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Sunday, April 12, 2015

The IRS Scandal, Day 703

IRS Logo 2Washington Examiner, Lerner Pushed Treasury Watchdog to Back Off 'Targeting' Charge in Probe:

Former IRS senior executive Lois Lerner appeared to be pressuring Treasury Department inspector general investigators to back off their conclusion that the federal tax agency had improperly targeted conservative and Tea Party nonprofit tax exemption applicants.

In an email on Jan. 31, 2013, Lerner encouraged Troy Patterson of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to back off of his investigators' view that the tax agency was targeting political groups for excessive attention.

"We feel your folks are being too narrow in their view and have decided that because of the language on the earlier BOLO list regarding Tea Party, everything that followed was tainted. They seem to believe that if a case was initially sent to the advocacy group, but ultimately determined to be an approval, that our action in putting it into the advocacy group in the first place is incorrect, and illustrates 'targeting,'" she said.

"BOLO" was the tax agency's abbreviation for categories of nonprofit applicants to "be on the lookout" for as they were received.

PJ Media, Lerner Email Shows Attempt to Pressure IG Conclusions in IRS Targeting Scandal:

About 5 months before former director of the IRS exempt division Lois Lerner casually let slip the revelation that her department had been targeting conservative organizations for special scrutiny, she sent an email to the inspector general investigating the matter, accusing the IG of being “too narrow” in their scope of the targeting investigation, claiming that she was just doing her job.

It is unusual for the subject of an investigation to plead their case so directly with the inspector general. But the email also shows that Lerner was well aware of the problems in her office with targeting and was looking for a break from the IG in reaching his conclusions.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2015/04/the--1.html

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Comments

Pushed? Pressured? Interfered? Really fellas, she sent them an email. LLerner was a senior executive, but she wasn't Attila the Hun.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Apr 12, 2015 9:13:33 AM

I agree that the scope was too narrow. Numerous government agencies were involved from IRS, DOJ, and even the EPA. Funny that coconspirators are charged with investigating what took place. I am sure Obama's DOJ will hold people accountable....

Has anyone else noticed the only people to get fired in the Obama administration have been people who said something negative about Obama?

Posted by: wodun | Apr 12, 2015 10:39:56 AM