President Trump Names Replacement for IRS Commissioner…

The ongoing IRS leadership issue(s) will be interesting to watch unfold in the future; especially for those who have followed the Treasury Dept. case against Robert Mercer, now a supporter of President Trump, and how the self-interest unfolded in the 2016 election.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Designate David Kautter to the Internal Revenue Service – David Kautter of Virginia to be the Acting Commissioner of Internal Revenue. This designation will become effective on November 13, 2017. Mr. Kautter was confirmed on August 3, 2017, to be the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Tax Policy. (White House Link)

(Via Fox News) The White House has named a Treasury official to succeed John Koskinen at the helm of the IRS next month, while allowing the controversial commissioner to finish out his five-year term.

David Kautter will serve as acting IRS commissioner beginning Nov. 13, the last day of Koskinen’s term, the White House said.

“Assistant Secretary Kautter has had an illustrious 40-year career in tax policy, and I am confident that the IRS and the American people will benefit from his experience and insight,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, noting the Senate would still have to confirm a permanent commissioner.

The announcement came as the Trump Justice Department settled lawsuits with Tea Party and other conservative groups targeted for extra scrutiny by officials in the Obama IRS. (link)

Additionally – The Trump administration, after years of litigation, has settled lawsuits with Tea Party and other conservative groups who say they were unfairly targeted by the IRS under the Obama administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced early Thursday that the Justice Department had entered into settlements with Tea Party groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the IRS dating back to 2013, “based solely on their viewpoint or ideology.”

The settlements involve payments to the plaintiffs and an apology from the IRS.

The targeting scandal drew heavy attention in 2013 when the IRS admitted it applied extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for nonprofit status. Lois Lerner, then head of the Exempt Organizations unit responsible, became the public face of the scandal, though other IRS officials were involved as well.

Sessions said that groups with names involving “Tea Party” or “Patriots,” or those with specific policy positions concerning government spending, were subject to “inappropriate criteria” to “screen” applications.

“The IRS’s use of these criteria as a basis for heightened scrutiny was wrong and should never have occurred,” Sessions said in a statement Thursday. “It is improper for the IRS to single out groups for different treatment based on their names or ideological positions.”

While the IRS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, court documents show that the agency did offer an apology.

“The IRS admits that its treatment of Plaintiffs during the tax-exempt determination process, including screening their applications based on their names or policy positions, subjecting those applications to heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays, and demanding some Plaintiffs’ information that TIGTA determined was unnecessary to the agency’s determination of their tax-exempt status, was wrong,” the IRS said in court documents. “For such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology.”

The Justice Department’s settlement would pay the claims of each of the over 400 groups in the case. The attorneys for the groups said it was “a great day for the First Amendment,” but noted that day “was too long in coming.”  (read more)

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70 Responses to President Trump Names Replacement for IRS Commissioner…

  1. I am hoping he is a reformer and willing to cooperate with any invesitagation that may arise over Tea Party targeting. DOJ recently settled with 400 Tea Party groups targeted which is a good sign.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/26/trump-doj-settles-lawsuits-over-tea-party-targeting-by-obama-irs.html

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    • tax2much says:

      Unless he removes all of the snakes like Lois Lerner from below him, nothing will change.

      Liked by 10 people

    • lastinillinois says:

      Its not really a good sign until someone is in jail.

      Liked by 18 people

      • mimbler says:

        Yes, I read DOJ gave cash settlements to over 400 conservative organizations.
        So enough malfeasance to give away taxpayer money, but not enough malfeasance to jail anyone.

        Being simple minded, I would think over 400 cases of malfeasance sufficient to require cash settlements would be evidence of intent.

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        • calbear84 says:

          Makes you realize how much of a Banana Republic we became under Barry Sotero. For the millionth time, thank God Trump won.

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          • mimbler says:

            Yes, but our DOJ is still not punishing the people responsible, Koskinen is allowed to finish his term, Lois Lerner was assured she won’t be prosecuted.

            What will change for all the entrenched obama/clinton folks in the government when they see no penalty for flagrantly breaking the law?

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            • carrierh says:

              mimbler, things can change and those who need to be punished whether with fines, removal of benefits (which we should never allowed in the first place and close down public unions asap), and a prison term. It ain’t over until Pres. Trump actually says it!

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            • Falcon Koch says:

              Where is Jeff Sessions? He was on the Hugh Hewitt this morning and every question Hugh asked him Jeff stated he could not ans.

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            • Ken Watson says:

              Sessions has been Trump’s biggest flub to date. He is either braindead or complicit. Could be both. Can’t be neither. Jeff better pull a rabbit out of his arse pretty soon or he should be fired with Mueller, Rosenstein and the whole Russia Posse.

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          • MIKE says:

            I too continue to thank the Lord for this man, every, single, day.

