An attorney whose law firm defends liberty cases says it was satisfying to learn the U.S. Justice Department has admitted wrongdoing by the Obama-era Internal Revenue Service.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Oct. 26 that the DOJ has settled lawsuits with conservative organizations that claimed they were unfairly targeted by the IRS.
In a statement that can be read here, Sessions said it was "clear" that the Obama administration used "inappropriate criteria" to screen 501(c) applications using words such as "Tea Party," "Patriots," and "9/12."
The allegations aren't new – after first denying wrongdoing, the IRS claimed it made innocent mistakes – but the DOJ's actions vindicate claims that the IRS "weaponized" itself, during the height of the tea party movement, to single out and illegally scrutinize conservatives.
The press release went on to state that 428 tea party members, from two groups, filed the class action lawsuit.
Carly Gammill, senior litigation counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, tells OneNewsNow that ACLJ represents more than two dozen tea party groups that were targeted.
"We are thrilled," she says, "that the Trump administration and the new attorney general, Sessions, has acknowledged what we've known for quite some time has been going on."
The IRS has admitted in federal court that it wrongfully targeted right-wing organizations and is consenting to a court order that prohibits unconstitutional discrimination in the future.
Gammill says the Consent Order is designed to send a clear message to any future administration.
"If a different administration comes and says, Hey, we really like what the IRS was doing under Obama and want to try it again, you'll have a court saying that's unconstitutional and you can't do it," she says.
Trump names Treasury official to be acting IRS commissioner
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House named a Treasury official to serve as acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, succeeding an IRS commissioner who has drawn the ire of congressional Republicans over his response to the screening of political groups.
The White House announced that David Kautter will serve as acting IRS commissioner effective Nov. 13, allowing current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to complete the remainder of his term.
“David will provide important leadership while we wait to confirm a permanent Commissioner,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement.
Republican lawmakers have assailed Koskinen for what they called a slow response to an Obama-era scandal involving the tax agency’s singling out of conservative tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
A group of House Republicans urged President Donald Trump to fire Koskinen in April and accused the tax head of destroying evidence when Congress was investigating the IRS’ oversight of the conservative groups.
But the announcement means Koskinen will finish out his term, a footnote that Republicans pointed to with frustration. President Barack Obama appointed Koskinen in August 2013 in the aftermath of the scandal over conservative groups.
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StevieRay Hansen Investigative Reporter for SrhNews.com and HNewsWire.com
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