In 2010, IRS employees improperly targeted conservative groups. They targeted groups with “Tea Party” in their names. They gave conservative groups increased scrutiny, while letting liberal groups skate through.
Since it became public, the IRS has defended this practice. They claimed they did nothing improper. They fought allegations in court.
Tea Party groups fought back, taking the IRS to court.
Now, a judge has told the IRS they must disclose the names of employees who targeted Tea Party groups.
“A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to name the specific employees the agency blames for targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny and said the government must prove it has ceased the targeting. Judge Reggie B. Walton also said the IRS must explain the reasons for the delays for 38 groups that are part of a lawsuit in the District of Columbia, where they are still looking for a full accounting of their treatment.
“This week we secured a major victory against the IRS bureaucracy that has been wrongfully targeting conservative groups, ensuring that the truth will finally come to light.
The IRS stall tactics first employed against Tea Party organizations during the agency’s discriminatory treatment of the groups in the tax-exempt application process has only continued during our four-plus years of litigation, as the agency has fought every attempt by the wrongfully targeted organizations to discover the full scope of the IRS targeting scheme. This week, however, a federal court told the IRS it is finally time to “lay it on the line” and disclose the details behind the agency’s conduct.”
This is an important step, but there’s a bigger question.
Why is the Trump Administration spending resources on lawyers defending the IRS against Tea Party groups?