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Imperial Bureaucrat: Lois Lerner denies everything

Imperial Bureaucrat: Lois Lerner denies everything

Media savvy Lerner speaks to Politico, but not Congress.

Lois Lerner broke her silence in an interview at Politico, according to Politico: Exclusive: Lois Lerner breaks silence.

More properly framed, Lerner repeated to Politico the same broad denials she made on the record in a House hearing just before pleading the 5th to avoid having those broad denials subjected to questioning.

Here’s her House statement, just before pleading the 5th for the first of two times:

Here’s an excerpt from Lerner’s Politico interview: [___________].

That blank is there for a reason — the Politico article was less an interview than a characterization of an interview. No transcript or even extensive quotation, other than some snippets, most of which concern Lerner’s hurt feelings rather than the facts of what she did, what she knew, and when she knew it.

Here’s the conclusion to the Politico article:

But Lerner tears up describing how her legal team has become friends, willing to listen to her vent.

Then, in a flash, she’s defiant again, saying she’s “not going to let them ruin my life.”

They refuse to move from their home. And when Lerner leaves the house, she doesn’t try to hide by wearing sunglasses or a headscarf, though “someone told me maybe I should get a blond wig.”

Of course, that also means she can’t escape public humiliation when she is recognized. She’s been berated by strangers and told she is “going to be put away in the deepest, darkest dungeon, and they were going to lock me up and throw away the key.”

Maybe someday she’ll write a book. Maybe not. She doesn’t know when, or if, she’ll tell the full story of what happened, though she assures POLITICO that “you don’t hear half of what happened because they are picking and choosing.”

Asked what she’d say if she could tell the world anything, she reiterated her innocence. Then, as she starts to get up to walk away from the interview, she added: “And, oh, one more thing: I’m doing just fine.”

The Politico article has been excoriated as a puff piece, and that it is. But it’s more. It’s a reflection of how savvy Lerner is, how she is able to manipulate not just tax exempt approvals, but also the congressional oversight system.

Lerner knows that to a large extent congressional oversight and findings of contempt are empty threats.  So Lerner feels comfortable reading a statement professing her innocence while refusing to “testify,” and to spreading her word via Politico while never subjecting herself to proper cross-examination.

Lerner is the Imperial Bureaucrat, secure in the knowledge that she is all but untouchable in the warm embrace of a Democratic administration which sees not a smidgen of corruption despite the facts the administration itself has admitted or produced.

The Treasury Department Inspector General Report catalogued some of the abuses:

The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy position instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention. Ineffective management:

1) allowed inappropriate criteria to be developed and stay in place for more than 18 months,
2) resulted in substantial delays in processing certain applications, and
3) allowed unnecessary information requests to be issued

Liberal groups were not targeted this way, the IG admitted.

Yet, to the administration in which Lerner served, it’s all just a Republican conspiracy theory.

To the victims, it was very real.

Lerner was at the center of all this, but was careful to try to cover her tracks. Lerner told others “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails.”  The hunt for those missing, then not missing, then missing again, then not missing again emails has consumed congressional time and effort.

Lerner even contrived how the scandal was disclosed, planting a question at a Bar Association public meeting so that she could appear to have come clean voluntarily.

Lerner also made sure that “low level” employees in the Cincinnati office initially were blamed, while she knew better.

It’s said that in jest there is truth. Lerner joked how she hoped for a D.C. office job with a pro-Obama organizing group.

Lerner email Organizing for Action

Why isn’t Lois Lerner worried now? Why is there no contrition? Why does she feel safe talking to Politico?

Because Lerner knows that the Imperial Bureaucracy will protect one of its Imperial Bureaucrats.

And that there will be a job out there for Lerner with Democratic operative groups once this has all blown over.  After all, she has years of experience acting as a Democratic operative.


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She sounds like a run of the mill, not especially bright sociopath.

If she wants to profess her innocence then let her do it before the house oversight committee. Otherwise I have the world’s smallest violin to play for her.

