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Of course he did. The right elected a monster who, if he accuses somebody of something heinous, is doing so because he himself is doing it.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-10 08:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#1

Do Obama next!

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-10 08:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Then you can do W, Bubba, GHWB, Reagan, etc.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-10 08:23 PM | Reply

#2 can you give me an example of Obama doing that or is that just the cute line you got a few laughs with recently so you trot it out to see if it will get you a few more endorphin inducing likes?

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2019-03-10 08:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

#4

I can give you two off the top of my head:

Lois Lerner admitting in 2014 that she was directed to scrutinize tax exempt conservative groups.

Operation Choke Point.

Google is your friend, learn how to use it.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-10 08:49 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Looks like he learned from the prior administration. Good for Trump.

#6 | Posted by homerj at 2019-03-10 08:54 PM | Reply

#4 Dinesh D'Souza.

He was guilty of a $20k campaign finance violation for a laundered donation to a senate candidate who lost by 15 points.

Typically such a violation is met with a misdemeanor fine. The Ibama DOJ threw the kitchen sink at him and pushed for maximum penalty. Further, they exploited a legal loophole in the law to essentially hit him with two criminal charges for one crime.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-10 09:02 PM | Reply

Look at all of the whatabouters who are trying to deflect from the fact that Trump got caught failing to deliver what they voted for him to do, illegally prosecute a Clinton.

#8 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-03-11 12:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#4 Dinesh D'Souza.
He was guilty of a $20k campaign finance violation for a laundered donation to a senate candidate who lost by 15 points.
Typically such a violation is met with a misdemeanor fine. The Ibama DOJ threw the kitchen sink at him and pushed for maximum penalty. Further, they exploited a legal loophole in the law to essentially hit him with two criminal charges for one crime.

#7 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

his attorney tried that same lie with the court and it was rejected.

#9 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-03-11 12:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The alt-right deflection squad is out in full force this morning.
#so sad

#10 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-03-11 12:08 PM | Reply

"Lois Lerner admitting in 2014 that she was directed to scrutinize tax exempt conservative groups." - #5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-10 08:49 PM

Four years later, the IRS tea party scandal looks very different. It may not even be a scandal.

[snip] The new finding suggests Republicans and the media provided an incomplete or even misleading account of what the IRS was up to when it was reviewing political organizations that sought tax-exempt status. While not of the order of the news media's credulous (and flawed) reporting about supposed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the U.S. invasion in 2003, the report offers a check on the prevailing narrative of the time.

The rest of the story.

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2019-03-11 12:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I don't see the problem. The Clinton Foundation and its receipt of sketchy donations from individuals associated with the Uranium One deal SHOULD be investigated, and the fact that it wasn't SHOULD be the subject of an internal DOJ review.

#12 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2019-03-11 12:19 PM | Reply

The rest of the story.

As of 2017, in the eyes of contributor at WashPo.

As it turns out, the DOJ and the IRS entered into a settlement (which settlement was in negotiation from even before Trump was elected and Sessions appointed AG) and consent decree approved by a Clinton appointed judge that admitted that Ms. Lerner was ordered to extert extra scrutiny on conservative groups and the judge admonished both agencies for their actions.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 12:19 PM | Reply

"But but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but but"

-The DR "Right"

#14 | Posted by JOE at 2019-03-11 12:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Just a reminder that despite ROC and Jeff's best efforts at deflection.

They will, without hesitation, claim not to support Trump.

That's one thing they got in common with Trump. They're habitual liars

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-03-11 12:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Like it or not, Joe, the point is that all Presidents have weaponized the DOJ and other departments (with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter) throughout history.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 12:32 PM | Reply

Wahhhhh....
#16 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2019-03-11 12:32 PM | REPLY

The fact your only posts on this thread are deflections and whataboutisms. I'd say you've tapped out your contributions to the discussion.

But. That won't prevent you from trolling for the rest of the day.

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-03-11 12:35 PM | Reply

the point is that all Presidents have weaponized the DOJ

More "but but but but but but"

Nobody cares

#18 | Posted by JOE at 2019-03-11 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Clown,

JPW asked a question and I provided an answer.

Take it up with him.

#19 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-11 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Nobody cares

#18 | POSTED BY JOE AT 2019-03-11 12:36 PM

Just because it hurts The Narrative doesn't make it not true no matter how much it bothers you.

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 12:46 PM | Reply

#19

Lemme guess, FFCS is offended by our answers to JPW and is crying about what mean trolls we are...

What did I win?

#21 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 12:48 PM | Reply

#20 Did i say it was "not true" or are you just making up lies?

#22 | Posted by JOE at 2019-03-11 12:50 PM | Reply

Lemme guess, FFCS is offended by our answers to JPW and is crying about what mean trolls we are...
What did I win?

#21 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You didn't win anything because I don't have any prizes to distribute.

You did guess correctly though.

#23 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-11 12:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Just because it hurts The Narrative doesn't make it not true no matter how much it bothers you.
#20 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You're not hurting the narrative. You're deflecting from it.

