It’s Possible No Laws Were Broken In IRS “Targeting” Scandal


House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wants to know “who’s going to jail” over the IRS scandal. Ousted acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller says no laws were violated when the agency targeted conservative groups, says the Washington Post.

It's quite possible that nobody will ever be convicted of breaking the law in the IRS situation. “I am not aware of any statute that prohibits IRS targeting of applicants,” said Republican lawyer Jan Baran. Other politically inclined lawyers agree. There are three types of laws that might ave been broken: Civil rights laws that protect people from being discriminated against by the government; The Hatch Act, which prevents civil servants from engaging in partisan political activity;, and perjury laws, which prevent people from lying to Congress

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