The Arrogance Of The IRS And A Violation of 18242

When Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) questioned IRS commissioner John Koskinen during Monday’s congressional hearing, Gowdy demonstrated that the entire investigation of the IRS by commissioner Koskinen has been based upon fantasy. A fantasy that willfully neglects the reality of the law.

Gowdy, in a fiery exchange with Koskinen stated, “You [Koskinen] have already said multiple times today that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing..I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you’ve evaluated”. Koskinen responded, “I haven not looked at any”.

As if this response wasn’t troubling enough, Gowdy pointed out something the media has yet to catch. Specifically, in reference to a Lois Lerner email alluding to the need for a disguised “project” that the IRS could use to justify its targeting of political groups. Gowdy asked Koskinen, “What did she mean when she said we need a project but we need to be careful that it doesn’t appear to be per se political? You don’t think thats a potential violation of 18242?”

Koskinen responded, “I have no idea”.

That response to Gowdy’s question truly epitomizes the arrogance within our own government. When Gowdy asked if thats a “potential violation of 18242”, he is asking about the violation under TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242. Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

Acts under the “color of law” include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within the their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of that official’s lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties. It is alarming that the commissioner of the IRS can claim that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing on behalf of Lois Lerner’s actions, when in fact, the commissioner himself admits he has “no idea” what evidence of a violation of 18242 is.

Moreover, it shows that the entire IRS scandal is a complete sham committed by an absolutely corrupted administration that has used the incompetency of people such as Koskinen to further its deviancy. When the government can claim they don’t know what a deprivation of rights under the color of law looks like, you know their “investigation” into criminal wrongdoing is everything but.

For how can you claim, as Koskinen did Monday, that there is “no evidence of criminal wrongdoing” when you yourself admitted you have no idea what those actions are based upon?

Is that what the law has become?