In Galesburg, Il., Obama suggested Washington should stop focusing on an “endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals”. He repeated the line about “phony scandals on 7/25, 7/27. It’s his administration strategy to change the subject. Jay Carney cautioning Washington not to be “buffeted about” by “fake scandals”. The next day, Carney spoke about “phony scandals” that have “captured the attention of many here in DC. Carney told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “it shouldn’t be on the skirmishes that cause gridlock, it shouldn’t be on the phony scandals that have consumed so much attention here, all to come ton naught.” Which scandals. Exactly are the phony ones?? Is one of them the IRS extra scrutiny of conservatives? Dan Pfeiffer says, is what Obama and Carney mean by calling the scandal phony: it’s grounded in anti-Obama politics, not substance.
Investigations are still underway, but what it’s revealed since the scandal broke doesn’t square with Pfeiffers explanation. IRS employees testified that Loris Lerner “ordered Tea Party cases to got through a multilayer review that included her senior adviser and the IRS chief counsel’s office. The chief counsel is on of two positions at the IRS appointed by the president, and incumbent William Wilkins met with the president at the white house several times. It there’s no connection what so-ever between the IRS’ s malpractice and the white house, the principals in the administration haven’t been forthcoming with evidence to that effect.
Jack Lew refused to say whether he had asked Wilkins about his role in targeting conservative groups. ”I am leaving the investigation to the proper people who do investigations.” But testimony from IRS employees and testimony form IRS employees and the public silence of Lerner and Lew have led republicans to push for more information. “if it were phony then why did Lois Lerner take the 5th.
Obama himself didn’t always consider the IRS scandal phony. In May he called the “misconduct” uncovered by the agency’s inspector general “inexcusable”.
“Americans are right to be angry about it and I am angry about it”, the president said, “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the AIRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives”. Obama added he would direct Lew to ask the acting IRS commissioner to step down. Steven Miller resigned, Joseph Grant retired early. If as the administration now contends the scandals was nothing more than republicans trying to score points, why did it force these officials out?
The administration refers to phony scandals” in the plural, they’ve shut up about Benghazi.
Source—weekly standard, michaeal warren,foxnews