January 14th, 2014

The FBI and the IRS: nothing much to see, move along now

The FBI’s investigation into the IRS scandal has yielded no criminal charges. That’s not so surprising, considering that the bar for criminal behavior is set fairly high.

And that there really wasn’t all that much of an investigation:

Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who has represented about a dozen groups that faced such IRS questioning, said the FBI has yet to contact her clients over the issue. “As far as I can tell, nobody has actually done an investigation. This has been a big, bureaucratic, former-Soviet-Union-type investigation, which means that there was no investigation,” she said. “This is a deplorable abuse of the public trust, but I am not surprised.”

The WSJ has a similar opinion:

The story by Devlin Barrett says that investigators found no political bias but instead merely bureaucratic mismanagement. We’d be willing to credit that conclusion if there were more evidence that anyone did much of an investigation. Congressional probers say FBI director James Comey has refused to provide details about the resources it has devoted to the probe, though such basic information would not interfere with the investigation. Cleta Mitchell, a prominent lawyer who represents several conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, reports that the FBI hasn’t contacted any of her clients. That’s like investigating a burglary without interviewing the burgled.

7 Responses to “The FBI and the IRS: nothing much to see, move along now”

  1. Steve Says:

    Why would the WSJ be willing to credit that conclusion especially if IRS guidelines have been set that indicate more of the same will be done?

  2. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Obama has betrayed his oath of office and trashed the Constitution by using the IRS and other Federal agencies to punish his political opponents. Knowing that the MSM would (and continues to) actively shield him from scrutiny, providing the political cover needed for democrats in Congress to shield him from accountability…What possible reason would he have to conduct an actual investigation? Fear? Of what? Integrity? The man hasn’t the slightest bit of it within his soul.

    The persecution is still happening and will continue until impeachment and legal prosecutions begin. Until then its the Chicago way.

    In the strictest sense of the word, the man is a criminal. His administration is filled with seditious criminals. His political party is filled with criminals. Criminals do not ‘get religion’ until they’re behind bars.

  3. Matt_SE Says:

    Steve,

    I think they were trying to be funny. It’s hard to tell with the WSJ, since their cosmopolitan humor is so dry.

  4. ErisGuy Says:

    If our freedom cannot be won lawfully….

  5. rickl Says:

    This gives the IRS–and every other federal agency–the green light to do more of the same. Any opposition to this regime is being criminalized.

  6. Mike Says:

    The entire bureaucracy is corrupt and corrupted and corrupting.

    It is the monster Leviathan. The IRS is a tyrant. The FBI is a tyrant. The NSA, SEC, EPA, Scotus, Potus, Flotus and everyone else are a tyrant.

    There is the one monster. It only destroys. It is us or them. There is not a third option.

    There really isn’t “news” anymore except for war reports – as in who is winning or losing which battles today, and who will win or lose in the end, and how long total victory or total defeat might take.

    There is no question, anymore, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, who are the West and who are Mordor, who is Arthur and who is Mordred.

    That is now a known known, as Rumsfeld might say.

    The bureaucracy is a tyrant, a monster, a Leviathan. It is the enemy, the anti-America, the embodiment of the American Tyrant Era. The Dem Party – as its organized crime syndicate overlord is the American Tyrant Party.

    Full stop.

  7. Ymarsakar Says:

    And people thought I was paranoid when I first got on the net and wouldn’t talk about certain things in the open.

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