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September 12, 2013

Lois Lerner Emails Released

She's still getting paid, of course.

People who are still getting paid and have been told there is no threat of prosecution tend to keep their secrets.

So it's no accident that she's getting paid to not work. She's now being paid to shut up, which is what I expect she'll keep doing, as there's now a career in withholding evidence for her.

It appears she targeted the Tea Party in order to create the grounds for a lawsuit to get the Citizens United case reexamined.

“Tea Party Matter very dangerous,” Ms. Lerner said in the 2011 email, saying that those applications could end up being the “vehicle to go to court” to get more clarity on a 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance rules.

In another email, from 2012, Ms. Lerner acknowledges that the agency’s handling of the tax-exempt applications had been bungled at the beginning, though she said they had taken steps to correct it.

“It is what it is,” she said in the email, released Thursday by the Ways and Means Committee. “Although the original story isn’t as pretty as we’d like, once we learned this [sic.] were off track, we have done what we can to change the process, better educate our staff and move the cases. So, we will get dinged, but we took steps before the ‘dinging’ to make things better and we have written procedures.”

That email suggests agency employees knew they had gone overboard in their scrutiny — despite top IRS officials telling Congress that there wasn’t any special scrutiny of conservative groups.


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