Rep. Darrell Issa, whose House Oversight Committee held numerous hearings into whether the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups, sharply criticized the Justice Department’s decision Friday to close an investigation of the matter.
The department said there would be no charges filed against former top administrator Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency over alleged targeting of Tea Party conservative groups for audits.
“Americans’ faith in government and in the IRS in particular, has been greatly eroded by an administration that when confronted with instances of misconduct appears complicit in shielding those involved from responsibility,” said Issa, who represents north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.
“Giving Lois Lerner a free pass only reinforces the idea that government officials are above the law and that there is no consequence for wrongdoing,” he added.
Lerner was the director of the IRS’ exempt organizations unit. She left the IRS in 2013.
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