Friday, May 17, 2013

New York Times: Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012

I am increasingly disturbed by the events unfolding in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) mishandling of Conservative Groups applications for Tax Exempt Status.  I am equally disturbed by the Republican's overstating the severity of the offenses and the Democrats continued efforts to deflect or deny what has happened.

I greatly fear the administration has committed acts that are both morally reprehensible and very possibly a violation of the law.

Calls for Impeachment have already begun and I pray (and I'm reasonably confident) it will not come to that.  But had either this scandal or the  Benghazi scandal come to light before the election most certainly Mitt Romney would be President today.  And the country would be much better off.

If somehow you're not up to date on the FACTS (and not just the partisan rhetoric) please read the entire NEW YORK TIMES article (only a few sentences are included below):

     Treasury Knew of I.R.S. Inquiry in 2012, Official Says
The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was auditing the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.
At the first Congressional hearing into the I.R.S. scandal, J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, told members of the House Ways and Means Committee that he informed the Treasury’s general counsel of his audit on June 4, and Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin “shortly thereafter.”

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