It has been almost five years since the news first broke that the IRS was unfairly targeting Conservatives and Tea Party groups. Now a judge has dealt the agency a major blow by ordering them to identify the employees who were involved in the scandal.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Conservative group hoping for ‘perp walks’ after breakthrough in IRS lawsuit
One of the groups that sued the Internal Revenue Service over its targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups believes there has been a breakthrough that will help them draw a more complete picture of what went on behind the scenes at the agency, four years after it took its case to court.
In a lawsuit involving True the Vote, Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the IRS last week to release the names of employees involved in targeting conservative and Tea Party groups. Walton also told the IRS to explain why groups were targeted and search for additional records in agency databases from May 2009 to March 2015.
The IRS has until Oct. 16 to complete its records search.
Walton’s order was a turning point for True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht in her legal battle with the IRS that began in 2013.
“We’ve come so far, and I believe that we are going to bring this thing to a head,” Engelbrecht told the Washington Examiner. “I believe we will see the IRS correct its ways, and as to accountability, I’d love to see some perp walks.”
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