Lois Lerner and the IRS are off the hook for targeting conservatives during the 2010 and 2012 elections, according to the Justice Department.

The Associated Press reports:

No IRS official would face criminal charges arising from the political controversy over the processing of applications for tax-exempt status, the Justice Department announced Friday.
In a letter to members of Congress, the department said that while investigators had found “mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia,” there was no evidence of 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,” the letter stated.

So there you have it. The government can use a tax agency as a weapon of political intimidation to target a minority of dissenting citizens, and according to the Justice Department, that’s perfectly legal.

 

 

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