The IRS scandal just won’t go away - kind of like Watergate. The media knew about Watergate for months. It simmered and boiled, then it turned into a bigger-than-life scandal that destroyed Richard Nixon’s presidency.
Could that be how the Barack Obama IRS scandal is playing out?
Up until now, no one has been able to tie the IRS scandal to the Obama White House or the Democratic Party.
That just changed.
We’ve seen in the media that 6,400 of Lois Lerner’s missing emails have been found.
We’ve seen in the media that the IRS is once again trampling on the rights of taxpayers by dramatically cutting customer service, while lavishing IRS employees with bonuses.
We’ve seen in the media that the IRS is back to its old tricks, still trying to hurt conservative fundraising organizations - most recently challenging the tax-exempt status of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.
[sharequote align="center"]One thing is now clear: I was the victim of a widespread politically-motivated attack by the IRS.[/sharequote]
But the revelations I’m about to unveil make all that look like child’s play. An IRS scandal involving nameless faceless Tea Partiers, or billionaire Super PACs, or generic taxpayers is not the stuff that brings down a presidency.
But the story you’re about to read is Obama’s Watergate.
I was targeted and persecuted by the IRS in an over-the-top attack coordinated at the highest levels of government and the Democratic Party. I can now prove it - with FACTS direct from my IRS files obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch. As you'll see below, my own IRS tax files not only implicate the IRS, but a leading Democrat U.S. senator in a criminal conspiracy to silence a critic of the president.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s start with a quote by Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch:
“The Obama IRS obstructed the release of Wayne Root’s tax documents. The abuse of process Judicial Watch and Wayne suffered through to get these documents is scandalous. Now we know why the Obama IRS was hesitant to give Wayne his own IRS files. These documents show the Obama IRS scandal was more than just suppressing the Tea Party, it was also about auditing critics of President Obama. Richard Nixon had to resign from office for less. The first order of business for AG Loretta Lynch should be to appoint a special counsel who can convene a grand jury to look into the Obama IRS outrages.”
My IRS attack was a political conspiracy coordinated by leading Democrats to either destroy me, bankrupt me, or silence me.
News flash: YOU FAILED. Now I’m going to expose this criminal conspiracy. My case and my personal IRS files have been handed to investigators from the United States Senate committee looking into the IRS scandal.
It’s time for the media and Democrat allies of the president to stop making excuses. My case is at the core of the principles America was built on.
A president, by law, cannot use the IRS to try to silence his critics or political opponents.
U.S. senators, by law, cannot be involved in the IRS tax audits of individual taxpayers.
The IRS, by law, cannot base tax audits on politics. If any of those things happen, it’s called a political witch-hunt and crimes have been committed.
This May 22, 2013 file photo shows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
But until now, no one could prove the IRS was using politics as a basis for vicious vendettas against critics of the president. That just changed. I can’t wait to testify in front of the United States Senate about what we found.
First it starts with the over-the-top nature of my IRS attack.
My audit started in 2011. And it started with something a IRS spokesman and a government official from the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration just claimed has never happened. These two officials said if someone claiming to be from the IRS ever calls, hang up because it’s a scam. This IRS spokesman says the IRS never contacts a taxpayer by phone. Ever.
You see my IRS attack began with a phone call. An IRS agent from the Las Vegas office left a message on my voicemail. Then he called again. Then he took another unheard of step - he called my accountant. My CPA took power of attorney and from that moment on, the IRS agent was forbidden to contact me.
Yet the IRS agent called me again only minutes later. He spent about 15 minutes on the phone lecturing me about my political views. He knew everything about my politics in detail.
Intimidating? You bet.
So now let me play prosecutor with the two government officials: Are you still sticking to your story that the IRS never calls taxpayers? Or is the correct wording, “The IRS never calls taxpayers, unless they are high-profile conservative critics of the president.” I think that phrasing sounds much better. Stick to that story - you might avoid a perjury conviction.
After I won in Tax Court in 2012 something even more shocking happened; something no tax expert or attorney had ever heard of. I was hit with a new IRS audit only five days later. Yes, I said FIVE DAYS after winning in tax court, I was targeted again. To my attorney’s knowledge this has never happened before in the annals of tax history.
After winning my audit once again, Judicial Watch took my case. They believed it was a classic criminal case of political intimidation using the IRS to target, persecute and silence critics of the president. They requested my tax files from the IRS under the Freedom of Information Act. By law, the IRS had 30 days to comply. They stalled and refused for 14 months.
Why would the IRS choose to disobey the law to prevent my files from getting into the hands of Judicial Watch?
Judicial Watch was relentless. The IRS finally handed over my tax files - 13 months late; 13 months of breaking the law.
The question is why? What did the IRS have to hide?
Now come the really criminal revelations.
Well I have an interesting revelation for Mr. Obama and the national media. We now have my personal IRS tax files in our possession. Do you know what they say on top…on page one?
In the left hand column, the words "sensitive case" are hand written into the section for "other instructions." Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.
Really? What’s “sensitive” about a random audit of a small businessman? Do you know the date “SENSITIVE CASE” was written on my tax file? The very same week that Lois Lerner testified in front of Congress.
