The Dirty Secret Behind Why Republicans Refuse to Give Lois Lerner Immunity

Darrell Issa

Sometimes a thing is so obvious it burns. But no one sees it because it’s been pre-framed in such a way that everyone is busy examining the defense and missing the offense. So it is with the fake IRS “scandal”, that I warned from the beginning appeared to be an attempt to work the refs for Karl Rove’s Crossroads and other conservative dark money groups, as we now know is true. Why did I make that claim? Logic.

It’s a simple exercise of what was going on at the time that the unsubstantiated and inaccurate claims were made. The IRS was investigating Crossroads. Who would it benefit if the narrative was established that the Obama administration was targeting conservatives? Dark money conservative groups. Whose playbook is this? Karl Rove. Accuse first, loudly, of what you are doing in order to exhaust the public of the subject, so that when the facts finally come out no one is paying attention. The inaccurate headlines “inform” the public: “Obama IRS scandal”.

I’ve also been saying that I suspect Lois Lerner was set up by the GOP to make these accusations in the first place. Everyone is focused on the ball the Republicans threw at the Obama administration, so they’re saying, gee it looks like Lois Lerner wasn’t working on the orders of anyone high up in the Obama administration. But that’s totally missing the forest for the trees.

Darrell Issa misled the public. There is no evidence that anyone in the Obama administration gave an order to the IRS and Lois Lerner, because conservatives were not being targeted. So now that we have cleared that up, and it’s been cleared up for months, that leaves us with Lois Lerner and the Republicans accusing her of all kinds of things because she won’t testify.

Issa went on Fox News and said Lerner would be testifying, when he knew she wouldn’t be. He did this in a way that suggested that Obama was close to being “caught”, and then he played surprised when she refused to testify, just like her attorney told everyone she would do. This move was that perfect Fox News move of suggesting guilt and conspiracy without saying it.

Republicans pretended to be outraged that she wouldn’t testify, suggesting with their puffed up pointed fingers that if only she would testify, they would have a case against Obama and the IRS.

But Republicans could fix all of that by giving Lois Lerner immunity.

Is there anyone remotely sane and awake in this country who believes that if Darrell Issa and/or any Republican had a chance at a real smoking Obama gun, they would turn it down?

Andrew Rosenthal noted in the New York Times on Monday that Chris Wallace actually asked the Republican Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight why they haven’t offered Lois Lerner immunity if hard facts is what they are after (my bold):

Mr. Wallace did not let that go. He said many people, “including Republicans,” think that Mr. Boustany’s committee (House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight)and the other dog-with-a-bone panel in the House, headed by Representative Darrell Issa, “have blown” the I.R.S. investigation.

“I mean, let’s face it,” Mr. Wallace said, “nobody really cares what Lois Lerner did, the question is did she get it from higher ups or just the decision by a mid level bureaucrat in the IRS?”

He asked why the committee didn’t give Ms. Lerner immunity and ask a simple question: “were you given direction by anybody above you?”

Mr. Boustany deigned to admit that Mr. Wallace was raising a “debatable point” that was “worthy of discussion.” But the Fox anchor again did not let him slide. “You’ve had a year sir,” he said. “You’ve had a year.”

Why wouldn’t Republicans want an answer to this question: “Were you given direction by anybody above you?”

Darrell Issa says he wants the truth. Republicans claim they wasted all of these resources and $14 million and counting in taxpayer money for the “truth”, and yet when the “truth” is in arm’s reach, they run away.

So a logical person is left to ask, why won’t they give her immunity?

And from there, she blew the whistle publicly on something that was not happening. Where did she get the idea that this was happening? What or who prompted her to make this bizarre public declaration?

Who benefited from the declaration?

And you see, the answer to these questions leads us right back to the very people who are benefiting from this false narrative/scandal, who have already been found guilty of deliberately misleading the public by refusing to release full transcripts that would have proven them wrong, in order to advance their false narrative. Republicans have established a pattern of misleading the public in service of establishing a false Obama scandal (e.g., not allowing certain testimony on TV, Benghazi emails, not calling experts who can really answer their questions, etc.), so it would be rather ignorant to pretend that it couldn’t have happened earlier as well. In fact, it would be an anomaly at this point if the Republicans were being honest in their witch hunts.

Unlike Republicans, we don’t say a thing is so just because it makes sense and the evidence suggests it. Facts matter. But they could clear all of this up simply by granting her immunity and asking her who, if anyone, gave her any direction regarding this “scandal”?

18 Replies to “The Dirty Secret Behind Why Republicans Refuse to Give Lois Lerner Immunity”

  1. Yeah, Lois Lerner in league with Issa, makes sense. Why else would she say something which she knew wasn’t true?

    Take the fifth after helping to further the narrative of Obama is bad, and to avoid prosecution for her part in the setup for this so-called scandal.

    Devious, very devious indeed.

  2. Hey DJ, I modified my post so that it would be more clear what I was saying and when I try to save it, it disappears.

    Sorry, now it’s back up in its original form.

  3. I hope to clarify my post.

    I am saying that it is feasible to me that Lois Lerner purposely stated RWs were being targeted to help feed the narrative of President Obama using the IRS for targeting opponents when she knew it was not so, and then pleading the fifth; that is devious, but not out of the realm of possibilities for RWs.

    I like Sarah’s articles because she makes me think even more than I already do.

  4. The long and short of Issa not granting immunity is simple:

    Lerner would testify to the truth which Issa does not want known because it would blow his phony scandal out of the water…….

