As if the IRS scandal wasn’t enough for the current administration and Lois Lerner already, a new bombshell has recently and furthermore been discovered. According to a Judicial Watch investigation, not only was the IRS complicit in targeting Conservatives, but they also had a “secret research project” in which the agency has a compiled list of groups that they weren’t legally allowed to have in their possession.
According to WND, The group’s president, Tom Fitton, recently voiced his outrage over the matter saying, “President Nixon resigned over lesser abuses of the IRS.” Although the report generated by Judicial Watch doesn’t explain exactly what the IRS did with the list, it does show that the list had been compiled and that it was in the hands of Lois Lerner.
Fitton went on to say, “These documents show how justice has been abused by this administration. That Eric Holder’s Justice Department has done no serious criminal investigation of the IRS abuses is no surprise since that agency is implicated in the scandal and obstructed investigations.”
The email, with the subject line, “donor names,” was sent on June 27, 2012, in which the list was described as being part of a “secret research project”:
June 27, 2012: 8:59 a.m. – David L. Fish, IRS acting director of Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements, to Holly Paz:
Joseph Urban [IRS Technical Advisor, Tax Exempt and Government Entities] had actually started a secret research project on whether we could, consistent with 6104, argue that [REDACTED] Joe was quite agitated yesterday when I told him what we were doing. (He was involved when the initial question was raised, but we didn’t continue reading him in). At one point he started saying that this was a decision for Steve Miller – I told him we were already doing it, and that I didn’t know whether Lois had already talked to Nikole [former IRS Chief of Staff to IRS Commissioner Steve Miller] about this. Would not be surprised if he already started working on Lois.
June 27, 2012 9:02 a.m. – Holly Paz to David L. Fish:
Thanks for the heads up. The decision was made by Steve, based on advice from P and A. [Procedure and Administration]
Furthermore, the documents obtained even showed Lerner knowing that what she was doing was not only wrong, but illegal. At one point, Lerner reportedly informs a colleague that Congress was beginning to ask “dangerous” questions when it came to the targeting of Tea Party groups.
The day after the “donor names” email was sent, Lerner sent the aforementioned email regarding the “dangerous” questions:
June 28, 2012 8:57 a.m. – Paz to Lerner: “Now TIGTA wants to talk to me. I am guessing they read this morning’s paper. [Apparent reference to Wall Street Journal article concerning IRS scrutiny of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS tax exempt status] Will keep you posted.”
June 28, 2012 9:13 a.m. – Lerner to Paz: “Not alone. Wait til I am there.”
June 28, 2012 09:17 a.m. – Paz to Lerner: “Sorry. Too late. He already called me. It was not about WSJ. Just him trying to get better understanding of the scope of the [House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave] Camp [R-MI] request.”
June 28, 2012 8:22 a.m. – Lerner to Paz: “Just as dangerous. I’ll talk to you soon. Be there in half hour.”
In all reality, it’s truly saddening to see that an independent organization has and continues to do more than members of Congress when it comes to uncovering a serious scandal in which blatantly illegal activity was committed.
Echoing this notion, Fotton conveyed, “We are doing the work of the Department of Justice, the media and Congress. We are thankful that the court process still works and our lawsuit is, right now, the last best hope for accountability and truth in this massive scandal.”