CHICAGO, May 15, 2013 — The Chicago Way is alive and not-so-well in the nation’s capital as scandal after scandal deals body blows to the Obama Administration’s credibility. Scandals borne of deceit, secret seizures of phone records, and abuse of power.
Smells like Rahm.
The IRS’ practice of targeting Tea Party, Patriot, and other conservative-sounding groups for “special scrutiny” began in March/April of 2010. At that time, Rahm “Deadfish” Emanuel was still presiding as White House chief of staff with his steak knives and F-bombs in tow.
Emanuel resigned as chief of staff on October 1, 2010 to run for Mayor of Chicago. But he left behind the ruthless tactics and mores of the
In September 2012, Emanuel stepped down as the Obama campaign’s co-chairman so he would be freed up to raise unlimited cash for the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities
Maybe it’s because he didn’t.
Does anything take place in the Obama White House without Rahm knowing about it?
So what, if anything, did Rahm know?
Newly released documents show IRS Chief Steve Miller knew about the agency’s practices as early as May 2012 and that other high-ranking IRS officials knew in mid-2011 that conservative groups were being targeted.
In 2012, IRS Commission Douglas Shulman testified before Congress that the IRS was not targeting Tea Party groups. Like the latest
Low-level IRS employees didn’t spontaneously target conservative groups for “special scrutiny.”
Justice Department officials didn’t act independently when they gathered the phone records of more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to the AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. Their activity was sanctioned by their superiors. So who sanctioned the sanctioners?
How long has the targeting of Republican-leaning groups and the surveillance of reporters really been going on? Who ordered it? And how high up the political food chain does this go?
Threats and intimidation, investigating political enemies, secretly recording reporters – that is Emanuel’s modus operandi – and it is a practice that he has continued in
In March 2012, Emanuel said he was in the final stages of talks with the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs, to finalize a public-private partnership to renovate a deteriorating Wrigley Field. By May 2013, the talks were off the table when the Mayor discovered that family patriarch Joe Ricketts was considering a plan to give $10 million for a Super PAC ad campaign against President Obama.
Emanuel had a public temper tantrum and refused to speak to Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. The ad campaign was never approved.
When Rahm said, “The First Amendment is highly overrated,” he wasn’t kidding.
In July 2012, Emanuel declared that Chick-Fil-A did not represent “
Back in November 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported that staffers for Mayor Emanuel were caught secretly recording Tribune reporters during interviews without their consent in October and September 2011. Emanuel said it was “much ado about nothing.”
Emanuel and his staff also have a history of attempting to threaten and intimidate members of the media – including this reporter.
In January, Buzzfeed’s Michael Hastings alleged that Emanuel “crossed the line” by physically assaulting him during an interview.
In July 2011, Emanuel’s temper got the best of him during an interview with veteran NBC Chicago political reporter Mary Ann Ahern when she asked him about his children attending private schools.
Irritated, the interview was cut short and Emanuel got up to leave.
“I look forward to our future interview,” he said before unclipping his lanyard microphone and dropping it to the floor, and walking out of his office. I asked my camera man to stop rolling. As I tried to explain further, Emanuel doubled back. He looked directly at my two college interns, and said, “You are my witnesses.”
Then, the Mayor of Chicago positioned himself inches from my face and pointed his finger directly at my head. He raised his voice and admonished me. How dare I ask where his children would go to school!”
Is it Rahm’s White House too?
William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and conservative columnist. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a native from
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