President Obama’s IRS was proven to have unfairly targeted tea party groups in 2010, but the scandal didn’t break until 2013. Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to begin to make amends by making settlements with the groups who were unfairly targeted and make sure nothing like this ever happens again, reports Town Hall.

Since 2013, Republicans have learned that the IRS delayed the tax-exempt statuses of dozens of conservative organizations. For about two years, the agency worked off of a “Be On the Look Out” list for conservative labels, subjecting those groups to extra scrutiny.

The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has reached two settlements with right-leaning groups that were targeted.   In his announcement, Sessions gave a brief history of the last administration’s inappropriate behavior, before pledging it won’t happen under his watch.

Sessions even apologized on behalf of Obama’s corrupt administration and vowed to prevent abuses of power from ever happening again in the White House:

“There is no excuse for this conduct,” he said. “Hundreds of organizations were affected by these actions, and they deserve an apology from the IRS. We hope that today’s settlement makes clear that this abuse of power will not be tolerated.”

The acting Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, Lois Lerner, admitted to the agency’s wrongdoings and resigned soon after the scandal broke. Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has been accused of being uncooperative with congressional investigations into the scandal. He still has his job, but he might not for long.

BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.

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  • Indiana Mike

    Sessions needs to resign. We need a REAL AG at work….Sessions can go back to the General Store and play checkers with the boys by the pickle barrel.

    • Evermyrtle

      Why do you say that, why do you not want the truth told, how will the truth affect you??

      • Witchwindy

        Sessions is not a biggie on truth telling, he’s still, today, telling the same old lies about cannabis/marijuana/hemp, he wants to turn back the clock to Nixon’s era, and he also wants to continue the outright theft of assets from people who’ve not even been charged with a crime let alone convicted of one.. THAT is why he should be kicked to the curb, sent back to the pickle barrel.

    • supergun

      He is not as tough as I thought he would be.

  • dxsmopuim

    It never should have happened in the first place and the only way to ensure it will never happen again is a whole lot of DEATH SENTENCES , right now !!!!!

    • old codger

      Jail costs way, way, way to much!!! High powered rifle 1 maybe 2 thousand, I’m going top shelf here so don’t jump in my SHEIT, Bullets about a dollar or so, again top shelf!! Rope is quite cheap and is renewable, building gallow(s) inexpensive compared to housing a prisoner per year and can do double duty for displaying seasonal decorations when not being used for it’s main purpose, HANGING!!

  • HawaiiRules

    So let me get this straight–IRS people screwed over a bunch of people, the government doesn’t punish the IRS people, but instead pays settlements with MY tax dollars? And that’s a good thing?

  • markypolo

    Hey Mr. Sessions, want to make sure “it never happens again”? Put Obama, Lois Lerner, John Koskinen and any others involved IN JAIL! THAT will fix things.

    • Rosemary

      Yes! LOCK THEM UP.

    • Appreciate

      How in the world is Koskinen, that arrogant criminal, still in that position????

    • Sue

      How about lifetime fines to be used to pay down the deficits incurred by Delusional City. Any sentences would be short and result in them being turned loose to commit further crimes against the public. Taking away a large portion of their salaries and making them pay for their defense would keep them busy for the rest of their pathetic lives.

    • djm4706

      Democrats do not go to jail no matter how corrupt they are. As long as we have a bunch of republicans that can do nothing but suck their thumbs we are going to keep seeing this injustice.

      • supergun

        They are above the law.

  • dan690

    Lock up Lerner and Koskinen.

  • Jake

    How about getting on to something important. Like the Hillary treason, Comey, Lynch, etc.

  • Gary

    Nothing says don’t do it again like jail time. All this does is penalize tax payers for their crimes as it is our tax dollars now doing the reimbursing not the ones who are guilty.

  • Ralph Johnson

    I agree with some of the comments here.. If the Feds would issue some orange jump suites to some of these higher ups this would send a message that no one is above the the law.. This has to happen..

  • Gary McQuistion

    Settlements??? WTF???!!!! Start prosecuting and firing people!

  • Brace4Impact

    So who’s going to jail AG Sessions? No jail, then you fail!

  • AnnaGraceS

    The abuse of power was rampant in the barry soetoro administration!!! Go get Lois Lerner and put her “PLEAD THE FIFTH” butt in prison where she belongs!!!

  • kaiju

    Drag Lois Learner’s butt in there and waterboard her until she tells the truth about it.

