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DOJ on IRS: Live and Lerner


After last Friday, the only thing more difficult to salvage than Lois Lerner’s hard drive may be the Justice Department’s credibility. In a classic TGIF news dump, the agenda competing with the IRS for the “most corrupt office” in the Obama administration solidified its position by announcing that it was letting the mastermind of the conservative targeting scandal walk.

Despite a multi-agency conspiracy to silence conservatives applying for tax-exempt status, the DOJ is helping the IRS wriggle out of any accountability it owes the America people by refusing to indict Lerner. Citing “mismanagement, poor judgment, and inertia,” Justice officials argued there was no case for a criminal prosecution. No case? “Lerner was caught red-handed targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups, wrote partisan emails to prove it, then engaged in a massive cover-up effort — with a suspiciously crashed server, an oddly missing BlackBerry and plenty of excuses,” Investors Business Daily fired back.

As disturbing as the news is, most conservatives agree — it’s not surprising. In an administration where lawlessness is the rule (not the exception), the DOJ continues to do the White House’s bidding in covering up the IRS’s corruption. “The American people deserve better than this,” Rep. Ryan argued. “Despite the DOJ closing its investigation, the Ways and Means Committee will continue to find answers and hold the IRS accountable for its actions.” Now, despite being hauled before Congress and losing its disgraced ring-leader, it’s obvious nothing at the IRS will change. “But thanks to the Obama administration,” wrote columnist Adriana Cohen, “we’re no longer equal under the law. The rule of law is now arbitrarily applied based on ?political affiliation and whose pinky ring you kiss. And that’s dangerous for all of us — no matter how you vote.”

It’s just another day in the Obama administration, where the philosophy seems to be “protect the criminal, punish the innocent.” If Lerner hadn’t engaged in some of the most vicious ideological censorship in American history, why not cooperate with the investigation? And if there’s no truth to the allegations, why resign? Or plead the Fifth? “Giving Lois Lerner a free pass only reinforces the idea that government officials are above the law, and that there is no consequence for wrongdoing,” former Government Reform and Oversight Chair Darrell Issa told reporters.

In the meantime, Rep. Ryan insists that the House will continue pressing the matter until it reaches a more satisfactory conclusion. Until then, the President was right. There wasn’t a smidgen — of justice.


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