The Obama administration targeted the Tea Party and used the IRS to do it. We all know that. It’s about to be proved in Federal Court.
Federal appeals court judges are pretty cool headed. They deal with the law and they’re not emotional. I would make a lousy appellate judge. I’d carry a gun to court.
A Tea Party group is suing the IRS and the case has been dragging on for years. When it’s finally decided, nobody will much care and the media will likely not even report it. Certainly no IRS official …
… will go to jail and none will be forced to pay damages. The only losers will be the American taxpayers who will end up paying the civil judgment.
OK, I’ve got my frustration out. Now for the case in question.
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.”
The judge went on to say this …
“Section 6103 was enacted to protect taxpayers from the IRS, not the IRS from taxpayers.”
The IRS will now be expected by the court to turn over all he documents the plaintiffs are seeking. I’m pretty sure my youngest son will be eligible for Social Security before the court sees all of those.