Justice Department officials used “prosecutorial discretion” to shelter former IRS official Lois Lerner from a grand jury after she was held in contempt of Congress.
“I believe that in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the matter was handled and was resolved,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.
Lynch conceded that she had not read the congressional reports finding that Lerner had “abused” conservative groups, but emphasized that Lerner’s failures were bureaucratic errors rather than potential crimes. “Our review found that the management of the process by which tax-exempt applications were handled at the IRS was characterized by mismanagement and inefficiency in numerous circumstances,” she said.
— Joel Gehrke is a political reporter for National Review.