A federal judge has forced the release of emails showing that Lois Lerner met with the Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Division a month before the 2010 election.
The DOJ withheld over 800 pages of Lerner documents, citing “taxpayer privacy” and “deliberative privilege.”
Now, internal DOJ documents reveal that Lerner was talking to DOJ about prosecuting tax-exempt entities all the way back in 2010. Lerner met with officials from the DOJ in April 2010.
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Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit forcing the turnover of the emails. The Justice Department ended up handing over only two pages of heavily redacted emails.
On September 30, 2010, the DOJ’s Election Crimes prosecutor emailed Lerner:
“Hi Lois-It’s been a long time, and you might not remember me, I’ve taken on [REDACTED] duties. I’m looking forward to meeting you, Can we chat in advance? I’m a [REDACTED]”
Lerner responded on October 2, 2010:
“Sure-that’s a good Idea [sic]. I have a meeting out of the office Monday morning, but will try you when I get back sometime early afternoon. You can try me at 202 283-8848.”
According to dcouments from the Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit, Ms. Lerner asked whether tax-exempt entities could be criminally prosecuted.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton concluded:
“No wonder the Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done no serious investigation of the Obama IRS scandal. These new documents dramatically show how the Justice Department is up to its neck in the IRS scandal and can’t be trusted to investigate crimes associated with the IRS abuses that targeted Obama’s critics. Richard Nixon was impeached for less.”
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