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Will Lois Lerner Ever Be Prosecuted?

When Lois Lerner came before the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight and said “Because I'm asserting my right not to testify, I know that some people will assume that I've done something wrong. I have not," she was lying, as multiple subsequent revelations have shown. 

Lois LernerBut because Lerner is being protected by the Obama Justice Department, she has yet to be prosecuted for the abuse of her office and for the violation of a variety of IRS rules and laws regarding the handling of taxpayer information. 

Now our friends at Judicial Watch have forced the revelation of another Lerner violation, this one regarding the use of a phony email account in the name of “Toby Miles.” 

According to an email update we received from Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, Monday evening, the Justice Department, on behalf of the IRS, filed a status report that gave limited information about a new Lois Lerner email account:

In the process of preparing this status report and for the August 24, 2015, release of Lerner communications, the undersigned attorneys learned that, in addition to emails to or from an email account denominated “Lois G. Lerner” or “Lois Home,” some emails responsive to Judicial Watch’s request may have been sent to or received from a personal email account denominated “Toby Miles.”  The undersigned attorneys contacted the Office of IRS Chief Counsel, and IRS Chief Counsel attorneys informed the undersigned attorneys that these denominations refer to a personal email account used by Lerner. 

The development comes in Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit seeking documents about the Obama IRS’ targeting and harassment of Tea Party and conservative opponents of President Obama (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:13-cv-01559)).  Judicial Watch’s litigation forced the IRS first to admit that Lerner’s emails were supposedly missing and, then, that the emails were on IRS’ back-up systems.

Last month, U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015. 

Earlier this year, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that it had received 744 backup tapes containing emails sent and received by Lerner.  This testimony showed that the IRS had falsely represented to both Congress, Judge Sullivan, and Judicial Watch that Lerner’s emails were irretrievably lost. 

This new development – the revelation of Lerner’s “Toby Miles” email account – is important because it shows forethought and planning on the part of Lerner to evade the government required email back-up system and thus avoid future investigation and accountability for her actions in the political targeting of Tea Party and conservative organizations. 

It’s pretty clear that Lois Lerner knew what she was doing was wrong, took active steps to cover her tracks – including conducting government business on her private email account – and yet she has not been called to account before any judge or jury. 

Getting to the bottom of what went on at the IRS in the political targeting scandal – including prosecuting Lois Lerner for the numerous crimes for which there are prima fascia cases already in the public domain – ought to be the first order of business for a new Republican-appointed Attorney General come January 2017.

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Perhaps it time?

Given that our 21st century professional criminal class of politicians and government apparatchik bestow upon themselves financial benefits denied US citizens, and the powers to abuse, threaten and ruin the lives of citizen for whom they supposedly serve, perhaps it’s time a special Court of Governmental Corruption be established “By the People” with the power to publicly flog, tar & feather, and in extreme cases exemplified by Learner, Holder and Obama, execute this class of American traitors.