December 13, 2013
Getting the truth out of anybody in the Obama administration is like pulling teeth from someone who has no teeth. It’s not going to happen. Lying has been an active part of this administration since the day President Obama was inaugurated.
Obama said that his administration would be the most transparent administration in history. As the American people have found out, that statement was a lie. When reporters report on things that are going on in the White House that Obama didn’t want to become public, he sics U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on them. When the Associated Press printed a story about the stopping of a terrorist attack in Yemen, Holder had the phone and email records of the reporters seized.
When Fox News reporter James Rosen reported on what was going on in North Korea, Holder had his and his parents’ phone and email records seized. He also threatened to charge Rosen with violating the Espionage Act.
When Holder was called before Congress to answer for the violation of the reporters’ First Amendment rights, Holder denied any knowledge of the actions of his own department. Later, under pressure, he finally said that yes, he was involved in the operation but that his subordinate was in charge of the actual act of getting the subpoenas.
When the Fast and Furious operation, in which federal agents sold weapons to drug cartels and drug runners in Mexico, was discovered, Holder once went before congress and denied any knowledge whatsoever about the operation. Only after being shown documentation which proved he was involved did he come clean, but tried to blame it on the Bush administration.
During the 2010 and 2012 election seasons, conservative groups, just like liberal groups applied for tax-exempt status under the IRS’s tax laws. Conservative groups though were hit with more scrutiny and delays than their liberal counterparts. They were sent letters telling them that they couldn’t do what normal tax exempt groups enjoyed, and were told what activities they could and couldn’t take part in.
The House of Representatives began an investigation into the practice and found that the extra scrutiny and delays not only involved groups but also outspoken individuals as well. The IRS claimed that the activity only involved ‘rogue’ agents in their Cleveland, OH. office.
When the story broke, President Obama was asked what he knew about the scandal. He stated that he didn’t know about it until he heard about it on the news, just like everybody else. He then said that such actions were very serious, unacceptable and he would make sure his administration cooperated in any way it could.
Since then Obama has said that Republicans are only using the scandal to tarnish his administration and legacy, saying that it isn’t that important and that it was only ‘rogue’ agents who did it and the matter has been taken care of.
The investigation involved many witnesses from the Obama administration, including Lois Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt division. After making an opening statement in which she denied any wrongdoing, she then invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself. She was put on administrative leave with pay until she retired.
One witness pointed the finger directly to Washington, D.C.. The witness stated that the order to give groups with names like ‘Tea Party, Patriot, or Constitution in them extra scrutiny and harassment came directly from IRS headquarters in Washington.
In a letter to the IRS, the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee directly blamed acting Commissioner Danny Werfel for the “systematic manner” in which his agency has “attempted to delay, frustrate, impede and obstruct” the committee’s investigation, despite his promising just weeks earlier to fully cooperate.
“The actions of the IRS under your leadership have made clear to the committee that the agency has no intention of complying completely or promptly with the committee’s oversight efforts,” wrote committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
The systematic lying and stonewalling on matters that involve violating the constitutional rights of American citizens just for their political affiliations is a sad testament to the disdain this administration has for the Constitution and the rule of law.