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IRS Commissioner denies punishing whistleblowers, points finger at DOJ
In a letter to both the majority and minority on the House Ways & Means Committee --- which has jurisdiction over the IRS --- IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel denied intervening with whistleblowers who had come forward with complaints about how the Hunter Biden case was handled.
He said the interference came from the ‘Justice’ Department.
And that’s in line with what the attorneys for the whistleblower, Mark Lytle and Tristan Leavitt, had said in a May 16 letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Their letter is here...
“I want to state unequivocally that I have not intervened --- and will not intervene --- in any way that would impact the status of any whistleblower,” Werfel writes. “...As a general matter and not in reference to any specific case, I believe it is important to emphasize that in any matter involving federal judicial proceedings, the IRS follows the direction of the Justice Department.”
He says in the letter that when he heard on May 16 about the whistleblower’s allegations of retaliation, he contacted the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), but that he can’t say more. “In light of laws and policies designed to protect the integrity of pending proceedings,” he says, “I am unable to provide details on this matter.”
You know, when it comes to the DOJ, I’m not too sure there’s much integrity left to protect.
He does say in the letter that TIGTA confirmed to him that his role as commissioner did not include investigating whistleblower claims. He’s supposed to serve as “a critical guardian of the whistleblower process” and conduct “relevant inquiries,” which do not involve seeking the identity of the yet-unidentified whistleblower, the criminal supervisory special agent heading the whole investigative team (who were also taken off the case).
Bob Hoge adds more in an excellent opinion piece for REDSTATE, noting Werfel’s euphemistic phrase “change in his work assignment” to describe the intervention --- we’ll add that the word “retaliation” wasn’t used --- against the whistleblower. But his attorneys in their letter had said the move was “clearly retaliatory.” Retaliation against a whistleblower is against federal law.
About a month ago, Werfel appeared before Ways & Means and testified, “I can say without any hesitation that there will be no retaliation for anyone making an allegation or a call to a whistleblower hotline.” He might well have added, “...unless the DOJ decides to.”
Recall that a second IRS whistleblower involved in the Hunter case, another member of that investigative team, has come forward with similar allegations. He says he’s been threatened with criminal prosecution. Much more detail, including the nature of the threat of prosecution received by Whistleblower #2 from the Criminal Division of the IRS Washington Field Office, here...
Werfel might claim that the interference is coming from the DOJ, but Lytle and Leavitt specifically point to “IRS leadership” for the intimidation tactics. That will have to be sorted out; whoever did it broke the law. The attorneys say other members of the team have been warned, too, “in an apparent attempt to intimidate into silence anyone who might raise similar concerns.”
Whistleblower #1 will testify in private before Ways & Means this Friday and has also invited members of the Senate Finance Committee to attend as well.
It would be so gratifying to see the entire team of investigators come forward as a group and testify about the interference with the Hunter case. They’re already off the case; what would Merrick Garland do if all the case agents came forward and said, “Here’s what went down...”
But even if we just have these two, “It’s astonishing that the DOJ and IRS continue to act this way toward the whistleblowers knowing their retaliation attempts will be made public,” Hoge writes. “...It’s pretty clear that no one within the Biden administration and the executive agencies it controls has any actual fear of being held accountable.” And he could not have expressed it better when he said that “any Republican who wins in 2024 must make it a priority to rip these agencies to shreds. There is no saving them in their current form.”
RELATED: Right now, President Trump’s attorneys are busy dealing with the ‘Justice’ Department, too, and have requested a meeting with AG Garland over the “unfair,” “baseless,” and “outrageous” investigation by Special Counsel Jack Smith. (If all these investigations have you losing track, this is the one looking into whether Trump “fomented rebellion” on January 6 and also his alleged possession of classified documents at Mar-A-Lago and possible obstruction of the DOJ’s investigation.)
Also, Trump himself had to appear again on Tuesday --- this time on video --- in the Manhattan courtroom of Judge Juan Merchan, where he’s being tried on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records and conspiracy related to making “hush” payments to porn star Stormy Daniels. The judge stopped just short of issuing him a gag order but said in a protective order that he can’t disclose evidence in the case.
Trump pleaded not guilty on all counts in April. Now, as he runs for President, he has to prepare for a trial that’s been set for March 25, 2024 --- months before the 2024 presidential election. He’s supposed to clear his calendar around that time. Golly gee, the Democrats couldn’t have planned this better if they tried. Chalk it up to more election interference by the Democrat Party, right in plain sight once more.
