Charges in IRS Targeting Scandal? Not Likely

FBI doesn't see evidence of criminal wrongdoing, sources say
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2014 8:26 AM CST
Charges in IRS Targeting Scandal? Not Likely
In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Don't expect any criminal charges related to last year's IRS scandal. Law enforcement officials tell the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that the FBI doesn't plan to file any charges over the increased scrutiny experienced by various political groups that applied for tax-exempt status. The IRS admitted to inappropriately targeting conservative groups with words like "Tea Party" in their names; some liberal groups were also targeted, including those with words like "Occupy" in their names. But investigators found no political bias or criminal "enemy hunting," the sources say; rather, management problems and confusing rules were to blame. (More Internal Revenue Service stories.)

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