By: Mark Hyman
In the last couple of weeks several talking heads have made comparisons between the IRS scandal and Watergate. Some say itâs similar [here, here, here]. Others claim there’s no resemblance [here, here, here].
The Watergate burglary was a break-in of the Democrat National Committee – a private entity – by employees of the Republican Party and the Nixon reelection campaign. Also private entities.
The cover-up after-the-fact is what forced Richard Nixon to resign as president.
Unlike the parties in the Watergate break-in, the Internal Revenue Service is a government agency. We expect government employees to uphold the highest standard of conduct and respect of law. In this case, they didn’t.
As of now, nearly 100 IRS employees and others are suspected in this scandal [here, here, here, here, here]. Remember, this was an attempt to restrict the free speech rights of various groups and individuals because they were watchdogs, presidential critics or they were Jewish [here, here].
The scandal wasn’t just a paperwork shuffle [such as this sample of some the 55 inappropriate questions the IRS demanded be answered (here)]. Or conducting bogus audits [here, here]. But also in the apparent violation of federal law by leaking private financial information to Obama reelection officials and to news organizations — not working as government watchdogs but as Obama campaign lapdogs [here, here, here, here].
[Here is the IG Report on IRS Abuses.]
The head of the IRS was cleared to visit the Obama White House 157 times – more than any cabinet official. [Sarah Hall, another political official at the IRS who is now in charge of monitoring IRS implementation of ObamaCare, visited the White House an astonishing 165 times just since 2011.]
We need to find out who directed this scandal.
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.