I can’t believe she is subject to public humiliation when she goes out … I think the American public is much too stupid to even recognize her … she’s not a Hollywood star. But if it’s happening, I applaud it.

    platypus in reply to walls. | September 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    The public humiliation is due to the short skirts she wears, along with three inch platform shoes. That’s why everybody is shaking their heads at her – they think she’s to old to be doing that.

She has managed to convince herself that she is on the side of the angels, and anything she does is ok, because she is on the “right side.”

This is the same type of thinking error indulged in by corruptocrats everywhere.

    JohnC in reply to Valerie. | September 23, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    People like Lerner really do believe the Tea Party exists for only one reason; because Obama is a black man. That’s it. What else could it be? He’s so smart and handsome and kind. He’s trying so hard to set things right. As far as they’re concerned the only possible way someone could disagree with him is because they’re racist. Seriously.

    In their minds the Tea Party is nothing less than a modern day Klu Klux Klan, a bunch of Nazis, a bunch of racist hayseeds and rednecks, etc. And when you’re fighting racists and Nazis anything you can do to thwart them is a good thing.

    Look at pictures of her. Look at her cold expression. She is a True Believer. She wouldn’t bat an eyelash at seeing Tea Party members lose everything they own or even be imprisoned. It’s not an act on her part. She really believes she is one of the good guys and the Tea Party is evil – that she is a white knight and ‘those people’ all deserve exactly what they got. It’s not difficult to imagine her wearing a little insignia on her collar or lapel.

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to JohnC. | September 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      I think Charles Manson was described in the same way, was he not?

      RE: “Look at pictures … Look at ..cold expression. …is a True Believer. …wouldn’t bat an eyelash at seeing …members lose everything they own or even be imprisoned.”

      Snark Snark!

      Spiny Norman in reply to JohnC. | September 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      …the Tea Party is nothing less than a modern day Klu Klux Klan, a bunch of Nazis, a bunch of racist hayseeds and rednecks, etc.

      The Media characterization (character assassination?) of the “Tea Party” has been so effective I seriously doubt you could find 10 conservatives in the UK who aren’t convinced every word of that is true. “Nutters” is a popular term.

      (I use the UK as an example because I’ve seen it most on UK-based blogs, but it is consistent across the English-speaking world outside the US.)

      Walker Evans in reply to JohnC. | September 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      ” … a modern day Ku Klux Klan …” If true, that is nothing less than hilarious! The KKK is the child of the Democratic Party, born and bred to keep those uppity (deleted) in their place, and prevent them from gaining the rights they were guaranteed by the 13th and 14th Amendments. The best sales job the world has ever seen has been the Demos successfully selling themselves as “the black man’s true friend” since WWII. And they bought it!

      In the meantime, we really do need to lock Ms Lerner up in a max security holding pen until she gets tired of her girl-friend – Oops, I meant cell-mate of course – and decides to start telling the truth. I know the odds against either part of that happening are asstronomical but it’s a nice dream.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Valerie. | September 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Satan is an “angel.”

    An angel who envied God…….

    Now a fallen angel…………

      for those that don’t believe (as I don’t) that the Bible is word by word inspired perfectly by God, they should still recognize the thousands of years of human history that is often summarized quite well in Biblical history. Satan sought worship.

      Man seeks worship too, so while man alone is often moral, when he attains power, man is more enticed toward immorality, getting a taste of praise (and its associated power) from others.

      “Moral Man, Immoral Society” is my recent inspiration. Niebuhr is known for the serenity poem. In 1932 he wrote that the sociologists were placing too much trust in “the collective” to direct society, not recognizing how group power corrupts. Less than twenty years (post Hitler) later Orwell was writing about group power as a tool of “the collective”, able to force the individual to swear 2+2=5.

      Our founders gave us a process to stop Lerner’s self serving allegiance to the collective, but the process has become corrupted. So for now she can walk with her head nose held high.

