Thursday, April 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

No wonder Obama hid these records, says watchdog

Jamie White
APRIL 13, 2017

Enough evidence has been uncovered to confirm that the IRS had indeed targeted Tea Party groups under former President Obama since 2010, according to government watchdog documents.

6,924 pages of previously unreported documents, requested through a 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the watchdog organization Judicial Watch, revealed details about the IRS targeting scandal.

“We continue to undercover the details of the Obama IRS’s arbitrary and capricious behavior toward those presumed to be ‘enemies’ of President Obama,” wrote Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

The watchdog group released 695 pages of new documents last week containing admissions that IRS officials used “inappropriate political labels” to screen tax-exempt applications of conservative nonprofit organizations.

Combined with a May 2013 Inspector General report revealing that the IRS put unnecessary scrutiny on groups that used terms like “patriot” and “Tea Party,” Fitton believes that these new documents provide a “smoking-gun.”

“No wonder Obama hid these records,” he said. “These new smoking-gun documents contain admissions by the Obama IRS that it inappropriately targeted conservative groups.”

“But the records also show that the abuse continued – as the Obama IRS tried to force conservative applicants to give up their First Amendment rights in order to finally get their applications granted,” Fitton added.

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