Remember Lois Lerner? The IRS Exempt Organizations director was accused of targeting conservative nonprofit groups in 2012, preventing them from taking part in that year’s elections by denying or delaying their tax-exempt status. She later resigned and retired after being placed on administrative leave by the IRS.
A subsequent joint Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI investigation found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia,” but stopped short of filing charges against or even censoring any IRS official.
This included IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who still holds the top job at revenue agency, despite being a political appointee of former President Obama. This is despite IRS officials’ knowledge of hard drive destruction, deletion of emails and other red flags.
But now, Congressional Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee are urging the DOJ to reopen the investigation into IRS abuses based on new information that’s come to light and evidence that was ignored by former Attorney General Eric Holder years ago. Lerner may be one of the first officials asked to testify if the case is indeed reopened by Trump administration Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Watch as Fox’s Stuart Varney interviews the Wetumpka Tea Party’s Becky Gerritson, who had cried while giving testimony in her 2013 Congressional hearing on IRS abuses. Gerritson claims that not only is the time ripe for doing this, but the abuses may have also extended to other government agencies besides the IRS.