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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Will Holder bring charges vs. Lois Lerner in IRS scandal? -- House prepares criminal referral and contempt proceedings in Tea Party fight -- Editorial, The Washington Times

The House Ways and Means Committee will vote Wednesday to ask the Justice Department to file criminal charges against Lois Lerner for using the fright-making power of the Internal Revenue Service to hobble Tea Party groups and, in her words, "fix the problem" wrought by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision lifting restrictions on campaign finance.

We're skeptical that Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. will do his duty, though we're confident he will diligently look after the president's political interests. Mr. Holder is a partisan with the dubious distinction of having been found in contempt of Congress. He shows every evidence that he is a part of the Democratic wagon-circling, doing everything possible to throw congressional investigators off the scent.

One of his the favorite red herrings is the claim that the IRS scandal is "not news" because liberal groups were mistreated, just as conservative groups were. (Why would he tolerate mistreatment of anyone?) President Obama asserted there was "not even a smidgeon of corruption" at the agency. The new IRS chief tells Congress it will take years to turn over Ms. Lerner's emails — something any computer geek could accomplish in a few minutes with a simple thumb drive.

A new report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform shreds this defense. Thanks in part to the testimony of IRS agents and officials from the Treasury Department, we know that the official IRS policy was to treat conservative groups as different. J. Russell George, the Treasury's inspector general, confirmed that liberal organizations were not mistreated. He said his office "found no indication in any of these other materials that 'Progressives' was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention."

USA Today performed its own analysis and found that over two years, not one Tea Party application for tax status was accepted, while the agency approved applications by left-wing organizations. The administration's apologists have seized on a handful of instances where liberal groups experienced some delay, but these exceptions prove the rule. "Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word 'progressive,'" the committee report noted, "all of which were then approved by the IRS, while Tea Party groups received unprecedented review and experienced years-long delays. While some liberal-oriented groups were singled out for scrutiny, evidence shows it was due to nonpolitical reasons."

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