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Mis-dial ‘M’ for ‘Lerner’: Is the DOJ conspiring with Dems to bury the IRS scandal?

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By Doug Powers  •  September 9, 2014 06:52 PM

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We already know that Lois Lerner and Rep. Elijah Cummings seemed to have a very friendly working relationship when it came to coordinating scrutiny of conservative groups.

According to a phone call Darrell Issa says was accidentally placed to his office, we might be able to add the Department of Justice to the mix:

The administration official calling House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) office last week had an odd request.

Could the Justice Department get some help leaking information about the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups? asked Brian Fallon, a top spokesman for Attorney General Eric Holder.

Apparently thinking he had reached the office of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Fallon said the department wanted congressional staffers to get documents to selected reporters so that officials could comment on them “before the majority” did.

After Issa spokesman Frederick Hill replied that Oversight Committee staffers would have to examine those documents first, the line went silent, and Fallon placed the call on hold for three minutes.

When he returned to the line, Fallon was “audibly shaken,” according to an account of the conversation that Issa recounts in a letter sent to Holder.
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Issa’s letter does not name the administration official or the three members of his own staff that were on the call on Friday. But Fallon acknowledged Tuesday that he spoke last week with Hill, a longtime Issa aide — an account also confirmed by a congressional aide.

Cummings is one of the biggest defenders of the IRS, so it’s nice to know the DOJ might also be working with the Maryland congressman to help keep the helpless little agency from getting any “smidgen of corruption” on it:

Will the Justice Department’s thorough investigation of the IRS mess be able to determine if the Justice Department is improperly involved with the Democrats’ effort to sweep the scandal under the rug? Confidence remains low.

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