Issa questions role of Holder’s DOJ in targeting of Tea Party groups

House Republicans on Thursday broadened their investigation into the IRS’s improper targeting of conservative groups, questioning whether the Justice Department might have played a role.

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and 16 other GOP lawmakers said that the Justice Department had shown interest in prosecuting tax-exempt groups that were dishonest about their political activity, in what they called just the latest sign that Democrats pressured administration officials into unfairly scrutinizing Tea Party groups.

The Republicans said they want Justice to explain their role in the examination of tax-exempt groups, and have requested to interview Richard Pilger, a Justice Department official, about an e-mail conversation he had with former IRS official Lois Lerner about potential prosecutions.

That conversation, prompted by a suggestion from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), happened just two days before Lerner acknowledged and apologized for the IRS’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups at a Washington conference.

Issa and the other Republicans, citing newly released e-mails, want to know whether more senior officials at the Justice Department wanted Pilger to discuss the matter with Lerner. Pilger told Lerner on May 8, 2013, that “I have been asked to run something by you.”

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • James says:

    I believe that Holder and Obama both are the ones that came
    up with this idea and that is why Holder is going to leave office; however, he
    is waiting until after the election to see if the Republicans get enough seats in
    the Senate to impeach him. If they do not get enough seats, he will stay until
    Obama leaves office because Obama will pardon all office holders for crimes
    they may have committed. If the Republicans do get enough seats, Holder will
    leave before the new senate is seated in January. Then impeachment will not be
    a factor because he will no longer be in office. If Congress had any guts they would start
    impeachment proceedings against him now.
    The trial by the Senate would be next year, but he still would be
    impeached and that is not a pardonable offense.

  • WiSe GuY says:

    0bama will file Executive Privilege to protect all of his NAZI friends.

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