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“JUSTICE” DEPARTMENT URGED TO MOVE INVESTIGATION FORWARD

The U.S. House of Representatives wants Barack Obama’s “Justice” Department to pursue criminal charges against Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) staffer at the heart of the agency’s discrimination against limited government groups.

By a 23-14 vote, the House Ways and Means Committee sent Lerner’s name to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder this week along with a request that he pursue the evidence against her.

Holder’s agency is already investigating the IRS, but if you believe there will ever be a legitimate exposure of its shameful practices – your definition of the word “Justice” differs from Obama.

Lerner infamously pleaded the Fifth Amendment last year in response to questions about her role in the scandal.

“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” Lerner’s attorney said at the time.

Mmmm-hmmm.

House members disagree. They believe Lerner not only participated in illegal discrimination, but obstructed justice in an effort to evade accountability.

In fact they believe she is still obstructing justice today …

Lerner’s attorney is doubling down on her innocence.

“This is just another attempt by Republicans to vilify Ms. Lerner for political gain,” he said in a statement. “Ms. Lerner has done nothing wrong. She did not violate any law or regulation. She did not ?mislead Congress. She did not interfere with the rights of any organization to a tax exemption.”

Wow … done nothing wrong?

That’s a pretty bold statement to make in light of the calculated way Lerner revealed the IRS “irregularities” – and then sought to minimize them amid the initial political firestorm last spring.

“Of all the scandals hanging over the Obama administration, its use of the IRS to silence political opposition in advance of the 2012 election – and the subsequent coverup of the scandal – is by far the most egregious,” we wrote earlier this year. “That’s why Obama is doing his best to sweep it under the rug.”

He cannot be allowed to do that …