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From President Donald J. Trump: 

Newly appointed special counsel Jack Smith was instrumental in the Justice Department‘s public integrity unit inserting itself into the Lois Lerner IRS scandal targeting conservative nonprofit groups.

Smith, picked by Attorney General Merrick Garland to helm the DOJ’s investigations of former President Donald Trumpled the Public Integrity Section from 2010 until early 2015.

Lerner, director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Unit, led an IRS effort targeting Tea Party groups and similar conservative nonprofit organizations. Smith’s push for DOJ officials to contact Lerner and the IRS in order to get the DOJ involved seemed to be the impetus behind the IRS sending the FBI reams of nonprofit tax records.

An IRS watchdog and the DOJ later admitted the IRS committed wrongdoing, although not of the criminal variety. Lerner would apologize.

Republicans unsuccessfully sought a special counsel to investigate the IRS scandal at the time, with Smith’s actions cited as one reason.

“Jack Smith was looking for ways to prosecute the innocent Americans that Lois Lerner targeted during the IRS scandal,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), expected to lead the House Judiciary Committee next year, told the Washington Examiner.

Jordan and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who led House Oversight, sought Smith’s testimony in May 2014, saying, “It is apparent that the Department’s leadership, including Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith, was closely involved in engaging with the IRS.”

Read the full article by Jerry Dunleavy with the Washington Examiner here

Author: Press Release


  1. Lois Lerner’s hit squad also attacked the committee to elect Al Salvi in Illinois when he was running against Barack Obama.. They shut down the campaign office with trumped up accusations of illegal donations. None of which were true. After the election Lois Berger sent her IRS officers to the home of the mother of Al Salvi. They wanted to know where she had money to donate to her sons campaign. Basically accusing her of fraud.
    They asked where she obtained money to donate to his campaign. She responded by saying I had a job, and I saved money which I was proud to give to my son in the hope he would be elected senator from Illinois.


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