Court rebukes IRS for tea party targeting, orders release of secret list

by Stephen Dinan  |  published on March 23, 2016

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A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted.

The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith — compounding the initial targeting — by fighting the disclosure.

“The lawyers in the Department of Justice have a long and storied tradition of defending the nation’s interests and enforcing its laws — all of them, not just selective ones — in a manner worthy of the Department’s name. The conduct of the IRS’s attorneys in the district court falls outside that tradition,” Judge Raymond Kethledge wrote in a unanimous opinion for a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. “We expect that the IRS will do better going forward.”

Justice Department officials declined to comment on the judicial drubbing, and the IRS didn’t respond to a request for comment on the unusually strong language Judge Kethledge used.

  • RuFus92

    This all leads straight to the White House and it needs to include them in the indictments.

  • Brenda Huddleston

    Lerner was so arrogant because she knew she was protected, as is Hillary and Koskinen. I will never understand how all this is happening. Maybe Trump will look into it and fix it. They should not have a different set of laws than we have. What is truly amazing is how they flaunt it in our faces, and think we will forget and move on.

  • Carol

    Prosecute the entire lot of liars, thieves and Lerner…….off to jail, losing all benefits and pensions!

  • Jerry Davidson

    Peripheral to the general subject at hand is another thought for your consideration. America is not a Democracy, as touted by everyone in the Administration and those who are running for the Presidency and other offices. Here is what I mean. America is a Constitutional Republic. That is NOT the same thing as Democracy. Why? Because the Government is supposedly filled with those who REPRESENT us. They make the laws, rules, regulations and requirements and WE, the PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT, are bound by what our servants tell us to do! There is only one type of Democracy, and that is when the PEOPLE are in charge, the PEOPLE make the final decisions, and the nuts, crackpots and psycho cases bow down to US for a change! And we, the PEOPLE tell them how high to jump and when they can come down! How do we manage something like this? The constitution says that we can change the government any time we want to, and that means we can change it to the way WE, the PEOPLE want it. However, the Constitution does not describe HOW this might be accomplished. Consider this: Suppose the PEOPLE said, that the Congress develops legislation and it is sent to the President for approval or for his veto. It makes no difference which, since this is hypothetical. And lets say he vetoes the proposed legislation. But, it would not take affect until such time as the PEOPLE voted on it along with everything done by the President AND the Supreme Court. That might be on the first Monday after the 1st of January, and again on the first working date after the 4th of July. Twice a year. And that includes the PEOPLE ruling over the Supreme Court. If the PEOPLE thought the Supreme Court ruled improperly on the issue of XYZ, they could nullify the findings (their 5 cent opinions). Or, both could be substantiated by the people and the law would go into affect and the Supreme Court opinion on the case of XYZ approved by the people. No doubt that the nuts in Washington would fight something like this, but they need to be careful, else the PEOPLE could do some wholesale firing of those in office! They could end up cleaning toilets in some airport someplace. Thoughts?

  • Garry A DeManty

    Its time for those officials in high places who used their position for their or political benefit to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and pay the price if convicted no matter what their name is.

  • ScranunSlim

    Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan gave FBI Director Robert Mueller an unmerciful grilling on his non-investigation of this scandal with Mueller sounding like Ralph Kramden (“homina-homina-homina”) as he admitted he didn’t know how many agents had been assigned to the case, how many witnesses or complainants had been interviewed, etc.

    Rumor has it that Director Comey has assigned Special Agent Frank Drebin to lead the investigation into Hillary’s private email server: “Nothing to see here . . . move along . . . . move along.”

    • The Redhawk

      Jim Jordan better SEVERELY “QUESTION” that HOLDER in PANTY HOSE the FECKLESS Loretta lynch!! He is the ONLY one with the Character to GET to the Bottom…..while Melon Head Cummings and his Idiot Progressive Tools will WHINE about “bad treatment” for Idiots like Loretta….

      • ScranunSlim

        Lost all respect for Comey when he didn’t tell “Erika” Holder (Lynch) what she could do with with her referral to the FBI on the possibility of charging “climate change deniers” with violations of the RICO statute.

