DOJ Closes Lois Lerner Investigation Without Charges

Tyler Durden's picture

Confirming once again that the U.S. has full devolved into a total banana republic, moments ago CNN reported that the US Department of "Justice" is closing its two-year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted tea party and other conservative groups. There will be no charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency, the Justice Department said in a letter.

The DOJ's finding:

The probe found "substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime."


"We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution," Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in the letter. "We also found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice. Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges."

They must have searched real hard, especially once they found all those deleted lost emails.

CNN adds that the IRS mishandled the processing of tax-exempt applications in a manner that disproportionately impacted applicants affiliated with the tea party and similar groups, leaving the appearance that the IRS's conduct was motivated by political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motive.

So now we know that in addition to insider traders working for SAC, targeting conservatives is, according to the DOJ, also not a crime.

What is a crime? Blowing the whistle on the Big Brother state, where every single electronic communication among US citizens is processed and recorded in perpetuity.

Now that is nothing short of treason.

And now back to your regularly scheduled market meltup which at this point may last forever: after all, it is only a matter of time before the DO"J" pulls a page out of the Chinese playbook and decides that selling any stock is also a criminal offense punishable with years of hard time.

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ThaBigPerm's picture

Worst miscarriage of justice since Lehman.

Looney's picture

Send the bitch to Syria. I’d love to see HER boots on the ground.


Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) remain calm Oct 23, 2015 2:03 PM

Banana Republic on full display.

Not My Real Name's picture

I never thought I'd see the level of corruption that permeates the American federal government today. It truly is staggering. Forget an economic reset -- the USA needs a political reset.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

"Justice? Justice?!? You don' get no stinkin' justice!!!"

Syrin's picture

we are a LAWLESS nation.  When the people no longer have faith in the system or believe they are represented is when the grounds for revolution begin.

Overfed's picture

The little people, who are subject to said laws, have full faith and belief that those laws will be used against them with full prejudice whenever possible.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Government investigating itself is synonynous with ,,, Miley examining herself in the mirror i.e. massive self adulation.

N2OJoe's picture

Aww guys this is nothing that can't be solved with "peaceful protest" or "voting". Isn't that what TPTB always tell us?

Keyser's picture

Once again the Obozo DOJ responds as expected... Historians will write volumes on the criminality of this administration... 

Alvin Fernald's picture

I agree with the sentiment but disagree with the use of the word 'we'. There are only individuals.
If I steal something people should not collectivize the act and say we.
No masters, no slaves.

Muddy1's picture

There will be no charges against Hillary either.

Implied Violins's picture

And so it continues: the west will keep on getting more and more evil, while the east will look better and better in comparison. It won't stop until each and every one of us is affected. At that point, let's hope it isn't too late to do something about it...

Bay Area Guy's picture

More than a political reset, the US needs a moral reset.

FreedomGuy's picture

This is a huge deal that will pass right by both the main stream statist media and average citizen. This is Don Obama, consiglieri's Holder and Lynch saying a loud but silent "Fuck you, America!" with a big fat finger in your face. They are saying the same things the stupid fucking GED cop who pulls you over for a revenue traffic stop says, "I am the law, son, boy, bitch!"

On economic matters many might point to the 1913 Income tax amendment and establishment of the Fed as the beginning of all things evil concerning economic central planning and the empowering of the state (economically). I will point to this as the beginning of the end of the rule of law and even at least a minimum fucking appearance of law. They are not even trying to fake it, any more.

I will tell you first hand that after the 2012 Obama reelections that a huge number of conservative candidate donors got IRS notices, including me. It wasn't just this tax exempt stuff. Coincidence? Only if you are a leftist lemming. I had a major bond trading friend who survived but has left the country.

This is exactlly how you enable autocracy. You have an all powerful bureaucracy because you stupid fucking statists empowered it to do "good" and now it will be used by the not-so-nice and not-so-morally-superior government class to cement power. Meanwhile, the theoretically small government Republicans will sit around wringing their hands and making execuses as to why they cannot do anything to stop it.

You really have to be completely lobotomized to believe the complete bullshit stories of Lois Lerner, John Koskinen and the crashed hard drive. Only stupid leftist who WANT to believe it buy that stupid ass story. In my company we are warned even about deleting emails that can be used for govenment compliance checks, much less crashed hard drives. Let's see...who had that unsecured hard drive and deleted email problem???

"Not a smidgeon of corruption."

Fuck you!

Expect more of it as things get tight.



Flagit's picture


Well, this just solidifies my resolve to never pay these bastards a red cent.

From my cold dead hands!

formadesika3's picture

The bar is high for criminal charges. Ineptitude, maybe. Everyone has the right to be stupid.


onewayticket2's picture

"ineptitude" caused them to pull the harddrives from the pcs of only 23 people....23 who worked with LL....and "destroy" those hard drives.....with little or no backup.....???


get real.

azusgm's picture

The bar for malicious intent has been reached. Ineptitude doesn't even come near.


They shoulda locked her up just for that helmet head haircut.

ThirteenthFloor's picture

No shortage of ZH stories to report. " For America is a banana republic after all " (repeat three time).

I do not know what's more frustrating, DOJ, Lois Lerner, or the moron millions living in the USSA. It takes three to FAIL.

Squid Viscous's picture

now she can get back to making those delicious bagels

Bloppy's picture

Why is anyone surprised? Obama isn't even trying to appear anything other than dictatorial now.






Megyn Kelly to Jeb: what would it take to get you out of the race?

azusgm's picture

Ranks right up there with not indicting Corzine.

