(National Sentinel) Judiciary: Remember Lois Lerner, the former IRS official in charge of approving tax-exempt status for non-profit groups and who oversaw a campaign against conservative groups filing for tax-exempt status prior to the 2012 election? Some lawmakers want the Justice Department to take a look at her case anew.
During subsequent congressional testimony, the woman who once called Republicans “crazies” and “a**holes” repeatedly pleaded the Fifth Amendment, to avoid self-incrimination.
Now, some lawmakers want her case reexamined.
“We believe that she targeted people based on their political philosophy which is a crime and secondly, we believe that she has lied to the inspector general when that was being investigated,” Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., told The Daily Signal.
Roskam, chairman of the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, wrote a letter in April with Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen Lerner’s case.
“We think it is important that the Justice Department thoroughly review it because in our view the Obama administration was dismissive,” said Roskam. “They just dismissed it out of hand and never took it seriously which is a mistake.”
The House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter detailing charges to Obama’s Justice Department in 2014. The department launched an investigation but then closed it in October 2015 without any charges.
Lerner subsequently denied doing anything wrong. But the Ways and Means Committee said she “impeded official investigations by providing misleading statements in response to questions from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration,” and “used her position to improperly influence IRS action against conservative organizations, denying these groups due process and equal protection rights under the the law.”
Other legal analysts believe a second look is warranted.
“I think it was pretty clear that the administration was going to do everything it could, the Obama administration was going to do everything it could to keep the whole IRS scandal under wraps,” Jay Sekulow, Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, a legal and legislative organization, told The Daily Signal. “So for the Department of Justice under President Obama to go after Lois Lerner would have created a bad scenario for their position.”
There was so much corruption within the Obama administration that was never pursued Sessions could make a career out of investigating all of it. But he may not have enough time; Trump, per the Constitution, only gets two terms.