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The IRS scandal: Bias & illegality

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Newly released emails reveal Lois Lerner, the central figure in the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups, expressing personal disdain for conservatives. Not only does it show a bias that IRS officials aren't supposed to have, it's a clear violation of federal law.

Made public by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., the emails were sent by Ms. Lerner to “a personal associate who did not work at the IRS,” The Associated Press reports. Labeling some conservatives “crazies” and worse, the emails show Lerner's “mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives,” Mr. Camp wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder. Camp added that his committee “has not seen any evidence of a serious investigation” by the Justice Department, much less appointment of a special prosecutor by Mr. Holder.

Bryan Preston notes via the PJ Tatler blog that “Lerner wrote the emails on her government-issued BlackBerry device.” The Washington Times says they were sent from her “official IRS email account.” That, plus their content, is ample evidence that Lerner violated the Hatch Act — using her position and federal resources for partisan political activity.

If Justice doesn't act on that evidence to credibly investigate Lerner, it will only prove that the Obama administration perverted the IRS for political gain.

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