Connect with us

Politics

Bombshell: Did John McCain Support IRS Attacks on Conservatives?

What he didn’t know was Lerner was already attacking the 501(C)(3), groups. By April 30th, 2013, Sen. John McCain’s staff director Henry Kerner, had moved on to be the chief counsel on the McCain-chaired Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee,

Published

on

Judicial Watch released some documents revealing that a John McCain staffer urged Lois Lerner to audit non-exempt organizations until they financially collapsed. What he didn’t know was Lerner was already attacking the 501(C)(3), groups. By April 30th, 2013, Sen. John McCain’s staff director Henry Kerner, had moved on to be the chief counsel on the McCain-chaired Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee,

On that last day of April he urged a group of senior IRS officials, including the infamous director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner that if she thinks the groups were being political to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

Trending: Army Officer Who Knew Him Says Lt. Col. Vindman Has History of Anti-American Behavior

Trending: Texas Billboard Tells Liberals Exactly Where They Can Go: Liberals LOSE IT.

Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.  Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called the Citizens United decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the “worst decisions I have ever seen.”

Well, that and the fact that Senator McCain hates conservatives and Tea Party groups as much as Lerner and her bosses in the Obama White House.

It was ten days after that meeting, when she was answering a “planted” question during an American Bar Association speech, Lerner admitted to what most conservatives had suspected for years, the Obama IRS was practicing viewpoint discrimination against 501(C)(3) Tea Party organizations.

As the Washington Post reported at the time:

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday apologized for targeting groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, confirming long-standing accusations by some conservatives that their applications for tax-exempt status were being improperly delayed and scrutinized.

Lois G. Lerner, the IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, said the “absolutely inappropriate” actions by “front-line people” were not driven by partisan motives.

Rather, Lerner said, they were a misguided effort to come up with an efficient means of dealing with a flood of applications from organizations seeking ­tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.

Of course, we now know that there had been a decrease in such applications in 2010. And we soon discovered that Lerner didn’t make her admission out of guilt but because four days later the treasury department inspector general released his report about IRS targeting. The report said in part

 “Early in Calendar Year 2010, the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status” (e.g., lists of past and future donors). The illegal IRS reviews continued “for more than 18 months” and “delayed processing of targeted groups’ applications” in advance of the 2012 presidential election.

Judicial Watch previously issued the documents but the IRS had redacted the notes of the meeting, but they found the non-redacted version in another IRS document dump. But even the redacted version made people suspicion of McCain and his office. ”  Senator McCain then issued a statement decrying “false reports claiming that his office was somehow involved in IRS targeting of conservative groups.”

“A recent press release by Judicial Watch sparked a series of online reports falsely claiming that my office was somehow involved in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups – reports that are demonstrably untrue and totally contradicted by my all of my actions over the past several years on this issue.

“These reports ignore the fact that I released a 37-page dissenting report last September refuting the Democrats’ Majority Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) report claiming the IRS showed no bias against conservative groups. Media coverage at the time noted that I was in total disagreement with Senate Democrats on the issue of whether the IRS targeted conservative groups (see The Associated Press article below headlined “Competing views on IRS treatment of tea party”

McCain is probably telling the truth since this meeting occurred three years after the IRS began its program of viewpoint discrimination, besides, McCain hates conservatives so much if he targeted them it would probably be with an uzi.

Oh and here’s the bad news Henry Kerner now works in the White House Special Council’s office, but I doubt President Trump would allow him to recommend targeting Tea Party groups now.

Below is the full set of unredacted notes from the April 30th meeting.

Pages From 515 Docs Disclosures Released by FIOA request by Jeffrey Dunetz on Scribd

Reposted with Permission from the Lid

Don't forget to Like The Washington Sentinel on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at The Republican Legion.

Become an insider!

Sign up for the free Washington Sentinel email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Advertisement

Politics

As Swamp Drains, Clinton Foundation Sees 16-Year Low for Donations

The American people are growing too smart to humor the Clintons’ shady charade.