According to FOX NEWS, “Trump can speak publicly about the case but can be held in contempt if he uses evidence turned over by prosecutors to target witnesses and anyone else involved in the case.” So when he’s out on the campaign trail and hears some outrageous lie about him relative to the case (cue Adam Schiff!), and he has evidence that would dispel the lie, he can’t use it or he’ll be held in contempt. Potentially more election interference.
Speaking of liars, California Rep. Eric Swalwell emitted some more gas Tuesday on MSNBC by saying that the GOP House probe into the Biden family’s finances was “lies,” “all nonsense and unwarranted.” Nicolle Wallace chimed in with there was “not a single piece of evidence” against the Biden family. (Really??) It’s all politics to Swalwell; if you have a strong stomach, read his three-step strategy for staying on top of it.
Finally, in light of these stories today about corruption within the ‘Justice’ Department, we’d like to take a look back and salute Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for being the ONLY REPUBLICAN SENATOR, in 2017, to vote against the confirmation of Christopher Wray as FBI Director.
He was the ONLY SENATOR (of either party), in 2013, to vote against the confirmation of James Comey as FBI Director.
In 2021, he also voted against confirming Merrick Garland as attorney general. This time, at least the vote was 70-30. But we applaud him for batting 1000 and wish every other Republican would follow his lead regarding EVERY confirmation.
“America can breathe a sigh of relief that we are finally going to have someone like Merrick Garland leading the Justice Department,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer upon his confirmation. He called Garland “someone with integrity, independence, respect for the rule of law and credibility on both sides of the aisle.”
White House incident
Monday night, a driver crashed a U-Haul truck into security barriers near the White House. Nobody was injured and the truck contained no weapons or explosives, but he’s facing charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, destruction of federal property, trespassing and "threaten to kill/kidnap/inflict harm on a President/VP/family member."
There are reports that he was making threatening comments on the scene and that there was a Nazi flag in the truck. But that aroused suspicions from some on the right that this sounds like a political theater stunt to bolster the anti-MAGA leftist narrative. J.D. Rucker of The Liberty Daily noted that when an Islamic extremist shouts “Allahu Akbar” before an attack, or a trans person writes a “manifesto” before opening fire at a Christian school, the media insist the motives are unclear, but they’ll leap on this as proof of Biden’s absurd claim that “white supremacy” is the biggest terrorist threat to America.
The fact is, at this writing, we don’t know the person’s motivations. All we know is that the alleged redneck white supremacist driver has now been identified as 19-year-old Sai Varshith Kandula of Chesterfield, Missouri.
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If you are a parent and you still have any questions about just how little regard the Democrats have for your rights, then ponder this:
North Carolina’s Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper just declared a “state of emergency” to prevent the GOP legislature from passing a veto-proof bill to give parents school choice.
In a classic Democrat move of destroying democracy to “save democracy,” Cooper issued a video statement in which he declared:
"It’s time to declare a State of Emergency for public education in North Carolina. There’s no Executive Order like with a hurricane or the pandemic, but it’s no less important. It’s clear that the Republican legislature is aiming to choke the life out of public education. I’m declaring this state of emergency because you need to know what’s happening. If you care about public schools in North Carolina, it’s time to take immediate action and tell them to stop the damage that will set back our schools for a generation."
Cooper’s outrageous power grab and his likening of giving parents control of the education of their kids to a deadly natural disaster was met with swift and understandable fury. One critic said the real emergency should have been declared “when the state was in the bottom third of states reopening schools and depriving children of the education they needed,” not after parents finally got involved and demanded better.
It’s also stunningly two-faced, since, as one school choice advocate pointed out, “This hypocrite sent his own kid to a private school.”
Also from the article, in case there are any minority or low-income parents who are still laboring under the delusion that the Democrats give a flying fig about you:
“He has also attempted to end the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program which provides vouchers to lower and middle-income students.”
I should thank Cooper for giving us such a shining example to point to of what the Democrat Party has become: an organization owned lock, stock and barrel by powerful interest groups like teachers’ unions, and that wails and cries about “our democracy” while secretly feeling horror and panic at the idea of the people and their elected representatives deciding their own destiny instead of having a bunch of undeserving elitists like him dictate it to them.
