McCain & Lerner: Sunday’s Comic

McCain’s Staff Urged IRS To Engage In “Financially Ruinous” Targeting

On Thursday, Judicial Watch released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”

Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.

The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups……

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  1. From Wikipedia: The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
    The five senators – Alan Cranston (Dem CA),
    Dennis DeConcini (Dem AZ),
    John Glenn (Dem OH),
    John McCain (Rep AZ),
    and Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (Dem MI) –
    were accused of improperly intervening in 1987 on behalf of Charles H. Keating, Jr., Chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which was the target of a regulatory investigation by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB). The FHLBB subsequently backed off taking action against Lincoln.

    Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in 1989, at a cost of $3.4 billion to taxpayers. Some 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many investors lost their life savings. The substantial political contributions Keating had made to each of the senators, totaling $1.3 million, attracted considerable public and media attention. After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee determined in 1991 that Cranston, DeConcini, and Riegle had substantially and improperly interfered with the FHLBB’s investigation of Lincoln Savings, with Cranston receiving a formal reprimand. Senators Glenn and McCain were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised “poor judgment”.

    All five senators served out their terms. Only Glenn and McCain ran for re-election, and they both retained their seats. McCain would go on to run for President of the United States twice, and was the Republican Party nominee in 2008. As of 2018, he is still a senator.

  2. It started with a spoiled kid who caused 133 men on an Aircraft Carrier to die and watched it from down below deck then took off. Shocking, he should have been thrown in the BRIG. Read J J McCarthy…”The real Mc Cain”

  3. When you vote for Governor in the Republican primary and the general election, foremost in your mind should be that Governor Ducey`s best political allies and friends are Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. NO self respecting Republican should vote for Ducey`s re-election and no conservative should even consider it.

  4. Since everyone seems to think term limits is out of reach, QUIT VOTING THE SAME ASSES BACK IN OFFICE! Especially here in Pima County.

  5. The Constitution has built in term limits…’s called voting. Unfortunately people like Albert talk big talk but continue to vote for people like Bronson. Some people just can’t see the forest for the trees.

  6. Open a criminal case and imprison both already … Please. I’m almost done having hope on my govt. employees doing their job for us and not themselves.

  7. This is nothing new. The IRS was used during the Red Scare days against suspected leftists, labor leaders, etc. It’s all about abuse of power by whoever has it, left or right, against their perceived enemies. “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It’s taken me awhile, but term limits on elected officials seems like one possible way to slow them down.

    • Albert term limits may have slowed them down had they started then, now is now and now is to late…

    • Albert, I agree a long time ago term limits might have helped some of the corruption that is going on at all levels of government, but I don’t think that they could help now. I am very afraid the Republic as you and I knew here is in very deep trouble and is getting ready to go under for the third time. The other issue is the constitutional convention. I just don’t see that happening let alone get enough states votes to put term limits in place. BTW, how are you doing in your fight?

      • One day at a time I’m doing okay, learning new limits, dammit! But the myeloma is stable, even if I’m not….lol. Hard sometimes to know what aches and pains are the cancer and what’s just being 80 years old! Thanks for asking.

        • I thought he was asking you about your fight against the US Constitution, against capitalism and the rights of individuals to pursuit happiness and their right to work, your fight against growth wherever that may be and your quest to end economic opportunity for our youth, your fight for a Red America!

  8. I was on the board of a local nonprofit who applied for exempt status with the IRS (during the Lerner years.). I saw with my own two eyes the total nonsense the IRS used to come after us the deny us exempt status. We were a small local faith based organization. Two years later we finally obtained our demon status. Looking back I always knew the Obama administration was in on it. But when I read about McCain I had one more reason not to like him as a politician. Now I know he was vindictive all along.

  9. Two peas in a pod. A small, weak minded RINO and another idiot bureaucrat who didn’t have enough guts to tell little Johnnie or Obama to stick it. Can’t wait to see what comes out after McCain’s death about the RINO movement in the house and senate that is squarely against improving the living conditions of the people of this country. The RINO’s want call the Dims obstructionists but all they need to do is look in the mirror to see the real obstructionists. We have met the enemy and they are us, right little Johnnie?

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