Tea Party Advocate Reacts To IRS Resignation
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
September 24, 2013
The retirement of a top IRS official over extra scrutiny to Tea Party groups is not enough to satisfy one New Jersey Tea Party activist.
Lois Lerner apologized that IRS agents improperly targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny when she was in charge, but she refused to answer questions at a Congressional hearing before being placed on paid leave in May.
Bill Haney is the founder of the West Jersey Tea Party. His group gave up seeking tax-exempt status because the IRS was demanding so much documentation.
He says he does not feel vindicated by Lerner’s retirement.
“Lois Lerner in my mind needs to be prosecuted. She got away with cheating the American people and now is getting full pension and benefits, and that’s just not right.”
Haney says Lerner’s departure does answer who ordered the investigation of the Tea Party groups.
“This is just a ploy to get her out of the way as far as the Obama administration is concerned. Perhaps it’s a distancing by the Obama administration to let her be the fall guy, the total fall guy.”