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Lerner Emails: DOJ and IRS Colluded on Targeting Conservatives

Dec. 11, 2014

The Department of Justice faced a conflict of interest as it “investigated” ex-IRS official Lois Lerner and the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. Judicial Watch released a 2010 email exchange between the DOJ’s Election Crimes Division and the IRS’s Tax Exempt Division. The DOJ invited an IRS official “to meet with us concerning 501(c)(4) issues.” While the then-head of the Tax Exempt Division couldn’t make the meeting, her deputy, Lois Lerner, did. As president of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said, “[I]t is of particular concern that the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section, which would ordinarily investigate the IRS abuses, is now implicated in the IRS crimes. No wonder the Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done no serious investigation of the Obama IRS scandal.” Now that we’ve established a corrupting relationship between the DOJ and the IRS, we need to find that connection where the White House was calling the shots, taking aim at its political enemies. More…

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