Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced that one year into the investigation of the IRS targeting and abusing conservative groups, the agency has agreed to turn over all Lois Lerner emails to the Committee. Lerner is a central figure in the investigation and served as Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS.
“While it is good that we are finally getting these emails, it should never have taken this long. The agency is finally doing what is right and hopefully this is the last of the delays. It is almost a year to the day since Lois Lerner ‘apologized’ for the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, and we need to get to the bottom of this. These documents are critical to an investigation that is holding the IRS accountable and ensuring the constitutional rights of these groups are never trampled on again. The Committee will thoroughly review the Lerner documents and follow them wherever they may lead.”
Background: On April 9, 2014, the Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for criminal prosecution. From the Committee’s investigation, it found three specific acts undertaken by Lerner that may have violated one or more criminal statutes. The House took action this week with a vote to instruct the DOJ to take the investigation seriously and appoint a special counsel.