DOJ – Lois Lerner to face no criminal charges
“poor management is not a crime.”
The Justice Department notified members of Congress on Friday that it is closing its two-year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups.
There will be no charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency, the Justice Department said in a letter.
The probe found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime.”
Despite incriminating evidence and findings by IRS inspectors that Tea Party and conservative groups were treated worse than other groups, DOJ found no support for the view that Lerner and others were politically motivated, as CNN further reported:
“We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution,” Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in the letter. “We also found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice. Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges.”
Remember, the Treasury Inspector General found targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups, and that no such targeting took place against liberal groups.
The first disclosure of the targeting deceptively was made by Lerner herself at a Bar Association meeting when she had someone plant a question to her, since she knew the IG report was coming out.
No political motive? That’s not what the emails showed, Lois Lerner Emails: Republicans are Evil and Dishonest:
No obstruction of justice? What about the secret Toby Miles email account that the IRS didn’t even know about?
Do people who are not concealing anything always make statements like “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” and suggest use of instant messages to avoid government record keeping of communications?
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Just a warm up .Hillary superior!!!!! Management is not a crime. Lucky for Dems or prisons would be overflowing.
Given the close working relationship of the IRS and DOJ, where is a special council?
None is so blind as one who will not see.
In case you had any doubt, the rule of law really is dead.
Murdered by the Obama administration.
I wish I had faith that things would be different under a Republican administration. The Leviathan that is the bureaucracy exists independent of whomever is currently the titular head management. And they all protect their own. Theoretically, Congress could exercise their power of the purse and choke them off, but since when has Congress acted to cut federal government? And, no, slowing it’s growth does not count as cutting.
“Murdered by the Obama administration.”
With their aides, the Republican party.
Absolutely! Accessories Before, During, and After the fact.
Progressives in general and this administration in particular view using the force of government to attack their political opposition as an obligation, not a crime.
Well I would like to say I am Surprised, but I’m not. Disgusted, yes, surprised, no. Maybe if we get a republican in the white house they can have the new AG review this case.
The statute of limitations for most federal crimes is five years. Most of Lois Lerner’s crimes were committed before 2012 (she was using the IRS to try and help Obama get re-elected). So by the time 2017 comes, even if there is an AG who is willing to prosecute Lerner, the limitations period will have run, and Lerner will no longer be at risk.
The statute of limitations for a conspiracy does not begin until the last overt act by ANY co-conspirator or accomplice to further or cover the conspiracy. IRS’ lies to a federal judge about the availability of emails, for one thing, should kick the can along the road, and Lerner and pals were covering their tracks pretty clearly in 2013 at least.
The latest overt act in this conspiracy was TODAY when the DOJ made this bullshit announcement.
Obama will pardon her, along with hundreds others when he and the gorilla he lives with leave the White House.
Doesn’t mean her name – like Obama’s – won’t live on in infamy, and people treat them accordingly.
If I were a domestic terrorist – I know who my first target would be. But, I am just a poor schmuck still playing by the rules while lawbreakers destroy his country.
Looks like the DOJ is daring Congress to cut their budget and that of the IRS…let’s see what Paul Ryan does. If nothing is done, we’ll know he’s no Republican warrior, just another, younger version of McCain, Dole, Boehner and McConnell.
I think we already know that he is.
We know how that will go. The house will cut their budget, the Dems in the senate will filibuster the appropriation, or if somehow it gets past the senate 0bama will veto it, and eventually the house will have no choice but to pass an appropriation without the cuts, or risk another government “shutdown” for which they will be blamed.
Maybe the next POTUS will come into office and just levy charges against the current POTUS.
That will never, ever happen. I guarantee it.
How ’bout NEXT DOJ under the NEW administration.
I would not sleep well if I were Lerner.
Oblammy is going to have a pardon-list that will reach to the moon.
That could be. But IF I were Lerner, I’d need a signed certified copy before I laid my head on my pillow!
Don’t you have to be convicted before you can be pardoned?
Can Obama issue preemptive pardons?
“Can Obama issue preemptive pardons?”
Who would stop him?
Apparently not — remember that Ford pardoned Nixon even though Nixon hadn’t been charged, let along convicted, of anything. Even so, I wonder if a law suit (after Obama leaves office of course) that challenged pre-conviction Presidential Pardons as violating the Constitutional guarantee of ‘innocence until proven guilty’ since the PP implies that the recipient IS guilty.
1. No, it doesn’t imply that at all.
2. There is no constitutional guarantee of “innocence until proven guilty”. You will not find such a phrase anywhere in the constitution.
3. Even if neither of the above were true, what sort of lawsuit could anyone bring? With what standing?
The bottom line is that yes, 0bama can pardon people who have not been charged, just as Ford pardoned Nixon and Bush Sr pardoned Weinberger.
The Democrat-dominated Federal bureaucracy protects its own, first and foremost. There was never any real possibility of charges being brought, no matter how corrupt the individuals being investigated may be.
Does anyone honestly believe the Department of JustUs will do anything with Hillary?
So Obama’s DOJ couldn’t find any evidence of wrongdoing by Obama’s IRS?? Surprise, surprise! Why couldn’t there be a jury of Americans to decide guilt? That’s real justice.
The one I want on a stick is Doug Shulman, Koskinen’s predecessor at IRS, who visited the White House at least 118 times during his tenure, which covered the time when Lerner was brought over from FEC and implemented the scheme – an average of one and a half times a week.
In sworn testimony before Congress, Shulman declared he could not remember the purpose of his visit or who he spoke to on ANY of those occasions – not a single one.
I want to immunize and waterboard that SOB.
Oh please. He told us he was there for the Easter Egg Roll. Who could doubt him?
We need term limits for all Federal Employees.
The corruption has become systemic, doesn’t matter which party holds congress or the executive branch, the leftist bureaucrats are dug in and no longer serve the people.
Charles Manson, OJ Simpson, and John Wayne Gacy all declared themselves innocent as well, so there is precedent for this.
“poor management is not a crime.”
Great news for Bernie Ebbers et al.
When is the newly penitent DoJ that claims poor managment is not a crime going to argue all the private sector executives they sent to prison for the non-crime of poor management need to be released?
I am beyond disgusted at this. We truly live in a lawless upside down world. God help us….
DOJ is settling the account with those republican senators who voted to confirm the corrupt leader of this corrupt DOJ. The Tea Party is their common enemy.
Can you say whitewash? Sure. I knew you could.
Couldn’t those targeted sue for discrimination or something?
You assume than an American citizen has standing to sue? Only liberal PACs and SJWs have standing to sue these days.
There is a term in Government contracting: “Error so egregious as to constitute fraud”. Frankly I think that “Mismanagement so egregious as to constitute deliberate political activity” should also be considered.
WE had to avoid even the appearance of malfeasance. Apparently the IRS has more lax standards.
“poor management is not a crime.”
So purposely targeting your political enemies using the full power of the federal government is now called poor management tactics. And the ensuing cover-up is just more poor management?
It’s like illegal aliens are not illegal aliens any more now they are undocumented immigrants! Progressive word games destroying America.