Remember Dan Werful, the acting IRS Commissioner who stepped in for Steve Miller, who stepped down in the glare of the spotlight – the mess of targeted, flagged and abused Conservative groups attempting to received tax exempt status? Werful sat in front of Congress and was impressive. He would not stand for such behavior and confirmed unacceptable practices had indeed happened. A couple of days ago he announced preliminary findings of his investigation, and those findings were astounding. Only Cincinnati IRS officials were involved, nothing to do with Washington, D.C. and had nothing to do with Washington, D.C. and certainly not the White House. There was no “intentional wrongdoing” according to Werful. Today he was back in front of The House Ways and Means Committee:
“I did not” was the repeated response of acting IRS commissioner Daniel Werfel to whether he spoke with key players involved in the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. Werfel told the House Ways and Means Committee this morning that he did not speak with former commissioners Doug Shulman and Steve Miller, or with Lois Lerner, head of the IRS’s tax-exempt division.
“Your initial conclusion that the IRS found no evidence of intentional wrongdoing by IRS personnel, given the number of key players that you did not talk to . . . is not an initial conclusion, but an incomplete one,” committee chairman Dave Camp said to Werfel. Source: National Review
Just as with the Benghazi investigation, the Review Board tasked with getting answers did not interview Hillary Clinton or anyone on her staff. Shame on the House if the IRS gets away with this.
Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) had documents from the IRS in front of him – heavily redacted documents. Roskam called it “Kafka-esque” and said the documents were “junk.” See the video below.
“This is junk!” Roskam shouted at IRS Commissioner Dan Werfel, crumpling the heavily-redacted documents in his hands as he did so. “It has no meaning. And you’re hiding behind it!” Source: Conservative Intel
Gregory Roseman, who worked as a deputy director of acquisitions at the IRS, exercised his constitutional rights when Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) started interrogating him about panel findings that he helped a friend procure potentially $500 million worth of IRS contracts. Source: Politico
Roseman pled the Fifth but didn’t make the mistake Lois Lerner made and declare himself innocent before pleading. Nothing about Roseman being suspended or fired. The House is discussing bringing Lois Lerner back to testify under oath.
Two IRS “servants of the people” have taken refuge in the Fifth Amendment now. Lois Lerner the Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, is now suspended with pay ($177,000 annually – $42,000 in bonuses in the last 3-1/2 years). Under her command, and at times under her own signature, 100 percent of Conservative organizations were targeted, flagged and and/or abused. Lerner was reportedly asked to resign. She refused and was replaced by Ken Corbin.
Not a single IRS employee has been fired or disciplined for illegally targeting conservative groups. I agree with Greta Van Susteran. We need a Special Prosecutor and we need him/her now.