Key Committee Leaders Want Another Look at IRS Targeting

Top leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee are calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to take a “fresh look” at the IRS conservative targeting scandal that came to light in 2013. In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week, Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) focused on the role of Lois Lerner, who at that time headed the IRS Exempt Organizations Division. They wrote, “The Committee’s nearly three-year investigation uncovered evidence of willful misconduct on the part of Ms. Lerner. Despite this fact, and for what many believe were purely partisan reasons, the prior Administration refused to review Ms. Lerner’s misconduct.” The chairmen were particularly concerned that President Barack Obama had preempted a fair investigation by pronouncing that there was “not a smidgeon of corruption” at the agency. Urging a new look at the evidence, the committee leaders concluded, “Taxpayers deserve to know that the DOJ’s previous evaluation was not tainted by politics.”

  • Find the full letter here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: April 21, 2017

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