The Tea Party-linked conservative groups who were unfairly targeted by former President Barack Obama and his weaponized Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will soon have even more proof that they were harangued for political reasons.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, revealed last week that the IRS had “located an additional 6,924 documents of potentially responsive records” pertaining to its 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against Obama’s IRS.
“The FOIA lawsuit at issue sought records about the IRS selection of individuals and organizations for audits based upon applications requesting non-profit tax status filed by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations,” Judicial Watch explained in a press release.
In 2013, the IRS was forced to create the “Congressional Database” to store records related to congressional inquiries pertaining to the IRS scandal. However, the newly unveiled records do not seem to have appeared in that database, a fact that seems to suggest some foul play on the part of the IRS.
It wouldn’t be a government bureaucracy without a lengthy and inexplicable delay: the IRS claims that it is “unable to provide an estimate regarding when it will complete its review of the potentially responsive documents” and will begin publishing said documents “on a bi-weekly basis.”
Documents released by Judicial Watch in July 2015 soundly confirmed that the Obama IRS would specifically target donors of tax-exempt organizations for audits by obtaining donor lists; however, when Judicial Watch filed a September 2014 FOIA lawsuit, the IRS claimed that the donor lists were being used for a “secret research project.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton released an urgent and unequivocal statement to the Oval Office: “President Trump needs to clean house at the IRS as quickly as possible.”
Watch Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) rip into former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman back in 2013: