Former IRS official Lois Lerner got some bad news this week when two top tax-writing Republicans in the House wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling on him to charge her for unlawfully targeting conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status.
The Daily Caller reported that the letter was written by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam, who both pointed out that the Obama administration refused to review the information the committee gathered in its extensive investigation into the matter. Because of this, they say the investigation into Lerner should at the very least be reopened, since there is clear evidence that she willfully partook in criminal activity during her tenure as the Exempt Organizations Division director.
“On April 9, 2014, the House Committee on Ways and Means voted to send a letter to the Department of Justice referring former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director Lois G. Lerner for criminal prosecution,” Brady and Roskam wrote. “As indicated in the attached letter, the Committee’s nearly three-year investigation uncovered evidence of willful misconduct on the part of Ms. Lerner. Despite this fact, and for what many believe were purely partisan reasons, the prior Administration refused to review Ms. Lerner’s misconduct.”
They went on to bring up that Lerner provided misleading information to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s questions and used her own personal email, which put tax payers’ confidential information at risk of exposure, as reasons why she should be charged.
Despite all of the evidence against her, Obama’s Department of Justice announced in October of 2015 that it would not pursue criminal charges against Lerner at the close of its two-year probe.
“It is clear that when the DOJ announced in October 2015 that it would not bring charges against Lois Lerner, the agency was following President Obama’s signal on how he wanted the investigation to be handled,” they continued. “Taxpayers deserve to know that the DOJ’s previous evaluation was not tainted by politics.”
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