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