Do you believe this?
Of course, there was no evidence of politcal favoritism. The IG refuted the IRS claim that both conservative and liberal groups were equally reviewed. It was admitted that the cases were referred to the IRS General Counsel in DC. There was unrefutable testimony from an individual who was targeted by the IRS, and other agencies, after the IRS started reviewing the non-profit application. None of this would indicate any wrong-doing.Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday that there is no evidence that the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea-party applications was politically motivated.
“With all of the investigation that’s gone on, there has been no evidence of any political decision making in the IRS,” Lew told CBS’s Scott Pelley in an interview set to air Wednesday evening. Lew ascribed the scrutiny that tea-party applications received to “bad judgment” on the part of agency officials. “The president said that. I said that. We put in place a new acting commissioner who has done what he was asked to do to get to the bottom of it and to go forward building a strong IRS that the public can be confident in.”
The acting commissioner, Danny Werfel, is in the midst of investigating the targeting scandal, as are the FBI, the Department of Justice, and several congressional committees. None of them, to date, have revealed evidence that the targeting was motivated by political animus, but Republican lawmakers in particular have made clear that their probes are, at this point, incomplete.
Asked whether any political appointee has been implicated in the scandal — Pelley was clearly referring to the IRS’s chief counsel, William Wilkins, whose office was involved in drafting the guidelines used to process tea-party applicaitons — Lew responded, “There has been no evidence of anyone in a political position having been involved in any of those decisions.”
The IRS investigated itself ... just as DOJ investigated itself and found no wrong-doing. And the POTUS then stands up and calls all of this "phony scandals". Nobody is being held accountable for anything, anywhere ... not even incompetence, much less for civil rights violations. (Not even considering the waste of taxpayer money for all the parties and travel expenses.)
What good is Congressional oversight? They can enforce no real penalties. Those in Congress who do the investigating are vilified, and then have to face the voters. The bureaucrats get off scott free keeping their jobs and their benefits; even being promoted for their poor judgment (at the very least). The Executive branch rules.
Then the POTUS goes on his speaking tour and claims DC is out of touch ... he distances himself from "DC", while he is the most high profile figure in DC. Where are his executive orders for fixing some of these agencies? Nope. He's campaigning to remove the sequester cuts and raising the debt ceiling.