The lawmakers added that a 2015 DOJ decision to leave the matter alone was clearly a result of “President Obama’s signal on how he wanted the investigation to be handled”.
New data on how Americans spend their money Congressional leaders push back on withdrawal from S. Korea trade deal MORE (Texas) and Peter Roskam (Ill.), who sit on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, issued a statement Friday afternoon blasting the Department of Justice and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) SessionsFreedom Caucus chairman backs Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race Kasich offers home for Dreamers in Ohio Graham: Let’s “pass the DREAM Act for better border security” MORE’s “deeply flawed” decision not to prosecute Lerner criminally. Lerner acknowledged the improper handling of the applications in 2013 shortly before being put on leave by the IRS and eventually retiring.
In 2014, the Ways and Means Committee voted to refer Lerner to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution. He said that to convict Lerner, it would be necessary to prove that she intentionally discriminated against the groups based on their political views.
They were disappointed in the department’s response. They weren’t “targeted” at all, says the IRS.
If this proves to be too much for you and I to believe, we’re not alone. But the difference between identifying an obvious pattern of illegal behavior and proving the malevolent intent of the agency in a court of law is the difference between bringing Lerner to justice and allowing her to get away with it.
A completely unsatisfactory state of affairs.
“After this process, the Department determined that reopening the investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence”, Mr. Boyd said.
Lerner, who is now retired from the IRS, pleaded the Fifth during two different congressional hearings in 2013 and 2014 when she was accused of “improperly targeting tea party affiliated groups by denying or stonewalling their applications for tax-exempt status”, according to the Daily Caller.