Recent emails disclosed that IRS Official Lois Lerner was involved in the recent scandal that practiced discriminatory screening on Tea Party applicants. Earlier this year, Lerner had refused to testify before Congress concerning the targeting of Tea Party applicants. However, emails released by the House Ways and Means Committee reveals that Lerner was heavily involved.
According to the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, there is “increasing and overwhelming” evidence that Lerner and other high-level IRS employees at the IRS office in D.C. abused their authority in order to prevent conservative groups from organizing and carrying out their missions.
Contrary to the prior claims of the Democratic Party that D.C. had no involvement in the targeting of Tea Party applicants, the emails uncovered that several D.C. officials were involved in the screening process. This new evidence demonstrates that the Cincinnati office was not the only participant in the recent scandal. The IRS however, still maintains that there is no evidence to support that the screening program was motivated by politics.
Lerner was placed on administrative leave after the inspector general’s office issued a report alleging that the IRS subjected conservative groups to additional scrutiny. While Congress is still currently investigating the allegations, Tea Party groups continue to register complaints against the IRS.