It was a foregone conclusion, but the Obama Administration’s right hand just couldn’t find anything wrong with what the left hand did, even if it was designed to help the president win a second term by targeting his political opponents.
The Department of so-called Justice announced Friday that Lois Lerner and other IRS managers will not face any charges after singling out for harassment conservative groups that applied for nonprofit status leading up to the 2012 election.
Dozens of conservative groups had their applications delayed gratuitously, with many of the groups receiving harassing questionnaires that delved into areas the IRS had no business asking about, such as the names and addresses of people who had attended group meetings, and in the case of at least one group, the content of members’ prayers.
At least some of the deliberate delays in processing conservatives’ applications seem to have been spurred by letters from Democrats in Congress complaining of alleged inappropriate political activities by conservative nonprofits.
In a letter to members of Congress that was reported by cnn.com, the DOJ wrote,
“We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution.”
In other words, Lois Lerner played her role as scapegoat. She kept her mouth closed about higher-ups who certainly were involved. Now the DOJ is going to sweep the whole thing under the rug and blame it on bad management and conservatives’ imaginations.
The lawsuit filed by many of those affected groups continues to wend its way through the court system. It may wind up being settled right around the time we have a Republican Administration that could take a fresh look at criminal charges, with any luck.
But for now, the Obama Administration has solidified its legacy as one of the most corrupt ever to exist. Let’s hope all the people who voted for Obama twice are proud of their accomplishment.