    Also -and to continue his fraud – refer the matter to DOJ for prosecution for contempt of Congress…..

    When Issa already knows 99% of these referrals are NEVER prosecuted…….

    Thus allowing Issa to scream…..COVER UP by the corrupt and lawless Obama Administration……

    For those who follow D.C. politics this is an outrageous abuse of power and prostitutes the function of Congress……

    For the ignorant – of which this country has too many of – it is “shocking” for some and “red meat” for the others……..

    The whole thing I find sickening……

  5. I can’t speculate whether Issa and Lerner are in collusion. I don’t see where she benefits. I do know that Issa refusing to grant immunity makes no sense. If someone says give me immunity and I will tell all, then do it to get to the truth. She’s a relatively small fish anyway.

    Just more of Issa and crews smoke and mirrors. I think they need to appoint a special counsel to look into Issa and abuse of power.

  6. Speaker boehner knows everyone knows about Issa and his actions. And all he can do is praise the fellow. Ever wonder why you have no credibility Boehner?

  7. Shiva have you seen the electile dysfuntion campaign ad against Boehner? It’s kind of crude but definitely an attention getter.

  8. Let’s get the facts correct. IRS was NOT investigating ANYONE. Every one of those groups had applied – APPLIED -for a 501-c-4 tax exempt status. They went TO the IRS, the IRS did not go after them.

    When you apply for a tax exemption, of COURSE you are investigated. That is the job the IRS is assigned to DO. My organization applied in the 1990s. We went through it. That is the process.

    Why this ‘investigation’ by Issa is so pernicious is that the IRS did its job. By saying the IRS was ‘investigating’ Crossroads, you are stating a MISTRUTH and feeding the beast. Ms. Lerner’s office if targeted therefore for NO REASON at all. Do not mis-state the facts. The IRS did nothing wrong at all. In fact if they had NOT done the inquiries into the legitimacy of the c-4 applications they would have been violating the regulations.

    Ms. Lerner provided all the documents, was prepared to testify but simply asked for a one week delay.That’s all.

  9. I’m with you….it is sickening, but, until enough people realize that the Republican Party is corrupt beyond any rehabilitation and that Progressives and Moderates need to start voting for the group of politicians that truly represent them, Democrats, we’re going to be subject to more of this BS.
    There’s another element to this: the GOP voters use the “False Equivalence” argument to justify voting for Republicans, under the bogus notion that, “because both parties are the same, it doesn’t matter that I vote for Republicans”…that’s also sickening

  10. You are correct, Churchlady320… in my Facebook note “A quick debunking of GOP-manufactured scandals”, I made that same point. I also state the truth that this is a settled matter: the supervisor of the Cincinnati office, a Bush 43 appointee and admitted Conservative Republican, confirmed that no one from the administration even talked to him about the situation, let alone give him any orders. He stated that he was simply following IRS regulations. Finally, another piece of truth the GOP don’t want to acknowledge: although all stripes of “social welfare” organizations were investigated, only one, a Liberal/ Progressive church in California, was denied tax-exempt status. That was done despite the painfully obvious fact that the GOP/Con/Teaidiot organizations are political organizations….
    One of the 10 Tenets of the GOP is corruption… does anyone have an INTELLIGENT argument based on the TRUTH to refute my correct statement?!?

  11. “So a logical person is left to ask, why won’t they give her immunity?”

    They say that lawyers and politicians never ask a question unless they already know the answer.

    It’s not a huge stretch to figure out that if the GOP doesn’t give her immunity in order to ask her the questions, it’s because they already know what she has to say and it doesn’t help their case, hence the GOP actually GAINS by not having her testify: while her testimony would make the GOP look foolish, her silence allows the GOP to play the conspiracy card where all Obama horror scenarios are thrown to the public’s face!

  12. Not exactly…..

    It would be more accurate to say Issa put pressure on the IG to frame his report in a manner Issa agreed to………and then Issa released but sections of the report he wished to make public and fought the release of the entire report…….

    It might be better to say Issa put undue pressure on a civil service employee who just wanted to be able to go home without worry of all the death threats as a result of offending the Radical RW…..

    IMHO…….I cannot blame him for thinking of himself first over being “principled”

  13. My question to those who actually believe that both parties are the same is this: If both parties are the same, why are Republicans using every dirty trick in their evil playbook to keep Democrats from voting? The same question goes to all those who think their vote doesn’t count. The Republicans are just too wrong to call themselves right. They can fool the idiots who believe every word, but those are dumbest in the country anyway. They’re just much better at playing dirty because that’s what they are – dirty.

  14. Your comment makes the most sense. rethugs do not want to hear the truth and they know the answer to the questions asked of Lerner. So why give immunity to answers they don’t want to hear?

  15. I didn’t know the why’s and why-fors…..but I did know, that if the so called fascist rightwing had anything, anything at all against President Obama…well you know the rest of the lay out.

    So….my big question is, when is it going to end with these goofy rightwing criminals? I mean, it is almost like being locked away in a lunatic asylum with those greedy me-ist.

    In the mean time, nothing for the country is getting done, except for the nut cases out there in Nevada(Bundy) and in Kansas destroying the very fiber of America and of course, the rich getting richer.

  16. You can’t claim to love the constitution then attempt to jail someone for exercising their 5th amendment rights. The courts will have to get involved to stop it. There’s no reason for the republicans to use the full force of government to compel a citizen to forego her rights– that is the very definition of tyranny. Immunity is a possible option but even so that doesn’t trump her 5th amendment right to remain silent.

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