All you've got are excuses for Trump because Obama.

#24 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-03-11 12:51 PM | Reply

#22

You didn't explicitly say that, but it clearly bothers you that it is true.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 12:54 PM | Reply

JPW asked a question and I provided an answer.
Take it up with him.
#19 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

I'd prefer to figure out when, I'd ever, you plan on holding Trump responsible for his actions and stop deflecting for him.

I know the answer is never. But. You do a great job of pretending.

#26 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-03-11 12:56 PM | Reply

Lemme guess, FFCS is offended by our answers to JPW and is crying about what mean trolls we are...
What did I win?

#21 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You're the only poster to plonk someone for handing you your @$$. And then constantly whine about them posting.

You really should get your ego checked.

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-03-11 12:57 PM | Reply

I've been doing that all along, Clown.

I'm pretty sure you've witnessed it.

#28 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-11 01:06 PM | Reply

JPW asked a question and I provided an answer.
Take it up with him.

#19 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

No, that was not an answer. That was unsupported b.s. that was rejected by the court. You may as well have just posted "yred3choqougf!ffderhha{whk" because it would be just as relevant.

#29 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-03-11 01:10 PM | Reply

it clearly bothers you that it is true.

More false position assignment. Sad!

#30 | Posted by JOE at 2019-03-11 01:12 PM | Reply

I can give you two off the top of my head:
Lois Lerner admitting in 2014 that she was directed to scrutinize tax exempt conservative groups.
Operation Choke Point.
Google is your friend, learn how to use it.

#5 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

You are right. Google is our friend.

Here's a great round up of why the Lois Lerner stuff is pretty much garbage. In fact, not a single tax filing was ever effected. Imagine that.
www.vox.com

And Operation Choke Point didn't amount to much. In fact, it continued for 7 months under President Trump. Oops.

But this is the DOJ lying about an investigation into a political opponent being re-opened by political request while the President has his followers chant "Lock Her Up" at rallies.

#31 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-03-11 04:09 PM | Reply

#31. The IRS admitted to wrongdoing and ended up paying $3.5 million in damages. That's a far cry from your attempt to trivialize their actions.

#32 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-03-11 04:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

LOL, congrats Syco, you managed to post an even older link than Hans, in the settlement and consent decree it admitted to wrongdoing, paid $4.3M to the affected groups and agreed not to do it again:

The IRS admitted it was wrong when it based screenings of the groups' applications on their names or policy positions, subjected the groups to heightened scrutiny and delays and demanded unnecessary information from the groups, the consent decree and agreement in the Washington case said.

The IRS "expresses its sincere apology," it said.

Senior management within the IRS's Exempt Organizations Division "was delinquent in its responsibility to provide effective control, guidance, and direction over the processing of applications for tax exempt status filed by Tea Party and other political advocacy organizations," the consent decree said.

#33 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 04:54 PM | Reply

Like it or not, Joe, the point is that all Presidents have weaponized the DOJ and other departments (with the possible exception of Jimmy Carter) throughout history.
#16 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

So 44 wrongs now make a right?

#34 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-03-11 05:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#34

Not at all, I am just pointing out that this is nothing new.

#35 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 05:15 PM | Reply

Not at all, I am just pointing out that this is nothing new.
#35 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Should the lack of novelty mitigate the importance?

#36 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-03-11 05:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#36

No, but JPW is the one who got his manties all knotted up in #4 when I pointed that out and we just ran with it.

#37 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 05:26 PM | Reply

"Lois Lerner admitting in 2014 that she was directed to scrutinize tax exempt conservative groups."

Try again.

She was also directed to scrutinize groups with the words "green", "progressive", and "marijuana". In addition, the "approvals" supposedly slow-walked weren't needed, and didn't affect day-to-day operations in the least. "Lois Lerner" is code for I swallowed the kool-aid.

And if you really are against weaponizing the tax code, where were you when the current one passed?

#38 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-03-11 05:32 PM | Reply

Perhaps our next Attorney General can direct the Justice Department to review how they unearthed a letter Matt Whitaker delivered to the Utah U.S. attorney directing a review of how the department handled the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One issues.

#39 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-11 05:46 PM | Reply

#38

Deflection noted, and that is totally why the IRS entered into a consent decree saying it wouldn't do it again.

#40 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 05:53 PM | Reply

#39

All snark aside, that could very well happen.

#41 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-03-11 05:53 PM | Reply

Another pig leaving office in disgrace... the clowns must be so proud.

#42 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-11 09:30 PM | Reply

Deflection noted,
#40 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Says the guy who started posting in this thread with a deflection and has thus far commented on everything except the topic of the actual article.

You really are a troll.

Seriously.

Someone would have to check. But a good 99% of your posts and threads are intended to troll.

#43 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-03-11 09:36 PM | Reply

Another pig leaving office in disgrace... the clowns must be so proud.

#44 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-11 09:52 PM | Reply

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