Here’s a story that’s been out a few weeks but hasn’t received the attention it deserves. In late June, Judicial Watch reported on documents it received showing that Republicans, as well as Democrats, approved of the IRS’s political targeting of American citizens.
You may remember the IRS scandal under the Obama administration where, after safely re-electing the president, the organization under Lois Lerner admitted to “targeting” with heightened “tax scrutiny” conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. In the following months, more details leaked-out about how widespread the abuse was. Ultimately, the IRS formally admitted to ill-treatment of “36 Tea Party and other conservative organizations from 20 states that applied for 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) tax-exempt status” during Obama’s first four years in office. During that time, the agency subjected “those applications to heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays,’” and demanded “’information that TIGTA determined was unnecessary to the agency’s determination of their tax-exempt status.”
At the time, it was believed that weaponization of the IRS came out of the corrupt political culture of the Obama administration, which unlawfully used the levers of power to abuse Americans that differed with its political goals. However, that wasn’t the whole story, and the desire to unlawfully …
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