One of the big things that happened while I was on vacation was that the Department of Justice decided, in its infinite, biased, political opinion, that Lois Lerner, the targeter of all groups conservative, did NOTHING wrong. Oh, and no one else did, either, just in case anyone else would be held accountable.
WOW. The Associated Press had the story:
[…] The disclosure set off investigations by the Justice Department and multiple congressional committees, with Republicans routinely pressing FBI and Justice Department officials for updates on the probe — as recently as Thursday — during their visits to Capitol Hill.
“Americans’ faith in government and in the IRS in particular, has been greatly eroded by an administration that when confronted with instances of misconduct appears complicit in shielding those involved from responsibility,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said “Congress will continue to seek accountability for the American people.”
Republicans said the decision to close the investigation without charges, though expected, was especially disappointing given that congressional reviews had identified serious problems with how applications were processed.
A bipartisan review from the Senate Finance Committee in August found management flaws at the IRS contributed to a “dysfunctional culture” that allowed agents to mistreat conservative groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.
The Justice Department’s own investigation echoed some of those same concerns, saying the IRS had used “inept labels” and keywords — including “progressive and “ACORN” — in deciding how to organize tax-exempt applications. And it found poor communication between employees in Cincinnati, who were responsible for identifying the applications for review, and headquarters in Washington — problems made worse by “oversight and leadership lapses by senior managers and senior executive officials.”[…] (Click here to read the rest.)
Frankly, I was shocked. Even for Obama’s Administration, the preponderance of proof against Lerner from emails alone should have been sufficient, even if one ignored the hundreds of groups who have had to pay a price under her “leadership.” It just goes to show that Loretta Lynch is simply a female Eric Holder, as many of us have noted.
But, apparently, there is more than meets the eye on these DOJ/FBI decisions. I happened to catch Judge Andrew Napolitano discussing this issue as well as the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton this morning (Tues.) on Fox and Friends. Here is what the Judge had to say:
[…] “If the FBI recommends indictment and the White House says ‘no,’ you’ll see resignations from the FBI and you’ll probably see enough information about Mrs.Clinton leaked into the media, that it will be just as damaging to her political career as if she had been indicted,” said Napolitano.
The judge said he believes the “White House said no” to an indictment of Lois Lerner, just like in the case of Bowe Bergdahl.
“When the president’s fingerprints are on a criminal prosecution, there is no trial because he could be called as a witness,” he explained.
Now THAT makes more sense to me. That the reason Lerner skated was because the Obama Administration insisted that be the case. My bet is that had this case been pursued, we would have learned the extent of collusion with the White House. So, it isn’t so much that she didn’t do anything wrong as it is the White House got her off the hook.
That said, Judge Napolitano has no doubt that the FBI will do the right thing in pursuing Clinton as noted above. Let’s hope he is right.
Nonetheless, one thing is clear: Lois Lerner has escaped prosecution for her political machinations at the IRS, and that is disturbing on a host of levels. It throws the doors wide open for more shenanigans in the most powerful department in the country as a result, in my opinion that is.
Just once – wouldn’t it be nice if Obama’s DOJ actually cared more about the law and citizens than enabling political cronies? I am not holding my breath, though.
To change gears, I DID hold my breath while on vacation several times. No, I didn’t go swimming. But Suzy and I did go to the National Bison Range on our way back to Spokane. And oh, what an adventure it was.
Why did I hold my breath? Because this 2,000 lb bison came walking right toward me after it finished its dust bath:
Now, I realize you may not get how big this bison is. Let me put it this way: it was at least as big as the Chevrolet SUV we had rented. THAT is how big it was. I stayed as close to the car as I could with the door open, though thankfully, it was just ambling along:
Amazing creature, isn’t it?
While we were driving through the National Bison Range, we also saw some other animals, like this deer nibbling on some yellow flowers:
Isn’t it so, um, dear?
But then we saw something else we had not seen in person before. PRONGHORNS (Suzy took this photo):
And a lot of them, I might add. There were several herds of them:
While I am on the “animals we had never seen before,” there was another animal neither one of us had seen in the wild. That was a bear. This bear loped across the two-lane highway on our way back from Glacier National Park:
Can you believe it?! We never got to see a moose, but I am not complaining. It was a magical time, and there will be more photos to come of our excellent adventure in Montana!
That’s it for me. Your turn. This is an Open Thread.