Pooper Popper's picture

Fuck lois Fuck jarret,,,

fuck em all

centerline's picture

Ooooh, never saw that coming!  lol.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Bingo. Nothing changes until the pitchforks/torches appear or, until the proletariat learns to stop the needlessly obedience to a bunch of fucking self-interested criminals for which it voted.

JustObserving's picture

You insult regular banana republics when you call the land of the free a banana republic. The law only exists for the poor and the peons here.

The Nobel Prize Winner has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all Presidents combined.

Dr. Engali's picture

Whoa, didn't see that one coming from the most transparent regime ever. 

chubbar's picture

Yes, it was a complete coincidence that all right leaning non-profits were denied and all left leaning non-profits were approved. Just the way things worked out.

EmmittFitzhume's picture

Fuck DC and all that work there.

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

But I work for a private company!  And no, not a contractor or anything government-related.

r00t61's picture

If you really are a pirate - complete with eyepatch and parrot - would you mind decimating Silver Springs and Ellicott City?

LetThemEatRand's picture

Selective enforcement of the law to achieve political objectives is openly sanctioned now in the US.  If you read closely, what the DOJ is saying is that, yes, Lerner delibertely targeted certain groups due to political views, but that it's not a crime to do so.

centerline's picture

Softens up the public for when Hillary is let off the hook for everything and can be slingshotted into office as planned.

migra's picture

Selective enforcement of the law to achieve political objectives


That has been going on with immigration enforcement in this country for years and years.

FreedomGuy's picture

The next time I get an IRS notice I plan to just tell them that I am my best friend, Loretta investigated me and after our thorough investigation we found "Not a smidgeon of corruption". While we perhaps made some errors, I now know that errors are not against the law so I cannot be prosecuted for bad management of my taxes. I would look into it farther but unfortunately my hard drive crashed in a chance collision with a magnetic baseball bat. It could happen to anyone, really.

Therefore, they should just leave and reference this case.


This investigation to me is like someone insulting you to your face while poking you in the chest and spitting while they speak. Let's check out what the leftist watchdog media says about it. My bet is that they will be lapdogs.

E.F. Mutton's picture

The GOP Elite hate the Tea Party more than the Leftoids, they just have to pretend otherwise.  This was just more theater.  The fix came with help from both sides.

Billy Sol Estes's picture

THIS. The original Tea Party was to oust incumbent, life serving republicans. The ones in charge quickly changed that to, "We have to oust those mangy democrats, that will make america great again."

I shit you not. I was trying to run for my precinct chair of the GOOP party in 2014, trying to make a change and get the knuckle draggers reading some Spooner or Mencken. The treasurer of my county wanted to have lunch with me to see where I stood. The tea party came up and she asked where the tea party started and what it wanted to do. I told her it was started by Ron Paul to drive out the big government republicans. She quickly cut me off and said I was wrong, it was started by the faith and family foundation to drive out democrats and elect more republicans. Lunch ended there. I ended up losing by 35 votes but probably a good decision not to get involved with those low lifes.

Squid Viscous's picture

well said, now we get Trump v. Ramrod, what a fucking choice...

Cruel Aid's picture

Props for trying and not sure why 'stop entrenched scumbags' is not a major mantra with grassroots building.

So screwed. The mantra i always get is 'you cant change the system'. Mine is well if that is the attitude, then true.

Give up, dont look at it, cognitive dissonance in effect. Waaay to busy to look ahead.

azusgm's picture

The RINOs absolutely hate Ron Paul.

FreedomGuy's picture

I can tell you they also hate the Tea Party. The Tea Party actually does not stand FOR anything. They have no doctrine or ideology. They are mostly against a general idea that the country is going to hell fiscally and governmentally. The problem is that they are not controllable and you cannot make a deal with them. However, they are the most powerful in the R party not because of money but because they have the energy and passion. They will do the door to door and organizational stuff that can tip elections.

Encroaching Darkness's picture

Not accurate. The modern Tea Party (not the 1770's original) was created by decades of contempt: the contempt of elected officials for those who elected them, along with contempt for honor, decency, basic mathematics and justice. It was crystallized (after a fashion) by a rant, carried on TV, by one Rick Santelli, who said we need a new Tea Party (after a reflection on bail-outs, financial misbehavior and so forth). Those who felt Santelli had captured a moment of insight began organizing somewhat.

The Tea Party DOES stand for something: smaller government and lower taxes. Others might add on rule of law, property rights, real justice before the law (as opposed to what just happened with Lois Lerner) and Constitutional restraint of the Federal Government. Past that, you can start adding other causes, but they really are not what drove the Tea Party to form.

We have found out from bitter experience (increasing debt, various House votes, various Senate votes, etc.) that the Republican Party is currently captured by special interests who benefit from a bigger government; the mission has now added removing RINOs from office, in order to get smaller government / lower taxes. No one who follows politics has any faith in Boehner, McCarthy, Ryan, McCain, or any other RINO to do what this country needs: cut taxes, downsize the government, and restore property rights (Kelo vs. New London, anybody?). If it takes votes, we will vote out every RINO there is, one at a time if necessary. If it takes pitchforks ....

But we will win eventually, either way. We get smaller government / lower taxes by voting out all the RINOs and Democrats who refuse to see reality, or they stay in office - and the whole system collapses, with the collapse of the dollar. The first will be prettier, but either way, once no one has a job and the dollar won't buy anything, there's gonna be a smaller government and lower taxes! It won't be any fun to watch the second way, but it will be exciting (briefly!)