Just days after the U.S. House voted to find her in contempt of Congress, the IRS announced Friday it would release email conversations involving Lois Lerner during her time at the helm of the agency’s tax-exempt division.
Caught up in a scandal involving allegations that IRS agents improperly targeted conservative groups, Lerner has been conspicuously unforthcoming when compelled to testify. She has twice invoked her Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination; however, House Republicans contend she waived that right when she initially declared her innocence.
The forthcoming release will not be the first time emails related to the scandal have been publicized. Last month, reports indicated Lerner was in contact with the Justice Department to discuss pursuing criminal charges against conservative groups.
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The Benghazi scandal has also received an injection of media attention recently after emails were released indicating a former Obama speechwriter pressured then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to blame the terrorist attack on a YouTube video rather than any shortcomings within the administration.
While it remains to be seen what revelations might be contained within Lerner’s electronic communications, the recent focus on her and the IRS scandal represents a positive development for those who hope to expose the facts behind this scandal.
Western Journalism will have more details on this developing story as they become available.
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