The alleged IRS scandal has been the on again, off again, hot topic that has yet to be resolved. It joins the Benghazi scandal, ‘Fast And Furious’ scandal and Obamacare debacle as the list of unsolved scandals hanging over the Obama Administration grows.
The IRS scandal began when the allegation was put forward that the agency’s heavy governmental hand was used to suppress Tea Party groups during the 2012 election cycle.
The Inquisitr reported on this topic back in June.
“The Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, is at the center of a ever-swirling controversy that is leaving yet another black mark on the souring presidency of Barrack Obama. In 2012, it came to light that the IRS had been targeting members and supporters of the Tea Party, the extremist right wing off-shoot of the GOP. An investigation was soon underway and the then head of the IRS, Lois Lerner, was removed from her position after admitting that several key emails that could have shown wrongdoing were mysteriously ‘deleted’ when her hard drive crashed.”
The IRS investigation has hit one snag after another while trying to get to the truth of the matter. However, there has been an interesting development that recently surfaced on the scandal regarding documents.
Breitbart News reported on a phone call, accidentally made to House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa from former senior aide to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Brian Fallon about the IRS investigation.
In turn, Representative Issa wrote a lengthy letter to Attorney General Eric holder detailing the event, concerning releasing IRS documents.
“The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes the call was intended to be made to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cumming’s staff, the ranking member on the oversight panel.”
Fox Nation reports that Mr. Fallon, currently the senior communications aide to A.G.Holder, was looking to be selective about releasing IRS documents.
“According to the letter, Fallon – who is not named in the letter but confirmed he made the call – asked if the aides could release the IRS scandal documents to ‘selected reporters’ to give Fallon an ‘opportunity to comment publicly on it.’”
Mr. Fallon explained that he was not permitted by the Department of Justice’s office of legislative affairs to release the documents to the public, but wanted to “get ahead of the story before the “majority(Issa) could share it,” Breitbart News reports.
At this point, Issa’s office, who were taken aback by the request, asked Mr. Fallon to email the IRS material for evaluation, Fox Nation reports.
‘At this point,’ Fallon ‘abruptly placed the call on hold for approximately three minutes.’ When Fallon returned to the call, “he was audibly shaken. He immediately stated that there was a ‘change in plans’ and that there would be no effort’ by DOJ to release the material early.
Mr. Fallon has since backpedaled and whitewashed the incident in a statement saying that there was “nothing inappropriate” about his communication. Chairman Issa said he was “disturbed” by the communication that seemed to be one in a series of communications between the president’s administration and Representative Cummings.
“It strains credulity to believe that the Department would seek to begin to improve relations via a telephone call between two individuals who had never spoken to each other before at 5:01pm on a Friday afternoon at the end of a District Work Period in the waning days of the 113th Congress.”
Representative Issa’s email was released by Breitbart News. Mr. Fallon was not named in the email but has been confirmed to be the caller. An excerpt can be seen below.
No further information is available at this time, but the answer to the question of whether the IRS scandal leads back to the White House seems to be inching closer to a resolution.
What are your thoughts?