There’s been a great deal of discussion in the past couple of weeks about the Barrett report. And now that we are back from our brief holiday respite, we are going to try and simplify things a bit. In 1994 David Barret launched a probe into alleged IRS abuses. The probe become a two pointed spear that looked into allegations that the Clintons were using the IRS to persecute not only their political enemies - but potential witnesses against them, and into Clinton Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros. Some of those targeted by the IRS for audits were women who had accused President Clinton of unwanted sexual advances and even rape. These include Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Juanita Broddrick and Elizabeth Ward Gracen. Cisneros as some may recall pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge of lying to the FBI about money he paid to a former mistress. For a timeline of events regarding his trials and tribulations click here.
Now back to the Barrett report. The report has been hidden from public view, and by all accounts, over 100 pages of the 400 page report have been redacted. On December 9th Tony Snow published a piece in townhall.com calling for the report to be published.
“No wonder they call us the Stupid Party,” said a disgusted Republican operative in Washington. “You’ve got to wonder what these guys were thinking.”
At issue was the publication of a report by David Barrett, an independent counsel who has spent the better part of a decade looking into some of the most hair-raising allegations of presidential malfeasance in American history.
Like most independent counsels, Barrett didn’t set out on such a mission. He was assigned the duty of looking into whether former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros committed tax fraud in trying to cover up payments to a former mistress.
Yet, as published reports have indicated, he soon discovered that he was onto something much bigger. He found unsettling evidence that Justice Department officials were actively interfering with the probe and even conducting surveillance of Barrett and his office. Worse, there were indications that Team Clinton was using key players at the IRS and Justice to harass, frighten and threaten people who somehow got in the former president’s way.
The pattern was set early on, when the White House sicced the FBI on Billy Dale, who had served as the director of the White House Travel Office since the days of John F. Kennedy. They mounted a baseless probe of Dale’s finances, while chasing after his daughter, his sister and others. Dale was guilty of holding a job coveted by presidential pal Harry Thomasson. But rather than simply firing Dale, the Clinton White House chose to destroy him.
By all accounts, the 400-page Barrett report is a bombshell, capable possibly of wiping out Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential prospects. At the very least, it would bring to public attention a scandal that would make the Valerie Plame affair vanish into comical insignificance.
Democrats know this. Using provisions in the independent-counsel statute that permit people named in a report to review the allegations against them and file rebuttals, attorneys close to the Clintons have spent the better part of five years reviewing every jot and tittle of the charges arrayed against their clients and friends. full story
Also according to Tony Snow
If Barrett has found evidence that officials at Justice and the IRS served as a praetorian guard, that means some bureaucrats felt it appropriate or beneficial to ignore their duty to the public and instead to perform dirty work for the people who oversee their budgets.
Another big “if”: If such behavior were covered up, the malefactors would conclude that they may do the same thing again for other presidents.
Something stinks, and the only way to get at the truth is to release the full report. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who fought a lonely battle to ensure the document’s publication, is furious. So is House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc. The question is whether Republican leaders Bill Frist and Denny Hastert will step in and ensure the report’s publication, or whether they’ll just sigh and look the other way.
So this brings us to the present and how this might impact Hillary. Hillaryâ€™s college friend, Margaret Milner Richardson, headed the IRS at the time the alleged abuses occurred. If the report shows that any of the implied abuses took place, this could indeed affect Hillary’s chances of even winning the nomination. Only time will tell, but you can do your part. Heed Tony’s call:
Release the Barrett Report
Republican Congressmen are preventing the release of key portions of the Barrett Report–Independent Counsel David Barrett’s investigation into a laundry list of Clinton Administration crimes. Republican leadership needs to hear from you. Demand the Barrett Report be released in its entirety. Call:
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN)
â€¢ DC: (202) 224-3344
â€¢ TN: (615) 352-9411
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL)
â€¢ DC: (202) 225-2976
â€¢ IL: (630) 406-1114