Published

on

The American people have shown a propensity of late for cutting through the gibberish of Washington DC.

This sharpening of their political wit has arisen during a time of great turmoil in our nation.  President Donald Trump has swept into the nation’s capital on the premise that he would be shaking it up, draining the swamp, or whichever metaphor best suits the process.  This new sheriff in town attitude has trickled down to the people as well, and we find ourselves as skeptical as ever about the state of the union.

As such, we have looked deep within ourselves and our not-so-distant past to find evidence of wrongdoing just years or months behind us.  After all, this fits into the timeline in which our nation found themselves so bereft of corruption they saw fit to bring in a Trumpian solution.

Right in the middle of all of this swampiness sits former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose Clinton Foundation has suffered greatly during this political awakening.

The Clinton Foundation’s revenue has nosedived following Hillary Clinton’s loss to then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. According to its recently released public report, the organization took in just $30.7 million in 2018 – over seven million less than the $38.4 million it reported in 2017 and roughly $218 million less than the $249 million the charity raised in 2009, when Clinton served as the secretary of state in the Obama administration.

The charity spent millions more than it took in last year, spending $47.5 million on “payroll, grants and promotion, among other items,” according to Open Secrets.

Thanks to the work of whistleblower outfit Wikileaks, the American people learned that Hillary Clinton was operating a pay-to-play scheme during her time as Secretary of State, in which she solicited donations to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for face time at the State Department.

This, along with her rigging of the 2016 primary elections, has reduced Hillary Clinton’s political legacy to little more than proverbial rubble, likely affecting the ability of her foundation to raise funds.

Continue Reading

Politics

Trump Responds to Sondland Testimony with Notes of Call on White House Lawn

Sondland’s CYA opening statement has been eviscerated by his own transcribed phone call with the President.

Published

on

Today’s impeachment hearing has been a tale of two parties, once again, but this time under the highly polarizing spell of a panicked Congress.

Gordon Sondland stunned the Republicans this morning during his opening statement, in which he stated quite clearly that a “quid pro quo” was present in the case of Ukraine, while also seemingly throwing a number of high-ranking government officials under the proverbial bus.

Apparently, Sondland got the mainstream media memo about the need for a little more “pizzazz” in these proceedings.

That opening statement hit the press ahead of his testimony, to get a head start on the news’ spin for the day, and appeared to take Ranking Republican Devin Nunes by surprise.

But, as Sondland trudged through the friendly questions of the Democrats and into the suddenly bitter then of the GOP, a new reality emerged.  In fact, the President had told Sondland explicitly and specifically that no such quid pro quo was to be had.

The President, on his way to Marine One, reminded the nation of this in his signature style.

Of course, these words come directly from a phone call whose transcript has already been read into evidence, and clearly shows the President assuring Sondland that nothing untoward should occur in Ukraine.

So do we believe the opening statement of a man who has already committed to refiguring this previous testimony in order to stay out of jail, or do we believe the transcript of a phone call emanating from the White House itself?

 

Continue Reading

Politics

Walter Reed Conspiracy Theories Spooked Melania Trump, According to POTUS

There has been no evidence provided that would suggest the President is unhealthy or that he had a medical emergency over the weekend. 

Published

on

A strange side story has emerged in Washington DC this week after the President made an unexpected visit to Walter Reed Hospital.

Impeachment has certainly been the focal point of the mainstream media over the course of last few weeks, much to the chagrin of the Democratic Party.  They are viewing these hearings as an opportunity to demean President Trump ahead of the 2020 election, understanding full well that there is no chance of a conviction in the Republican-controlled Senate.

But another, just plain weirder subject seemed to take over social media in the last few days, and it involves the President’s health.

Predictably, the mainstream media has taken a bit of a biased stance in the matter including AP News.

