It is stunning how deep this is, and how Elijah Cummings (D) tried but thankfully failed to get this investigation stopped (turns out he is a part of the problem!). Via Timeline of Targeting: The Evidence Mounts Against the IRS’s Lois Lerner.
Today, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to recommend criminal charges against Lois Lerner.
The Committee’s letter to the Justice Department documents in detail the nefarious character of Lois Lerner’s actions.
The Committee pointed to three specific violations of federal law:
“Lerner used her position to improperly influence agency action against only conservative organizations, denying these groups due process and equal protection rights under the law. She showed extreme bias and prejudice towards conservative groups. The letter lays out evidence on how Lerner targeted conservative organization Crossroads GPS as well as other right-leaning groups, while turning a blind eye to similarly-organized liberal groups, like Priorities USA.
“Lerner impeded official investigations by providing misleading statements in response to questions from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
“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.”
The letter makes it blatantly clear how Lerner, influenced by pressure from the Left, cultivated a culture of bias and engaged in reprehensible behavior, violating the free speech rights of thousands of Americans.
Most stunning is her open political bias. Not only does she clearly show animus toward conservative leaning groups, but when President Obama’s own campaign-committee-turned-advocacy-group, Organizing for America (OFA), applied for tax-exempt status, she remarked to one of her employees responsible for reviewing such applications, “Oh—maybe I can get the DC office job!”
If that doesn’t belie her true intentions, what does? Angling for a job at OFA, using the power of the office for political gain, and putting the full weight of the most dangerously abusive federal agency on the neck of political enemies, but according to President Obama, there isn’t a “smidgen of corruption.”
The evidence to the contrary is mounting.
The House Ways and Means Committee has put together an detailed and damaging timeline of the IRS’s targeting of conservatives.
The timeline that follows is very detailed. What adds to the insult is how Obama tries to pretend there isn’t even a “smidgen” of corruption and the media lets him off the hook. Even Democrats should realize the problems of letting an organization like the IRS operate like this.