Yesterday Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice filed a lawsuit on behalf of 27 conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS. The documents associated with the lawsuit show two very disturbing conclusions: The targeting of groups was more pervasive than we were initially led to believe, and this practice went into high levels within the IRS. The other astounding news revealed by Sekulow last night on Hannity was that conservative groups were still receiving such targeted requests for invasive answers as recently as three weeks ago!
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Not only did it spread throughout the country, but it spread all the way to the top. There are documents related to the targeting bearing the stamped signature of none other than Lois Lerner, who is currently suspended as the director of Tax Exempt Organizations. This isn't just one document bearing her signature, but I believe 15 different documents related to the lawsuit bear the stamped signature of Lerner. This could be a problem considering she made a statement to Congress just last week stating, “I have not done anything wrong, I have not broken any laws, I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations.”
Also, Jay Sekulow revealed to Fox News a letter to one of his clients from an IRS tax lawyer in Washington DC. In the letter the lawyer reveals that they cannot tell the group when they will be approved because the tax exempt status of this group was being reviewed by this lawyer's superiors in Washington DC. In other words, high level officials at the office in Washington DC were engaged in the practice of targeting conservatives.
Furthermore, we were also told by this administration that the targeting ended last year (May 2012). But is that true? According to the ACLJ and the lawsuit filed yesterday, the answer is no. Documents show that as recently as May 6, 2013 these groups were still receiving invasive requests from the IRS. That's just three weeks ago and just days before news of the up-coming IG report was purposefully leaked.
Let's not forget, by the way, that the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury (appointed by the President), the White House Council and the White House Chief of Staff were all aware of the targeting of conservative groups well-prior to the information becoming public. More information will be revealed as Jay Sekulow's lawsuit makes its way through federal court. One thing is for certain: The administration and the IRS' initial story is unraveling quickly.