The 2013 IRS targeting scandal may finally be catching up with former head Lois Lerner.
Lerner famously plead The Fifth when summoned before Congress to testify on the scandal, and eventually resigned from her position not long after. It wasn’t for another three years that the IRS came clean, releasing a list of 426 conservative organizations for which they stalled granting tax exempt status (more than the 298 groups initially believed to have been targeted). During her final three years heading the IRS, only one conservative group had been approved for non-profit status.
Aside from being held in contempt of Congress and losing her job, she faced no legal consequences for her actions, but years after the fact, it may finally be coming back to haunt her.
According to the Daily Caller,
Two top tax-writing Republicans in the House are calling on the Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into whether former IRS official Lois Lerner unlawfully targeted conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, noting the Obama administration refused to review the information the committee gathered in its extensive investigation into the matter. According to the congressmen, there is clear evidence Lerner willfully partook in criminal activity during her tenure as the Exempt Organizations Division director, yet former President Barack Obama insisted there was “not a smidgeon of corruption” at the agency.
The DOJ announced in October, 2015, it would not pursue criminal charges against Lerner at the close of its two-year probe. The investigation faced challenges due to Lerner’s crashed hard drive, the absence of email archives and the destruction of over 400 electronic backup tapes, and it was unable to prove the IRS official “intentionally discriminated against an applicant based upon viewpoint” and cited line-employees’ “ignorance, inertia” and “negligence” for delays in Tea Party applications for r 501(c )(3) status.
There were 7 specific IRS hard-drives that Lerner claimed crashed, by the way. Given that roughly 4 percent of hard-drives fail in a given year, the odds that seven specific hard-drives would coincidentally fail in the same year is about 1 in 6 billion. Even if the IRS was using some of the crummiest hard-drives out there and we assumed an annual failure rate of 25 percent, the odds that seven could fail is still 1 in 16,000.
As was the case with Hillary Clinton’s missing 33,000 emails, the coincidental hard-drive crash is nothing more than an attempt to cover up her tracks. I’m not 100 percent certain of that – just about 5,999,999/6,000,000 percent certain.
[Note; This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]