Republicans have tacitly admitted that there was merit to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claim that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years.
"We all wondered how Harry Reid had Mitt Romney's taxes," said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski to the Daily Caller. "The question is, will he call for a full investigation into the IRS?"
"There's now reason to believe that IRS officials leaked confidential tax information to top officials in the Obama campaign," said California Rep. Tom McClintock said.
"Do you know if the IRS leaked tax information related to Mitt Romney during the Republican presidential primary general campaign?" Idaho Rep. Raúl Labrador asked Eric Holder during a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week.
Maybe the Patriot Act should be invoked to make all candidates' and sitting politicians' tax information public as a matter of national security. We need to know that our representatives have not been bought off by our enemies, foreign or domestic.
@AndrewMC In fairness, both parties seem to be upset about this. However, clearly there are some in the Demo party (and I'd think we'd see some GOPers also) who thought this was a grand idea or "fair" game. I think those people are a small minority of any party.
I think that the entire government is shooting itself in the foot. The more time passes, the more corruption comes out. Both democrats and republicans are corrupt. Not necessarily all of them, but I think that a large portion of them are.
I hear a lot of people complain about how things are in my local government, but they continue to re-elect the same people that are causing the problems. I believe the same thing happens nationwide. People fear change so much that they are willing to just accept more of the same, even if that same is terrible. I's almost like America has a case of Stockholm Syndrome.
Wait now, back the truck up chuck. These same congressmen called Reid a liar and said he was making it up and had no proof. That makes them liars if they knew better. It also means they were supporting a man for president of the United States of America who was incredibly wealthy and paid NO taxes for over ten years. So if an IRS agent passed this onto Reid, find out who it was. Don't bury the rest though. Don't pick and choose your outrage. If you don't care that you were sold a bill of goods and that Romney didn't win so it doesn't matter then you're just a partisan hack. If he hasn't paid taxes in 10 years while making millions of dolllars doing nothing at all then that matters. If they lied repeatedly to the american public because they put a presidential bid above honesty, that matters.
@TheHandsomeOne Who? Look at our administration. Whose doing the damage to our country? I'm a republican and didn't like Romney one bit. Most didn't. Prosecute Romney. No one else broke the law concerning this. The person who needs to be prosecuted is our president. The most we can do is impeach him for now. It's coming. There's no way he won't be impeached.
This is an illogical conclusion. Linking a possibility that the IRS leaked confidential data to Reid does not mean that Reid's conclusions from that leaked information is accurate. One does not follow the other.
If the IRS leaked information to Reid that lead him to an inaccurate conclusion that Romney had not paid taxes for ten years, then the information must not have been accurate, not real, not confidential, and not a violation.
@Dan_Tien Not really. You presume that Reid is able to accurately conclude based on the information received. Disclosure of any information is illegal. IRS giving partial information or Reid's ineptitude to comprehend IRS information are also possibilities.
Mitt Romney was a moderate. Not a true Republican in the spirit of the Republican platform.....
He is also old news. IMO the Republican party should run with this and press the point. What Romney did in his personal life should not be held against the Republican party as a whole. If Romney did not pay his taxes.....Romney is the one who should be held accountable for that.
The IRS and the Obama campaign on the other hand seriously violated the trust of the American taxpayers by disclosing private information for political gain.
Yes, lets get to that point then shall we. Harry Reid publicly stated he was told by a Bain investor that Romney has not paid taxes in 10 years. They called him crazy and a liar. Now they're saying he was right they knew it and they wonder how he got the information. Wonder no longer. He told you how he got the information in his initial statments. Not the IRS but someone who invests along with Romney in Bain. So here's the score so far. The GOP are outraged that groups actively seeking to destroy the tax code and who oppose paying any taxes were seeking tax exemption status with the IRS. This caused the IRS to check these groups more diligently than they would other groups. These same men also reaped great benefits to their own campaigns as a result. These same men and these same groups also actively sought to have a multi-millionaire vulture capitalist elected to the presidency of the United States. A man they knew had not paid any taxes in the last 10 years himself. This is the party of personal responsibility. This is the party of the makers vs the takers. This is the party of pay your fair share. This is a party of clowns. Takers vs makers my ass. Romney has never made anything. Bain took what was already there ran it in the ground sent the jobs overseas and took what was left as a result. This was their chosen champion. The fact he didn't win is a plus for the rest of the nation. You can't sweep him under the carpet so easily tho. They were all complicit. Pay your fair share only applies to everyone but them apparently.
