IRS, DOJ yet to take any action on ACLJ-led lawsuit against tax collection agency

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, November 26, 2013

Federal investigators have yet to contact any of the 41 conservative groups represented by the American Center for Law and Justice’s lawsuit against the IRS’s improper targeting of conservative groups.

The Daily Caller reported Tuesday that despite the promises by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service to launch investigations into what went wrong, resulting in the improper targeting of the applications for tax-exempt status made by several Tea Party and other conservative groups, none of the organizations have been contacted to find out what went wrong.

“It’s now been more than six months since the public revelation of the IRS targeting scheme. The Obama Administration — including the White House — has repeatedly promised that an investigation would ensue and that we would get to the bottom of this unlawful and unconstitutional scheme. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be happening. To date, not one of our 41 clients has been contacted by the FBI, the Justice Department or any other federal investigative agency,” ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow told The Daily Caller.

“What we do know is the continual release of documents and emails by Congressional investigators clearly show that this scheme was well orchestrated, extremely broad, and politically motivated. Our lawsuit continues to move forward and we urge Congress to continue its investigation to determine the depth and scope of this scheme that violated the constitutional rights of our clients,” he said.

Sekulow penned his frustration over the federal government’s inaction in an op-ed at last week, noting that the delay in getting to the bottom of the scandal is doing little more than prolonging it. He even goes so far as to call it “the Administration’s ‘Katrina moment’.”

“The IRS scandal is not going away. It’s too important – too consequential – to the health of our Republic,” he wrote. “Instead, the national response to the scandal must be clear and unequivocal, sending a message to this (and future) presidential administrations: The government belongs to the people, not the President, and it must never be turned against the people to serve the President’s (or any) political agenda.”

Also last week the ACLJ called out the IRS after a new batch of emails was released confirming that the targeting of the conservative groups didn’t begin with low-level employees at the agency’s Cincinnati office, as top officials at the agency have long alleged.

“We knew from the very beginning that the finger-pointing by Lerner and other top IRS officials was just a smoke screen to hide what really occurred,” Sekulow said in a press release. “With additional emails released in recent months, it is clear that top officials – including Lerner herself – were involved in the scheme long before it came to light in May of 2013. We continue to call on Congress to continue to aggressively pursue the truth in this matter and urge the House to subpoena top IRS officials – including the IRS Chief Counsel – to find out the extent of this targeting scheme and cover-up.”

California Rep. Darrell Issa, who is the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, vowed earlier this month to continue the fight into finding out what went wrong at the nation’s tax collection agency by issuing a new subpoena into the matter. On Tuesday, the Treasury Department and the IRS proposed new rulesthat more specifically define what political activity is allowed for tax-exempt organizations.

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