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IRS emails admit they know targeting activists is wrong but don't care

Published: June 10, 2015
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Source: Mass Private I

The DOJ won't prosecute IRS official Lois Lerner for contempt!

Ronald Machen, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told House Speaker John Boehner in a seven-page letter this week that he would not bring a criminal case to a grand jury over Lerner’s refusal to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2014. 

Lerner wanted to “put together some training points to help them [IRS staffers] understand the potential pitfalls” of revealing too much information to Congress.

“Once again, the Obama administration has tried to sweep IRS targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs under the rug,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, urging the White House to “do the right thing and appoint a special counsel to examine the IRS’ actions.”

Lerner's emails:

"We feel your folks are being too narrow in their view and have decided that because of the language on the earlier BOLO [Be On the Lookout] list regarding Tea Party, everything that followed was tainted…They also don’t seem to be taking a big picture look at what we have done… When we describe that process, they acknowledge that that approach sounds reasonable, but seem to be saying that reasonableness is overshadowed by the fact that the criteria look bad to folks on the outside, so there is no way we could cure the initial bad impression."

Ms. Lerner wrote in one of  thes emails that she “understands why the IRS criteria” leading to the targeting of Tea Party and other opponents of the President Obama “might raise questions.”

"We understand why the criteria might raise questions….So, I’m not sure how they [TIGTA] investigators are looking at we were politically motivated, or what they are looking for with regard to targeting. They didn’t seem to understand the difference between IRS acting in a politically motivated manner and front line staff people using less than stellar judgment. I am willing to take the blame for not having provided sufficient direction initially, which may have resulted in front line staff doing things that appeared to be politically motivated, but I am not on board that anything that occurred here shows that the IRS was politically motivated in the actions taken.'

Subject: Review of Classification Write-Ups

"While you were gone, Judy [Kindell – former Lerner advisor] and Sharon [Light – Lerner advisor] had the opportunity to look at some of the write –up from the referral committee and classification folks on cases they had reviewed. We are all a bit concerned about the mention of specific Congress people, practitioners and political parties. Our filed folks are not as sensitive as we are to the fact that anything we write can be public–or at least be seen by Congress. We talked with Nan [Downing – Director of EO Examinations] and she thought it would be great if R & A could put together some training points to help them understand the potential pitfalls, as well as how to think about referrals. As a starting point, Nan has sent up a bunch of papers that I asked Tom Miller [EO technical advisor] to review to provide feedback to Sharon/Judy –or whomever we decide should draft the training."

IRS emails admit they know targeting activists is wrong but don't care:

The emails show that Lerner was aware that Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) had concerns about the political nature of IRS targeting in February 2013.  Lerner writes colleagues an email forwarding her discussion with a TIGTA official and notes that it “seems like we may very well be in disagreement [with TIGTA] big time. That means we will need to start drafting our arguments.”

On May 14, 2013, a report by TIGTA revealed: “Early in Calendar Year 2010, the IRS began using inappropriate criteria to identify organizations applying for tax-exempt status to (e.g., lists of past and future donors)” and the illegal IRS reviews continued for over 18 months and “delayed processing of targeted groups’ applications” preparing for the 2012 presidential election. It was during this period of time that Lerner emailed former Director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements Holly Paz, attempting to limit information provided by the IRS to Congress about non-profit classifications.

Update: Court compels the IRS to provide answers concerning Lerner's emails

What does all this mean, not much. Our governments ABC's of spying: NSA, DHS, FBI, IRS, etc., will go back to spying as usual after the mass-media stops talking about it.

Click here & here to find out more about the IRS email scandal.

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