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Monday, November 16, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 921

IRS Logo 2The Press Enterprise editorial, IRS Scandal Does No Harm to Ruling Party, So No Foul:

Self-government can collapse when government doesn’t police itself — when abuses of power fester too long. That has happened with the investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s unjustified 2010 audits of numerous nonprofit conservative groups, which sidelined many of them during President Obama’s 2011-12 re-election campaign.

In a letter to Congress, the Justice Deparment said it will file no criminal charges in the case, not even against Lois Lerner, the former director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Office. Yet in 2013, Ms. Lerner herself sparked the uproar, telling an American Bar Association meeting that IRS auditors “actually used case names on this list. They used names like Tea Party or Patriots, and they selected cases simply because the applications had those names in the title.”

Before a congressional investigation, Ms. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Vista, conducted one of the investigations. He said in a statement, “The Justice Department's decision to close the IRS targeting investigation without a single charge or prosecution is a low point of accountability in an administration that is better known for punishing whistleblowers than the abuse and misconduct they expose.” He charged, “Giving Lois Lerner a free pass only reinforces the idea that government officials are above the law and that there is no consequence for wrongdoing.”

With the 2016 elections approaching, restoring clean, honest government should be voters’ top priority.

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Comments

Ahh yes, the same Lois Lerner that took the 5th then worked with Obama's internal DOJ investigation. Totally legit...

Posted by: wodun | Nov 16, 2015 12:39:47 PM

Have we lost honest government? Is there any proof of wrongdoing? Is this merely a witchhunt by conservatives who lost the last election?

Posted by: gator | Nov 17, 2015 7:28:17 AM

Mr. gator: 1) No. 2) No. 3) Does Mr. wodon hate liberals?

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 17, 2015 12:20:29 PM