Lois Lerner Tried To Block Supervisor’s Visit Because She Feared Targeting Would Be Exposed
JANUARY 15, 2015
Lois Lerner, the former director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Unit, prevented her former supervisor from visiting the IRS’s Cincinnati office while conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were being targeted. This discovery comes from emails obtained by Judicial Watch, which filed FOIA lawsuits against the IRS to obtain more information on the political targeting scandal. Lerner resorted to this tactic to avoid being exposed for her illegal scheme. Read more about this latest discovery from a Judicial Watch press release here.
Below is a quote from one of Lerner’s emails to her supervisor, which underscores her reasons for covering up the targeting:
“We just go[t] an very extensive information request from Imraan [Khakoo, an IRS official] –sure looks like op review material. I’m especially concerned that information about pipeline is being asked about … Add to that the fact tha cincinnati is smack dab in the middle of the c4 Congressional inqueries and is about to get a request from TIGTA on all of that, this is NOT a good time to be asking them for anything or to be talking to them about issue in their work. Everyone is stressed to the max and at their wits end, so can we put this off please?” Lerner wrote to her IRS supervisor Joseph Grant.