IRS

Lois Lerner Personally Sent IRS Demand Letters to Conservative Groups

Fifth Amendment, indeed

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We now know that Lois Lerner, the Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service—who refused to testify before a House committee by invoking the Fifth Amendment—has a paper trail that reveals her direct involvement in sending intrusive and harassing questionnaires to Tea Party groups in 2012.

As you know, we represented 27 Tea Party organizations in 17 states. Of those, 15 received their tax-exempt status after lengthy delays, 10 are still pending, and two clients withdrew their applications because of frustration with the IRS process.

Consider the timeline. We now know through her own testimony and from the Inspector General's report that Lerner was briefed about this unlawful targeting scheme in June 2011. But nine months later, beginning in March 2012, she sent cover letters to many of our clients—demanding additional information and forwarding intrusive questionnaires. In fact, in March and April of 2012, Lerner sent 15 letters to 15 different clients (including those who were approved after lengthy delays and those who are still pending).

(H/T Lord Humungus)