The Justice Department notified members of Congress on Friday that it is closing its two-year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups.
There will be no charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency, the Justice Department said in a letter.
The probe found “substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime.”
“We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution,” Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in the letter. “We also found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice. Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges.”
So now the Department of Justice has decided that lying to Congress, improperly releasing taxpayer information to political allies, destroying records, and anything else you want to do in service of the Obama administration is just mismanagement and ineptitude if you are caught.
The Department of Justice has, for decades, been a stronghold of progressives. Both are hotbeds of partisan Democrats and devoted socialists who use the coercive power of the regulatory state to advance their agenda regardless of who is in the White House. One of the first tasks of a Republican president, should we elect one, is to carry out a ruthless purge of the Civil Service in general and the Department of Justice in particular.