Attorney General Jeff Sessions just made a horrible decision, at least Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) thinks so. On Friday, the Trump administration said that it won’t bring charges against a head IRS figure in the mishandling of many conservative political organizations during the 2010 and 2012 elections.
The members of Congress received a letter from the Justice Department that said, “Reopening the criminal investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence.”
Brady, the Ways and Means Committee chairman, was extremely disappointed in the finding. “This is a terrible decision,” Brady said. “It sends the message that the same legal, ethical and constitutional standards we all live by do not apply to Washington Political appointees.”
Lois Lerner was the leader in the IRS division that processes application for organizations that are tax-exempt. In 2013 a report from the the Inspector General found that conservative and tea party organizations had been singled out for extra close examination when they applied for tax exempt status
Brady said that delegates “will now have the green light to target Americans for their political beliefs and mislead investigators without ever being held accountable for their lawlessness.”
Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee voted in 2014 to refer Lerner to the Justice Department to have criminal charges brought up against her. The committee felt that not only had she violated the conservative organizations constitutional rights, she misled those investigating the scandal.
Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department refused to prosecute anyone at the IRS that was involved in the scandal. The statement released said investigators “found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution.”
Brady asked the Justice Department to reopen the case in the beginning of 2017. Brady said, “I have the utmost respect for Attorney General Sessions, but I’m troubled by his department’s lack of action to fully respond to our request and deliver accountability.”