The root cause of this behavior is…
Sunday in the Chicago suburb of Tinsley Park, the final day of the Armed Forces Weekend Carnival (a family-friendly event honoring the military) was canceled after about 400 teenagers ran through the parking lot, fighting with each other, causing chaos and injuring one police officer. The flash mob was organized on social media to deliberately disrupt and ruin the event, and they did. They ruined it for everyone, showing zero respect for parents, kids, police or the military members who put their lives at risk to protect those teenagers’ right to be obnoxious, ungrateful little jerks.
Naturally, a lot of people are talking about the “root cause” of all this recent rotten juvenile behavior in Chicago. You could point to a lot of contributing factors, from social media to replacing moral instruction with leftist politics. But I think the major problem can be found hiding in this sentence from a Facebook statement by city officials:
“Police released most of the teenagers back into the custody of their parents, but five were issued citations for fighting in public.”
There were 400 of them, and all were released except for five who were given tickets. Wow, that will teach them about consequences!
Take a stand against this madness
A California female high school track athlete who complained about being denied a place in the state finals after being beaten by a male who “identifies” as female is getting attacked online and her name is being withheld for fear she’ll be subject to doxing and bullying by those poor, oppressed “trans” activists. But one of her parents made their feelings clear by accusing the “trans” runner, “Athena Ryan,” of being a narcissist and a cheater. Sounds about right. Another girl even had to claim the “thumb’s down” she gave wasn’t aimed at him (under the circumstances, he’s lucky it wasn’t some other digit.)
And before anyone starts sending me angry tweets about how “trans” women don’t have a physical advantage, Jennifer Van Laar at Redstate.com looked up the stats and found that if the “trans” winner had competed in the boys’ races, even with his season best time, he still would’ve come in dead last.
I’m glad to see women finally starting to take a stand against this madness. A male-bodied cyclist who beat all the female competitors to win a 100-mile desert cycling race was photographed alone on the winner’s stand when the women refused to pose next to him.
This person could have entered the “nonbinary” category but preferred to race against women, I assume because there might have been other men in the “nonbinary” category. He beat the second-place female finisher by a whopping 17 minutes. Astoundingly, he played innocent and posted on Instagram that “I have no idea why so many people bailed before the podiums, but they did. I swear I wasn’t the only one in my age group.” I’ll bet he was the only one with male genitalia.
As one female cyclist put it, “The silent protests are starting!” All well and good, but enough with being silent. Women shouldn’t let men bully them into silence, even if those men are wearing dresses and claim to be women. Don’t just boycott the winner’s stand, boycott every sporting event until the organizers realize you refuse to play along with this garbage anymore. Let them see how many tickets they can sell or TV deals they can sign for “women’s sports” featuring nothing but three or four long-haired dudes.
Tracking Woke Companies
I’ve long argued that I’m not a big fan of political boycotts of companies because they usually end up hurting the workers who have nothing to do with the actions of their dumb liberal bosses. However, in the past couple of years, many “woke” corporations have gone far beyond simply expressing a political view or donating to some group conservatives disagree with.
These companies don’t just express a different opinion, they’re siding with people who want to destroy American society and are slapping their core customers right in the face and insulting their values and faith. Under those circumstances, I think you would be perfectly justified in taking your business elsewhere rather than turning the other cheek so they can smack that one, too.
Here are a couple of the latest examples:
The Los Angeles Dodgers are holding their 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16th (because that’s what baseball is all about.) They initially disinvited a group of drag queens called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence because they were so offensive to Catholics. They dress as nuns, mock Catholic religious beliefs and do sacrilegious things with Crucifixes. Catholics called them “anti-Catholic bigots.” But after getting the expected screeching accusations of homophobia for trying to observe basic standards of decency, the Dodgers management caved, reinvited the group, and issued a groveling apology, which Sen. Marco Rubio accurately described as “disgraceful.”
If you are a Catholic, or a Christian of any denomination, and you’re fed up with the perpetual indulgence of a sick, hateful, tiny minority at the expense of the majority of Americans, why in the world would you ever spend another penny to support the Dodgers? They picked their team, and they passed us over, so why root for them?
Also, as I’ve written just recently and on previous occasions, it’s not news that Target is a left-leaning corporation. They were the first major chain to invite biological men to come into bathrooms and fitting rooms with women and young girls, and that was several years ago when that insanity was just getting started.
