A judge has now ordered the IRS to come clean on who was involved in the targeting of Tea Party groups from 2009 to 2015:
FOX NEWS – A federal judge has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to release the names of specific employees involved in targeting Tea Party groups, after years of litigation over what conservatives have long called “chilling” behavior by one of the government’s “most feared” agencies.
Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia also said the IRS must provide information about which groups were targeted and why, along with a strategy to make sure such targeting doesn’t happen again.
The IRS is involved in multiple lawsuits with conservative groups related to the Tea Party targeting scandal; this particular case involves True the Vote.
“We’re thrilled the judge has taken this step and it feels good to have it recognized that they need to be held to account,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht told Fox News on Monday. “What happened to me was very personal—my name was thrown around the IRS, and the names of the people involved need to be known. What they did was criminal.”
You’d think information from the IRS would be more free-flowing under the Trump administration, but apparently that’s not the case:
Engelbrecht told Fox News that “the fight” under the Trump administration has been “every bit as difficult” as it was under the Obama administration.
“They are still entrenched on the idea that the IRS did nothing wrong and all of America now knows that is not the case,” Engelbrecht said. “What we’re fighting for is we want to see a policy that prohibits viewpoint discrimination. Holding the IRS accountable and personalizing it is a great step forward to coax each one out of their den of thieves.”
Engelbrecht added: “We are fighting on behalf of all Americans, because if it could happen to us, it can happen to anyone.”
If the IRS is as entrenched now as they were under the Obama administration, then I doubt this order by the judge will be the last.
Obama really got off easy from the media over this. There should have been a special prosecutor appointed to get to the bottom of this back in 2012 when it became apparent what was happening. But of course, and unlike Trump, Obama was the untouchable president from the media’s standpoint.