Let’s be clear. In 2012, Democrats used the power of the United States government against the American people. There’s no more accurate way to describe the IRS scandal, in which conservative and Tea Party groups were targeted for harassment and undeserved scrutiny.
Now we learn that a Democrat senator also wanted the Department of Justice to prosecute these groups.
The Federalist Papers blog reports:
New Emails Show Dem Senator Urged DOJ To Prosecute Conservative Groups
When the IRS targeting scandal first broke in 2013, top Obama officials tried to ride it off as a simple case of “rogue employees” who had no direction. That was later proven to be patently false.
But there’s more to this though, more than just the Obama administration and IRS. It turns out that top lawmakers in Congress urged the administration to target conservative groups. Due to recent email leaks, one Senator was implicated by name: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D, RI).
From the Washington Free Beacon:
Emails: Dem Senator Urged Justice Department to Prosecute Conservative Groups
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) urged the Department of Justice to prosecute conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Sheldon’s staff emailed the Justice Department before an April hearing asking why the department wouldn’t prosecute conservative groups.
“New question from Sen. Whitehouse,” the staff email said. “Sen. Whitehouse is likely to ask [Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili] Raman whether the Department of Justice is too deferential to IRS in deciding to prosecute 501(c) tax organizations that make false statements regarding their political activities in IRS filings.”
“Sen. Whitehouse is curious why, for example if a 501(c) tax organization files were leaked, and they clearly showed that make false statements, [sic] why the Department of Justice wouldn’t prosecute the case by itself and not wait for the IRS,” the email continued.
At the hearing, Whitehouse urged the Justice Department to rethink its deference to the IRS in these cases.
“I would urge that the Department and the Service get together and rethink whether in these two specific areas, which I think bear little resemblance to traditional tax violations and are in fact very plain-vanilla criminal cases, whether or not that deference to the IRS is actually serving the public interest at this point,” Whitehouse said.
All that and no one went to jail.