Just when you thought the case of the IRS targeting conservative and tea party groups couldn’t get worse, it does.
Newly discovered emails show that Lois Lerner, the disgraced former IRS official at the center of the agency’s targeting of conservative and tea party groups, asked whether the IRS should launch an investigation into Republican Sen. Charles Grassley.
“We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States senator is shocking,” said Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp.
“At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights,” he said in a statement.
The emails were released late Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.
Lois Lerner mistakenly received an event invitation intended for Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in 2012, the emails show.
The event organizer evidently offered to pay for Senator Grassley’s wife to attend the event. This, apparently, peaked Lerner’s interest. The December 2012 emails show that in response, Lerner suggested to an IRS colleague that the case be referred for an audit, according to Fox News.
“Looked like they were inappropriately offering to pay for his wife. Perhaps we should refer to Exam?” Lerner wrote. Lerner did not pursue the investigation, but these emails are further evidence that Lois Lerner was using the IRS as a political weapon to punish President Obama’s political opposition in an election year.
This news comes just days after a new Fox News poll showed that a whopping 76 percent said the IRS willingly orchestrated the destruction of two years’ worth of Lerner’s emails.
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