Appointment ‘would greatly assist in the recovery of evidence and end stonewalling
Dozens of tea party organizations that have sued the Internal Revenue Service for obstructing their application for tax-exempt status because of their beliefs are demanding that the government appoint an independent prosecutor to decide if criminals charges should be filed.
“We have seen a deliberate and systematic effort by the IRS to delay, deflect and deceive Congress in its effort to hold those responsible for this unlawful targeting scheme accountable,” said Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice.
“We’re encouraged by the announcement of a criminal probe now under way by the IRS watchdog group. With this development, it is clearer than ever, that an independent prosecutor must be appointed – a move that would greatly assist in the recovery of evidence and bring an end to the repeated stonewalling by the IRS.”
When it was discovered that the federal tax collectors under President Obama had used their federal authority and power to attack various tea party and Christian organizations, the ACLJ sued.
The case involved 41 groups from 22 states, and a district judge dismissed it. However, the legal team promised an appeal, and of the 39 groups remaining in the case, 29 eventually and belatedly got their requested tax-exempt status.
Seven other groups withdrew their applications “because of the frustration with the IRS process,” Sekulow’s organization reported.
And the applications for the last three still are pending two years after the scandal erupted.
The call for the independent prosecutor comes on the heels of stunning admissions from the federal government that thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the IRS executive supervising the division that discriminated against the tea party groups, suddenly have been found.
Written by BOB UNRUH
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