Attorney General Jeff Sessions should re-examine the case of former IRS division chief Lois Lerner who was accused of targeting Tea Party groups, says Peter Roskam, chairman of the Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee.
"We believe that she targeted people based on their political philosophy which is a crime and secondly, we believe that she has lied to the inspector general when that was being investigated," Roskam, an Illinois Republican, told The Daily Signal.
"We think it is important that the Justice Department thoroughly review it because in our view the Obama administration was dismissive. They just dismissed it out of hand and never took it seriously, which is a mistake."
In Oct. 2015, the Justice Department said it had found no basis for prosecution over the IRS' mishandling of requests for tax-exempt status by political groups aligned with the Tea Party.
"The IRS mishandled the processing of tax-exempt applications in a manner that disproportionately impacted applicants affiliated with the Tea Party and similar groups ... However, ineffective management is not a crime," Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in a letter to lawmakers at the time.
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