A lack of notice. Past failures to level with the American people. A tough week for the White House as public impeachment hearings got under way.

Add it all up, and President Donald Trump’s unscheduled weekend visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center raised suspicions about his health, despite White House officials’ insistence that the president was merely getting a head start on his annual physical.

For any president, a sudden trip to the hospital would raise questions. But such scrutiny was magnified with a president who has a history of exaggeration and playing loose with the facts, giving skeptics room to run with their own theories.

“The one thing you can be absolutely sure of is this was not routine and he didn’t go up there for half his physical,” tweeted Joe Lockhart, a press secretary under President Bill Clinton, who was himself impeached for perjury and obstruction. “What does it mean? It means that we just won’t know what the medical issue was.”

The inexcusable speculation even frightened the First Lady – something that the President addressed from the White House on Tuesday.

“I went for a physical. and I came back and my wife said, ‘Darling are you OK? … Oh they’re reporting you may have had a heart attack,’” Trump explained. “I said ‘Why did I have a heart attack?’ ‘Because you went to Walter Reed Medical Center’ — that’s where we go when we get the physicals.”

“I was only there for a very short period of time, I went, did a very routine, just a piece of it, the rest takes place in January,” he continued, noting that afterward he took a tour of the hospital and met with an injured soldier and their family. “I got back home and I get greeted with the news that ‘We understand you had a heart attack!’”

There has been no evidence provided that would suggest the President is unhealthy or that he had a medical emergency over the weekend.

 

Continue Reading

Politics

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman Scolds GOP Rep. Devin Nunes Over How He’ll Be Addressed

The impartiality argument is growing thinner by the minute.

Published

on

The Democrats are walking quite the tightrope in their “formal impeachment inquiry”, incessantly attempting to paint many of their witnesses as non-partisan to counter accusations being made both by the President and the Republicans who are participating in the process.

This has led to a particularly contentious debate over the real, true purpose of impeachment itself, which Republicans have characterized as an attempt to nullify the will of the American people during the 2016 election.

Today, during the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a bit of that contention boiled over.

The testimony of National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman grew tense Tuesday under questioning from Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. — as the impeachment hearing witness eventually scolded the top intelligence committee Republican for not addressing him by his military title.

The moment came amid a back-and-forth over the identity of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint about President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led to the impeachment proceedings.

“Mr. Vindman, you testified in your deposition that you did not know the whistleblower,” Nunes stated.

“Ranking member, it’s Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, please,” the witness responded.

Nunes corrected himself and repeated the statement, which followed questions regarding who Vindman had spoken with about Trump’s phone call. More than once, Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., interjected to advise Vindman that the purpose of the hearing was not to expose the identity of the whistleblower, who is afforded legal protection.

The moment quickly went viral online, with a great many “resistance”-minded social media users cheering on what they say as a snide attack on Nunes, furthering the partisan hyperbole that these proceedings have already been mired in.

 

Continue Reading

Politics

Jeff Sessions Tells Nancy Pelosi to ‘Wrap it Up’ in Regard to Impeachment

Is this yet another example of Sessions attempting to receive the blessing of the President during his campaign for the Senate?

Published

on

For many Americans, including Jeff Sessions, this impeachment fiasco has gone on long enough.

President Trump has repeatedly chastised the Democrats for their singular and unending focus on impeachment, which has led the nation down a path of stagnation.  A great many legislative projects have been put on hold in recent weeks thanks to the impeachment obsession, including work on the US Mexico Canada Trade Agreement, healthcare reform, and immigration enhancement – all subjects that prospective voters have been clamoring for.

Furthermore, the impeachment “inquiry” itself has completely dominated the news cycle, disallowing the American people whatever other information that they would normally be educating themselves with when they tune in to the “news”.

All in all, the process has handcuffed America and Americans to the spectacle unfolding before us in the chambers of Congress, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sick of it.

In a Monday interview with “Fox & Friends,” former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to bring the impeachment inquiry to a “conclusion.”

