IRS chief: Inappropriate screening of groups was broader, lasted longer than disclosed

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    June 25, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    and there we have it folks the true purpose behind all the hyperbola. Mrtuscandero lays out the true nature of the far right's desire to undue the will of the people by impeaching a twice duly elected president regardless of the facts or reality. This has nothing to do with doing what is right or protecting anyone its all about trying to grab power denied them by the people.

  • MrTuscadero Houston, TX
    June 25, 2013 6:12 p.m.

    You are right, Scoundrel. The time is past for "bashing" the president. It's time to impeach.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    June 25, 2013 8:13 a.m.

    Shafer said he decided to send it to higher-ranking supervisors because it was unclear whether the group would qualify for the tax exemption and because of the media attention the conservative groups were garnering at the time.

    Managers in the IRS’ Exempt Organizations office in Washington ended up expressing interest in the case, he said. Shafer said it was normal to pay careful attention to such cases to make sure similar applications are treated the same way.

    Asked in the June 6 interview whether he believed the White House was behind the decision to target conservative groups, Shafer said: “I have no reason to believe that.”

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    June 25, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    #1 R-Darrel Issa was getting regular updates from the Inspector General about the IRS investigation prior to the election, so if there was a conspiracy to suppress, then he was part of it.

    #2. In a five-hour interview an IRS manager and self-proclaimed conservative, said one of his employees brought to him a tea party group’s application for tax exempt status. The manager said he recognized the political implications of the decision and flagged it for an IRS office in Washington.

    John Shafer, who described himself as "a conservative Republican," told congressional investigators he sought advice from his boss on how to handle the first Tea Party application he and a lower-level agent came across in February 2010 because it was a new, high-profile issue.

    Asked if the lower-level agent sought to elevate the case to Washington because he disagreed with Tea Party politics, Shafer said this was not the case.

    "We never, never discussed any political, personal aspirations whatsoever," he said, according to a transcript of his testimony reviewed by Reuters.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 25, 2013 4:25 a.m.

    We have learned by sad experience that we cannot trust anything coming from the BO misadministration. Just as Benghazi was NOT a spontaneous street protest, BO's porkulus did NOT keep unemployment under 8%, and health care costs did NOT reduce by $2500 per family, I have reservations about the veracity of their claims of targeting ANYTHING left wing, like "progessive" or "occupy". If they did, it was only to fast-track it.

    Had BO fired the people actually responsible and in leadership positions, he, biden, and holder would be gone.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    June 25, 2013 12:09 a.m.

    For starters, Why hasn't Helen Lerner been fired, and publicly scorned?? Barack Obama blew the whistle, and the mad dogs heard it. It all started at the top - from the White House.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 24, 2013 11:46 p.m.

    @mainly you

    Very clever soud bits, they would be even more clever if actually supported by the facts presented in the article.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    June 24, 2013 9:38 p.m.

    What a shocker...I'm totally overwhelmed...I can't believe this is happening...The Dear Leader said, "Trust Me."

    And people still believe in big goobermint?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    June 24, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    All I know is:
    #1: The IRS, the Department of Justice and the State Department are out of control and seriously abusing their power.
    #2: Leaders always set the culture, policy and tone of any organization.
    #3: Barrack Obama is the leader of the government.
    #4: He is not holding anyone accountable-business as usual!
    Who is it that is playing politics?

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 24, 2013 7:00 p.m.

    Clearly Scondral is right but not just about chris B

    From the article attached to this thread folks, not hard to find.

    “An internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press said that besides "tea party," lists used by screeners to pick groups for close examination also included the terms "Israel," ''Progressive" and "Occupy."

    “We have not found involvement in these matters by anyone outside the IRS,"

  • Blue AZ Cougar ,
    June 24, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Not sure how it would have changed the election -- but it certainly makes me wonder why none of these borderline scandals came out before November 2012. Between the IRS targeting and the NSA's monitoring of texts and phone calls, I'd say we have enough hot water to boil the president. It's a shame these things weren't brought to light prior to the election.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2013 2:45 p.m.


    The liberals groups haven't been truthful?

    I'm shocked.

    Does barack feel responsibility for anything?

    It's time to totally revamp the IRS clearly.

    Anyone who suggests the IRS is not a quasi-liberal organization is up in the night.

    It has been proven dozens of people were involved or knew of this illegal discrimination.

    At what point does the "it was just a couple rogue individuals not hold up"

    You'd better believe if dozens of IRS individuals were targeting liberal groups it would have been found out and stopped very soon.

    The fact that it could be so pervasive just show how biased the group truly is.

    But hey, all praise barack. He does no wrong.

    Nothing is his fault