IRS Emails Contradict Official Story on Tea Party Targeting

Lois Lerner referred to the situation as "very dangerous" in 2011


Congress's investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives has been continuing out of the Syria headlines, and it's turning up news. Emails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee between former Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and her staff raise doubts about IRS claims that the targeting wasn't politically motivated and that low-level employees in Cincinnati masterminded the operation.

In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staff—including then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz—that a Tea Party matter is "very dangerous," and is something "Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on." Ms. Lerner adds, "Cincy should probably NOT have these cases."

That's a different tune than the IRS sang in May when former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said the agency's overzealous enforcement was the work of two "rogue" employees in Cincinnati. When the story broke, Ms. Lerner suggested that her office had been unaware of the pattern of targeting until she read about it in the newspaper. "So it was pretty much we started seeing information in the press that raised questions for us, and we went back and took a look," she said in May.

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  1. But yet, Learner still draws a paycheck for us taxpayers.

  2. Lois Lerner should go to pound-you-in-the-ass federal prison.

    1. Ewwwww.

  3. The IRS has every right to investigate any group it suspects of violating tax-exemption requirements.

    If you ask me, the IRS has a special interest in going after radical antigovernment groups. Fuck them, they literally asked for it.

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      Now normally I advise people to tape up the vents and jambs in their bathroom first to spare their fellow apartment dwellers an unexpected death, but clearly you don’t care about them so we can skip that step. (cont.)

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        Once inside, set the tray down in the tub and take one last shit as all your troubles fade to black.

        Kill yourself. For the children.

      2. *isn’t* there to cook you.


  4. But remember, it’s a fake scandal, nothing really bad was going on.

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