Dan Gilmore / October 26, 2015

DOJ Refuses to Convict IRS Official Lois Lerner

“Poor management is not a crime,” says the IRS.

This is “justice” for Lois Lerner, the IRS official whose email showed she plotted to target conservative nonprofits for audits ahead of Barack Obama’s re-election. A Department of Justice investigation into the matter, headed by a Democrat donor, declared that Lerner did not deserve criminal charges. “Our investigation uncovered substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment, and institutional inertia, leading to the belief of many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints,” the IRS wrote in a letter to the House Committee on the Judiciary Friday. “But poor management is not a crime.” Remember: Lerner has been held in contempt of Congress, called conservative talk radio hosts “a-holes” in a 2012 email, and violated privacy laws by giving IRS information to the FBI. As a result, a judge ruled in April that nearly 300 conservative nonprofits could join together in a class action lawsuit against the IRS. And Lerner herself, in a February 2012 email, expected consequences would come if her actions ever came to light. Instead, she retired, received her pension and stands unchallenged in her less-than-ethical dealings with Congress. As National Review’s Kevin Williamson wrote, the situation leaves us “one banana short of a republic.” Furthermore, there’s nothing stopping Hillary Clinton from receiving the same injustice over her handling of Benghazi.

> Update: By the way, the IRS is still targeting conservatives.

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