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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Video- White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer On IRS Scandal: 'The Law Is Irrelevant'

By Susan Duclos

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer made the rounds on Sunday talk shows and tells ABC’s “This Week," that Obama will act on the IRS scandal even before receiving a legal determination from the Justice Department.

 "I can’t speak to the law here. The law is irrelevant,” said Pfeiffer on ABC’s “This Week.” “The activity was outrageous and inexcusable, and it was stopped and it needs to be fixed so we ensure it never happens again.”

Video below: (H/T TWS)

There are a couple of points here about the statement "The law is irrelevant," because it is something that we have seen throughout the Obama administration time after time.

Just a few examples listed below.

When the Fast and Furious scandal broke and Congress demanded answers from the Justice Department, Barack Obama decided to use "executive privilege" powers to prevent Congress from obtaining the investigative documents they were demanding, via a letter sent to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

"As I noted at the outset, the President, in light of the Committee's decision to hold the contempt vote, has exerted the executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4 documents." 

When the Senate held pro-forma sessions to prevent Barack Obama from making recess appointments, something Harry Reid did during Bush's presidency in 2007, Obama arbitrarily decided he didn't have to obey the law and made recess appointments anyway, despite the fact that the Senate was officially not in recess.

Two appeals court have ruled those appointments illegal and unconstitutional and decisions made by those appointees, invalid.

There are more examples but the gist of it is that to Barack Obama the law has always been "irrelevant" when it gets in the way of his agenda.

Then we have Pfeiffer's assertion that the Obama administration is going to  "ensure it never happens again."

From Saturday's post, the timeline, here are the "acts" Obama has taken:

• The first resignation supposedly insisted on by the Obama administration, in response to this scandal, was the acting commissioner of the IRS, Steve Miller, but by the next day ABC News reported that according to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, his 210-day term would have set his last day in that post as June 8, 2013, anyway.

• The second resignation "demanded" was from Joseph Grant, commissioner of the agency's tax exempt and government entities division, but Grant was only appointed to that position on May 8, 2013 and was not running that division at the time of the targeting from 2010 to 2012.

• The woman running the agency's tax exempt and government entities division from 2009 to 2012, when the targeting was happening, was Sarah Hall Ingram, and ABC News reports she is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office.

This makes every "action" taken by the Obama administration in response to the IRS targeting of conservatives, nothing but a farce and political theater to convince the American people that the administration is doing something about it.

Both Lois Lerner and  Sarah Hall Ingram are still working for the administration being paid by the very people they have lied to, lied about and targeted. 

Not only has Obama shown no respect for the law on multiple occasions, but his responses to the illegal abuses against his political enemies by the IRS, has been nothing but  a fictional show.

To Barack Obama "The law is irrelevant."

Full Wake up America coverage on the IRS scandal can be found here.