IRS Still Fighting to Suppress Freedom of Speech
March 23, 2016
In case anyone had forgotten about the Obama Administration IRS’s abusing its power to try to stop Tea Party groups, or had somehow gotten the impression along the way that the IRS had been cleared of wrongdoing, a reminder that that’s not the case, from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, via Jonathan Adler at the Volokh Conspiracy on the Washington Post Web site: The litigation in which the Tea Party groups are fighting to defend their rights is still ongoing (in its third year now), and the IRS is still behaving badly.
Today, nearly 1,050 days since the start of the IRS scandal triggered by allegations that the IRS unlawfully and unethically targeted tea party and other conservative organizations for special scrutiny, the litigation continues. One allegedly targeted group brought suit against the IRS for its conduct, and the IRS has resisted the litigation with the same dilatory tactics that infuriated members of Congress.
The Sixth Circuit tries to be optimistic that today will be the day the IRS finally starts behaving well:
We expect that the IRS will do better going forward. And we order that the IRS comply with the district court’s discovery orders of April 1 and June 16, 2015—without redactions, and without further delay.
In case anyone missed Jon Stewart’s criticism (from a liberal point of view) of the IRS at the time, it’s still brilliant (video posted at the Cato Institute).