Trump DOJ says no way on revisiting IRS targeting of conservatives

Fill The Swamp? Trump's DOJ Decides Not to Pursue Charges Against Lois Lerner Over IRS Scandal

Department of Justice Will Not Charge Lois Lerner Over IRS Targeting Scandal

Lerner was the head of IRS divisions that oversaw tax-exempt groups when requests from conservative groups began to receive more scrutiny by the department.

He said if new information is developed, the decision could be revisited.

"This is a bad decision", said a statement from Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees taxes and the IRS.

U.S. Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Lois Lerner is sworn in to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on alleged targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status from by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 22, 2013.

The Justice Department declined to prosecute Lerner in 2015 under former President Obama, but Brady and Roskam wrote a letter in April to Sessions asking him to reconsider the department's decision.

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He added that appointees "will now have the green light to target Americans for their political beliefs and mislead investigators without ever being held accountable for their lawlessness".

Prior investigations had found mismanagement that disproportionately hurt conservative groups, and the recently appointed department officials reviewed the new reports and concluded that "reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence", said the Friday letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd.

Having done so, the Justice Department today notified members of Congress that it will not alter the Obama administration's decision. He said that to convict Lerner, it would be necessary to prove that she intentionally discriminated against the groups based on their political views. For two years after she discovered the targeting, it continued.

For her part, Lerner said she was "sorry" the agency had engaged in such discriminatory behavior. "In fact, we're still fighting the Justice Department and the IRS for records about this very scandal". She claimed this "error in judgment" was confined to a handful of low-level employees in Cincinnati - a statement which later turned out to be false. While that's a load of crap, the emails and other documents that might prove intentional targeting by the IRS were either "lost" or destroyed - purely "accidental" don't you know.

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