On Tuesday, House Republicans released a scathing 144-page investigative report detailing former IRS official Lois Lerner’s involvement in the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. The latest developments could lead to contempt charges.
The report states Lerner “created unprecedented roadblocks for Tea Party organizations” and “worked surreptitiously to advance new Obama Administration regulations that curtail the activities of existing 501(c)(4) organizations.” It also expounds upon the coverup that occurred after Lerner and other top officials engaged in after learning of the targeting:
“Most damning of all, even when she found that the actions of subordinates had not adhered to a standard that could be defended as not ‘per se political,’ instead of immediately reporting this conduct to victims and appropriate authorities, Lerner engaged in efforts to cover it up," the report reads.
Contained in the report are dozens of emails between Lerner and her former colleagues that raise serious question about her knowledge of the targeting. For example, several emails show that Lerner received confidential taxpayer information on a non-agency computer system. It appears that she also used her personal email account for many of these exchanges.
Read the full report HERE.
On radio this morning, TheBlaze Radio Network's Doc Thompson and Skip LaCombe filled in for Glenn and further discussed the finer points of the report.
"You put these pieces of the puzzle together, I believe you can only come up with one conclusion," Doc said. "And that conclusion is the smoking gun that says, yes, they were targeting conservatives and they were doing it for political purposes."
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On Wednesday's Wilkow! Mark Meckler of SueTheIRS.com joined Andrew Wilkow to discuss what the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's report means for Lerner and the future of the investigation:
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