Lois ‘I’ve Done Nothing Wrong’ Lerner Signed IRS Letters Harassing Tea Party Groups

Posted by on May 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

But we thought she’s done nothing wrong?

The IRS official who refused to testify this week — while claiming she had done nothing wrong — signed letters to Tea Party groups a year ago that asked them to turn over everything from printouts of their Facebook pages to the credentials of speakers who participated in their events.

A group representing more than a dozen Tea Party groups now suing the IRS released a sample of one of the letters overnight, after the official Lois Lerner was placed on administrative leave. According to one lawmaker, she was only placed on leave after she refused to resign.

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice, said the March 2012 letters show a “paper trail” that reveals her “direct involvement in sending intrusive and harassing questionnaires.”

“It appears Lerner did nothing to stop the abusive conduct. And our evidence suggests she was actively participating in the improper targeting in March 2012,” he said in a statement.

It was no secret that Lerner, as head of the exempt organizations division, was aware of the program that had developed in the Cincinnati office under her watch. A timeline provided in the inspector general’s report on the practice showed she was first briefed in June 2011.

But while she apparently raised concerns at that briefing over the criteria used, the ACLJ said the March 2012 letters show she was still involved in carrying out the policy.

At the time, the program itself was in flux. Lerner had earlier ordered the criteria to be changed in June 2011. The criteria was then broadened, but somehow it was changed again in January 2012 “without executive approval,” according to the IG report.

After that, the unit in question sent out a new round of letters requesting additional information, while giving groups that had not responded to the prior requests an additional 60 days to comply. These appear to be the letters that, in some cases, Lerner signed.

A letter posted online by the ACLJ was sent March 16 to the Ohio Liberty Council Corp. Signed by Lerner, the letter gave the group 60 days to respond to a prior letter seeking information on the group’s social media accounts, sponsored events, communications with lawmakers and other material.

Indeed, this sure does look like her signature:

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12 Responses to “Lois ‘I’ve Done Nothing Wrong’ Lerner Signed IRS Letters Harassing Tea Party Groups”

  1. Nom de Blog on 24/24/13 at 1:15 pm

    Watch for the Neuremberg Defense from all our “public servants” as they face civil and criminal penalties.

  2. James Mayeau on 24/24/13 at 1:32 pm

    Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 dollars.


  3. Ignorance is Bliss on 24/24/13 at 1:37 pm

    While I think she has a lot to answer for, I think people are making too much of this letter. What she signed is a standard form letter that goes out when someone has not sent in the requested information by the specified deadline. I don’t think she would have reviewed the list of requested information at the time that she signed this letter, nor should she have to. ( Her responsibility for insuring that only reasonable information is being requested precedes the original information request. )

    She is responsible for what was happening. This letter does not prove that she was informed about what was happening.

  4. WardOffMonkey on 24/24/13 at 1:47 pm

    Herr Joseph sure asked for many things outside the scope of review. Probably would have felt right at home in 1930’s Berlin.

  5. Willy on 24/24/13 at 2:28 pm

    “I’ve done nothing wrong” = “My targeting of people I consider to be the bad guys is justified”

    “I’ve done nothing illegal” = “I was following orders that my job required me to follow”

  6. sch on 24/24/13 at 4:22 pm

    If only Der Fuhrer knew what his people were doing! He would have put a stop to it, for sure.

  7. Rob Crawford on 30/30/13 at 4:20 pm

    ” This letter does not prove that she was informed about what was happening.”

    You want a bridge in Manhattan? I can sell it to you. Cheap.

  8. crackermike on 31/31/13 at 8:48 am

    These people will protect Obama to the end. It will be hilarious when Barry lays all the blame on them with possible big fines and jail time for simply following his orders. The really interesting thing will be when Holder unilaterally throws out the lawsuits by the Teaparties against INDIVIDUAL IRS and other Government goons. The only way to clamp down on these goons is to make them pay personally, from their own assests, for their violation of Civil Rights protections