IRS still "discovering" documents about tea party targeting

  • 9 March 2017
  • NormanL
The lawlessness runs very deep

The corruption, if not outright lawlessness, at the IRS continues to astound, with the revelation of thousands of additional documents relating to the organization's targeting of tea party and liberty groups:

 The Internal Revenue Service has located 6,924 documents potentially related to the targeting of Tea Party conservatives, two years after the group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for them.

The watchdog group intended to find records regarding how the IRS selected individuals and organizations for audits that were requesting nonprofit tax status.

The agency will not say when it will make the documents available to the public.

"At this time, the Service is unable to provide an estimate regarding when it will complete its review of the potentially responsive documents," the agency said. "The Service will begin producing any non-exempt, responsive documents by March 10, 2017, and, if necessary, continue to produce non-responsive records on a bi-weekly basis."

At some point, one could reasonably infer the IRS has no interest at all in complying with federal open records laws. That would hardly make it unique (stonewalling FOIA requests has been the norm at several federal agencies, and has become more widespread in recent years).

That the IRS continues to do so publicly, and on a case that helped push some Republicans to call for its leader's impeachment, is nevertheless astounding.

The President has promised his administration will "drain the swamp" in DC. With the IRS, a drain might not be enough to clear out the layers of lawless muck.