Friday, October 23, 2015
No charges for Lois Lerner: DOJ closes IRS investigation
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that its closing the two-year investigation into whether the IRS purposely targeted conservative groups. The Justice Department also informed federal lawmakers that no charges will be filed against ex-IRS employee Lois Lerner.
Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said the investigation revealed ”substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime.”
"Ms. Lerner was the first IRS official to recognize the magnitude of the problem and to take concerted steps to fix it," Kadzik said.
“We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution.
"We also found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice.
“Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges,” the DOJ said in a letter to lawmakers.