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On the same day it announced ...
On the same day it announced an indictment of New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez (D) for allegedly taking bribes and engaging in various forms of corruption, it also announced that it would not pursue a criminal contempt of Congress resolution against Lois Lerner, the member of the Internal Revenue Service at the center of the effort to deny conservative groups the right to be certified for non-profit tax status.
would not speak to lawmakers, but she
has reportedly cooperated with the FBI
WASHINGTON - The Justice ...
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department won't seek criminal contempt charges against Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of a controversy over how the agency treated conservative political groups.
The GOP-controlled House had referred the case to federal prosecutors after lawmakers voted last year to hold Lerner
in contempt of Congress for her
refusal to testify before a pair of committee hearings.
Lerner directed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.
set off a political firestorm in 2013 when she
disclosed that agents had improperly singled out applications from tea party and other conservative groups for extra, sometimes burdensome scrutiny.
An inspector general's report found no evidence of a political conspiracy, instead blaming poor management at the agency.
But many Republicans in Congress remain skeptical.
Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions at a hearing before the House Oversight Committee
But House Republicans claim she
constitutional right by delivering an opening statement in which she
In his letter, Machen said a team of "experienced career prosecutors" determined that Lerner
did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights by making "general claims of innocence."
was placed on paid leave the day after she
innocence at the committee hearing.
She retired from the IRS four months later.
In a speech delivered at an ...
In a speech delivered at an educational conference on April 19, Lois Lerner, Director of the Exempt Organizations Division at the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), reported the preliminary findings from an analysis of governance practices of exempt organizations and signaled that good governance will continue to be a focal point for the IRS.
The findings represent the first measurable data from the IRS supporting the premise that good governance and tax compliance go hand in hand.
In addition to her comments on the governance analysis, Ms. Lerner announced that the IRS will begin conducting examinations of organizations reporting "Significant Diversions of Assets" (such as embezzlement or theft) in the governance section of the Form 990.
In undertaking the governance check sheet initiative, which was the primary subject of Ms. Lerner's
remarks, the IRS
sought to provide statistical support for its proposition that good governance leads to tax compliance.
recent remarks, Lerner
explained that the IRS
has reviewed the tax filings and other publicly available information on those organizations that reported significant diversions and now intends to conduct an examination program in the area.
A transcript of Ms. Lerner's
remarks is available here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/georgetown_04192011.pdf.
IRS says official at centre of ...
IRS says official at centre of tea party scandal retiring; Lois Lerner had been on paid leave
by The Canadian Press - Story: 99066
Sep 24, 2013 / 2:28 pm
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FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Lerner, the official at the center of the agencyâ€™s tea party scandal is retiring.
Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May.
While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012. (AP Photo/J.
Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May.
was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.
first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she
was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups.
Less than two weeks later, she
refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her
constitutional right not to incriminate herself.
A day after the hearing she
was placed on paid leave at the age of 62.
Lerner's retirement came as a review board was set to propose that she
be fired, said a statement by Rep.
Lerner is an attorney who joined the IRS in 2001.
In brief remarks before she invoked her right not to testify before the House Oversight committee, Lerner expressed pride in her 34-year career in federal government, which has included work at the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission.
As director of the exempt organizations division, she oversaw 900 workers and a budget approaching $100 million.
Lerner's revelation at the May 10 tax conference set off a firestorm at the agency.
President Barack Obama
forced the acting commissioner to resign and much of the agency's top leadership was replaced.
Three congressional committees and the Justice Department
"Just because Lois Lerner is retiring from the IRS does not mean the investigation is over.
Lerner initially said the targeting was limited to agents working in a Cincinnati office that handled applications for tax-exempt status.
Congressional investigations have since discovered evidence that IRS supervisors in Washington were aware that tea party applications were being delayed for years in some cases while the groups endured sometimes burdensome scrutiny.
However, investigators have released no evidence showing that anyone outside the IRS
ordered the targeting or knew it was happening.
Levin said Lerner
is "being held responsible for her gross mismanagement of the IRS
tax-exempt division, which led to improper handling of applications for tax-exempt status, whether conservative and progressive."
"Regardless of whatever else happens, I ...
"Regardless of whatever else happens, I know I did the best I could under the circumstances and am not sorry for anything I did," former IRS official Lois Lerner told POLITICO in an exclusive interview released today.
In the piece, Lerner
portrays herself as being unfairly attacked by the very groups she
spent years inappropriately targeting.
, for her
part, assumes she
is at the center of the storm because "I was the person who announced it.
I assume the other part of it is because I declined to talk, and once I declined to talk, they could say anything they wanted, and they knew I couldn't say anything back."
Oh, and she
wants everyone to know how apolitical she
This is the same woman who was in contact with the Department of Justice
about putting tea party leaders behind bars for "lying" about political activity and the same woman who called conservatives crazies and a**holes in an email.
Speaking of those crazy a**holes, according to Lerner
and her husband, Mark Levin and his listeners were the source of that comment.
, then in London, responded from her
work email about hearing chatter about the U.S. being a broken system for its fiscal brinkmanship over the debt ceiling.
is "not a political person," has voted for candidates of both parties and that the only campaign contribution she
ever made was $25 to a fellow law school student running for judge.
And, let's not forget "non-political" Lerner discussing the possibility of joining President Obama's
2012 re-election machine Organization for Action.
Lerner, the director of Exempt Organizations, emailed a colleague about OFA on January 24, who noted that they would primarily operate out of Chicago - but would have an office in Washington D.C.
"Oh--maybe I can get the DC office job!
isn't playing the victim card all on her
"By taking the Fifth, Lois put a sign on her back: Kick me," Streckfus told POLITICO for their story.
isn't a victim, she's
a bully backed up by America's most powerful federal government agency, the Justice Department and the Obama
People like Becky Gerritson and hundreds of regular Americans like her who were targeted by Lerner
and her goons are the real victims and they deserve justice.