Krauthammer On IRS Commissioner: "You've Got To Be A Knave Or A Fool To Say That And An Idiot To Believe It" | RealClearPolitics
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The testimony from [Steven] Miller comes under the category of 'how stupid do you think we are?' Here's a guy who said that the IRS openly discriminated against groups on the basis of their politics, but the action was not a political action. It was instead an attempt at efficiency. You've got to be a knave or a fool to say that and you have to be an idiot to believe it. It's simply a contradiction in terms. It's a matter of definition. It isn't even a matter of fact.
So that, I mean -- he starts off way, way out there, and then he obviously was withholding the truth when he went before the committee before and said, 'well I answered the questions,' but he concealed from them the fact that this was going on. He knew it was a deep concern. He said nothing.
And let me just add the last bit of news that we got -- how this was released by the IRS. This is peculiar and I'm not even sure I can understand why. But they decide knowing the IG report will come out this week, they decide a week ago to plant a question in a closed meeting of the ABA (American Bar Association) so that Lois Lerner answers it and gives an answer, assuming I think that it's going to leak out, but I'm not even sure I understand the logic of doing that.
Why not just issue a press release, say it? But to do it in a sort of ridiculously devious way shows you an institution that is sort of given intrinsically to being untruthful and deceptive. (Special Report, March 17, 2013)