COMMENTARY | An indication as to the possible reason former IRS official Lois Lerner took the fifth cropped up at the National Review, which reported that the tax agency turned over records on certain groups who were proving meddlesome to the Obama administration.
“The Internal Revenue Service may have been caught violating federal tax law: In October 2010, the agency sent a database on 501(c)(4) social-welfare groups containing confidential taxpayer information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to documents obtained by a House panel.”
The FBI, exercising a little more prudence than the rest of the Obama administration, declined to investigate and the Justice Department never pursued prosecution of the offending groups. The story does show the extent to which Obama officials like Lerner seem to be willing to ignore the law while setting about the task of punishing the president’s enemies.
The question arises, who if anyone is going to be prosecuted and perhaps go to jail because of this? One of the great frustrations of the many Obama scandals is that while they reveal an administration that has gone rogue and is willing to ignore the law, no one seems to be held to account for it. Much of the mainstream media is still on Obama’s side, though in the wake of the Bergdahl affair that seems to be crumbling, and the Justice Department is not doing its job in pursuing criminal prosecutions. And good luck getting a special prosecutor. Democrats have experienced that before and don’t like it when their people get caught up in scandals.
The whole thing will have a toxic effect on respect for the rule of law. If government officials can regularly violate the law while going after enemies of Obama, then why should anyone obey the law? The only reason is that ordinary people, without connections to the powerful, are still prosecuted if they cross the line. Laws, in effect, are just for little people.