Confirmed: Lois Lerner Broke Federal Law To Go After The Tea Party

Confirmed: Lois Lerner Broke Federal Law To Go After The Tea Party

In a just world, Lois Lerner would be facing jail time right now.

Lois Lerner

The Internal Revenue Service shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal with the Federal Election Commission, a clear violation of federal law, according to newly obtained emails.

The public watchdog group Judicial Watch told Secrets Thursday that it was former scandal boss Lois Lerner who shared the information on groups including the American Future Fund and the American Issues Project.

The emails obtained by Judicial Watch show that the IRS, which was considering the tax status of the groups, gave the FEC the tax returns of the groups, including income, expenditures and staff pay. The emails also revealed the exact working of the prying political questions the IRS wanted the groups to reveal, such as their goals and the requests for brochures and ads.

The information, sent via email, to the FEC came in response to the organization’s questions about whether the IRS had granted tax-exempt status to the Tea Party groups. It is unclear how the information the IRS sent was going to help the FEC since the IRS hadn’t determined the tax status of the groups yet.

The emails were produced to Judicial Watch last week by the FEC in response to an August 9, 2013, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

The email chain began February 3, 2009, when the FEC made it’s request to Lerner.

Since we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lois Lerner broke the law, when does her trial start? The sooner, the better.

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