A little more than a week ago, no one had heard of Lois Lerner. Now she is the poster child for government machinery run amok. She first thrust herself into our awareness with her clumsily staged revelation that, “Oh, by the way, the IRS persecuted conservatives, but really, there’s nothing to worry about….” Since then, it’s only gotten worse, with Lois being exposed as a serial liar. Finally, today, she announced in advance that, if called before Congress, she would plead the Fifth, so please don’t embarrass her by calling her. I say “Call away” and, so far, Committee Head Issa agrees.
Now that Lois has emblazoned herself as a household name, people are starting to look at her very closely. It turns out that her hostility towards conservatives predates her tenure at the IRS, and goes back to her FEC days. She may have failed math, but she gets an “A” in harassment.
Conservatives are doing the logical thing, which is to try to link her to Obama. As Walter Olson at Overlawyered points out, however, the only linkage currently available is truly a link bridge to far — it’s so tenuous as to be silly.
One of my friends, who does not want to be known as a conspiracy theorist (and I can vouch that this friend wouldn’t be seen near a tin-foil hat), wondered if Lois’ anti-conservative propensities put her in an orbit other than the Obama’s. My friend sent me this email, and assures me, as I assure you, that it’s idle speculation rather than a breaking story:
Listening to Michael Savage the other day, he brought up the intriguing questions about the IRS scandal: “Why now?” and “Who leaked it?”
One caller raised the possible theory that Hillary Clinton was behind it trying to deflect Benghazi criticism that was beginning to zoom in on her, to an Obama-centric scandal.
I was intrigued. Here is what a quick Google search has taught me so far:
- The official who brought up the scandal is Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS Exempt Organizations unit
- Lois Lerner husband, is Michael R. Miles, a partner at the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.
- I saw some articles linking Sutherland Asbill & Brennan to hosting an Obama campaign event, but…
- What has not been reported is that in 1993 Bill Clinton appointed Hillary’s good friend, Margaret “Peggy” Richardon, as IRS Commissioner (http://www.nytimes.com/1993/
- This is where it gets a bit interesting. Peggy Richardson was also a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. (Oddly enough, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan had one other partner as IRS Commissioner – Randolph Thrower, appointed by Nixon…).
- Peggy Richardson, is (allegedly) no stranger to quashing inconvenient investigations against the Clintons (http://www.judicialwatch.org/
blog/2006/01/hillary-silent- clinton-presidencys-latest- cover/)
- This is where it turns highly speculative. I could not find, in the limited time I searched, a link between Peggy Richardson and Lois Lerner or her husband. But one would think that partners in the same very illustrious law firm would know each other and would know a lot about each other.
- This is all capped by the just breaking news that Lois Lerner is going to take the Fifth in her (http://www.washingtonpost.
com/blogs/post-politics/wp/ 2013/05/21/irs-official-lois- lerner-to-plead-the-fifth/) and choose not to testify before the House Oversight Committee.
Conspiracy theories or not my favorites, but when it comes to the Clintons I am less reluctant to explore them.
No answers, but some awfully good questions.
I also have a little (a very little) of my own information to add. Since my brain instantly shuts down even at the word “taxes,” I have no idea if I’ve found smoking guns or death rays of irrelevant boredom. Nevertheless, here are my two contributions to the Lois Lerner saga:
Item The First is a transcript of the prepared remarks Lois Lerner gave in April 12 at Georgetown University Law School. It makes no sense to me (tax stuff, you know), but some of you may be able to glean some pearls of wisdom.
Item The Second is a lawyer’s analysis of a question-and-answer period with Lerner at the ABA’s Tax Section meeting in September 2012. The lawyer who asked the questions posted the transcript on his firm’s website, along with his interlineations. Again, I would be delighted if the tax savvy amongst you could translate it into normal people talk. (Incidentally, I came across that transcript at the website for The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch website. The Center for Media and Democracy is, as you may know, a very Left activist organization, fat with George Soros funds.)