That's the line of reasoning Politix is trying to take with yet another example of the IRS being used as a weapon against Obama's enemies?
If there's any truth to this and Harry Reid did illegally receive confidential information about Romney's tax returns, the recent revelation that ProPublica received information about conservative groups and the IRS's stonewalling of conservative groups illustrates a disturbing pattern of the IRS being used as a weapon from higher up than just a few "low-level employees."
I read no "admission" of anything. In fact, from the story:
"In an interview with The Huffington Post, Reid claimed he had been called by someone who had invested in Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital. That person said Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years.
“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” Reid told the liberal news outlet.“But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”
Romney’s campaign denied Reid’s accusations, eventually releasing a summary of the former Massachusetts governor’s taxes that — according to Romney staffers — showed he paid taxes over the last 20 years."
While there is plenty of corruption on both sides, the greater evil, IMO, would be the IRS leaking confidential information as part of a Partisan Political campaign.
"Whethrer" or not Romney paid no taxes or all taxes is a legal issue and certainly IF they IRS leaked information....they knew and must be going after Romney to collect, just as they would any other businessman not paying his taxes.
I know for certain that the IRS doesn't play games when collecting their pound of flesh from citizens.
Our accountant made a critical computation error back in 2001 and we were fined, collected and audited for 4 years.
If Romney was being audited, in collections or in trouble with the IRS...that is privileged, legal information between Romney, his legal team and the IRS.
If Reid was informed by the IRS...that would be a crime.
That is exactly what I read. I so no admission and he is asking that if Reid had the information he had, then had the IRS investigated it? Especially considering that this was on the heals of the IRS leaking other tax information to a liberal news site.
Also Reid changed his story when Romney released his 20 year tax summary.
"Romney’s campaign denied Reid’s accusations, eventually releasing a summary of the former Massachusetts governor’s taxes that — according to Romney staffers — showed he paid taxes over the last 20 years.
But Reid continued to argue that Romney’s tax returns included something that the Republican didn’t want everyone to see.
“He’s hiding something,” Reid said on a conference call.“He’s hiding something! It is so evident he’s hiding something!”"
No surprise. As we are seeing their is no reason to trust the Team Obama. Harry Reid's arrogance is testiment to the onging decline of Democrats into heartless Progressive Gangsters who have no respect for anyone.
Widening a conspiracy theory is usually a bad idea: you never know when it'll turn on you. All it takes is one failure to rub blue mud into your navel as solemnly as all the other angry paranoids.
As raw scandal material, though, this isn't high grade ore. Sen Reid had already sourced his allegation to a Romney confidant. What this allegation does is revive the Romney profile - which didn't work out all that well the last time around.
You've gotta ask yourself why they would bring this up right now. Trying to bring Romney back into the spotlight? That is a dumb move in itself. Romney sucked. He was one of the flip-floppiest candidates that I can remember. He was just as responsible for his defeat as Obama was. And if he were to run against Hillary in 2016, she would annihilate him. Hell I wouldn't even vote for Romney.
Naw...Romney's personal profile is good. What was done to demonize him for being a successful businessman was not good. The big problem he had was being a "stick in the mud" dull personality. His other problem was that he talked ABOUT the poor and minorities rather than talking TO them. That's always a bad idea for anyone in a leadership position or a campaign. Any first line supervisor learns that quickly or he doesn't survive long.
If the IRS leaked this info to any political party they should be heald fully accountable and prison time should warrant. The IRS, nay the federal government and all its agencies are supposed to be neutral in political and campaign maters.
I can not wait for the next republican to be elected to the White House. Why, so I can bitch and complain and be disrespectful to them and the office. I used to sometimes vote republican but now I have found myself actually hating them and all the stand for due to the constant attitude that have that they are so much better.
I can't make the assumption that the IRS had anything to do with Mr. Reid getting that info just because the Republicans suggest it. They, both Republican and Democrat, lie and manipulate to gain advantage. If you want my opinion of Mr. Reid having that info, then the allegation must come from someone known to be consistently truthful. I'd suggest Ron Paul or Jimmy Carter suggest it so it's worth looking into
The fact that romney's tax info got leaked to the public is a shame. What Romney pays in taxes is a shame. It's been well known for years that the wealthy don't pay their fair share. It comes as no surprise. It should be criminal, then I would be ok with it being public record.