The Gateway Pundit is reporting that House Republicans are planning to ask the Attorney General to file criminal charges against Lois Lerner.
Lerner was the head of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, and as such pursued a policy of delaying and denying tax-exempt status to politically conservative groups. The illegal targeting included demanding the identities of donors, and years-long delays that kept conservative groups from effectively participating in the 2012 presidential campaign. The illegal denials and delays likely influenced the election, and helped to ensure the re-election of Barack Obama.
Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam (R) told Stewart Varney on Varney & Co. (Fox Business network) that
Lois Lerner did two things wrong. Number one, she denied people due process and equal protection of the law based on their political philosophy. We’re convinced that there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that that’s true. And that’s a felony. Secondly, we suspect that she lied to the Inspector General of the Treasury Department.
Yesterday, Lerner’s attorney requested that her upcoming deposition in a civil suit be “permanently sealed” due to death threats and harassment that she has received. We agree that it would be tragic should anything happen to Lerner before she is able to go to prison where she belongs. But shielding information from public scrutiny would likely be used by Lerner to impede the criminal investigation.
The class action lawsuit against Lerner and Holly Paz, also complicit in the scandal, includes hundreds of the groups that were targeted. These conservative and Tea Party groups were seeking tax-exempt status from the IRS but instead experienced long delays for their applications to be approved or had them denied altogether.
Lerner’s victims include conservative political groups, pro-life groups, pro-Israel organizations, vote integrity organizations, and government agency watchdog groups.