        • The Redhawk

          BULLS EYE……BUT Loretta the Holder in Panty Hose must have not got the Memo from FUEHER MC Carthy that it is just an exercise in “LEADERSHIP” by Baracky the Stupid…with these iDIOTS in charge is it a “POSSIBILITY” you Think??? hahah

  • Silver Bullet

    If nobody goes to jail, nothing changes.

    • The Redhawk

      BINGO!!!!

    • Violet Baker

      Not jail, prison. Jail is for those who will serve two or less years.

      • The Redhawk

        aT one point in our HISTORY, TREASON called for a FIRING SQUAD,,,,,and These IRS TOOLS of tis ‘SICK” administration along with SHIL-LIAR-RY are in need of ONE!

  • James Brooks

    I hope PRES TRUMP abolishes the IRS,TRUMP 2016

    • The Redhawk

      and EPA… DEPT of EDUCATION and flushed the DOJ of al Progressive legal TURDS!

  • The Redhawk

    FINALLY…Now Force DOJ and that Inept AG to PROSECUTE Koskinen, the Previous IRS administrators and PUT Lerner in JAIL and CANCEL RETROACTIVELY her Payola and Perks Government Retirement BENEFITS…

    • Jerry Davidson

      Right on, Redhawk! IRS crackpots and self-serving leftist nuts need to do time in the “big house”. How about we start with 10 years and go up from there. How about we cut all the benefits and perks of ALL the IRS people who had even the most minuscule involvement in this mess! But, maybe it would be worth considering that if some person in the IRS sings like a canary, they might not get time or other punishment. Those with gargantuan egos, those who are focused on defeating the will of the people, and the people who think they walk on water need to be cut down about 10 notches and slam dunked by the court system. (not that the court system is perfect by any means). But, the big wheels in the IRS need to be sent to prison, period! And they need to remember what dogs do to wheels! The IRS and DoJ are about as corrupt and the New York, Boston and Philadelphia Mob! All their lawyers should be Fired for cause and their law licenses revoked permanently! Either walk the long thin line, or work in the private sector. We have way too many pukes in the Government!! LERNER needs life in prison!!! Koskinen needs to do 25 years!!

      • The Redhawk

        BULLS EYE Jerry!!!! and the RST of many Government Over Staffed parts like EPA.. DOJ.. Dept of Education and the STUPID GREAT NUMBER in the Stare Dept and DHS are in need of SEVERE HAIR CUTS or DEFUNCTION

    • ScranunSlim

      Yeah – people forget what an INCOMPETENT that smug-thug Koskinen is. Not just the excuses about tapes lost then found, hard drives erased then recovered but at one hearing, he shot back at his interrogator something to the effect that ALL 90,000 IRS employees report to him.

      • The Redhawk

        So smug and Smiling like a balls-free Snake….TYPICAL PROGRESSIVE BUREUCRAT…working for BARACKY the STUPID whose legacy tour Farce may just include having to Admit that his Release of Gitmo Terrorists have resulted in DEAD Americans per DOD testimony to the HOUSE….SO add BODY BAGS like CLINTONS to his “LEGACY OF FAILURES”

    • RuFus92

      That would be great, but how about getting her to name names also if she wants a lighter sentence. Need to know who (Big O), what(he said) and when(he said it) them get them all.

      • The Redhawk

        Well part of her NEW treatment can be a stay in GITMO and undergo SEVERE WATER SPORTS….BUT like SHIL-LIAR-RY can these Damaged Individuals EVER TELL THE TRUTH?????

  • Margaret Thomason

    ITS HIGH TIME THAT THE IRS WAS MADE TO REALIZE THAT THEY CANT TAKE THE LAWS THAT PROTECT THE THE TAX PAYERS AND TWIST THEM FOR THEIR BENEFITS. JUDGE KETHLEDGE IS RIGHT IN HIS SPANKING THE IRS. WE NEED MORE JUDGES LIKE HIM WHO STAND UP FOR RIGHT AND NOT WRONG/EVIL DOERS.
    ROCK ON JUDGE KETHLEDGE!!!

    • The Redhawk

      BULLS EYE!!!

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