[Ed. – Never let it be said they’re not sensitive, at the IRS, to the fact that Congress may one day question their motives.]
Not so coincidentally, during this period of time, Lerner emailed former Director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements Holly Paz, attempting to limit information provided by the IRS to Congress about non-profit classifications. Here is the exchange:
Thursday, February 16, 2012 1:28 PM– Lois Lerner to Holly Paz:
Subject: Review of Classification Write -Ups
While you were gone, Judy [Kindell – former Lerner advisor] and Sharon [Light – Lerner advisor] had the opportunity to look at some of the write –up from the referral committee and classification folks on cases they had reviewed. We are all a bit concerned about the mention of specific Congress people, practitioners and political parties. Our filed folks are not as sensitive as we are to the fact that anything we write can be public–or at least be seen by Congress. We talked with Nan [Downing – Director of EO Examinations] and she thought it would be great if R & A could put together some training points to help them understand the potential pitfalls, as well as how to think about referrals. As a starting point, Nan has sent up a bunch of papers that I asked Tom Miller [EO technical advisor] to review to provide feedback to Sharon/Judy –or whomever we decide should draft the training.
The American people have been told repeatedly that the IRS has nothing to hide. This email, however, begs the question – if there is nothing to hide in these cases the IRS “reviewed,” then why the sensitivity training on how IRS employees could cover their tracks from Congress?
In addition to confirming Lerner’s role in making sure Congress had no clue about the IRS targeting effort, Judicial Watch also uncovered Lerner’s most extensive and detailed discussion to date regarding the scandal.