Off the Record

Greta: President Obama and his 'phony' concern are part of the problem in the IRS targeting scandal

'Off the Record', 3/5/14: President has condoned the stonewalling and dragging of feet in the IRS targeting investigation by calling it a 'phony' scandal. The American people deserve better ... time's up

 

By Greta Van Susteren

Let's all go "Off the Record" for a minute. The American people deserve better. The IRS targeting scandal was exposed last May and there's no reason the investigation should not have been finished months ago. We should have all the facts. And if someone has broken the law, that person should have an indictment.

So what's the problem? Well, President Obama is part of the problem. He called it a "phony scandal." That was the nod and the wink to Attorney General Holder to drag his feet. And if that wasn't enough, President Obama did it again, trying to call off the dogs by cavalierly telling Bill O'Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday that there wasn't a smidgeon of evidence to suggest corruption.

"Smidgeon" is President Obama's word. Mine is shame. Shame on President Obama for not doing the right thing all these months, like picking up the phone and directing his attorney general to aggressively and fairly investigate. That would have been the right thing to do, not try to smooze by slinging the word "phony" to friendly crowds and hope that the rest of us forget those hurt by the IRS.

You know what's really phony? Pretend concern for the American people. I no longer find it even a smidgeon believable. But it's not just President Obama. Speaker Boehner could step it up. Last summer, he should have green-lighted the Oversight Committee to hold Lois Lerner in contempt. That was when she first testified and took the Fifth and refused to talk. Weeks later, she resigned and is now collecting her taxpayer-funded pension.

You know this is all messed up. You know what? So do they.