President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began targeting conservatives in the early months of 2010. Lois Lerner, then the director of the Exempt Organizations Unit, was at the center of the discrimination, which included questioning the content of a group’s prayers.
Lerner is a registered Democrat. In official emails, she referred to Republicans as “crazies” and “a—holes.” She sought to investigate Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). She called the tea party “dangerous.” She hoped the Federal Election Commission (FEC) would “save the day” by cracking down on Republican political donors. She praised Democrats’ legislation. She ignored political spending by liberal unions. She half-joked about going to work for President Obama’s political organization, Organizing For Action (OFA).
The Ways and Means Committee’s investigation into the scandal “uncovered three specific acts undertaken by Lerner that may have violated one or more criminal statutes.” If convicted, the committee says she could face up to 11 years in prison – which is perhaps why she has twice pled the fifth and refused to testify to Congress.
In May 2013, President Obama called the IRS’s misconduct “inexcusable” and said, “I am angry about it.” This was just days after Lois Lerner publicly admitted – with the help of a planted question – that wrongdoing had occurred, saying:
"That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review. … The IRS would like to apologize for that.”
What a difference a few hundred days make. President Obama now swears there was “not even a smidgeon of corruption.” Attorney General Eric Holder hasn’t lifted a finger to ensure justice is done: the Ways and Means Committee’s criminal referral letter still sits unanswered, and no special prosecutor has been appointed. President Obama picked a major Democratic donor, John Koskinen, to head the IRS, and he’s worked relentlessly “to stonewall congressional questions.”
As for the retired Lois Lerner, she’s recanted entirely too. In an interview with Politico posted today, Lerner says:
“I didn’t do anything wrong … I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country. … [I] am not sorry for anything I did.”
Thanks to President Obama and his cadre of cover-up artists, we still don't know what exactly that entailed.