As has been previously reported, the signature of IRS Official Lois Lerner, Director of Exempt Organizations, is found at the bottom of a letter addressed to the Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF), headed by Malik Obama – President Obama’s half-brother. It’s now known that BHOF received tax-exempt status in under one month, far more quickly than do others (7-10 months). It also appears that she may have broken the law by granting tax-exempt status retroactively.
At yesterday’s House Oversight Committee Hearing, Lerner pleaded the Fifth amendment but only after making an opening statement. Committee member, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) called her on it immediately and it’s since been reported that Committee Chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa is planning to call Lerner back to testify.
Here is the exchange between Issa, Gowdy, and Lerner that could help lead to her re-appearance in front of the Committee.
In light of what we’ve now learned about the BHOF since this news broke, we’d like to see some of the following questions asked of Lerner:
- Why did BHOF receive such expedited service from the IRS when it applied for tax-exempt status?
- Why did you approve granting BHOF retroactive tax-exempt stats, back to April 30, 2008 when you signed the letter on June 11, 2011 (38 months)?
- Isn’t it true that acting as a tax-exempt entity for more than 27 months a crime?
- If the previous question is answered in the affirmative, did you not facilitate a crime when you retroactively awarded tax-exempt status beginning more than 27 months earlier?
- Did you investigate BHOF prior to issuing tax-exempt status retroactively?
- If not, why not?
- If so, what did you find?
- Did you find anything out about allegations of spousal abuse by Malik Obama?
- Did you find anything about his alleged marriage to underage girls?
- Did you find anything about Malik’s work with the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO)?
- Are you aware of what the IDO does?
- Are you aware that the IDO spreads Wahhabist Islam, the same brand practiced by Al-Qaeda?
- Ms. Lerner, do you know who Omar Al-Bashir is?
- Are you aware that al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and atrocities related to genocide?
- Did you learn anything about Malik Obama collaborating with al-Bashir?
- Are you aware that he has done so in his capacity with the IDO?
- Are you familiar with a group called the World Association of Muslim Youth (WAMY)?
- Are you aware that this group has very real connections to Al-Qaeda?
- Are you aware that Malik Obama attended at least one WAMY Conference?
- Have you ever heard of the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF)?
- Are you aware that Musa Ismail Obama – Barack’s cousin – told Al-Jazeera that funds going to the MSOF are actually funneled to Kenyan student scholarships to attend Wahhabist schools in Saudi Arabia?
The report that these committee members should read prior to Lerner’s next appearance before the House Oversight Committee can be read here.