Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GOP Rep Suggests IRS Conspiracy Might Not Involve Obama

It appears that IRS-gate, a scandal that's way worse than illegally selling thousands of missiles to terrorists, has been given new life since it was revealed that former IRS official, Lois Lerner, traveled back in time to destroy a hard drive that held indisputable evidence of IRS' insidious plot to inconvenience Right-wing organizations applying for tax exemptions.

Today we had yet another hearing, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). He provided a head scratching comment when he was grilling current IRS commissioner, John Koskinen.

Koskinen was getting noticeably irritated by Gowdy's inane questions, and tried to explain to him that he saw no evidence of wrongdoing by either Lois Lerner or the White House. This led to the following exchange (skip to 5:18):

Koskinen: It's a good argument. All I said was the White House has revealed there were no Lois Lerner e-mails, Treasury has given you all their e-mails, but to the extent that the argument was that Lois Lerner was conspiring and e-mailing back and forth, thus far I haven't seen any...

Gowdy: You can be engaged in a conspiracy that doesn't include the White House.

What are we supposed to make of that line? There was a conspiracy involved to make conservative groups sad, and it didn't involve direct orders from Obama? This makes no sense because seconds earlier Gowdy was whining about the Obama administration sticking their noses in this "scandal", with Gowdy clearly implying that the only reason they would do that is to cover their tracks. 

But let's pretend for a minute that Gowdy doesn't think the White House wasn't involved. If that was the case, then whose orders was Lois Lerner acting on? 'Or was she leading this operation?

Of course, it is quite possible that Lois Lerner, and a few other IRS agents were acting independently, but that would be a fairly boring scandal, now wouldn't it? Let's not pretend for a second that Gowdy and his ilk aren't trying their damndest to implicate Obama for this some how. After all, Gowdy's clownish colleague, Darryl Issa, isn't.

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