If you haven’t filed your taxes by now, you’re likely in a bit of trouble with the IRS. And if some accusations turn out to be true, some people from the IRS are going to be in a lot of trouble.
Nothing good comes from turning government agencies with enforcement powers into tools of raw political corruption. This is deadly to a nation whose institutions are dependent on their being respected, even if they are disliked, by the citizens.
Unfortunately, the Obama administration did just this. While the IRS was no doubt not the only agency so abused, it is the one that’s about to be put in the spotlight again. There are calls for a new investigation into the alleged acts by former IRS official Lois Lerner to use the IRS to intimidate and harass conservative non-profit organizations.
These allegations are not new, but they are about to heat up.
“Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), joined by Tax Police Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL), sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting an investigation into allegations that Lerner used her division’s power to target American citizens’ applications for non-profit status, or political action committees, based upon the citizen’s political beliefs.”
This sort of behavior not entirely different from using the police department to issue tickets or worse in a manner that targets groups that political leadership opposes. It’s the sort of thing that deserves firings and prosecutions, not being swept under the rug.
It looks like they’ve got the goods on Lerner. “Brady and Roskam sent information to the U.S. Attorney General disclosing findings of a three-year investigation by their committee that uncovered ‘evidence of willful misconduct on the part of Ms. Lerner.'”
You can read the list of her insidious misconduct HERE.
Of course, Obama sat on all of this. “‘Despite this fact, and for what many believe were purely partisan reasons, the prior Administration refused to review Ms. Lerner’s misconduct,’ they explained.”
Continuing on this theme, “the letter from the two tax chairmen states, ‘Disturbingly, in February 2014, while the investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) was ongoing, President Obama stated there was “not a smidgeon of corruption” at the IRS, preempting a fair investigation in which he had political equities.”'”
There’s more to the case, and if Attorney General Sessions opens an investigation, much more to be learned. However, we might reflect on a comment Mrs. Clinton is alleged to have made. It went something like this, “If Trump wins, we’ll all hang from ropes!”
It all makes sense, doesn’t it?
Here is the letter sent to AG Sessions:
The Honorable Jeff Sessions
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Mr. Attorney General:
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. 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. For the reasons described below, I respectfully request the Department of Justice to take a fresh look at the evidence presented in the attached referral in order to restore taxpayers’ trust in the IRS.
In particular, the Committee found that Ms. Lerner used her position to improperly influence IRS action against conservative organizations, denying these groups due process and equal protection rights under the law. The Committee also found she impeded official investigations by providing misleading statements in response to questions from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Finally, Lerner risked exposing, and may actually have disclosed, confidential taxpayer information, in apparent violation of Internal Revenue Code section 6103 by using her personal email to conduct official business.
As you know, your predecessor brought no charges against Ms. Lerner or any other IRS employees involved in the improper targeting of organizations applying for tax-exempt status.
Disturbingly, in February 2014, while the investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) was ongoing, President Obama stated there was “not a smidgeon of corruption” at the IRS, preempting a fair investigation in which he had political equities. 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.
Taxpayers deserve to know that the DOJ’s previous evaluation was not tainted by politics. Again, I respectfully request that the Department of Justice to take a fresh look at the evidence presented in the attached referral in order to assure the American people that DOJ’s prior investigation was handled fairly and to restore taxpayers’ trust in the IRS.
Committee on Ways and Means
Subcommittee on Tax Policy