Sessions, a candidate for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, said the impeachment probe is “not well-founded,” adding Pelosi is “wrong” to threaten President Donald Trump if he criticizes the Ukraine whistleblower’s identity remaining a secret.

“I think [Pelosi] needs to bring this thing to a conclusion,” Sessions stated. “It’s not well-founded to begin with, but just to pick fights with the president and try to make those kind of threats I think is wrong at this time for sure.”

Sessions, who was once at odds with President Trump, has repeatedly tried to bring the Commander in Chief back into his camp as he vies for his old Senate seat.

Trump and Sessions have been in a tumultuous relationship ever since Sessions recused himself from the RussiaGate probe while still in the position of Attorney General.

Continue Reading

Politics

Schiff Workin’ for The Weekend with Saturday Testimony from Budget Office

The Democrats are persistent, we’ll give ’em that.

Published

on

The Democrats and their “resistance” are running hot this week, after fireworks erupted in the House Intelligence Committee chambers during public impeachment hearings against Donald Trump.

At the center of this mess has been Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the aforementioned intel committee.  His selective enforcement of the Democrats’ own rules on impeachment has irked the Republican Party to no end, after already finding themselves befuddled by Schiff’s secret and clandestine hearings weeks ago.

Now, Schiff’s got ’em working on the weekend.

House impeachment investigators met in private Saturday with a White House budget official as the historic inquiry produces new testimony offering direct insight of President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.

After a week of dramatic public hearings, investigators heard late Friday in closed session from State Department official David Holmes, who delivered a firsthand account that puts the president at the forefront of events.

What exactly did Holmes allege to have heard?

Holmes, the political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, testified that he overheard Trump in a phone call with his European Union ambassador, Gordon Sondland, saying he wanted Ukraine to conduct investigations. Sondland later explained the investigations pertained to “Bidens” — a reference to former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter, who served on the board of a gas company in Ukraine. No wrongdoing by either Biden has been substantiated.

And about that Budget Office testimony?

The latest witness was Mark Sandy, a White House budget officer, as Democrats scrutinize the administration’s decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine while Trump pushed the country’s new president for the political investigations.

Sandy was the first official from the Office of Management and Budget to defy Trump’s instructions not to testify. Like others, he received a subpoena to appear.

Republicans have been making the case that, since the aide money was not ultimately withheld, and since the Ukraine didn’t even know about the holdup, there was no possible way that the President’s negotiations on a July 25th phone call could amount to an incriminating act.

Continue Reading

Politics

Nancy Pelosi Says Trump is ‘Imposter’ After POTUS Torches Yovanovitch

Pelosi is losing her grip on civility.

Published

on

Nancy Pelosi was doing fairly well at biting her tongue during this otherwise divisive impeachment process, attempting, at 79 years of age, to be the adult in the room.

Madam Speaker is losing her patience, however, and has begun to lash out, directing her ire at Republicans, the press, and even the President.

Her latest tirade against Trump saw the longtime Democrat insult the Commander in Chief as an “imposter”.

From a recent CBS interview:

Pelosi answered, “What the president, and perhaps some at the White House have to know, that the words of the president weigh a ton. They are very significant, and he should not frivolously throw out insults, but that’s what he does. I think part of it is his own insecurity as an impostor. I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head. And so, he has to diminish everyone else.”

Just days ago, Pelosi had a similar lapse in civility during a Q&A with the press, in which she belittled one of the gathered reporters as “Mr. Republican Talking Points”.

Pelosi herself was reluctant to engage in this “formal impeachment inquiry” for months, only finally join her fellow Democrats in calling for such a maneuver after an anonymous whistleblower with second and third-hand knowledge of possible improprieties attributed to the President.

 

Continue Reading

Latest Articles

Become an insider

Sign up for the free Washington Sentinel email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Best of the Month

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!

Pin It on Pinterest