Lois Lerner Articles

A Good Start

Nov 09, 2015

On October 27, the House of Representatives moved to impeach the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, John Koskinen. It may seem odd that Koskinen is being punished since he wasn’t commissioner when the IRS scandal broke two years ago. But make no mistake, Koskinen is a worthy candidate for impeachment. 

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The Claws Are Out

When government bureaucrats attack.
Oct 19, 2015

It has long been good sport to make fun of the government. Ronald Reagan did it with a fine, almost deft touch. “The nine most terrifying words in the English language,” he would tell an audience, “are I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Just about everyone, at one time or another, has used the phrase “Good enough for government work,” and we all know what it means: that something conforms to the high customer service standards one enjoys when shopping for stamps in the post office.

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Lois Lerner Had Not One, But Two, Personal Email Accounts Used to Conduct IRS Business

1:49 PM, Aug 25, 2015

The Washington Times reports:

IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of documents to turn over to Judicial Watch, it realized Ms. Lerner had used yet another email account, in addition to her official one and another personal one already known to the agency.

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Lois Lerner 'Made Too Much' to Collect Full Bonus in a Single Year

Lerner also laments 'hoi palloi' ruining exclusive neighborhoods in emails
12:43 PM, Jul 31, 2014

Media coverage of yesterday's latest development in the Lois Lerner 

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More Than a Smidgen

Jul 21, 2014

The facts are simple. The IRS systematically targeted conservative and Tea Party groups after their activism proved decisive in the 2010 midterm elections—Obama’s famous “shellacking.” The effects of this targeting were widespread. Some Tea Party groups were neutered in the months before the 2012 presidential election.

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IT Trade Association Questions Whether Lerner's Emails Were Destroyed

2:15 PM, Jun 26, 2014

Were Lois Lerner’s allegedly lost emails actually destroyed? An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), isn’t so sure, and they don’t find IRS commissioner Koskinen’s explanation of their loss very plausible. 

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Republican Senator Targeted By IRS

4:07 PM, Jun 25, 2014

A press release from Ways and Means Committee chair Dave Camp claims a Republican U.S. senator was targeted by the IRS: 

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IRS Commissioner Insists Law Hasn't Been Broken, Admits He Doesn't Know the Law

6:02 AM, Jun 24, 2014

The IRS comissioner insists his agency did not break the law or relevant statutes. But under questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the IRS commissioner also admitted that he doesn't know the law or the relevant statutes:

"You have already said, multiple times today, that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing," Gowdy said. "I want you to tell me: What criminal statutes you have evaluated?"

"I have not looked at any," the IRS commissioner admitted.

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Video: IRS Head Waited 2 Months to Tell Congress, FBI About Lost Emails

8:28 PM, Jun 23, 2014

Republican congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio excoriated the Internal Revenue Service commissioner Monday night in a House hearing looking into the agency's malfeasance regarding conservative non-profit groups. Jordan focused his questioning to when IRS comissioner John Koskinen knew about the loss of critical emails from former official Lois Lerner. Koskinen testified that he discovered a computer hard drive crash lost the Lerner emails in April but did not report this publicly until presenting Congress with a report earlier this month.

Watch the exchange below:

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Report: IRS Used Private Company to Back Up Emails

7:28 PM, Jun 21, 2014

The IRS reportedly used a private company to back up emails, a new report claims. The company is called Sonasoft, which boasts, "Email Archiving Done Right."

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Audit: IRS Does Not ‘Effectively Track’ Computers That Are ‘Recycled Or Donated’

IRS Donates/Recycles Over 100K Computers in 2009-2012.
8:10 AM, Jun 18, 2014

The results of a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) audit released Tuesday found that "[w]hile the IRS is complying with GSA requirements to recycle or donate used information technology (IT) equipment, TIGTA

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Podcast: Why the IRS Scandal Resonates With Voters

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:50 PM, May 13, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Mark Hemingway on the IRS Scandal and why it resonates with voters.

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Six Dems Join House Republicans on Lerner Contempt Vote

9:53 AM, May 08, 2014

The House of Representatives voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt on Wednesday, with every Republican and six Democrats supporting the resolution. The measure passed 231 to 187, without a single Republican voting against it. The six Democrats who voted with the GOP are Ron Barber of Arizona, John Barrow of Georgia, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Patrick Murphy of Florida, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

All six hail from swing districts and are in tough bids for reelection for 2014. 

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Boehner: 'Somebody at the IRS Violated the Law'

7:02 AM, Apr 08, 2014

In an interview last night on Megyn Kelly, House speaker John Boehner talked tough about investigating the IRS:

Fox News' Megyn Kelly said, "So, Lois Lerner facing contempt charges this week in addition to a push to have the DOJ start a criminal case against her for what?"

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Hayes Podcast: Why the Press Won't Get Serious About the IRS Scandal

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:10 PM, Mar 05, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the IRS Scandal, Lois Lerner, and why the press won't get serious about it.

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Issa Asks Lerner Devastating Questions

10:46 AM, Mar 05, 2014

Darrell Issa asked Lois Lerner a serier of devastating questions about her involvment in the IRS's targeting of conservatives. 

[Slide 1] In October 2010, you told a Duke University group: “The Supreme Court dealt a huge blow, overturning a 100-year-old precedent that basically corporations couldn’t give directly to political campaigns. And everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it. The Federal Election Commission can’t do anything about it. They want the IRS to fix the problem.”

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Uncivil Service

Jun 03, 2013

On May 21, liberal columnists Jonathan Capehart and Ezra Klein of the Washington Post and Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo were seen heading into the West Wing for a meeting. Just a few hours earlier, it had been reported that Lois Lerner, the bureaucrat at the center of the IRS scandal, would be invoking her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself in her testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Report: Lerner, Other IRS Officials Signed Letters Inquiring About Conservative Groups

8:27 AM, May 29, 2013

A collection of letters shows high-level officials in the IRS signed off on requests for additional information from conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. As NBC News reports, at least one letter sent to a conservative group has the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended IRS official at the center of the controversy. Here's more from NBC:

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Senators Call for Lois Lerner to Be Fired

3:34 PM, May 23, 2013

Senators Carl Levin and John McCain have written a letter calling for IRS employee Lois Lerner to be removed from office:

Mr. Daniel Werfel

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IRS Official Lois Lerner: 'I Have Not Done Anything Wrong'

9:21 AM, May 22, 2013

IRS official Lois Lerner said at hearing today, "I have not done anything wrong."

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IRS Chain of Command Suggests Scandal Not Limited to 'Low-Level Employees'

7:49 AM, May 22, 2013

After the IRS revealed it had wrongly targeted hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups, the agency claimed that the misconduct was limited to "low-level employees" in its Cincinnati office. Yesterday, the attorney for Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations division, told the House Oversight Committee she would invoke her Fifth Amendment rights, making that explanation much less credible.

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IRS's Lerner Had History of Harassment, Inappropriate Religious Inquiries at FEC

Targeted Christian Coalition.
3:45 PM, May 20, 2013

Perhaps no other IRS official is more intimately associated with the tax agency's growing scandal than Lois Lerner, director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division. Since admitting the IRS harassed hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for over two years, Lerner has been criticized for a number of untruths—including the revelation that she apparently lied about planting a question at an American Bar Association conference where she first publicly acknowledged IRS misconduct.

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