[guest post by Dana]
We are learning that not only did Obama’s IRS target conservative groups, it also had a rather cozy relationship with the DOJ and FBI as the agencies worked together to bring criminal charges against the select groups. (Remember, it was Lois Lerner who emailed DOJ officials back in 2013, saying, “One IRS prosecution would make an impact and they wouldn’t feel so comfortable doing the stuff.”)
From Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch today released new Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents that include an official “DOJ Recap” report detailing an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and the FBI to plan for the possible criminal prosecution of targeted nonprofit organizations for alleged illegal political activity.
The newly obtained records also reveal that the Obama DOJ wanted IRS employees who were going to testify to Congress to turn over documents to the DOJ before giving them to Congress. Records also detail how the Obama IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, containing 1.25 million pages of confidential IRS returns from 113,000 nonprofit social 501(c)(4) welfare groups – or nearly every 501(c)(4) in the United States – as part of its prosecution effort. According to a letter from then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, “This revelation likely means that the IRS – including possibly Lois Lerner – violated federal tax law by transmitting this information to the Justice Department.”
The report also notes that Lois Lerner was actually meeting personally with DOJ officials about how to proceed with criminal charges.
Also, remember the president’s “outrage” when this story first broke?:
“If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous. And there’s no place for it,” Obama told reporters.
“And they have to be held fully accountable. Because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they’re … applying the laws in a nonpartisan way.”
Most certainly, President Obama will once again be outraged and immediately task the FBI and DOJ to conduct a thorough investigation of… the FBI, DOJ, and IRS.