IRS Documents about targeting conservatives are being kept secret from the press.
A man who is capable of publicly running a campaign that pretends to oppose “gay marriage,” and then undergo a fake “evolving” of views until he starts forcing it all over the planet, is not going to have a problem spitting on the Freedom of Information Act. I’m surprised the Obama Administration didn’t claim that the information was lost on an unbacked-up defunct hard drive.
The Hill reports, “Obama administration won’t release IRS targeting documents.”
The Obama administration is refusing to publicly release more than 500 documents on the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups.
Twenty months after the IRS scandal broke, there are still many unanswered questions about who was spearheading the agency’s scrutiny of conservative-leaning organizations.
The Hill sought access to government documents that might provide a glimpse of the decision-making through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The Hill asked for 2013 emails and other correspondence between the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The request specifically sought emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner and Treasury officials, including Secretary Jack Lew, while the inspector general was working on its explosive May 2013 report that the IRS used “inappropriate criteria” to review the political activities of tax-exempt groups.
TIGTA opted not to release any of the 512 documents covered by the request, citing various exemptions in the law. The Hill recently appealed the FOIA decision, but TIGTA denied the appeal. TIGTA also declined to comment for this article.
Of course they did.
One of their official reasons was that they didn’t have to honor a FOIA request “when interference with the law enforcement proceedings can be reasonably expected.” But sadly, there is no evidence of any prosecution or impending prosecution. Lois Lerner was held in contempt but the DC U.S. Attorney is an Obama appointee and has never referred the charge to a grand jury.
So, basically, it looks like the Administration will get away with a concerted inter-agency conspiracy to hamper conservative grass-roots activism. Neither Congress, nor the media, has the power, it seems, to expose the truth.