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        • litlbit2 says:

          The justice department should at the very least attach all retirement moneys and remove all health benefits while firing all with the statement none involved can hold a government job for twenty years.

          Otherwise all I see is one law for the corrupt in government and criminal laws for the electorate. Think of the damage to American families by these evil Obama people.

          During the Trump campaign I heard “talk and no action” and along came Sessions!

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          • Ken Watson says:

            I think you will find you can’t do that without a conviction or an admission.

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          • sat0422 says:

            He will resign sooner or later. Trump knows this because when this Dem/Russia investigation heats up, I believe that Sessions will be stuck in the middle some way.

            Sessions comes out about once every six weeks and declares war on MS-13 and that is a good thing. However, his actions otherwise, have been weak at best. Trump knows this but Session is from the swamp and he promised his friends over in congress if they let him be AG, he would repay them with “something”. Don’t you see it ???

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        • Perhaps the “apologies” were structured as admissions of guilt … or were part of plea deals to take down the biggest conspirators and perps.

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        • WSB says:

          That money should be clawed back from Lerner, Koskinen, and Obama and Company. I am really ticked off now. That is a double crime.

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          • mimbler says:

            I know. We spend trillions a year, but paying for other people’s crimes with our money really grates on me.

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          • This is more bones for us dogs to chew on as distraction(s)… What about all the actual PEOPLE that these criminals put out of business? Literally some were put out of business as their accounts were drained for no reason other than those with the “power” accessed bank accounts and emptied them with bogus levies mailed in advance, only to try to cover it with immediate letters saying they “found an over payment for this or that year, applied it to blah blah blah….” while business and personal accounts were left empty.

            There are still forgotten men and women and some are still doing all they can to take care of this “govt. entity” theft problem. Outright and without cause other than let’s say… having websites bashing obama, and bush 1 & 2, and clinton… as the “new world order” anti-Americans that they were/are. Preaching to the choir, I know, but this all began and still relates completely to the not at all federal nor is it a reserve!

            The entire system is not only rigged, it is a criminal system… but no one ever talks about it that way while trying to actually get action started against it. The word was spread back in November of 1963… feudal tyranny is here to stay. There is no such thing as voluntary compliance and if it cannot be made LAW then code is just code. It’s just code… “enforced” by burrowcrat thugs.

            /rant

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      • fleporeblog says:

        Thank you! An apology and paying fines is what came out of this debacle and abuse of power. Are we kidding ourselves! The POS Barry from Kenya 🇰🇪 has information on one million+ Patriots that has and probably is still being used by Democrats to this day.

        I guess the DOJ can check this box off! Absolutely disgusting!

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    • eagledriver50 says:

      The faster the lawsuits that are settled the faster MAGA get underway…BIGGLY…These were distractions, NOW focus on what is relevant…!!!

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    • The old saying applies: “Time wounds all heels.”

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    • Steven says:

      I don’t agree with this settlement as a good sign. For one, it could have costed us Election 2012. Many of those organizations could not get any monies due to their denied IRS status, and a few of those organizations started working on the issue of the vote integrity in their locations. They did not have the funds to bring many questionable cases before the court.

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    • Bruce Fauth says:

      Why isn’t Koskinen doing the rest of his “five-year term” as part of a fifteen-year term behind bars? Someone big needs to go to jail and a whole lot of little fish need to be fired.

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  2. lastinillinois says:

    Arrest koskinen.

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  3. instead of letting that ass hole RETIRE, HE AND LERNER BOTH NEED IN PRISON FOR THEIR CRIMES AGAINST THOSE TEA PARTY AND OTHER PATRIOT GROUPS.

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  4. MIKE says:

    Ugh. Koskinen always reminded me of that evil character Urassis Dragon(his name in the book, really) in “The Eiger Sanction”, described as a “bloodless freak”. Sorry folks that guy just looks ooky- spooky. I wish he would plead- for a lighter sentence, in front of a MAGA appointed judge.

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  5. Calbear84 says:

    Well it’s a good start. Still holding out for a few perp walks!

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  6. PDQ says:

    The IRS admits that its treatment…was wrong.

    How about was CRIMINAL.
    I would even go so far as to call it DOMETSIC TERRORISM.

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  7. StanH says:

    Koskinen and Lerner are criminals that weaponized the IRS. This is nothing but excused tyranny. Many of these jerks need to be heading for jail, not retirement…spit!

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  8. dayallaxeded says:

    I’d like to see some actions, whether criminal or civil, to attach the earnings and pension benefits of Lerner and other IRS management who were complicit in these admitted wrongful actions to reimburse for the full amounts paid to the plaintiff groups. That might actually be a deterrent, plus, it’ll lighten the load a tiny bit on us taxpayers.

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  9. Chuck says:

    I wonder if the Tea Party groups that get settlements will have to pay taxes on them.

