Judge Orders IRS To Disclose Employees Who Targeted Tea Party

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.

The Washington Times reported: 

“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.

 Judge Walton approved another round of limited discovery in the case and laid out six questions that the IRS must answer, including the employees’ names, why the groups were targeted and how the IRS has tried to prevent a repeat. At a hearing earlier this week, Judge Walton said it was time to get everything on the table. “Lay it on the line. Put it out there,” he told attorneys for the IRS . . . “

The ACLJ, who litigated the case, said: 

“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?

H/T Instapundit

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