The Justice Department announced last Friday it will not be charging Lois Lerner, the former IRS executive who played a crucial role in the 2013 IRS targeting controversy.
Lerner was widely blamed for preventing conservative and Tea Party groups from obtaining nonprofit status. It was Lerner’s job to approve the applications, and it was Lerner who exposed the targeting when she answered a planted question at an American Bar Association meeting.
According to FBI documents, senior IRS officials were aware of the targeting as early as 2011.
The DOJ gave the IRS leadership no more than a slap on the wrist, and the incident was described as “ineffective management,” but “not a crime.”
The scandal forced Lerner to resign in 2013. She was cleared by Obama’s Justice Department in October 2015, but other groups demanded the investigation continue.
Now, despite all the evidence against her, Trump’s Justice Department has decided not to charge her either.
“I have zero confidence that the Justice Department did an adequate review of the IRS scandal,” says Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch.
“In fact, we’re still fighting the Justice Department and the IRS for records about this very scandal. Today’s decision comes as no surprise considering that the FBI collaborated with the IRS and is unlikely to investigate or prosecute itself. President Trump should order a complete review of the whole issue.”
Author’s Note: I think I can speak for all of us here at Punching Bag Post when I say I am outraged by the DOJ’s decision. As I wrote in a previous article, the agency’s treatment of Lerner is uncomfortably similar to its treatment of Hillary Clinton during the email scandal: in both cases, illegal action was clear, the State Department dragged its feet on the investigation, and the accused ended up free of charge.
Editor’s Note: I certainly don’t know all of the details, but it adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Obama Administration was the most corrupt in recent history. I would have hoped that FBI leadership would under the Trump Administration would have taken a closer look at this.