[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The “retired” former Obama IRS official who oversaw tax-exempt groups, and admitted “absolutely inappropriate” targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups that believe in constitutional government leading up to the 2012 election cycle, will not be charged with contempt of Congress by the Eric Holder-led Justice Department.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]
The Hill reports:
Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for Washington, told Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a letter dated Tuesday that Lerner did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights in her appearances before Congress and that it would be inappropriate for the Justice Department to bring the matter before a grand jury.
The House voted to charge Lerner, who quickly became the central figure in the Tea Party controversy, with contempt in May 2014, after she twice invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before the Oversight Committee.
GOP lawmakers charged that Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment right by proclaiming her innocence during her first appearance in May 2013. But Machen rejected that assertion in his letter to Boehner, saying that Lerner “made only general claims of innocence.”
In a statement, the U.S. attorney’s office stressed that career prosecutors made the decision to not bring charges against Lerner and that the Constitution gives the former IRS official “an absolute defense” against prosecution.
Bill Taylor, Lerner’s lawyer, said he and his client were “gratified but not surprised by today’s news.”
Obama loyalist Eric Holder has stubbornly refused to appoint a special prosecutor on the case, even though the lead investigator, DOJ trial attorney Barbara Bosserman, was a significant Obama and Democrat Party donor who can hardly be expected to be objective and fair.
Lerner, likely feeling emboldened by a president who referred to America-loving, pro-Constitution Tea Party members as “Teabaggers,” specifically targeted non-profit institutions with the name “Tea Party,” “patriot,” and other such names leading up to the 2012 election of her boss.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]