An email reveals how Lois Lerner targeted GOP Senator after she accidentally received an invitation meant for him. Lois Lerner and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley were invited to participate in a panel and Lerner accidentally received Grassley’s invite.
In the invitation the organization offered to pay for Grassley’s wife to attend the event, and Lerner suggested that the IRS perform an audit upon receiving the email before Grassley or the sponsoring organization had broken any rules.
In an email to other IRS officials, Lerner suggests referring the matter for an audit, saying it might be inappropriate for the group to pay for his wife, who is a lobbyist.
‘Perhaps we should refer to exam?‘ Lerner wrote in a December 4, 2012 email.advertisement - story continues below
Another IRS official, Matthew Giuliano, waved her off, saying an audit would be premature because Grassley hadn’t even accepted the invitation.
‘It would be Grassley who would need to report the income,‘ Giuliano said.
It was unclear from the emails whether Lerner was suggesting that Grassley or the group be audited – or both.
The IRS said in a statement that it could not comment on the specifics of the case ‘due to taxpayer confidentiality provisions.’
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