Actually, I suppose it shouldn’t be shocking at all. President Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ) just announced there will be NO charges against IRS official Lois Lerner following its investigation.As the Washington Times reports:
IRS official Lois Lerner will not face charges following a Department of Justice investigation.Federal prosecutors announced their decision Friday in a letter to members of Congress.
A firestorm erupted more than two years ago with an inspector general’s audit that said IRS agents had improperly singled out tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.
The disclosure set off investigations by the Justice Department and multiple congressional committees.The House voted to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress last year after she refused to answer questions at two House Oversight hearings. She has since retired.
It is truly sad how unsurprising it is that under President Obama’s administration, targeting people and organizations for the “wrong” beliefs is completely acceptable. He’s made no secret of which political and religious views are to be embraced — and which are to be persecuted. He’s also made it clear he will use — and condones — whatever means possible to undermine his political enemies, including using his executive powers (e.g., vetoing the defense bill yesterday) and instruments of the very government supposed to serve the American people.
No surprise, either, that Obama’s DOJ chose to slip this announcement quietly through late on a Friday afternoon — no man’s land as far as news goes.It’s no surprise that Americans so mistrust our government.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]