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FLASHBACK: White House claims IRS cover-up is a 'conspiracy theory'

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(NaturalNews) The scandal spin never stops with the Obama administration, no matter how damning the evidence against it.

A summer ago, reports surfaced that officials at the Internal Revenue Service had improperly scrutinized Tea Party and conservative groups who had applied for tax exempt status before the 2012 election cycle; the agency's approving authority for such groups, Lois Lerner, a longtime bureaucrat and supporter of the Democratic Party, intentionally singled many of those groups out for improper scrutiny -- and all for political purposes.

Fast forward to now. As independent media and probing Republican lawmakers dug deeper, they discovered in recent weeks that Lerner and others may have actually destroyed evidence that could have proved damaging to both the IRS itself and other public and elected figures.

What you see is not what you see

Republicans had been seeking Lerner's emails, among others, from a specific time period. But suddenly, on a late Friday afternoon -- which is typically when this administration makes controversial announcements because fewer people are watching -- burying the fact in a 27-page letter, the agency announced that the emails had been destroyed. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen blamed a faulty computer hard drive; turns out that a half-dozen hard drives containing emails on other suspects also "crashed" and were summarily "recycled" (destroyed) by the agency.

This, of course, comes after a House hearing earlier this year in which Lerner pleaded the Fifth Amendment repeatedly; the Fifth Amendment, by the way, is claimed by those who don't want to incriminate themselves. If Lerner wasn't hiding anything, then why not answer the House panel's questions?

But no. There's nothing going on here. It's just a Republican conspiracy, as White House spokesman Josh Earnest insisted. As reported by Breitbart News:

Friday at the daily briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly dismissed concerns over Internal Revenue Service claims that two years of Lois Lerner's emails are lost forever as "conspiracy theories." [??]

"Turns out that there have been 13 months of multiple congressional investigations, including 14 congressional hearings, 30 interviews with IRS employees, 50 written congressional requests, and 750,000 pages of documents, and all of that has done nothing to substantiate false Republican claims of a broader political conspiracy," Earnest said.

"So I don't know if you're floating another conspiracy or if this is a request from Republicans who are floating a conspiracy or what exactly the suggestion is," he continued. "But the fact of the matter is we've cooperated extensively, and despite that cooperation, you know, we've seen continued allegations of Republican conspiracy theories that just never pan out."

Really? No conspiracies ever?

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the administration has done all that it can to hide, obfuscate and obstruct any and all inquiries into this scandal (and the other Obama scandals), despite clear evidence of wrongdoing.

As for this one and any other scandal involving Obama, it doesn't help the nation that much of the mainstream media is focused on its usual task -- protecting him, no matter what, because to admit that he has failed would be for them to admit that they hitched their wagons to the wrong messiah.

Earnest -- and any other spin doctor seeking to throw the hounds off the scent -- likes to toss around "conspiracy theorist" because of its implied negativity, as noted by our editor-in-chief, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger:

The phrase "conspiracy theorist" is a derogatory smear phrase thrown at someone in an attempt to paint them as a lunatic. It's a tactic frequently used by modern-day thought police in a desperate attempt to demand "Don't go there!"

But he and others go a step further to ask a very rational question: Are there really no conspiracies in the world?






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