The timeline of the IRS targeting scandal, HERE.
The transcripts of the testimonies, HERE
Today, victims of the IRS targeting testified before Congress.
Today at 2 p.m. ET, Jenny Beth Martin, the President and Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots, which had its tax-exempt status held up by the IRS for several years, will testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts, regarding the progress the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made in reforms since the agency’s targeting scandal first came to light.
“We waited 3 years, 2 months, and 10 days, put in thousands of man-hours, and spent tens of thousands of dollars in legal and accounting fees to have our 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status approved by the IRS… and it was granted the day before we were set to testify before a Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the issue,” said Martin. “And they claim it wasn’t political?!”
Recently released documents from Judicial Watch confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits.
“The IRS’s Commissioner must account for these transgressions. The government, using its coercive power to stifle dissent, has no place in the United States,” added Martin. “No one has answered for this and pleading the Fifth is unacceptable. The American people deserve answers.”
*Note: the hearing will be livestreamed on http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/
Ted Cruz thwacked the gavel—and then thwacked the IRS.
The Texas senator and presidential candidate is using his perch on a Senate subcommittee to flay the Internal Revenue Service, an agency that he says shouldn’t exist as we know it.
With Commissioner John Koskinen seated in front of him on Wednesday, Cruz tore into the agency’s alleged abuses of power—namely its extra scrutiny of Tea Party groups seeking tax- exempt status and its destruction (inadvertent, the agency says) of e-mails sent by Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS exempt organizations office.
“Richard Nixon’s ghost must have been smiling,” Cruz said, comparing the IRS’ actions to the destruction of audio tapes in the Watergate scandal and pausing to applaud Nixon’s decision to resign. “No politician has the right to use the machinery of the executive branch to target their political enemies.”
Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.
During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.” He asked the IRS’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas, “Why didn’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.” Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt. Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”
Congress held corrupt former attorney general Eric Holder in contempt, as well as former IRS commissioner Lois Lerner.
Nothing was done in the way of real punishment. What’s the fucking use of holding someone in contempt when you won’t back it up?
Sullivan can bluster all he wants. I’ll believe the contempt charge when I actually see it enforced.