Tag: Lois Lerner

A Disgrace


Judicial Watch has obtained a memo that shows that John McCain and his Senate staff sought to collude with the Obama Administration to target conservative advocacy groups.

In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer (Henry) Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells (Lois) Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all.”

A Smoking Gun


IRS ScandalIt has been obvious to anyone who has paid attention that the Obama administration made use of the Internal Revenue Service to confine and paralyze the Tea Party movement by denying many of the organizations that grew up after 2009 the tax-exempt 501(c)(4) status they sought or by delaying until after the 2010, the 2012, and, in some cases, the 2014 elections a decision on their applications. Back in May 2013, the Inspector General for the Department of the Treasury issued a report, revealing that, starting in 2010, the IRS had singled out groups with words such as “patriot” and “Tea Party” in their titles for intensive scrutiny and that at that time they “began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status (e.g., lists of past and future donors).”

With Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, and their minions in control of the Department of Justice, there was never any chance that there would be a full-scale investigation of these shenanigans and the lodging of criminal charges, and John Koskinen, who took over the agency at the end of 2013, has dragged his feet at every turn, vociferously denying that anything partisan in nature was done.

Judicial Watch, which has doggedly pursued this question through a Freedom of Information lawsuit first brought in October 2013, just discovered a smoking gun — notes taken at an interoffice meeting held in Washington DC, ca. August 2011 — where then IRS Director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements Holly Paz reported on what was going on:

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In a new ruling, a federal judge slammed the IRS for continuing to hold up 501(c)(3) applications of TEA Party groups.  Here it is from PJMedia: After the IRS admitted it was maltreating the groups in 2013, the agency began to process most of the applications — but some of the groups sued, and the […]

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Friday Document Dump: 30,000 IRS Emails Found


The midterms are over, the political world is distracted by Obama’s amnesty order, and official Washington has left for the weekend. In other words, a perfect time for the IRS inspector general to quietly note that he may have recovered up to 30,000 “missing” emails sent by Lois Lerner.

His office informed Congress late this afternoon that the information was discovered among the agency’s disaster recovery backup tapes:

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The Justice Department–not the IRS–has informed Judicial Watch–not Congress–that Lois Lerner‘s emails are in fact not lost. Attorneys for the Justice Department surprised Judicial Watch, a right-leaning watchdog group, on Friday by saying that they have copies of every electronic message ever sent from Lerner, a former top IRS official who is a key figure […]

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Understanding Congress’s Subpoena Power


With the House Ways and Means Committee voting earlier this week to send the Justice Department a criminal referral for Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the Tea Partying target scandal, I’ve received a number of questions about how Congress’s power to hold someone in contempt works and what its effects can be. As it happens, I wrote about this for the Wall Street Journal way back in 1997. You can’t find the original article online anymore, but here’s a relevant excerpt that should shine some light on what’s going on:

If an individual refuses to cooperate, the law requires that the congressional committee first vote to hold the person in contempt. The committee’s inquiries must further an independent legislative purpose related either to legislation, possible legislation or oversight into government administration.