Scandals, Benghazi, IRS scrutiny, phone taps = “I” word
MyWay News reports 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. When an agency clearly favorable to the Obama administration is under siege by the very regime they helped put in place, the impact of now seeing them bite the hand that fed them is monumental.
The Washington Post writes that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters and at least two other offices were involved with investigating conservative and tea party affiliated groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed.
Breitbart News reveals Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assertions regarding “the Obama effort to shut up opponents isn’t limited to the IRS. It applies to the FCC [Federal Communications Commission], SEC [Securities and Exchange Commission], FEC [Federal Elections Commission], HHS [Department of Health and Human Services”
The Wall Street Journal exposes the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups went beyond those with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names — as the agency admitted Friday — to also include ones worried about government spending, debt or taxes, and even ones that lobbied to “make America a better place to live,” according to new details of a government probe.
The UK’s Daily Mail includes this threatening 11-page IRS questionnaire sent out to the Richmond Tea Party after it applied for tax-exempt status.
The Benghazi cover up alone has reached a level of either incompetence or deceit that makes Watergate — the senate hearings which began 40 years ago this week May 17, 1973 — resemble chump change.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on his radio show this week, “I believe that before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term. As bad as Watergate was because it broke the trust between the president and the people, no one died. This is more serious because four Americans did in fact die. And President Obama has yet to explain why did they did.”
No wonder Sen. James Inhofe the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee told broadcaster Rusty Humphries that President Barack Obama could be impeached over the growing White House cover-up following last year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya. Inhofe accused Obama of overseeing “the most egregious cover-up in American history.”
But the ubiquitous John McCain wants none of it. No siree.
Although McCain told ABC’s Martha Raddatz that he believes the Obama administration’s response to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, constituted a “cover-up” because “there was willful removal of information, which was obvious” — he has also defended his friend Obama against impeachment, saying, “I do not believe that the president has committed impeachable offenses — that’s high crimes.”
McCain might think covering up the Obama administration’s malfeasance, is not a high crime. But even Señor Juan McCain should agree that illegally tapping the phones of reporters and the illegal targeting of conservative groups by the IRS do rise to the impeachable level:
“He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to ….cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”
— Article II, Section 1, Articles of Impeachment against then-President Richard M. Nixon, adopted by the House Judiciary Committee, July 29, 1974.