With the Trump administration now in charge, Republican lawmakers are asking for the Justice Department to again consider prosecuting Lois Lerner for her role in the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.
Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas and Peter Roskam of Illinois asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday to take a “fresh look” at the case for prosecuting Lerner.
Brady is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which in 2014 referred Lerner for prosecution after investigating the IRS targeting scandal. Roskam is the chairman of the tax subcommittee.
In a letter sent to Sessions Wednesday afternoon, the two wrote that when the Obama Department of Justice declined to prosecute Lerner, “the agency was following President Obama’s signal on how he wanted the investigation to be handled.”
“Taxpayers deserve to know that the DOJ’s previous evaluation was not tainted by politics,” they added in calling for Sessions to consider the case again.
The original controversy concerned the extra scrutiny given to conservative and Tea Party-aligned political nonprofit groups by the IRS division led by Lerner in 2010. The Republican-led committee concluded that Lerner influenced the decision to subject those groups to heightened scrutiny in applying for nonprofit status and that she impeded the investigation into the affair.