Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Roskam, Brady Urge DOJ to Review Lois Lerner Case

Apr 12, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the Ways & Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, and Kevin Brady, Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions today. They called on the Department of Justice to review evidence that Lois Lerner, the former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director, broke the law to target Americans for their political beliefs.

Chairman Roskam led the investigation into IRS targeting when he was Chairman of the Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee during the last Congress. Despite a three-year investigation, clear evidence of criminal misconduct, and a referral to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution, the Obama Administration refused to consider the information and bring justice to the taxpayers harmed by Ms. Lerner’s actions.

In the letter to AG Session, Chairmen Roskam and Brady wrote:

“Taxpayers deserve to know that the DOJ’s previous evaluation was not tainted by politics … We respectfully request the Department of Justice to take a fresh look at the evidence presented in the attached referral in order to restore taxpayers’ trust in the IRS.”

Explaining the Committee’s findings and initial referral for criminal prosecution, the Chairmen added:

“The Committee found that Ms. Lerner used her position to improperly influence IRS action against conservative organizations, denying these groups due process and equal protection rights under the law.  The Committee also found she impeded official investigations by providing misleading statements in response to questions from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  Finally, Lerner risked exposing, and may actually have disclosed, confidential taxpayer information, in apparent violation of Internal Revenue Code section 6103 by using her personal email to conduct official business.”

CLICK HERE to read the Full text of the referral to former Attorney General Eric Holder following the Committee’s three-year investigation can be read here.

CLICK HERE to read a timeline of Ms. Lerner’s misconduct at the IRS.

CLICK HERE to read the full text of the letter to Attorney General Sessions requesting the Department of Justice to review the evidence of Ms. Lerner’s misconduct.