Judicial Watch President: 'No Real Investigation' of IRS Going On

Image: Judicial Watch President: 'No Real Investigation' of IRS Going On Chairman Darrell Issa R-Calif. is seen on a monitor as he questions former IRS counsel Jennifer O'Connor of the White House Counsel's Office, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 04:06 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Despite almost daily revelations emerging about the IRS tea party-targeting scandal, the Obama administration continues to do nothing about it, says Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.

"There's no real investigation going on. There have been a few FBI meetings I've heard about, but they didn't sound to be very substantial,'' Fitton said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"The IRS commissioner testified last week about this email scandal. He wasn't aware of any Department of Justice investigation.''

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Fitton, whose group is a conservative, nonpartisan foundation promoting "transparency, accountability, and integrity in government, politics, and the law,'' said he doubts that even the appointment of a special prosecutor would help.

"I don't know if a special prosecutor is going to guarantee a certain outcome in terms of prosecution, but we know nothing is being done,'' he said.

This week, new emails emerged in which former IRS official Lois Lerner referred to conservative Republicans as "crazies" and also used a profane reference to describe them.

Lerner has been alleged to be part of the IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. She declared her innocence before a congressional committee earlier this year, but then refused to testify citing Fifth Amendment rights.

Fitton said he is not surprised by the anti-Republican slurs reportedly made by Lerner.

"It's more of the same. It's pretty clear that she tends to be liberal,'' Fitton said.

"Anyone who's looked at her career and knows her personally, as best I can tell, perceives her to be the typical Washington liberal class that is skeptical of conservatism and those who promote it.''

Fitton said that in the absence of action by the White House, "the American people are going to have to rely on groups like Judicial Watch to try to figure out the truth and maybe get the information out there that causes either Congress or the Justice Department to do things they otherwise don't want to do.''

He added that the Justice Department cannot be trusted to do its job.

"If you're looking for a locus of evil in terms of corruption and public policy in this administration, you can't do much better than the Justice Department,'' Fitton said.

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