A federal government accountability group is taking the Internal
Revenue Service to court. That group wants to know whose records
the White House has requested.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan Cause of Action filed a lawsuit this week against the IRS,
claiming the agency refused to release documents that would
identify the names of individuals and businesses of which President
Obama has requested tax records.
Cause of Action's chief oversight counsel
Karen Groen explains what the lawsuit is about.
"Basically, this provision in the tax code allows the president
to access taxpayers' records, whether it be an individual or a
company," she tells OneNewsNow. "And the IRS has said that not only
the tax records themselves, but the president's request for those
tax records are not subject to disclosure for privacy reasons."
OneNewsNow did ask Groen why the president would be looking at
tax records and whether this has been done before by this
administration or by its predecessors.
"Quite frankly, we don't know. This provision, I believe, has
been in the code for some time," she responds. "It's certainly not
new, but in light of the fact that the president can request tax
records, we think that the American people are entitled to know
whose tax records he's been looking at. I'd certainly want to know
if he was looking at mine."
The lawsuit will be heard in the United States District Court
for the District of Columbia.