So what exactly was “SENSITIVE CASE” referring to? I’m a national political figure; conservative bestselling author; conservative syndicated columnist; a fixture in places like Fox News, TheBlaze and conservative talk radio; and a nonstop critic of the president.
Could they have meant “POLITICALLY SENSITIVE?” There is no other context where “sensitive” applies to me.
But I thought politics didn’t enter into it? Why would the IRS know or care about my politics? Why is a citizen’s tax file connected in any way to his political views?
But we’re only getting started with the criminal implications of this case.
Written into the margin of my IRS tax files are the words of my IRS auditor. He wrote on my file that he spent many hours on the Internet researching the political views of Wayne Root. No wonder he was able to recite chapter and verse about my political views in a 15-minute phone call to start my audit.
How chilling is this revelation to the national media?
In a free and fair society IRS agents don’t spend hours researching a taxpayer’s political views. Not unless they are looking to destroy the taxpayer based on orders from above.
These notes were taken by the auditor from Las Vegas, Nevada. They detail Wayne Root's political leanings and also verify that the auditor contacted Root by phone. Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.
Why was this “research project” of my political views necessary if the IRS was conducting a "normal random audit?" Because this clearly wasn’t a “normal random audit.” It was a political witch-hunt. Crimes were committed. My civil rights were clearly violated. And my audit began with the phone call that the two government officials says “never happens.”
Would the officials care to weigh in on an IRS agent calling a taxpayer to lecture him about his political views, after spending hours researching his life on the Internet? Cat got your tongue?
Wait. It gets better.
My IRS files state that a United States senator from Oregon was involved in my tax audit. At the time both senators from Oregon were Democrats. So now we can prove it was a political witch-hunt directed or coordinated by high-level Democrat politicians.
Why would any U.S. senator be involved in a random taxpayer’s IRS audit? Why would an Oregon U.S. senator be involved in the audit of a Nevada small businessman? Could it have been Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden? Afterall he was at the time Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee with oversight over…the IRS.
This email indicates that a senator from Oregon was somehow connected to Wayne Root's audit. Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.
This email indicates that a congressional office was requesting information about Wayne Root's tax audit. Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.
Let’s connect the dots.
Why would an Oregon U.S. senator care about a Nevada taxpayer? Could someone in the White House have asked the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, with oversight of the IRS, to initiate an IRS attack on me? Was the goal to destroy a critic of Obama? Perhaps to bankrupt me with legal fees or taxes and penalties? Or maybe just to distract or intimidate me from from my non-stop appearances criticizing Obama in the conservative media?
Why would any senator from either party be involved in a "random IRS audit" of an individual taxpayer? Isn't that illegal? Doesn't it violate my civil rights? It's certainly beyond the scope of the duties of a U.S. senator.
Unless the Obama White House asked him to get involved.
But wait. We’re not done yet.
The date my case was closed is perhaps the most damning piece of evidence. The IRS auditor told my attorney that a top IRS official called to demand my tax audit be closed immediately. That was May 2013. Does that date sound familiar?
My case was closed - on short notice - the very week that IRS official Lois Lerner testified about the IRS scandal in front of Congress (and plead the fifth so as to not incriminate herself). Alarm bells should be going off.
A handwritten note officially closed Wayne Root's second tax audit the day after Lois Lerner plead the fifth in front of a Congressional hearing. Screenshot courtesy of Judicial Watch.
Why was it so important to suddenly close my case that specific week? Why the sudden rush? Why would a top IRS official get involved in my case? Why would he even know about a "random audit" of a Nevada small businessman? Why would a top IRS official know the details of my case? Why the need for top-level IRS officials to intercede in this “SENSITIVE CASE” on the same week Lois Lerner appeared before Congress?
It is clear I was targeted and persecuted by the IRS twice because of my conservative political views. There is no debate anymore. I am living proof this was a widespread political witch-hunt and criminal conspiracy within the IRS.
But my case is also proof this scandal extended beyond the IRS to high level Democrats - including a specific Democrat U.S. senator. It's all in black and white in my personal IRS tax files. These are facts.
Now it’s time for the mainstream media to do their job. CONNECT THE DOTS just like you did with Watergate.
Who asked the IRS to target Wayne Root? Who gave the IRS agent permission to call Wayne Root when the top IRS investigator claims that never happens? Who asked the Oregon senator to get involved in my audit? Why was a top IRS official interceding in my case? Why was it marked "SENSITIVE"?
This conspiracy goes directly to the Obama White House. I’m not just any conservative media personality. I’m President Obama’s Columbia College classmate (Class of ’83) who has repeatedly publicly questioned Obama’s background and agenda in the national media - including nonstop here at TheBlaze.
I’m one of Obama’s loudest critics. It appears my criticisms hit close to home. I got under Obama’s skin. And someone in Obama’s White House either called that U.S. senator to try to destroy me; or perhaps directly ordered my attacks at the hands of the IRS and then called the Oregon senator to coordinate and oversee the attack.
One thing is now clear: I was the victim of a widespread politically-motivated criminal attack by the IRS.
My files have been turned over to U.S. Senate investigators. I stand ready to testify in front of the US Senate. Game on.
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