Congressman calls DOJ Lois Lerner criminal investigation ‘a joke’ after Holder deputy says he doesn’t know who’s in charge

Lois Lerner ran the IRS Exempt Organizations division until her retirement in late 2013, and is accused of leading an effort to hamstring tea party groups because of their political philosophy

The acting deputy U.S. attorney general in charge of overseeing “public integrity” prosecutions testified Friday that he doesn’t know who’s in charge of the criminal investigation of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the tea-party targeting scandal.

David O’Neil, whose job atop the DOJ’s criminal division puts him in charge of public corruption prosecutions, told Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan that he also doesn’t know how many prosecutors are assigned to the case, or how many attorneys from his division are working on it.

Asked to identify the lead agent in the Lerner investigation, O’Neil would only answer, “I’m sure that we can provide that information to you.”