Newly obtained documents reveal the Justice Department was well-aware of, in fact knee-deep in the IRS targeting of conservative groups as early as 2010. A “DOJ Recap” report details an October 2010 meeting between Lois Lerner, DOJ officials and “one representative from the FBI” to discuss the possible criminal prosecution of nonprofit organizations for alleged political activity.
“These new documents show that the Obama IRS scandal is also an Obama DOJ and FBI scandal,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The FBI and Justice Department worked with Lois Lerner and the IRS to concoct some reason to put President Obama’s opponents in jail before his reelection. And this abuse resulted in the FBI’s illegally obtaining confidential taxpayer information. How can the Justice Department and FBI investigate the very scandal in which they are implicated?”
The documents also reveal that President Obama’s and then-Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ wanted IRS employees who were set to testify to Congress to turn over documents to them prior to handing them over to Congress. The IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, which contained 1.25 million pages of confidential IRS returns from 113,000 nonprofit social 501(c)(4) welfare groups -– accounting for nearly every 501(c)(4) in the United States -– as part of its effort to prosecute the president’s political opponents.
“This revelation likely means that the IRS – including possibly Lois Lerner – violated federal tax law by transmitting this information to the Justice Department,” according to a letter from then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen dated June 9, 2014.
This is not the first revelation to cast serious doubt on the integrity of the Justice Department under Eric Holder, particularly as it relates to the IRS targeting scandal.
House Republicans learned in January, 2014 that the Justice Department’s investigation into the IRS targeting Tea Party groups had been “compromised,” after Holder’s DOJ outrageously appointed an Obama donor to head up the probe.
In a letter to Holder — seen here — lawmakers say they’ve learned that Barbara Kay Bosserman, the trial attorney appointed to investigate the IRS scandal, is a long-term donor of both the Democratic National Committee and President Obama, a revelation confirmed Tuesday by the White House.
Campaign finance records show Bosserman contributed at least $6,750.00 going back to 2004 and donated sometimes twice a month, rotating between Obama’s campaign and the Democratic national committee, at one point giving $1,000.00 in one shot to the “Obama for America” super PAC.
Meanwhile, because of the illegal public disclosure of confidential taxpayer information from the IRS to the FBI, the agency was forced to return the 1.25 million pages to the tax-collection agency.