Group says IRS-tea party scandal now includes Dept. of Justice

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(One News Now) — A public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption says it has evidence that Lois Lerner, the former IRS official already in hot water for her role in targeting conservative tax-exempt groups, also was conspiring with the Justice Department to prosecute those same groups.

Through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Judicial Watch has obtained internal IRS documents it says show Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice about the potential prosecution of 501(c)(4)tax-exempt groups. Lerner is already being held in contempt of Congress by a House committee for failing to cooperate with congressional investigators in the alleged targeting of such groups.

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, says according to documents obtained this week, Lerner received communication last May from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) about why the conservative groups had not been prosecuted.

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