The IRS is alleged to targeting conservative groups is now a subject of a criminal investigation.
According to Eric Holder, Attorney General:
“The FBI is coordinating with the Department of Justice to see if any laws were broken in connection with those matters related to the IRS.”
A newly released investigative report by the IRS stated that more than 50% of the conservative groups targetted were demanded unnecessary and irrelevant information to single out Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.
Even though the IRS apologized for inappropriately targetting Tea Party groups.
Rumors speculated that the initiatives were solely done in offices in Cincinnati. However, ABC News obtained documents showing other IRS offices around the country were involved. Including 2 in California and to the headquarters in Washington, D.C. (The White House insisted that they had no idea any of it was going on)
The woman who heads the unit using keywords like the Tea Party to spot conservative groups was called to testify before Congress.
On Capitol Hill, the IRS scandal took an unusual turn due to Lois Lerner, the center of the IRS scandal.
According to Forbes, in March 2014, 9 months after acquiring a subpoena to turn over and preserve the information, the IRS deleted approximately 24,000 Lerner emails and destroyed Lerner’s hard drive.
Many emails were lost forever. When 422 backup tapes were destroyed despite a subpoena and preservation order, the House Oversight Committee report stated that the IRS failed to take simple steps to ensure compliance.
What deleted 24,000 emails and did what to Lerner’s hard drive?
According to Judge Andrew Napolitano:
“This is a reluctance to prosecute a former official for political reasons. The evidence of her guilt is overwhelming. The Obama administration, the Loretta Lynch Justice Department, decided not to do anything. I say this about my friend Jeff Sessions. The Sessions Justice Department sounds like the Loretta Lynch Justice Department because of its refusal to prosecute a guilty person with an overwhelming amount of evidence for abusing the power the government gave her.”
According to Larry Elder:
“Now, she pleads the fifth, but first gave a lengthy statement declaring her innocence. Now, in my opinion, and the opinion of many lawyers, this meant she waived her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.”
According to Ms. Lerner:
“I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee. And while I would very much like to answer the committee’s questions today, I’ve been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing.”
Larry Elder concluded:
“Didn’t her long statement declaring her innocence means that she waived her right against self-incrimination?”