Her actions had the effect of suppressing the GOP vote in the 2012 election. How much? Who knows? Would it have made a difference in the outcome? Again, who knows? But, suppress the vote, it certainly did. Keep in mind, the “Tea Party” “shellacked” the Dems in 2010; they didn’t want that to happen again.

Had this been a GOP administration doing the same thing, the VP (joe Biden, shudder)would now be POTUS. Impeachment would have been over and done with in about two weeks.

I highly recommend :

Written in 1954, it is as current as this scandal. BTW, the Lois Lerners of the world are only a small, but very important, piece of the evil. The income tax gives government (it is a bipartisan evil) the power to reward friends and punish enemies. That may be the single worst aspect of the Income Tax.

If the Founding Fathers had a chance to revisit their mechanism against sociopaths like Lerner from assuming power, they would have instituted an extensive public auditioning process for every individual who wants to to work in any level of government.

These individuals would be required to pass a test on World and American History, economics and recite the Constitution and take an oath before the public where they will swear, on bended knees, never to do harm to any citizen and to be eternally grateful for their paycheck.

Bitterlyclinging | September 23, 2014 at 11:27 am

What if Dear Lois had been pursuing a request from DOJ? That ‘IRS Special Research Project’? She did send DOJ 21 CD ROMs, 1.1 millon pages of Tea Party donor information. She’s talked to Justice, hasn’t she? Did she spill the beans or go over the next moves necessary to cover their trail?
“Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime” Lavrenti Beria, Stalin era head of the Soviet KGB.
Gibson Guitar, anyone?

Lerner is essentially a caught Watergate burglar. What’s missing is a curious press.

funny how she plead the 5th yet has no trouble talking to a sympathetic ear on the record.
issa now has a statement on the record, lets see if he has the guts to do anything.
I am not holding my breath.

Note how the IG’s office is also corrupted. The words “ineffective management” and ‘allowed” show either extreme cowardice or active collusion. Lerner was part of that management and she was quite effective at creating the “inappropriate” policies and managing their enforcement.

It’s not just congress that has no teeth.

    Spiny Norman in reply to irv. | September 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Yeah, I was gonna say, the IRS management was very effective at what they set out to do.

    I realize the IRS is effectively above the law, but they do have their own internal rules, and these petty fascists gleefully ignored all of them. Or, as the IG might say, “allowed them to be ignored”…

JackRussellTerrierist | September 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Lois Lerner will talk to media but not congress.

Professor, the headline should be: “Lois Lerner Takes The Rachel Jeantel Defense.”

Lerner is most likely a typical completely incompetent government careerist bureaucrat/alpha office bitch who is not used to ever having her arbitrary diktats questioned and for whom “ethics” of any kind is not even a consideration.

in my country you waive what is called “privilege” if you talk to the media.

We have a very big scandal involving a former female Prime Minister (she did not deserve to be in that position). She was one of the players in a scam and she helped to set up the entity that was the vehicle used for the scam. In recent times the whole scandal came to light in such a way that it will not go away until charges are laid. The police want access to certain lawyer documents. One person had waived what is called privilege over the documents. The other person attempt to claim privilege. Yesterday another 290 documents were released to the police.

It should be added here that the party who tried to claim legal privilege over the documents did an interview for the left-wing ABC here in Australia. This meant that he had in effect waived privilege by doing that interview.

I am uncertain in regard to US laws on this matter, but my thinking is that by doing the interview, Lerner has now waived her taking of the 5th Amendment.

    Observer in reply to Aussie. | September 24, 2014 at 9:46 am

    It doesn’t work that way here. She can still plead the 5th. However, anything she says in media interviews can be used against her at trial — if there ever is a trial, which seems very unlikely, given the rampant corruption at every level of this crooked administration (especially Holder’s “Justice” Department).

    They’re just playing for time now, stalling until the statute of limitations runs and Lerner and her accomplices can’t be prosecuted by the next administration for any of their crimes.

JackRussellTerrierist | September 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Lois Klink: “I know nossing.”