On Friday afternoon, the Department of Justice announced it has declined to charge Lois Lerner, a former IRS director, for her involvement in the agency’s targeting of conservatives.
Lerner, who headed the IRS Exempt Organizations Division, had formally retired from the position after being accused of discriminating conservative political groups and not granting them tax-exempt status during the Obama administration. She was brought in to testify to Congress but pleaded the Fifth.
In a letter written to members of Congress, the DOJ stated “reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence.”
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, expressed deep frustration with the DOJ’s decision, which is now headed by former Republican Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
“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.”
He added that appointees “will now have the green light to target Americans for their political beliefs and mislead investigators without ever being held accountable for their lawlessness.”
Lerner and her attorney insist that she did nothing wrong, although the IRS did admit they targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election.
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