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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The IRS Scandal, Day 1288:  Top IRS Official Says Agency Targeted Conservative Groups Based on ‘Guilt By Association’ And ‘Party Affiliation’

IRS Logo 2Judicial Watch Press Release, New Documents Reveal Top Obama IRS Official Admitted Cincinnati Office Targeted Groups Based on ‘Guilt by Association’:

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained 1593 pages of new documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including notes from a 2011 interoffice meeting revealing a top IRS official admitted that Cincinnati office agents were targeting organizations requesting tax exempt status based on “guilt by association” and “party affiliation.” According to former IRS Director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements Holly Paz, “they think they know what the org is really doing, rather than looking at actual activities.” ...

“This further confirms the IRS knew about abuses years before they were exposed. President Trump needs to reopen the criminal investigation of the IRS as soon as he is sworn into office,” said Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/11/the-irs-scandal-day-1288top-irs-official-says-agency-targeted-conservative-groups-based-on-guilt-by-.html

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Comments

Boy, that really sounds legal. Imagine if local cops rounded up folks from a particular neighborhood, not because there's evidence anyone did anything wrong but because the cops just thought, "well, we suspect people in this neighborhood have been commiting crimes."

Where was the ACLU on this?

Posted by: MM | Nov 17, 2016 7:07:53 AM

I think President Trump has to appoint a Secretary of the Treasury who knows this went on and is prepared to clean house. I also believe, to make sure you get all of the people who did this, you need to decertify all government employee unions. There was no whistle blower in all of this and records were hidden for a long time.

The real truth of this won't come out until after President Obama leaves office, if they don't destroy all the records on the way out. They've successfully run out the clock.

Posted by: bflat879 | Nov 17, 2016 8:16:13 AM

On this continuing IRS imbroglio I paraphrase Lily Tomlin: I try to be cynical but it's so hard to keep up.

Posted by: TexEcon | Nov 17, 2016 8:54:27 AM

Yeah, reopen that case, President Trump. You'll totally find the smoking gun this time. Won't be a waste at all.

Posted by: Tim | Nov 17, 2016 9:34:29 AM

Your blog on this kept the fires burning.

Posted by: Ronald Norman | Nov 17, 2016 10:04:35 AM

bflat879, all senior staff have to sign a two-year nondisclosure agreement when they retire. I doubt any of them are willing to risk their retirement.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Nov 17, 2016 10:36:37 AM

Great day for Publius to take a vacation. When he comes back, it will be like this smoking gun of a revelation never happened.

Posted by: wodun | Nov 17, 2016 11:03:54 PM

Mr. wodun: Read the article. It sounds very much like ACLJ is now crediting the original TIGTA narrative. To wit, the whole problem was caused by some rogue employees in the Cincinnati exempt org office. Holly Paz was one of the IRS managers on whom you folks on the right were trying to pin the whole incident. As I have written on more occasions than I care to list, the excreble LLerner, arrogant as she was, twice ordered Cincinnati to cease and desist with the BOLO lists. Now we have HPaz' handwritten notes indicating that the problem was Cincinnati. Yeah, the new Administration and/or congress can keep wasting taxpayer money looking for a WH connection. It isn't there.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Nov 18, 2016 6:34:09 AM

We've been going from hearing there was no problem , to it was just a couple rogue agents out of Cincinatti, to it may have been happening, to there is no evidence, to well, we did to everyone, to whoops we deleted the evidence, and now we're back to Cincinatti.

I'm getting dizzy at all this stonewalling. Time to bring in the demolition guys.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Nov 18, 2016 10:42:34 AM

Publius Nadler,

Would you care to comment on U.S. District Court Judge Michael Barrett's opinion that the IRS engaged in viewpoint discrimination, which is a violation of the 1st Amendment according to Supreme Court precedent?

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/11/the-irs-scandal-day-1289federal-judge-to-irsstrong-showing-of-discrimination-against-tea-party-group.html

Thank you!

Posted by: MM | Nov 18, 2016 2:16:54 PM