Appeals Court says IRS may still be targeting Tea Party groups
A federal court ruled Friday that the Internal Revenue Service has not yet demonstrated that officials stopped targeting Tea Party groups in a decision that excoriated the tax agency for its "discriminatory" treatment of conservative organizations.I think this case is one reason why Obama is so strongly supporting Hillary Clinton to avoid having a Republican Attorney General who would not suppress the evidence that may wind up pointing at him. The same may also be true of the Fast and Furious matter.
"This is a blistering rebuke to the IRS and its defenders," Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies, said of the court's ruling. "It takes on squarely the defense the IRS had raised in this case which is, 'Whatever happened, we promise not to do it again.'"
"The court goes through and systematically takes that apart in a way that's very damaging to the IRS's overall defense," he added.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, often considered the second most powerful court in the country, reversed two decisions made by lower courts to dismiss lawsuits against the IRS for the targeting of two conservative groups, Linchpins of Liberty and True the Vote.
In reviewing whether to support the tax agency's claim that the targeting practices had ended, the court noted "it is absurd to suggest that the effect of the IRS's unlawful conduct ... has been eradicated" when the two conservative groups in question still had their delayed applications pending before the IRS.