(National Sentinel)Â Atrocious: Sen. John McCain will be remembered for many things when his Senate days are over, but being a good Republican isn’t going to be one of them.
After surviving the 1980s’-era “Keating Five” savings-and-loan scandal, McCain went on to trash and obstruct his own party time and time again. The disgustingly dishonest establishment media calls him a “maverick;” conservatives call him a RINO; others call him a traitor.
He’s a combination of all that.
On Friday government whistleblower group Judicial Watch said it has obtained documents showing McCain’s former staff director,Â Henry Kerner, urged disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner to abuse her power in order to conduct “financially ruinous” obstruction operations against Tea Party groups ahead of the 2012 election.
AsÂ The Gateway Pundit reported, those groups include:
- Hundreds of conservative groupsÂ were targeted
- At leastÂ 5 pro-Israel groups
- Constitutional groups
- Groups thatÂ criticized ObamaÂ administration
- At least twoÂ pro-life groups
- AnÂ 83 year-oldÂ Nazi concentration camp survivor
- AÂ 180 year-oldÂ Baptist paper
- A TexasÂ voting-rights group
- AÂ Hollywood conservative groupÂ was targeted and harassed
- ConservativeÂ activists and businesses
- At least oneÂ conservative Hispanic group
- IRSÂ continued to target groupsÂ even after the scandal was exposed
- Andâ€¦Â 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups AuditedÂ by IRS Were Conservative
Now we learn that a McCain staffer was in on it.
As Judicial Watch noted in a press release:
Judicial Watch today released newly obtainedÂ internal IRSÂ documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCainâ€™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 â€œaudit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.â€ Â Kerner was appointedÂ by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.
The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials. Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.
Lerner and other IRS officials met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a â€œmarathonâ€ meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that the IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Courtâ€™sÂ Citizens UnitedÂ decision.Â Senator McCain had been the chief sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act and called theÂ Citizens UnitedÂ decision, which overturned portions of the Act, one of the â€œworst decisions I have ever seen.â€
In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCainâ€™s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, â€œMaybe the solution is to audit so many that it isÂ financiallyÂ ruinous.â€ In response, Lerner responded that â€œit is her job to oversee it all:â€
It’s awful what John McCain went through as a POW during the Vietnam War. But what he’s done to backstab his own party and abuse the trust of those who kept sending him to Washington is just as awful.
As for Lerner and the IRS, that behavior is a big reason why Donald Trump is sitting in the White House today — to drain that fetid, stinking swamp known as D.C.
Obviously, POTUS has his work cut out for him.
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