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President Obama Can’t Sweep the IRS Scandal Under the Rug

The Wall Street Journal issued a scathing and pinpoint accurate assessment of President Obama’s nonchalant attempt to sweep the IRS targeting scandal under the rug.

The WSJ writes:

Liberals are celebrating President Obama’s claim that “not even a smidgen of corruption” occurred when the IRS targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny in an election season. Less enthused must be Lois Lerner, the former director of tax-exempt organizations who invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify before a House committee last May. . . .

The President’s clairvoyance is extraordinary, since neither the Justice Department nor Congress has finished investigations. The congressional probes have conducted interviews with dozens of employees from the IRS and Treasury Department and reviewed hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. They have already revealed that the tea-party cases, including intrusive questionnaires, were systematically reviewed by lawyers in the IRS Washington office. . . .

Perhaps we’ll get to hear what Ms. Lerner meant when she wrote in February 2011 emails that the tea party matter was “very dangerous” and that “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.”

The reality is the investigation and fallout from this ever-burgeoning scandal is far from over.  Despite President Obama’s dismissiveness, the FBI investigation is still ongoing, our lawsuit at the ACLJ on behalf of 41 targeted groups continues, and Congress’s investigation moves forward.

In fact, ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow will be testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs tomorrow morning.

Nearly a year after the IRS admitted and apologized for inappropriately targeting conservative groups, many of these groups, several of whom we represent, still have yet to have a determination from the IRS.

The IRS targeting continues to this day.  Now, the Obama Administration is even seeking to codify its ability to continue silencing their free speech rights.  President Obama brazenly claims that there isn’t even a “smidgen of corruption,” but targeted Americans haven’t seen a smidgeon of change, a smidgeon of relief, or a smidgeon of justice.

We’re not about to let go or let up on this issue.  Stay tuned…

This article is crossposted at the ACLJ’s Docket Blog.

 

Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.

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