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Newly Uncovered E-Mails: IRS’ Lerner Discussed Targeting ‘Political’ Groups with DOJ

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New evidence has emerged to indicate that Lois Lerner, the central figure in the IRS scandal, was communicating with the Justice Department about pursuing groups trying to get a tax exempt status, Fox News reports.

E-mails between Lerner and the FBI raise questions about the extent to which the Obama administration was involved in the targeting.
In one email from May 2013, Lerner expounded on the possibility of pursuing tax-exempt groups that lie about their political activity.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ,” Lerner reportedly wrote to the office of Steven Miller, the agency’s acting director at the time. “He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who ‘lied’ on their 1024s — saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.

“DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS.”

President Obama Demands, Accepts Resignation of the IRS’ Acting Commissioner

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The acting commissioner of the IRS resigned Wednesday after the agency disclosed it had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the Washington Post reports.

President Obama demanded the resignation of Steven T. Miller in hopes of quelling the controversy.

Obama spoke briefly but passionately about the IRS’ disclosure.

“Americans are right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it,” he said, adding that he “will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has.”

IRS Accused of Political Bias Against Conservative Groups Trying to Get Tax-Exempt Status

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department’s probe into the IRS includes questions about whether the tax agency withheld information from Congress and targeted members of conservative groups, the Washington Times reports.

A government audit released Tuesday found that the IRS innapropriately singled out the Tea Party and other conservative groups because of their politically charged names.

Some of the groups waited so long to receive tax-exempt status that they simply gave up, the Washington Times reported.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Justice Department is trying to determine whether the IRS broke federal tax laws.

Some members of Congress are calling for a special prosecutor to investigate.