House Report: Lois Lerner Lied to Congress At Least 4 Times

March 16, 2014

We recently asked if former IRS official Lois Lerner should be held in contempt of Congress for pleading the Fifth and refusing to answer question after giving sworn testimony to DOJ investigators.

We know that the IRS scandal reaches all the way to President Obama’s White House, and that crimes were committed.

We also know that the IRS targeting of conservative groups was done for political reasons to help Democrats and to silence opposition and dissent.

Now a House report that looked at numerous emails to and from Lois Lerner allege that she knew she was doing illegal things and lied to Congress, most likely being guilty of perjury.

According to PJMedia:

A House committee report claims Lois Lerner, who oversaw the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, lied to Congress about her involvement in the targeting scandal.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report Tuesday concluding that 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.”

The report states that Lerner made false statements to committee staff on various occasions.

During a February 2012 briefing, Lerner told committee staff that the criteria for evaluating tax-exempt applications had not changed. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), however, Lerner directed in June 2011 that the criteria used to identify applications be changed.

In another briefing, she told committee staff that the information the IRS was requesting in follow-up letters to conservative groups, including in some cases a complete list of donors and their contributions, was not out of the ordinary. At a later briefing, an IRS official could not identify previous instances in the agency’s history in which the IRS asked groups for this information.

The report also shows that Lois Lerner knew what they were doing was wrong and that she willfully committed crimes.

Lerner also said that she expected these political nonprofit groups to file a court case because they were “itching for a constitutional challenge.” In an email exchange about a Tea Party applicant, Lerner and her colleagues seemed to hope a lawsuit would lead the IRS to release information about this particular organization, despite rules protecting the secrecy of unapproved applications.

The emails paint a picture of IRS officials being aware of the potential political consequences of their actions and the increasing attention on the issue.

The report mentions her use of a personal email address in violation of IRS policy and accuses her of disclosing confidential taxpayer information.

(H/T: RWNews)

The report concludes that Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is considering whether or not to hold Lerner in contempt for providing false or misleading information to Congress.  He should also strongly consider charging her with perjury for lying under oath.

Lois Lerner knew what she did was wrong.  The emails show that she knew the IRS would get “creamed” when the public found out.  She lied under oath when she told Congress that she was innocent of wrongdoing and had committed no crimes.  Then she misused the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions that the American people deserve an answer to.

There is no doubt in our minds that Lois Lerner is guilty of perjury, along with violations of IRS regulations.  Not only should she be held in contempt of Congress, she should be held in contempt by the American people and thrown in jail.

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