  • jlbs

    Some “whys”I need to ask: 1) Why is Sessions apologizing for the o’traitor’s administration? 2) Why are those who were involved in this travesty not being charged and jailed, and I mean those all the way to the top, which includes the o’traitor? As AG, isn’t Sessions supposed to see that justice is upheld? Why isn’t he doing so? Who is influencing him, and why are they allowed to do so? I’m so damned tired of all this cr@p, I could just puke!

  • Big Ed

    The IRS scandal was horrific, but in the grand scheme of all things Obama it was small potatoes. Our fearless ex-leader broke so many laws so often that it takes an accountant, not a lawyer, to keep track of the infractions. The IRS scheme screwed a few conservatives, the balance of what he did screwed every American-and forever. Obama destroyed the rule of law in the US and, long term, this may be the most difficult to fix damage Obama has done. Selling 20% of the country’s uranium to our primary enemy is something that will likely bite us for dozens of years. Whether you look at our military strength, our culture, our economy, our education system, our healthcare, our race relations or our national unity, you can see damage done by Obama and much of it irreparable. We will not be totally free of Obama until he is punished for these crimes and as much as possible of the damage he did is repaired.

    • 46patrick46

      Why don’t we just REVOKE the deal ?

    • supergun

      Not a smidgen of evidence,,,,,,,he said.

  • Charles W. Bell

    O great you just settled with taxpayer money I cant see how giving taxpayers money back is going to make amends and claim its going to stop this from happening again when no one has been prosecuted. Your sir are not only stupid you honesty think the American people are going to fall for this you sir have been speaking out of both sides of your face you must believe your own Bullshit

  • 46patrick46

    Settlements ? We don’t want settlements , we want jail time for Lois Lerner and her cohorts.

    You know … Lock her up … Lock her up … Lock her up … etc.

  • Mitch A

    Why are taxpayers the ones being punished? There is no way we should pay for this and lois learner just walks off with her juicy federal pension. How is just letting these people go making sure this never occurs again? Why is no one being prosecuted?

    • pemaddin

      Politicians believe that if they give someone a settlement the problem goes away. Oh yeah the settlement comes directly from the taxpayers the criminals abused and of course politicians follow their rule that the victims should be punished Twice while protecting their peers, I mean crooks.

  • Morgan23

    I’ll cheer when Lois Learner, and the rest of the CABAL, that were involved spend 25 years in prison and are stripped of their Federal Pensions.

  • Esau’s Message

    Now please do something about those who perpetrated these civil rights violations, Jeff.

  • wga8888

    Until there ia an actual penaly impose on government officials who used the government to persecuted those deemed a subversive to the State, it will continue. Same is true for voter fraud,

  • Paul

    Make settlements -I want some. A crime was committed by the IRS but nobody is responsible except the American taxpayers must make restitution? You people are insane. what leadership?
    I want restitution for all of the lies about Obahcare that has caused my insurance premiums to go up at least 120%. I need restitution because I am discriminated against -I do not get insurance subsidies.

  • Pete

    Not good enough, Jeff!
    The only way to prevent this from happening again is by putting people in Jail (Lerner, Koskinen, Schulman, Geithner,Obama the whole lot of them)
    This is just a wink that they can do it again.

  • dallasorf

    Good move on the IRS. Now it’s time to press in on an investigation into the Clinton U-1 deal and pay to play scheme they have had for years.

  • John J. Schmidt

    This is the small part of the issue. The larger and not mentioned issue is the destruction of evidence; Files, Phones, Lap Tops, Hard drives and back up files by the IRS! Why isn’t Jeff Sessions talking about these crimes?

  • pemaddin

    Until Lerner and Koskinin (spelling?) are in jail this is not a settled case. The people deserve JUSTICE from the Dept of Justice and we will not shut up until we get it.

  • CaptTurbo

    Jeff Sessions has been a useless steaming heap in MHO. I hope he gets off his useless a*s and goes after the criminals. Pretty much everyone who ever worked in the Muslim usurper’s fraud of an administration should be doing time. The FBI should be taken down immediately as well.

  • supergun

    What they did was illegal. They broke the laws of America.

  • Truth59

    Then do the same with those who were involved or even knew what was going on with the Clinton scandal.

  • msgdiane

    Two things about this “revelation”, one – none of the guilty persons went to jail (they need to be put in jail); two if the tax reforms are implemented then we may not need the IRS any longer and that would serve them right. I do feel sorry for the ones that had not part in the scandal loosing their jobs, however, I also know many that work for the IRS and know that they can be rather heavy handed and little or no compassion for the tax payers (who by the way are actually their employers/bosses).