In a letter to top Republicans, Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd said they re-reviewed the case and concluded there isnâ€™t enough evidence to chargeÂ Ms. Lerner, who was at the center of the targeting.
Mr. Boyd said the new review included lawyers who only recently joined the department and werenâ€™t part of theÂ Obama administrationâ€™s earlier decision.
â€œAfter this process, the Department determined that reopening the investigation would not be appropriate based on the available evidence,â€ Mr. Boyd said.
He said if new information is developed, the decision could be revisited.
This decision did not sit well with Republicans.
Republicans on Capitol Hill called the decision â€œterrible.â€
â€œIt sends the message that the same legal, ethical, and Constitutional standards we all live by do not apply to Washington political appointees â€” who will now have the green light to target Americans for their political beliefs and mislead investigators without ever being held accountable for their lawlessness,â€ said House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady.
He said he respects Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but was â€œtroubledâ€ by his departmentâ€™s handling of the request to investigateÂ Ms. Lerner.
â€œThe decision not to prosecuteÂ Lois LernerÂ is a miscarriage of justice,â€ said Rep. Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican who was one of the key lawmakers pushing for an investigation.
This is just another case proving that ConservativesÂ have no protection in America. No matter what happens to Conservatives our government turns a blind eye to it and the majority of Americans do as well. Conservatives are targeted in every sense. The mainstream media hates us. The left attacks us and our government fails to stand up for us. When Trump supporters are beaten, nobody comes out to their defense. When someone considered to be right-wing commits a crime it dominates the news cycle.Â We are called racists, sexist and homophobes. We are told our views make us evil. Our content is censoredÂ on google, twitter, facebook, and youtube.
It is time for the people in Washington to start defending the people who got them elected. I am tired of watching as Conservatives are forced into hiding due to fear of the left. President Trump is the only person in Washington who stands up for Conservatives and it is time for the rest of his administration to get on board with that.