In newly uncovered evidence, four GOP leaders now assert that the office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS is likely to have conspired in the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
In prior testimonies, the IRS maintained that Chief Counsel William Wilkins, an Obama appointee, and his office had no involvement in the review and decisions regarding the applications of conservative groups.
But it is now being alleged by these GOP leaders, based on a recent testimony, that Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official who earlier took the Fifth Amendment before Congress, put out instructions in the agency for applications to be reviewed by the Chief Counsel’s office.
Additional IRS employees will testify today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in that committee’s effort to uncover how high up the chain of command the orders originated to target conservative groups – and how the employees were directed to comply with their superiors’ wishes.
Committee Chairman Darrel Issa (R-CA) has been relentless in the investigation into the IRS abuse of power and is to be commended.
The news of the Chief Counsel’s involvement follows by one day the disclosure that the IRS inappropriately accessed and scrutinized the tax records of political candidates and donors during the time frame targeting of conservative groups took place.
It has also come to light that when the Department of Justice (DOJ) was notified of these illegal actions, the DOJ swept it under the rug and refused to prosecute.
In a recent letter to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), J. Russell George, the Inspector General with IRS jurisdiction, revealed that IRS officials engaged in “unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records of political donors or candidates.”
In a related letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Grassley questioned whether the DOJ decision to not prosecute was “politically motivated,” demanding to know who made the decision and why.
It is increasingly clear that the IRS’ mission has been highly politicized under the Obama administration and that Attorney General Eric Holder has been aware of, if not complicit with, the IRS corruption.
I believe there is still far more to be uncovered. This investigation must be given congressional priority and handled by a Special Counsel. And it must be completely resolved before the 2014 election season gets into full swing.
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Liberty Counsel Action’s petition is calling for a complete investigation of the IRS and the establishment of a Special Counsel to direct the process.
Conservative organizations were victims of profound intrusion, intentional delays, and overt politicization by a federal agency whose actions were designed to impact elections.
We must continue our call for a thorough investigation by Congress, including the establishment of a Special Counsel to completely expose the IRS abuses.
We must never back down to the leftist bullies who seek to destroy our system of government and undermine our rights as Americans.
LifeNews Note: Mat Staver is the Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action and Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.