Group says IRS-tea party scandal now includes Dept. of Justice

Thursday, April 17, 2014
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption says it has evidence that Lois Lerner, the former IRS official already in hot water for her role in targeting conservative tax-exempt groups, also was conspiring with the Justice Department to prosecute those same groups.

Through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Judicial Watch has obtained internal IRS documents it says show Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice about the potential prosecution of 501(c)(4)tax-exempt groups. Lerner is already being held in contempt of Congress by a House committee for failing to cooperate with congressional investigators in the alleged targeting of such groups.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, says according to documents obtained this week, Lerner received communication last May from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) about why the conservative groups had not been prosecuted.

Fitton, Tom (Judicial Watch)"Lois Lerner received a call from the Department of Justice about how to respond to Whitehouse's concerns," Fitton explains. "And her response was Let's have a meeting with DOJ, let's bring in our criminal investigation branch and have a discussion about prosecuting potentially these very same types of organizations. It's really incredible."

He says the revelations about the discussions between Lerner and DOJ officials should prove enlightening to House members.

"Before it was just about delaying someone's application for tax-exempt status and thereby shutting them down, practically speaking," the Judicial Watch leader notes. "[But] here they're talking about prosecuting people – people [who] Shelton Whitehouse didn't like.

"They were talking to another agency: the Department of Justice. So this isn't just an IRS scandal anymore," he concludes. "This is a broader scandal within the Obama administration and it involves the Department of Justice as well."

Fitton argues that it's time for a special outside counsel to be brought in to investigate and conduct any prosecutions if appropriate.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What news story currently covered by OneNewsNow angers you the most?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Republicans voice disgust with VA secretary's Disney remark
Maryland prosecutor under fire after court rulings on officers
Virginia Gov. McAuliffe under federal investigation
House panel hearing lawmaker who wants IRS chief impeached
Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parent
GOP governors ask FCC to address illegal prison cellphones

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Ken Starr fired? Baylor reviews investigation into football sex scandal
Senator Sessions: Hillary would use SCOTUS to ‘completely ban firearms’
Sheriff: ‘Picking apart Constitution to fit' leftist agenda leads to tyranny
Travesty in Baltimore, next chapter: Officer acquitted in second Freddie Gray trial
Union flips out over church's school pizza giveaway

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Oregon pro-life group backs state rep in GOP primary

A pro-life leader in Oregon says there is a clear difference between the two leading Republican candidates squaring off in the upcoming Senatorial primary.