A public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption says Internal Revenue Service headquarters directed the targeting of conservative-leaning tax-exempt groups during the 2012 election cycle.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Judicial Watch has obtained a new batch of IRS documents revealing that handling of tea party applications was directed out of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC. IRS emails by Lois Lerner detail her misleading explanations to investigators about the targeting of tea party organizations.
Chris Farrell, a spokesman for Judicial Watch, says the documents make the truth about the situation quite clear.
"There were of course attempts to blame the Cincinnati office and a few sort of rogue, low-level agents who were misguided,” he tells OneNewsNow. “And that lie has been exploded. It's not even plausible. These are well-documented email exchanges back and forth."
Farrell says it is foolish to think the IRS is stopping its campaign against conservative groups just because it's been exposed.
"The IRS under the Obama administration is a weapon used for political purposes,” he says. “It's a step that would have made Richard Nixon blush. They've gone so far beyond any previous administration in using the IRS for any reason. The Obama administration has turned it into a professional political-suppression operation."
Farrell says the documents also show extensive pressure on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations.