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Well, first of all, let me thank all of you who responded to my
plea

to bombard Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, vis a vis Congress’ stalled
investigation of Clinton administration political abuse of the Internal
Revenue Service.

The avalanche of mail forced Archer to issue a statement on the long
dormant probe — begun in 1997 after I broke the story of administration
crimes in the Wall Street Journal. You managed to make your voices heard
despite the fact that Archer — like so many other Congress-critters —
refuses to provide Americans from outside his district an opportunity to
send him e-mail.

“Unfortunately, due to the investigation’s complexity, scope and
because it involved privileged information about individual tax returns,
the committee’s final report has been delayed considerably beyond our
original hopes,” Archer said in a prepared statement sent to many who
made inquiries about the status of the probe.

Well, let me simplify this whole matter for Archer and his
colleagues. There’s nothing complex about it anymore. We now have a
smoking gun — a Treasury Department report obtained through the Freedom
of Information Act that shows the White House initiated an audit of my
organization because of our investigative reporting work into Clinton
administration corruption.

Not one member of Congress, nor one staffer, has requested to see a
copy of this report. Have they already seen it for themselves through
other sources? If so, why have they not made it public? If they haven’t
seen it, why would they not show the slightest curiosity about this
document? If Archer is sincere in saying that he continues to forward
all new information about political audits to the Joint Committee on
Taxation, why has no one from the committee or Archer’s office bothered
to ask about this important document?

Furthermore, let me solve Archer’s problem regarding privileged
information. I can’t speak for the dozens of other non-profit and
for-profit organizations and individuals audited under the most
suspicious of circumstances during this administration. But I can speak
for mine. And, I hereby, publicly agree to waive all issues of privilege
with regard to this case for the purposes of a congressional
investigation.

Am I coming through back there in Washington? Does anybody hear me?

Likewise, I pledge to open up our records to any bonafide news
organization curious enough to investigate the facts. Like the cowardly
Congress, not one major news organization, besides WorldNetDaily and the
Wall Street Journal, has expressed even the slightest interest in seeing
the documents for themselves and dissecting my charges of presidential
political abuse of the IRS.

“This investigation has become far more voluminous than was
originally anticipated,” adds Archer.

To which, I say, this investigation is not nearly as voluminous as
the pork-laden budgets presided over by his House Ways and Means
Committee.

“As my original letter to the JCT (Joint Committee on Taxation) makes
clear, I take allegations of IRS harassment of ‘political enemies’ very
seriously and follow the JCT’s investigation with interest,” says
Archer. “I have forwarded to the committee all specific information in
my possession on the matter, gathered from personal correspondence and
interviews.”

If this is how the congressional leadership takes matters
“seriously,” I would hate to see how they handle matters of less grave
and immediate concern. After all, if I’m right, then we have a potential
tyrant in the White House — a power abuser of unprecedented
proportions. Is this a matter to be dealt with years later, after
documents are shredded, witnesses die and disappear and the memories of
those involved grow dim?

Archer claims in his statement that he is hopeful the final committee
report will be forthcoming in the “near future.” Can we expect it before
Clinton leaves office? Or will this matter be one for the historians to
examine?

“Allegations of such abuse were the prime impetus for the enactment
of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998′s provision (Section
7217 of the Internal Revenue Service Code), making it a crime for the
president, the vice president or any other executive office employees to
request any officer or employee of the IRS to conduct or terminate an
audit or otherwise investigate or terminate the investigation of any
particular taxpayer,” Archer said. “The prohibition applies to both
direct requests and requests made through an intermediary. We are
determined to prevent abuses, or even the appearance of abuse, in the
future.”

Oh great. Another law that will not be enforced? Prior to this
legislation was it legal for the president to order IRS audits on
political enemies? If so, why were articles of impeachment drawn up
against Richard Nixon for that offense? So, you are determined to
prevent future abuses, huh? I guess those of us who experienced past
abuses then are out of luck, huh?

All I can add, people, is keep those cards and letters coming.

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