barack Obama’s political campaigns to
investigate whether or not Barack Obama used the IRS To Target the Tea
Party, now we learn the Obama donor found no criminal wrongdoing by the IRS.
The officials said investigators didn’t find the kind of political bias or “enemy hunting” that would amount to a violation of criminal law. Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy enforcing rules about tax-exemption applications it didn’t understand, according to the law-enforcement officials.
While the case is still being investigated and could remain open for months, officials familiar with its progress said it is increasingly unlikely any criminal charges will result. That could change, the officials cautioned, if unexpected evidence is discovered that alters their thinking.
Perhaps the investigation should look into:
- The suggestion of one Cincinnati employee that officials in Washington closely controlled the review of tea-party cases.
- The testimony of Gary Muthert who works in the Cincinnati office who
was told by Mr. Shafer that”Washington, D.C., wanted some cases.”
- And Elizabeth Hofacre, the Cincinnati IRS who in 2010 had the
responsibly handling all tea-party applications. She told the committee
that she understood the “lookout list” used to flag the applications of
tea-party groups was also intended to flag those of Republican and
- Ms Hofacre was upset that she had “no autonomy” in her handling of
the cases, and she termed the behavior of IRS officials in Washington in
the matter “very unusual.”
That would be just a start.
I wonder how the media would react if a Chris Christie donor was running the investigation into “bridgegate.”