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  10. Improvement is needed how IRS deals with illegitimate social security numbers and additional child tax credit for children without social security numbers. Illegal status should not be rewarded with tax refunds. Apply illegitimate refunds toward wall.

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  11. TigerBear says:

    The IRS agency goes political/criminal, its power had been weaponized by the obama admin, it was used against republican/Tea Party taxpayers, those in charge retired/retire with full benefits, no criminal charges and the tax payers get to compensate the victims harmed by the crimes/abuses committed against them? Have I got this right? 😳

    How does this hold those involved accountable, and/or prevent these abuses/crimes from being repeated??

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  12. H&HC, 2nd-16th says:

    Koskinen and Lerner each should be subjected to an IRS audit each year for the rest of the natural lives. Heh-heh-heh….

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  13. sharpshorts says:

    They’re all crooks but chasing them all down would require an increase in gov’ment, in its size, scope and its power…thus we end up with “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
    The truth has come round circle and that may be all we can expect.

    Wouldn’t be a surprise if Session’s DOJ can’t make a case against any of the major scoundrels…I’d be happy to let most of minor critters slink away in the night (IE – give ’em a deal for incriminating evidence).
    After all, the minor players were just following orders (where did we hear that excuse last?)
    or
    “I didn’t intend to break the law”
    or more currently
    “I was unaware that we paid for the entire Russian hoax”

    Idea for the Obamo mob – – try the old “it was a video” trick…you got away with it once and probably would again.

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  14. Suzanne says:

    I wonder if the settlement included returning/destroying those 21 +/- discs worth of conservative taxpayer information that Lerner personally delivered to the DOJ

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  15. Suzanne says:

    Of course if PDJT instituted a flat tax instead of tax “reform” there would be no need for the IRS an he could lay off the entire agency

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  16. Iwasthere says:

    Ok great so some the plaintiffs got attitude fees or whatever. And hopefully sessions paid it out of the doj slush fund – bank settlements. Now who transferred the cd rom containing the names of the donors to FBI and doj? Black letter law violation of code.

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  17. William F Buckley's Ghost says:

    The bigger and far more disgusting IRS scandal is the $5 billion a year refund fraud schemes that Koskinen allowed to continue unabated since Obama was elected to office. A senior IRS Special Agent told me that IRS management refused to compare tax refunds to withholding payments before sending out refunds to thugs. She said it was disgusting that IRS management deemed the fraud/ID theft as “Just another welfare program” and even refused to assist local police and prosecutors investigating the criminal activity.

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  18. Steven Hitt says:

    There is not a single government agency that wasn’t contaminated under the Obama regime and to date absolutely ZERO have been purged. The Deep State Swamp is alive and well. So far draining the swamp is just talk. I am ready to see some walk!!

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  19. F.D.R. in Hell says:

    That Koskinen character even creeps me out and that’s saying something down here. 👿

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  20. Koskinen as head of the bankrupt Penn Central granted young Donald Trump his first win in the rights to the Commodore Hotel on 42nd St., which he turned into the grand Hyatt!!! Small world.

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  21. stinkfoot63 says:

    There need to be charges filed against a good number of IRS players. There’s currently a boat load of justice being denied.

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  22. Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

    I suspect there would be a good number more replies on this subject if people could express their true feelings without posting stuff that would get them banned or visited by the police.

    I’ll just say that the current situation with no punishment for the guilty is far from satisfactory.

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  23. TwoLaine says:

    Since the IRS has now admitted to the wrongdoing, can the plaintiffs go after Lerner & team personally?

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  24. Robert W. says:

    No indictments, prison, or anything? I’m really beginning to see how old fashioned militias and lynch mobs could be the answer. Not good….

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  25. jeans2nd says:

    Better late than never.
    Apologies, no links. From my emails –

    “Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party said, “…We accomplished our goals of exposing the tyranny of our government under the Obama Administration, doing something to stop it, and making sure it doesn’t happen again…””

    “Since the targeting by the IRS, Congress actually passed a law, which was written by Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci, that now allows the IRS to fire any employee that inappropriately takes action against any American taxpayer.”

    —> >> “I would also note that this settlement does not affect the continuing class action law suit being brought by dozens of TEA Party Groups against the IRS that is working through the Federal District Court in Cincinnati.”

    “they did settle the Nor Cal suit and the Settlement will include millions of dollars in damages which will get divided up among the TEA Party groups in the suit”

    “It took us five years, millions of dollars in legal fees, and tens of thousands of hours of work to achieve this settlement and future generations will be able to gain the protection we earned for them in five minutes during a court hearing. All of you should be very proud of that achievement.”
    https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/26/irs-settles-tea-party-cases-millions-and-apology/802368001/

    Tom Z is the one who sued the Cinncinnatti group. We have dbl standing, perhaps, being in Ohio (birthplace of the Uniparty).

    Many thanks for all of you and your hard work. May God Bless you and yours.
    wld forward you the emails, but you all do not read forwards

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