Two new revelations came out of this morning’s closed door Ways and Means committee mark-up to refer ex-IRS official Lois Lerner to the DOJ for criminal prosecution.
It was revealed that she had talked about taking a job with the president’s nonprofit tax exempt group Organizing for Action (OFA) while she had official oversight at the IRS over nonprofit tax-exempt groups.
More damning evidence was produced by the the Republican-led panel revealing that Lerner broke IRS rules by “aggressively urging the agency to deny tax-exempt status to Karl Rove’s political nonprofit, Crossroads GPS, as well as several other conservative groups as recently as January 2013.” The IRS scandal broke in May of 2013.
The committee letter calls her actions “an aggressive and improper pursuit of Crossroads by Lerner, but no evidence she directed review of similarly situated left-leaning groups.”
The Politico reported:
IRS rules prohibit one single person from influencing the application and auditing process, but House Republicans say she was the reason these groups were singled out.Democrats cried foul play, accusing Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) of playing politics to feed the Republican base ahead of the 2014 mid-term elections.
Democrats are not helping themselves by circling the wagons.
A Fox News poll in February showed that 64% of the American people believe the targeting scandal suggests that the IRS is corrupt.