Another Judge Weighs in…

It’s not clear that there were any request of taxpayer information by the White House (that may also be legal under very stringent rules) — but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code.”
Still another Federal Judge, prompted by still another activist group, has deLt the Obama administration a setback — saying that the question of whether the White House requested taxpayer information illegally cannot be denied under a clause permitting taxpayer confidentiality.
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson, said section 6103 of the tax code cannot be used to cover possible wrongdoing at the IRS, and that simply citing that statute was not going to act as a shield for possible government malfeasance.

That Federal Judge joins Federal Judge Emmett Sullivan, whose patience is limited to days and weeks rather than months, in permitting answers from both IRS and Justice Department attorneys — he has threatened both the IRS Director and Justice Department attorneys with Contempt of Court!

In politics, you try to get the bad news over as far ahead of the election as possible, to give a candidate as long as possible to rebuild the campaign, but some news is so bad that you can’t risk the information being released at all. 

The Lois Learner IRS e-mails, the possibility of the White House seeking tax information on, say, the Koch brothers, and/or the Clinton e-mail server actually holding classified documents are all, individually and collectively so damaging as to fall in the “modified, limited hangout” term used so often in the Watergate affair.

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