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On Wednesday, the day after what's commonly called "Tax Day" each April 15, members of the House of Representatives announced that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released documents that appear to describe a conspiracy by the IRS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to "railroad" conservative organizations that posed a threat to the re-election of President Barack Obama and to his political agenda.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the current chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs released their response to documents they read that were obtained by an Inside-the-Beltway nonpartisan, public-interest group, Judicial Watch, which investigates and exposes government corruption and abuse.

Reps. Issa and Jordan allege that the newly released IRS documents reveal that Lois Lerner, the Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations office at the time, was in contact with Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department officials regarding possible prosecutions of tax-exempt groups Lerner deemed to be "dangerous" to the Democrats especially the Obama administration.

“The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats,” Chairman Issa said in a press statement on Wednesday.

“These emails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs,” added Issa.

“Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails,” said Chairman Jordan.

Jordan said in the joint press statement with Issa that:

“Not only do these emails further prove the coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives, they also show that had our committee not requested the Inspector General’s investigation when we did, Eric Holder’s politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped up criminal charges against Tea Party groups to intimidate them from exercising their Constitutional rights.”

The internal IRS documents show that Lois Lerner -- who repeatedly refused to testify before Congress on two separate occasions by "pleading the Fifth" {Amendment] was communicating with the DOJ regarding the possibility of initiating to criminal prosecutions against certain tax-exempt entities.

The documents were obtained as a result of an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the IRS. The reason for the lawsuit was the agency's refusal to respond to four previous FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.

"This is an administration that lied to the American people from the very beginning, when during his presidential campaign in 2008 President [Barack Obama] told voters his would be the most transparent White House in U.S. history," former police and security investigator, Charles Danzinger, said.

"Unfortunately, I'm not holding my breathe waiting for the Obama sycophants in the mainstream news media to investigate this story. They've all but buried the other stories about alleged criminal activity and misconduct in this administration," Danzinger added.

The newly released IRS documents contain an email exchange between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller discussing plans to work with the DOJ to prosecute nonprofit groups that “lied” (Lerner’s quotation marks) about political activities.

The exchange includes the following:

  • May 8, 2013: Lerner to Flax

I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.

I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…

  • May 9, 2013: Flax to Lerner

I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?

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