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Roskam Blasts DOJ Decision on Lerner Contempt Charges

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) issued the following statement on the Department of Justice's announcement that it would not move forward with a criminal-contempt prosecution of Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS's Exempt Organizations Division:

"Today's announcement surprises no one. It has long been clear that this Administration has no interest in providing accountability for the innocent Americans who had their civil liberties violated by the IRS. This is why the House also called on the Attorney General to appoint an independent special counsel to investigate this targeting. Justice's decision not to prosecute Mrs. Lerner for her refusal to engage with Congress in no way clears her of wrongdoing. The evidence thus far indicates that Mrs. Lerner pursued an inappropriate and abusive agenda against American citizens using the power and authority of the IRS to target those with whom she disagreed. We will continue to investigate all of the facts, hold her accountable for any criminal wrongdoing to which she was a party, and make commonsense reforms at the IRS to restore trust and ensure that there is no Lois Lerner 2.0."

Since becoming chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee in January, Roskam has worked to further the IRS targeting investigation and push for reforms to rein in IRS abuse, including:

Working to expose Lerner's long history of abusing government agencies to target conservative political groups ("Rein in the IRS", George Will, 3/22/15).
Introducing legislaton to block the IRS's proposed 501(c)4 regulations.
Passing through the Ways and Means Committee H.R. 1104, the Fair Treatment for All Gifts Act to prevent IRS targeting of contributions to conservative political groups.

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