DOJ Will Not Investigate IRS for Targeting Conservative Groups

It has been announced that President Donald Trump’s DOJ will not investigate Lois Lerner, in the allegations she oversaw the IRS’ sabotage of conservative organizations, like the Tea Party, in 2012. The targeting occurred right before the 2012 elections.

Republican lawmakers are less than thrilled by this decision.

“This is a terrible decision,” said Texas Rep. Kevin Brady in an official statement. It continued:

It sends the message that the same legal, ethical, and Constitutional standards we all live by do not apply to Washington political appointees – who will now have the green light to target Americans for their political beliefs and mislead investigators without ever being held accountable for their lawlessness. Not only has the Department of Justice chosen not to hold [IRS manager] Lois Lerner criminally liable for obstructing an official investigation by the Inspector General, the Department continues to defend the Internal Revenue Service’s unconstitutional actions against taxpayers in ongoing civil litigation.

Brady is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. This committee’s job is to oversee taxes and the IRS. So he knows a thing or two about the topic.

Equally ticked is Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, chairman of the tax policy subcommittee. He said “The decision not to prosecute Lois Lerner is a miscarriage of justice,”adding that:

On top of Ms. Lerner’s actions against taxpayers – denying tax-exempt status to groups for political gain and failing to protect taxpayer information – the Department’s response blatantly ignores our most troubling finding: that Ms. Lerner intentionally misled federal investigators in a flagrant violation of the law. This is unacceptable and Ms. Lerner must be held accountable. Our democracy is injured when those who taxpayers entrust with great authority ignore the law to advance their own political agenda without repercussion.”

Tom Fitton, head of Judicial Watch, said:

Via BreitbartGOP officials and members of the non-profit groups hoped that Trump’s deputies would investigate and prosecute the wrongdoing.

But the September 8 letter from the Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department said it would not even reopen the investigation because officials require “proof beyond a reasonable doubt that a government employee intentionally discriminated against an applicant for a tax-exempt status based on viewpoint.”

Prior investigations had found mismanagement that disproportionately hurt conservative groups, and the recently appointed department officials reviewed the new reports and concluded that  “reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence,” said the Friday letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd.

The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved a number of items:

 

 

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