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December 11, 2014

Documents: When Democratic Senators Wanted Conservative-Leaning Groups Investigated for "Lies," Lois Lerner Took the Meeting

Smidgen:

[I]nternal DOJ documents show Ms. Lerner was talking to DOJ officials about prosecuting tax-exempt entities (yes, criminally!) two years before the IRS conceded there was inappropriate targeting.

Ms. Lerner met with top officials from the DOJís Election Crimes Branch in October of 2010. Although Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the DOJ (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice, No. 14-cv-01239), the DOJ coughed up dirt only on court order. Even then, the DOJ handed over only two pages of heavily redacted emails.

Whatís more, the DOJ withheld 832 pages in their entirety. They revealed that Mr. Obama's DOJ called an October 8, 2010 meeting with the IRS "concerning 501(c)(4) issues."

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Documents from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS show that Ms. Lerner asked the DOJ whether tax-exempt entities could be criminally prosecuted. This May 8, 2013 email by Ms. Lerner went to Nikole C. Flax, Chief of Staff to Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller, who would later be fired by President Obama:

"I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ ...He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who "lied" on their 1024s--saying they weren't planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS..."

DOJís Mr. Pilger admitted that DOJ officials met Ms. Lerner in October 2010. Moreover, according to congressional investigators, a Lerner email from October 5, 2010 shows the IRS sent the FBI and DOJ a "1.1 million page database of information from 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations" that contained confidential taxpayer information.

"What, if any damage" the use of the IRS as a partisan attack dog "might do to IRS programs."

Hey, Sorry for Not Posting for So Long. I kept getting angry about crap on Twitter, like Ron Fournier chiding Jonah Goldberg not to challenge the "one in five" fake statistic on the grounds that challenging a falsehood was somehow pro-rape, and kept thinking I had only posted on the site an hour ago.

Well, no... turns out it was three hours ago.

I honestly, all this time, kept thinking, "Well, it's been about an hour since I posted. Once I get done with Ron Fournier, I'll put up a post."

I had no idea three hours had passed.






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