The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama era IRS broke the law when it mishandled Tea Party group requests for non-profit status (after the Democrat drubbing in 2010) andin trun-up up to the 2012 Presidential elections.
The government also reversed its tune on former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner. Instead of being a hero who tried to stop the targeting — as the Obama administration concluded in 2015 — the Justice Department and IRS now say she failed to stop her employees and hid the bad behavior from her bosses for two years. …
As part of the agreements, the government admitted that the IRS forced tea party groups into illegal delays and unconscionable scrutiny, including questions about their political beliefs, plans to run for office and names of financial backers.
Lest we forget, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen signed a letter to the IRS asking them to do what the Justice Department has just deemed illegal. Wouldn’t it be fascinating if the New Hampshire media both covered the scandal settlement AND question the Senator about her involvement? Repeatedly? As if there were evidence of her collusion with the agency to use red tape and intimidation tactics to silence speech by political opponents.
That’s not going to happen. The local media isn’t even covering the settlement.
So taxpayers are out $3.5 million, no one went to jail, and Jeanne Shaheen’s complicity in silencing constitituonally protected free speech she opposed will go unpunished.