Trump DOJ: We're Not Going To Charge Lois Lerner Over IRS Targeting Scandal

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Sep 08, 2017 4:40 PM
Trump DOJ: We're Not Going To Charge Lois Lerner Over IRS Targeting Scandal

The Department of Justice has a final ruling over whether they will file charges against Lois Lerner. They’re not going to proceed. Lerner, the former director for Exempt Organizations, has been at the center of the 2013 IRS scandal in which hundreds of conservative groups were subjected to extra scrutiny for nonprofit status over their political views. Yes, some progressive groups were victims of the same treatment, though even National Public Radio noted that the list, which is 426 groups deep, is top heavy with conservative ones. A federal judge ruled that the IRS has until October 16 to name those who were involved in the targeting, but for now—Lerner is in the clear once again. In 2015, DOJ also declined to press charges against Lerner after concluding heir investigation into the matter.

Via Fox News:

The Trump administration has no plans to charge former IRS official Lois Lerner over her role in the Tea Party targeting scandal, the Justice Department said Friday in response to calls by Republican lawmakers to revisit the case.

In a letter to the lawmakers, the Justice Department said that "reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence."

This past April, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., had asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take a "fresh look" at the case.

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The Republicans who requested a fresh look at the case were disappointed in the Trump DOJ's response.

"This is a terrible decision," Brady said. "It sends the message that the same legal, ethical, and constitutional standards we all live by do not apply to Washington political appointees."