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Congress Widens IRS Investigation, Pro-Israel Groups Were Targeted

Congress is also now investigating what looks like a cover-up of the misdeeds.

The IRS Acting Commissioner will appear before a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Friday, May 17, 2013, to investigate politicization of the IRS

The IRS Acting Commissioner will appear before a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Friday, May 17, 2013, to investigate politicization of the IRS, and a potential widespread coverup.
Photo Credit: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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The chairman and the ranking committee member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee released a letter the committee sent today, May 14, to Steve Miller, Acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.  That letter informs Miller that the committee has greatly expanded the scope of its investigation into alleged misdeeds by the IRS.

Among other information that congress is now seeking is information about the IRS’s special scrutiny of organizations whose mission involve Israel.

Last week The Jewish Press connected the admitted increased scrutiny of certain conservative organizations by the IRS, and the alleged targeting by the agency of Z STREET, a pro-Israel organization.  That activity gave rise to a lawsuit filed against the IRS in 2010. (This reporter is the president of the organization that brought that lawsuit.)

Congressmen Dave Camp (R-MI)  and Sander Levin (D-MI) signed a 3 page, single space, 13 point  letter today, making clear that congress was greatly displeased with the lack of candor and responsiveness the IRS has displayed towards their committee’s now-nearly two year long investigation of the agency.

In addition to seeking information about the IRS dealing with organization’s whose mission deals with Israel, the Ways and Means Committee is also seeking information about any other kinds of organizations the IRS chose to scrutinize based upon those organization’s political views.

The tone of the letter makes clear that Acting Commissioner Miller is in for a grueling hearing this Friday.  The congressmen use euphemisms, but what they are accusing the IRS of doing was lying to the Committee, repeatedly – either by commission or omission – about actions it has now admitted taking.  Now they want to know, essentially, who decided that the committee would be told lies, and how far up the chain of command did the lying go, in addition to the underlying inappropriate conduct.

Congress is also demanding to know what information about the now-admitted, and perhaps additional to be admitted misdeeds was shared with the Treasury Department and with the White House, and when that information was shared.

One of the most jarring paragraphs in any letter sent to a government agency by a congressional committee is found in the May 14 letter from Congressmen Camp and Levin:

The IRS, through its officials, is legally and ethically bound to tell the truth to Congress and the American people.  In this situation, the IRS had a continuing obligation to update and correct information provided to Congress if it was later determined to be incomplete or inaccurate.  Why did your agency fail to be completely forthcoming with the Committee in its responses to the Committee’s ongoing investigation and in testimony before the Committee regarding the IRS’s practice of targeting conservative groups?

It is also clear that the Ways and Means Committee will be holding additional hearings into alleged widespread misdeeds.  The new material congress seeks must be supplied to the Ways and Means Committee by May 21, a week from today.

Perhaps the only thing that is not yet clear is who made the decisions to employ the vast power of the IRS to engage in inappropriate, bullying activity of particular groups of Americans, and how and who made the decisions to cover up that activity.  It appears congress intends to find out the answers to those questions.

It’s going to be a long, hot summer for the IRS.

 

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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12 Responses to “Congress Widens IRS Investigation, Pro-Israel Groups Were Targeted”

  1. Alan Kiss says:

    Happy birthday Lori Great article

  2. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    And yet, the Jerusalem Post had the audacity to name Lew, head of the IRS and a kapo for using the gestapofied IRS to attack Jews, s the #2 on its "most influential Jews" list. Why not just put soros, chomsky or amira hass on the list.

  3. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    And yet, the Jerusalem Post had the audacity to name Lew, head of the IRS and a kapo for using the gestapofied IRS to attack Jews, s the #2 on its "most influential Jews" list. Why not just put soros, chomsky or amira hass on the list.

  4. Christians and Jews are being targeted by many types of hate these days and it's only going to get worse! Wars are raging all over the world today just as the Bible stated that they would in the end times. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be willing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  5. GG says:

    First they target conservatives then Jews supporting Israel? It is very telling, Obama administration use the unlimited resources of government apparatus to go after political opponents and their donors. It is not limited just to IRS audits. Similar thinks happening within departments of Labor and Agriculture, Justice and the EPA. They exempt supporters and punish opponents. Even after IRS apology, many Jewish activist don’t reject but defend this practice by saying, well, it is probably not true, this is just politics or everybody do this. This reminds me Soviet Union, were I grew up. Putin of Russia and Chavez of Venezuela arrested many donors of their political opponents, so other will fear. One polish friend who knows the value and the cost of freedom, just like I do, ones told me, Poland is the most pro American country, even more so then United States. What is happening to America?
    About 80% of American Jews support Obama but only 20% of Israeli Jews support him. What Israeli Jews don’t know? Or what they see that American Jews don’t?

  6. The IRS has it ass backwards. In case they didn't realize, it's not Israel who conducts terrorism. Israel is a victim of terrorism on a regular basis. If they want to investigate organizations for terrorism, there are plenty pro Arab organizations to choose from. But, it all starts from the top. It's the president who appoints the IRS commissioner. So, you can trace these actions straight back to Obama. However, you get what you deserve. If people were stupid enough to re elect Obama, than it's ridiculous to think anything positive will change.

  7. The IRS has it ass backwards. In case they didn't realize, it's not Israel who conducts terrorism. Israel is a victim of terrorism on a regular basis. If they want to investigate organizations for terrorism, there are plenty pro Arab organizations to choose from. But, it all starts from the top. It's the president who appoints the IRS commissioner. So, you can trace these actions straight back to Obama. However, you get what you deserve. If people were stupid enough to re elect Obama, than it's ridiculous to think anything positive will change.

  8. Bruce Majors says:

    Breaking: Obama says he is a Kenyan prince, claims diplomatic immunity.

  9. I get it and it explains his lack of a proper birth certificate.

  10. Pan Mckracken says:

    Pro Israel groups targeted? HAHAHAHAHA! right.

  11. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Word on the streets of the Lower East Side has it that "Brother" Nathaneal is you lover? What do you do, climb under his bhurqa?

  12. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Word on the streets of the Lower East Side has it that "Brother" Nathaneal is you lover? What do you do, climb under his bhurqa?

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