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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The IRS Scandal, Day 1580: Conservative Group Hoping For 'Perp Walks' After Breakthrough In IRS Lawsuit

IRS Logo 2Washington Examiner, Conservative Group Hoping for 'Perp Walks' After Breakthrough in IRS Lawsuit:

One of the groups that sued the Internal Revenue Service over its targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups believes there has been a breakthrough that will help them draw a more complete picture of what went on behind the scenes at the agency, four years after it took its case to court.

In a lawsuit involving True the Vote, Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the IRS last week to release the names of employees involved in targeting conservative and Tea Party groups. Walton also told the IRS to explain why groups were targeted and search for additional records in agency databases from May 2009 to March 2015.

The IRS has until Oct. 16 to complete its records search.

Walton's order was a turning point for True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht in her legal battle with the IRS that began in 2013.

"We've come so far, and I believe that we are going to bring this thing to a head," Engelbrecht told the Washington Examiner. "I believe we will see the IRS correct its ways, and as to accountability, I'd love to see some perp walks." ...

Engelbrecht ... said just learning the names of those involved isn't enough for her. Instead, she wants the IRS to enact a policy prohibiting viewpoint discrimination. "That's our whole goal — it's to make sure this viewpoint discrimination can never occur again. It is procedurally prohibited," Engelbrecht said. "That they admit what they did was unconstitutional and won't happen to an organization, an individual, doesn't matter your political party preference. The IRS has been weaponized and needs to be put back in the box."

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Comments

Looks like the courts are going to do what the swamp can't.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Sep 5, 2017 5:56:55 AM

...and the mainstream media could not be less interested.

Posted by: VoteOutIncumbents | Sep 5, 2017 8:22:07 AM

The old parable of holding one's breath comes to mind.

Posted by: wodun | Sep 5, 2017 3:23:38 PM

The IRS needs to be ELIMINATED.
III/0317

Posted by: Stryker | Sep 5, 2017 8:19:04 PM

The "True to Vote" affair makes for interesting reading, the facts of which have been covered here and elswhere:

https://oversight.house.gov/release/new-irs-e-mails-lois-lerner-funneled-elijah-cummings-info-targeted-conservative-group/

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/348756/true-scandal-jillian-kay-melchior

https://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2016/10/06/the-irs-a-law-unto-itself/

The most ironic part being, Representative Elijah Cummings, ranking member on the Oversight Committee when it was literally investigating the IRS in 2013 for targeting conservative groups, was himself working with the IRS to target this group in 2012. And he lied about it before communications were discovered by the Oversight Committee implicating his office in the targeting. Conflict of interest? Without a doubt. Shamefully ignominious? You'd never know by listening to the guy. Why a putz like this wasn't expelled from Congress by his own party tells you everything you need to know about how they handle their own scandals.

What kind of a WITCH HUNT does the little blue party really like? True the Vote, that's what kind. And what kind of COLLUSION does the little blue party really like? Bureaucratic, that's what kind.

Our resident pro bono lawyer for the IRS, Publius Nadler, not only rejected the facts in the True the Vote case, he rejected the sources of said facts. Besides getting an "F" in Critical Thinking 101, he's provided very poor legal advice to IRS, which hasn't stopped this lawsuit from proceeding. Perhaps he'd like to refile his brief in defense of the IRS in this case?

Posted by: MM | Sep 5, 2017 8:21:25 PM