A phony scandal, huh?
The IRS announced Friday that a bunch of Lois Lerner’s emails, pertaining to the targeting of conservative political groups, have somehow been lost.
For a lot of older people, this mysterious disappearance seems eerily similar to the series of events that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon.
Conservatives are outraged at the IRS’ disclosure late Friday that it had lost a trove of former administrator Lois Lerner’s emails on the targeting of tea party groups, with one critic likening it to the infamous gap in a tape of President Richard Nixon’s conversations during the Watergate scandal.
“Liars. They’re such liars. Unbelievable,” charged Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell, who is representing several groups in a federal lawsuit over the targeting in their applications for tax-exempt status. “This is outrageous. They’re lying.
“This is like the 18-and-a-half minutes in Rose Mary Woods’ tape,” Mitchell said, referring to the gap in the audio tape of a June 20, 1972, conversation believed to have been held between Nixon and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman. “It’s ridiculous. I just don’t believe them.”
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, one of the groups that received its tax-exempt status after suing the IRS, said the revelation “doesn’t pass the smell test and smacks of obstruction of justice.”
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which is representing 41 targeted groups in a federal lawsuit against the IRS, said “this is insanity.”
“Hollywood couldn’t write a script with any more scandal and intrigue than what is unfolding in the IRS targeting scandal,” he said in a report on the organization’s website.
And Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, suggested that the White House was being dishonest in saying that the emails were lost.
“Isn’t it convenient for the Obama administration that the IRS now says it has suddenly realized it lost Lois Lerner’s emails requested by Congress and promised by Commissioner John Koskinen?” the California Republican asked in a statement. “Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they’re just now realizing the most critical time period is missing?”