#IRS scandal gets worse

President Barack Hussein Obama is probably jumping for joy that Dr Kermit Gosnell was convicted; it kept the scandal stories off Twitter for half a day.

Incredible: IRS Leaked Files on Conservative Groups to Liberal Media Outlet

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:50 pm

Every time I read about this scandal there is a new “what on God’s green Earth?!” moment, and today does not disappoint. The IRS leaked confidential files on conservative organizations to a liberal news outlet, ProPublica:

In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved-meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We made six of those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.

Also, the current IRS commissioner knew as of at least May 2012 that the IRS had targeted conservative groups.

But Obama just now found out about it by reading the news, just like you and me!

Yuh-huh.

Heads should ROLL over this.

The head that needs to roll the most, won’t. But President Obama and his team may finally have royally fornicated themselves:

DOJ Secretly Obtained Some Associated Press Phone Records:  Out of all the scandals mentioned so far, don’t expect this one to go away, in fact it’s ballooning as we speak – obviously because this time around it’s not you and me being targeted but instead the Obama’s own handholders in the MSM, the people who helped carry him over the finish line in both 2008 and 2012.  But it’s not just the Associated Press who might be under the microscope here but instead … members of the House of Representatives:

The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

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The government would not say why it sought the records. U.S. officials have previously said in public testimony that the U.S. attorney in Washington is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. The story disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an Al Qaeda plot in the spring of 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane bound for the United States.

The deets on this one are going to be intriguing, to say the least … assuming anyone can get beyond the usual stonewalling, dodging, and deflecting this administration has become infamous for.

The greatest irony of the Watergate scandal, which sent President Nixon into an early retirement, was that the idea of bugging the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee was just so utterly stupid. Senator George McGovern (D-SD), the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, never had a ghost of a chance at winning. His only issue, the war in Vietnam, was winding down as President Nixon had begun withdrawing American troops from South Vietnam, and left Watergate as the only issue Mr McGovern had left. And with that issue firmly on his side, Senator McGovern managed to carry exactly one state, Massachusetts, plus the District of Columbia. When you are winning, fairly, in a rout, it’s pretty stupid to jeopardize your chances by cheating, but that’s exactly what the Committee to Re-elect the President did.

Well, President Obama has had no better friends than his loyal sycophants in the professional media. They have covered for him and covered for him and covered for him, and about the dumbest thing he could do is to urinate off the people who had his back. The Watergate scandal undid President Nixon because he had enemies, lots of enemies, in the professional media — the only media around in 1972 — but no scandal could really touch President Obama as long as the media professionals were in his pocket.

So, naturally, the most brilliant thing he could do is to attack the media people who have been protecting him all along.

As noted here, one of the Articles of Impeachment passed by the Judiciary Committee against President Nixon was the political misuse of the Infernal Revenue Service, which is just the thing which keeps emerging concerning President Obama. If the President has angered his media backers so much that they stop protecting him, and actually start doing their jobs and investigating the President — Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post by doing their jobs — life could become as disagreeable for Barack Obama as it did for Richard Nixon.

Of course, President Obama would never be removed from office for this. During Watergate, while the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress, and they could pass Articles of Impeachment by a simple majority vote, they would have needed some Republican votes in the Senate to actually remove President Nixon from office. Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-PA) had the unhappy task of informing President Nixon that he could not count on enough Republican support in the Senate to survive an impeachment trial. The Republicans were acting with honor in 1974; does anyone expect enough Democrats to act with any honor were President Obama to be impeached to actually remove him from office?

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