On September 4, 2014, Judicial Watch released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
- These emails prove that the Obama IRS solicited donor lists from non-profit political groups that were neither needed nor used by the agency to determine tax-exempt status. Of the groups from whom donor lists were inappropriately solicited, 75% were politically conservative, while only 5% were politically liberal.
- These emails show that the purpose for obtaining these lists was a “secret research project” being handled by top level officials in the DC office of the IRS, but do not reveal the nature of that project.
These email PROVE beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lois Lerner and Barack Obama both LIED last winter when they blamed the illegal IRS targeting of conservative political groups on “bonehead decisions in local offices.”
Two emails from Lois Lerner, Obama’s Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit, state clearly that all tax-exempt status decisions had to have the express approval from her D.C. office.
A third email, this one from IRS attorney Michael Seton to Lois Lerner and other senior IRS staffers, detailed the steps required for this process: “Please inform the reviewers and staff in your groups that before issuing any favorable or initial denial rulings on any cases with advocacy issues, the reviewers must notify me and you via e -mail and get our approval. No favorable or initial denial rulings can be issued without your and my approval.”
Feb 2014: Trey Gowdy on Obama not a Smidgen of IRS Corruption [7:33]
Obama Says “Not Even a Smidgen of Corruption” in IRS Scandal [1:01]
I’m SO relieved to know that President Obama did not lie about there being not a smidgen of corruption at the IRS … cuz really … a BOATLOAD of corruption is definitely not a smidgen!