Kirsters Baish| Arizona Senator and traitor to the Republican Party, John McCain, has been making headlines ever since announcing that the was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The problem is that he has been making headlines for one controversial issue after another. Now, he is at the center of attacks on the Tea Party.
The Arizona Senator has never been a friend to the Republican Party. Yahoo previously reported that while speaking at a breakfast that was hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in 2015, McCain made his thoughts on the tea party movement known.
“I think also — I probably shouldn’t say this — but some of (the tea party) appeals to the bad angels of our nature rather than the better angels of our nature,” McCain stated.
Conservative Tribune reports:
One of a number of scandals that plagued President Barack Obama and his administration involved the IRS targeting tea party groups after 2010. It seemed that their tax-exempt status requests were denied or delayed due to intense political partisanship in the agency.
In May 2013, The Washington Post reported that the IRS’s exempt-organizations division director Lois Lerner “let slip” the week prior “that low-level IRS staffers had focused extra scrutiny on conservative groups with words such as ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names.”
On top of that, “internal reviews have shown that Lerner knew about the targeting in 2011 — but neither Congress nor the public knew until (2013).” That didn’t matter. Lerner retired with her full pension which was footed by the taxpayers. She was never prosecuted.
Nothing changed, even after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam penned a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In the letter, the two Republicans requested that he reopen an investigation into the case, as reported by Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.
When Trump was inaugurated in January of 2017, Americans were hoping that injustices that took place during the Obama White House would be rectified. In September of 2017, however, the Trump White House declined to charge Lerner “based on the available evidence,” as reported by Fox News.
The Tribune write, “But more has since been uncovered about the scandal. Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained and released ‘internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.'”
JW President @TomFitton: Much of what you know about the IRS scandal is thanks to JW… Our new docs show the scandal is bipartisan in nature. A McCain staffer suggested Lois Lerner audit all of the 501(c)(4) groups in a way that'd be financially ruinous.https://t.co/Pbr04tNC1w pic.twitter.com/wqZFEcllKi
— Judicial Watch ? (@JudicialWatch) August 6, 2018
April 2013 meeting notes which involved Lerner, Kerner, “and other high-ranking IRS officials” were obtained by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The meeting took place just 10 days prior to the IRS scandal explosion. Things are not looking good for Kerner and Lerner.
The notes read, “Henry Kerner asked how to get to the abuse of organizations claiming section 501 (c)(4) but designed to be primarily political. Lois Lerner said the system works, but not in real time.”
The continued, “Henry Kerner noted that these organizations don’t disclose donors. Lois Lerner said that if they don’t meet the requirements, we can come in and revoke, but it doesn’t happen timely. Nan Marks said if the concern is that organizations engaging in this activity don’t disclose donors, then the system doesn’t work. Henry Kerner said that maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous. Nikole noted that we have budget constraints. Elise Bean suggested using the list of organizations that made independent expenditures. Lois Lerner said that it is her job to oversee it all, not just political campaign activity.”
Currently, there is no evidence proving that John McCain had direction connections to telling Kerner to take action.