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211344-conservative-groups-take-the-irs-to-courtThe Hill:

Legal experts say grassroots conservative groups shouldn’t expect too much out of a pair of IRS hearings in federal district court this week.


Two conservative organizations – Judicial Watch and True the Vote –won hearings over the missing emails of Lois Lerner, shifting the center of action on the IRS investigation this week from the Capitol to a federal district courthouse.



Conservatives call the hearings an early step to getting IRS officials under oath to discuss why the agency was unable to recover all of Lerner’s emails from 2009 to 2011, something the IRS chalks up to a hard drive crash.

Lerner, the former chief of an IRS division overseeing tax-exempt groups, kicked off the Tea Party controversy in May 2013 by apologizing for the agency’s treatment of Tea Party groups.Scissors-32x32.png

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Audit the IRS!


By Post Editorial Board

July 6, 2014 | 10:01pm


True the Vote has an idea that is the fantasy of every taxpayer who’s ever found himself sitting opposite an imperious tax collector: Audit the IRS.


On Thursday, the IRS will have to persuade federal Judge Reggie Walton why this shouldn’t happen.


True the Vote calls itself “the nation’s largest nonpartisan, voters’ rights and election integrity organization.” It is one of the conservative outfits whose application for nonprofit status was targeted by IRS authorities. And in its motion asking for an outside specialist in data recovery to be permitted to conduct a forensic audit into the lost Lois Lerner e-mails, True the Vote makes an eminently reasonable case: Scissors-32x32.png



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Where's Jim Comey?


The FBI director didn't tell Congress about the missing emails.


Updated July 7, 2014 7:29 p.m. ET

Congressional investigators keep uncovering troubling facts in the IRS political targeting scandal, which makes us wonder: Where is that independent and intrepid G-Man James Comey ?


The FBI director told the HouseJudiciary Committee on June 11 that his agency's IRS investigation—ordered a year ago by Attorney General Eric Holder —is still "very active" and "something I get briefed on a regular basis." We'd like to know how he defines "regular" because two days later the IRS finally disclosed that it had "lost" emails sent by former IRS tax-exempt chief Lois Lerner and six other IRS employees. Mr. Comey failed to disclose this mysterious loss of evidence in his testimony.


Some in Congress are beginning to wonder if there is any investigation at all. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan noted in a letter to Mr. Comey last month that "one of the FBI's first actions in its criminal investigation" should be "to identify and seize all documents relating to Ms. Lerner.Scissors-32x32.png


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