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Lois Lerner Wanted IRS To Audit Senator Chuck Grassley

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Emails: IRS Official Sought Audit of GOP Senator


WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators say they uncovered emails Wednesday showing that a former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the tea party investigation sought an audit involving a Republican senator in 2012. The emails show former IRS official Lois Lerner mistakenly received an invitation to an event that was meant to go to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Which is pretty interesting in itself. Given that Grassley’s office says the senator did not attend the event, and did not receive any invitation intended for Lerner. (See below.) So you have to wonder how Lerner ended up with a letter to Grassley.

The event organizer apparently offered to pay for Grassley’s wife to attend the event. In an email to another IRS official, Lerner suggests referring the matter for an audit, saying it might be inappropriate for the group to pay for his wife.

"Perhaps we should refer to exam?" Lerner wrote. It was unclear from the emails whether Lerner was suggesting that Grassley or the group be audited — or both.

Isn’t this a smidgen of corruption? Notice how quickly Ms. Lerner swooped down on the opportunity to get a Republican Senator on the very chance of some wrongdoing. But if this is one of the emails they didn’t think was worth destroying, just imagine what was in the emails they did destroy.

The other IRS official, Matthew Giuliano, waved her off, saying an audit would be premature because Grassley hadn’t even accepted the invitation. "It would be Grassley who would need to report the income," Giuliano said.

Notice that Lerner wanted to audit Grassley, even though he might have gone on to report this on his tax return. And so he had yet to do anything illegal. But she wanted to audit him in advance, anyway, just to be on the safe side.

(For the record, Mr. Giuliano is now an attorney for the radical left United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The USCCB is a major proponent of amnesty. And naturally the USCCB is an IRS approved 501c3 charity.)

The name of the event organizer was blacked out on copies of the emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee because they were considered confidential taxpayer information. Grassley and his wife signed waivers allowing their names to be released.

In a statement, Grassley’s office said the senator did not attend the event, and did not receive any invitation intended for Lerner.

"This kind of thing fuels the deep concerns many people have about political targeting by the IRS and by officials at the highest levels," Grassley said. "It’s very troubling that a simple clerical mix-up could get a taxpayer immediately referred for an IRS exam without any due diligence from agency officials."

The IRS said in a statement that it could not comment on the specifics of the case "due to taxpayer confidentiality provisions." …

The irony. By the way, the AP doesn’t mention it, but these Lois Lerner emails came from her Blackberry. Has that been handed over to Congress, or has that been disappeared as well? Lastly, bear in mind that we have been told, like with Benghazi, that we already know everything there is to know about the IRS scandal. Clearly, we don’t.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 26th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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