DOJ: “IRS Abuse of Power will Not be Tolerated”
- DOJ settles Tea Party groups’ lawsuits over IRS scrutiny
Thursday, the US Department of Justice announced it has reached settlements with conservative groups over lawsuits relating to the IRS’s scrutiny over the groups’ applications for tax-exempt status.
The settlements pertain to 2 cases, one with 41 plaintiffs and another with 428 plaintiffs. The agreements await approval from US federal district court judges.
In Y 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report finding that the IRS had subjected Tea Party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status to extra scrutiny and delays. The revelations prompted the lawsuits as well as congressional investigations.
In 1 of the settlement documents, the IRS says that its treatment of the plaintiffs was “wrong” and that the agency offered a “sincere apology.” The agency said that it is committed to “avoiding any selection and/or further review of tax-exempt applicants or entities that is based solely on the name or policy positions of such entity.”
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that there was “no excuse” for the IRS’s conduct.
“Hundreds of organizations were affected by these actions, and they deserve an apology from the IRS,” he said. “We hope that today’s settlement makes clear that this abuse of power will not be tolerated.”
Earlier this month, the Inspector General released another report that found that there were a very few liberal groups whose applications also faced heightened scrutiny.
The Big Q: will DOJ go after Mr. Hussein Obama’s IRS ‘henchwoman’ Lois Lerner for the crimes?
We wait, we see…
Have a terrific weekend.