IRS, DOJ colluded to criminalize conservative groups’ free speech

Friday, May 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

Jim Kouri
May 23, 2014

In response to an interview of a Department of Justice section chief by lawmakers from House of Representatives, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Thursday officially requested that the DOJ make its Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith available for an interview that will be transcribed.

The request by Reps. Issa and Jordan resulted from Jack Smith’s underling, Richard Pilger, who is the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch chief, telling lawmakers during a legally transcribed interview that officials from the Justice Department met with the Internal Revenue Service’s Lois Lerner in October 2010. The meeting entailed an alleged plan to criminalize free speech and prosecute Tea Party and conservative groups.

The date of that first meeting has created more suspicion since that Lerner-DOJ meeting occurred 30-months earlier than Issa, Jordan and their committees were led to believe by the IRS. The purpose of the DOJ-Lerner meeting was to discuss possible criminal prosecution of nonprofit groups on the right of the political spectrum — especially Tea Party organizations — for certain political speech.

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