Since then, Target has only been ratcheting the woke lunacy up, until they’re now selling “transgender” clothing for babies and young kids and kids’ T-shirts that are accused of promoting Satanism. They’ve also reportedly partnered with a “gay trans man” designer whose pins and clothing promote Satanism, abortion and beheading “homophobes.”
In short, if you don’t want to enrich people who are targeting your values, your religious beliefs and your children, I think you would be justified in shopping with some other retailer.
And if you think voting with your dollars won’t hurt these corporations, guess again. They need to learn that they’ve sided with a tiny fraction of the population while attacking and insulting the majority of their customers. If they can’t understand why that’s stupid, maybe their stockholders will point it out to them.
Well, this will certainly convince Arizonans that their system isn’t rigged. After Kari Lake’s attorneys presented whistleblower testimony and video and official records evidence to show that the legally-required signature verification of at least 274,000 mail-in ballots in Maricopa County could not possibly have been completed legitimately (the signatures were "verified” at the rate of one every three seconds or less), Judge Peter Thompson dismissed the case.
Thompson ruled that the testimony showed that signature verification did take place “in some fashion.” Which is sort of like a ballroom dance contest judge awarding first place to someone with St. Vitus Dance, because that is a "dance," in some fashion.
None of this should be surprising, nor should the news that Lake intends to appeal this jaw-dropping ruling all the way to the state Supreme Court.
Someone alert the DNC!
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You can browbeat them, bully them, tell them they’re toxic and threaten to emasculate them, but teenage boys are still teenage boys, thank God. And some of them in Lake Oswego, Oregon, made it abundantly clear what they think of the absolute idiocy of putting a tampon dispenser in the boy’s bathroom.
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05/24/2023 05:00 PM
Kari's argument that 3sec per signature is not complying with the law is weak, unfortunately. too easy, as demonstrated by this judge, to dismiss it. she really needs to look at a large % of the mail-in ballots and see how well they did at matching signatures. but i think she already tried that and they paraded out some 10,000 pristine signatures... or maybe at least compare rejection rates to other elections. so hard to beat the (corrupt) system these days.
05/24/2023 03:09 PM
Regarding "Tracking Woke Companies", I wish my boycott of Target would be felt, but I stopped shopping there years ago when they first changed their bathroom policy. I did not feel safe shopping there anymore, knowing that if I made a restroom stop I could be assaulted by a man pretending to be a woman.
05/24/2023 02:38 PM
As the old saying goes, "I want to believe," but common sense and truth seem to be getting in the way. So, if you could answer one question for me maybe My mind could be changed. In regards to the "Transsexual" claims and males competing in female sports. How do they manage changing their XY chromosomes to XX, and from XX to XY for females wishing to be males? It would seem to me the simple answer is if your chromosomes are XX then you play female sports and if you are XY you play male sports. That would make sense to me. Does it make sense to you? It seems to me the whole transsexual ideology is based on a big lie. Thank you for letting me voice my opinion.
05/24/2023 02:17 PM
Gov. Huckabee: Hillary Clinton just last week said if Trump become president it would be the end of our democracy and deserves intervention, Again, Clinton wants to interfere in a presidential election, as she did in 2016, and this time she is telling us. Will America's people let Hillary and the FBI interfere in a presidential election again in 2024?
05/24/2023 02:16 PM
Governor: Are you ever going to take issue with the Woke company Hallmark and their slow infiltration of the LGBTQ characters into their movies and Series like 'Ride'?????
05/24/2023 02:09 PM
I'm amazed its taken this long to recognize the obvious contradiction of "trans" men competing in womens' athletic events. When I was competing in swimming as a young man we had very specific rules about how to swim our strokes, how to start, turn, and how to end our races. The reason was to prevent any swimmer from having even a millisecond advantage over another aside from physical strength and swimming skill. The officials were sharp and alert and if we violated those rules in competition it would be noticed and we would be disqualified. Now we allow men, who have a significant advantage, to compete with women and no one, other than the women competitors, sees any irony there.
05/24/2023 01:56 PM
I am happy to see many your standing up against the filth coming out of DC, state governments and alphabet agencies. Where are the adults in the room? Too many church leaders have put the people to sleep for the shekel. I pray for God to move mightily. I understand Guantanamo and Huntsville can handle the many in the UniParty.