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George Will: Why the IRS Case Merits a Special Prosecutor

by Keith Koffler on June 23, 2014, 2:15 pm

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, George Will yesterday cogently outlined the case for a special prosecutor to probe the IRS scandal.

Here are his points, which I’ve quote in bulleted format:

    WILL: We can no more expect Mr. Holder to investigate this White House than we could have expected John Mitchell to investigate the Nixon White House. Here’s — we know six things, Chris:
  • We know first the targeting occurred
  • Therefore, second, we know that this is worse than article two of the Nixon impeachment count, which said Nixon endeavored to use the IRS. The IRS back then resisted.
  • Third, we know that this became public in an act of deceit when Lois Lerner planted a question with a friend in an audience to try and get this out on her own terms.
  • Fourth, we know that she has taken the Fifth Amendment because she has a right to do this when she has a reasonable suspicion that there might be criminal activity involved.
  • Fifth, we know that from the timeline you put up today, that there has been 13 months of stonewalling on this.
  • And sixth, now we know that not only her hard drive, but six other people intimately involved in this suddenly crashed in an amazing miraculous coincidence – religions have been founded on less – ten days after the investigation started. That’s why we need a special prosecutor.

I would add one:

  • Seventh, the president of the United States squashed any type of internal federal probe by foreordaining the conclusion when he said the scandal had “not even a smidgen of corruption” to it.

Let’s put this in perspective: The nation’s extraordinarily powerful tax agency targeted the president’s political opponents. This is unequivocal. Evidence that could prove White House or other type of conspiracy has been destroyed. This clearly merits a drop-in from Woodward and Bernstein, which of course can’t happen now.

Oh, wait a second.

WOODWARD: I mean take Benghazi, a highly politicized issue. And I’ve looked at all those e-mails that were released. It takes a day to make sense of them. And if you dig into it, there are unanswered questions. . .

And Carl’s exactly right, you put 10 people on that and you say, go to work. You don’t have to give me the answers tomorrow or the next day, but take your time. The same on the IRS scandal. That is a real issue. Some people should move to Cincinnati and get hotel rooms and say, we’re going to talk to everyone who worked in that division of the IRS.

BERNSTEIN: Also, as happened in Watergate, let some Democrats get up and say, we want a real bipartisan investigation of what happened in Cincinnati, in the IRS. Get it out in the hands of the Republican grandstanders who are trying to make political points instead of conduct a serious investigation, and put together and start to get some facts as happened in Watergate.

But there are not Woodward and Bernsteins for Obama. Too many reporters are sympathetic to the president. And in journalism today, news outlets are unwilling to devote their depleting resources to investigative journalism, which takes time and money and creates the risk that a reporter might not have an update for the website every day.

There will be no special prosecutor. There will be no serious investigative reporting. And we risk having what might be one of the worst crimes ever committed by the executive branch successfully covered up.

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Julie Brueckheimer June 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

George Will is under attack from the left. He has been dropped from at least one media site. That’s what happens when you dare to point out the truth.

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Anonna June 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Yes, and society itself has sped up so much and become content with such superficial information that it itself helps America rush past our Constitutional crisises.

We have become so infatuated with speed that we have sacrificed quality.

Good, fast, and cheap — you can have any two, but you cannot have all three. We have lost the ability to concentrate and take time to create “good.”

Fast and cheap, that’s what we consider normal today.

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Girly1 June 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

The strategy from here on out is stall, delay, obfuscate, demonize the opposition. and send up smoke signals – i.e. global warming, illegal immigration, poverty, LGBT, and fat people.

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Nikon June 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

So true. The liberal press ignores a major issue & it essentially disappears.

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Radegunda June 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Dems are already included in a bipartisan investigation, and they’ve demonstrated that they have no intention of allowing it to be a serious one.

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Darkangel June 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Perhaps. But House Oversight is doing a hearing about this at 7 PM tonight, and there’s a chance I may be able to be there to see it.

It may be a better fireworks show than the 4th of July.

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Lee S June 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I have the answer to get this done. As they continue to interview and put the heat on lower level IT employees, ISSA needs to offer immunity and a large cash reward for a Whistle Blower. Have three levels of reward:

$500,000 that leads to the arrest of IRS personnel for obstruction.
$1,000,000 for the missing emails.
$2,000,000 if the emails incriminate the White House.

This money could also easily be raised in the private sector if one of the big talk radio guys gets involved. Two million is chump change to the Feds these days.

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Sanchez June 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

If we are to listen to the liberals this is a made up issue and nothing to see.

If we are to believe that, how would they explain Lerner pleading the 5th?
For fun and tens of thousands in legal bills just as she settles into retirement and a “fixed income”?

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Mike Lester June 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Jail. That’s the only end point. Someone has to be afraid to go to jail and my guess is that should an investigation go that far the last person would do just that before they implicated America’s first black President.

And a well made gin martini says we’ll never know.

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Lizzy June 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I was thinking in light of all the truly criminal behavior by Obama and
his cabal (including Hildabeast) is there nothing the Left will say that is
too much? Can this inept and dangerous man get away with anything?
What would it take to cause the left to say enough I don’t think they ever would. Very dangerous times ahead.

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Martin June 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Sorry, but none of this matters to members of the Santa Claus party.

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KenoshaMarge June 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

Bernstein isn’t partisan or anything – is he? /s

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Star June 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

Yeah–the grandstanders swipe. If he thinks there is raw meat there, why isn’t he looking into it? Nah.

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