The U.S. Department of Justice informed lawmakers on Friday that its closing the two-year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted conservative groups. There will be no charges filed against ex-IRS employee Lois Lerner — or anyone else for that matter.
In a letter obtained by CNN, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik claimed the investigation 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,” the letter added.
The Justice Department also apparently uncovered no evidence that IRS officials attempted to “obstruct justice.” Critics quickly suggested wrongdoing may have taken place after Lerner claimed her hard drive “crashed” and was later destroyed before members of Congress could review its contents.
She later pleaded the Fifth Amendment when Congress wanted her to testify.
“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,” the DOJ said in the letter.