Just a quick summary. First we have ex-IRS official Lois Lerner taking the Fifth after she gives an opening statement in front of a Congressional Committee, in which she can’t have it both ways, make a statement and then give the Fifth but she gave it a try. It won’t work in the long run for her.
Next you have high ranking Democrats blowing their horn to the fact that the IRS scandal is a phony scandal and that it should be wrapped up. A leader in this march is Rep. Elijah Cummings top Democrat in the House Committee on Over Sight. Then we find out Cummings lied at a February Congressional Committee about the fact he was coordinating with the IRS whereas he lied by saying he wasn’t but uncovered e-mails showed that he did.
New emails that were obtained by Judicial Watch and first reported by TownHall.com show that Lois Lerner was talking with the Justice Department to go after groups such as the Tea Party seeking tax exempt status. If you recall when this first started Lois Lerner said the targeting was limited to agents working in the IRS Cincinnati field office. I will tell you one thing if I was working in that office I would not allow Lois Lerner or anyone else for that matter to throw me under the bus to take the rap for Lois Lerner. If you recall a couple of agents from that office spoke up and the train started to go down the tracks.
This is from a post by Fox News: In a May 2013 email Lois Lerner responded to a Justice Department inquiry about whether tax-exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for lying about political activity.
“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ,” Lerner reportedly wrote to the office of Steven Miller, the agency’s acting director at the time. “He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who ‘lied’ on their 1024s — saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.
Now take a look at this! from an email: Nikole C. Flax, Miller’s chief of staff, responded: “I think we should do it — also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?”
You can see from this email everybody is involved. You have Lois Lerner, the Department of Justice and a Democratic Senator from Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse all foaming through the mouth anticipating a kill on conservatives and the Tea Party. Then you get Nikole C. Flax who is all go for the idea. If you ask me this looks like entrapment, departments going out of their way to look for a reason to prosecute. All because they were worried about Obama losing the 2012 presidential election because the Republicans did so well in 2010 to take over the House.
As these emails come out it looks like Lois Lerner will have a lot of company of people taking the Fifth. I don’t think it will do them any good, the proof is in the pudding.