According to TheBlaze, Washington Times columnist and Drudge Report editor Joseph Curl on Monday, citing “top Hill sources,” reported that the IRS political targeting scandal is set to “explode.” … “One source says there’s a paper trail to DC, and some who were worried from the get-go kept a paper trail. Wouldn’t say WH, but said ‘high.’”
The fuse was likely lit Tuesday in the Ways and Means Committee hearings on the abuse. Three points starting with the clear strategic blunder by the Democrats. They clearly needed to get in front of this as President Clinton did in 1998. Instead they all essentially blamed the victims who sat in front of them. A perfect response came from Becky Gerritson, leader of the Wetumpka Tea Party, responded with this passionate and moving account of her experience with political intimidation.
“I’m not here as a serf or a vassal,” said Gerritson to the Democrats, at one point tearing up. “I’m not begging my lords for mercy. I’m a born-free American woman, wife, mother, and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place.”
“It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well being and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. The post that you occupy exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty and you have faltered.” You must hear her entire compelling testimony:
John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, called for prosecution into what he described as a “felony.” “This just smells and I hope this committee gets to the bottom of it,” he said.
Eastman was one of several conservative activists who claim they were unfairly targeted by the IRS. However, Eastman is making an even more explosive allegation against the tax agency. He says the IRS disclosed confidential tax document information last year.
He explained that information on his organization’s donors was leaked last year and published on the Human Rights Campaign website. Eastman called the group their “principal political opponent” on the issue of gay marriage.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) later asked Eastman if he had any proof to back up his allegations — and he said that he did.
“We have identified that this document came from within the IRS,” he said.
“Forensic” specialists working for the National Organization for Marriage were able to strip layers from the document and discovered that “the original document that was posted had originated from within the IRS,” Eastman explained.
He also said the document has “internal IRS stamps,” which “only exist within the IRS.”
“You can imagine our shock and disgust over this,” Eastman told Congress. “We jealously guard our donors.”
The group doesn’t believe the leaking of their information was “inadvertent.” Eastman said his group has been “stonewalled” while requesting an investigation. Watch a portion of Eastman’s testimony below as two other citizens gave compelling testimony:
Democrat Congressman Jim McDermott, WA declared that Tea Party and Christian groups wouldn’t have been scrutinized if they didn’t apply for tax-exempt status and engage in the activities they did. You may want to hear his entire stupid line including the charge that these patriots wanted the taxpayers to subsidize them—apparently as though they were collectivists and Communists like himself or Obama. McDermott finishes up and Congressman Paul Ryan dispatches McDermott and destroys his ideology in four minutes. While this overlaps the previous video, watch it all: