A new report from Judicial Watch shows that John McCain’s staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee Henry Kerner urged IRS official Lois Lerner to use audits as a weapon against the non-profit groups applying for 501(c)(4) status (mostly tea party and conservative groups) in order to bring the organizations to the point of financial ruin.
Originally the notes taken by IRS employees at this April 30, 2013 meeting were redacted when sent to Judicial Watch. It was only through other, later documents released by the IRS that these notes were uncovered. In other words, the IRS tried to hide the fact that John McCain’s office, through Henry Kerner, along with Democrats and the Obama administration, were involved in the pressure to use the IRS to target tea party groups. From the report:
- In the full notes of an April 30 meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, “Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous.” In response, Lerner responded that “it is her job to oversee it all:”