October 26th, 2017

The IRS finally apologizes…

…now that the damage has been done. Here’s the story:

The DOJ reached an undisclosed monetary settlement with over 400 conservative groups that had their applications for tax exempt status delayed “based solely on their viewpoint or ideology,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday.

“The [Internal Revenue Service]’s use of these criteria as a basis for heightened scrutiny was wrong and should never have occurred,” Sessions said in a statement Thursday. “It is improper for the IRS to single out groups for different treatment based on their names or ideological positions.”

The Trump administration reached a settlement in two separate cases, one including 41 groups and another filed by 428 plaintiffs…

The IRS admits that its treatment of Plaintiffs during the tax-exempt determination process, including screening their applications based on their names or policy positions, subjecting those applications to heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays, and demanding some Plaintiffs’ information that TITA determined was unnecessary to the agency’s determination of their tax-exempt status, was wrong,” the IRS said in court documents. “For such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology.”

The settlement comes days after the House Judiciary Committee released internal Obama DOJ emails, that revealed the agency selectively funneled big banks’ predatory lending settlement money to liberal non-profits to the exclusion of conservative organizations.

Note that this apology is not an admission that these conservative groups were targeted for political reasons. It was just some sort of clerical error or something of the sort. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I think it’s impossible (unless you’re a Democratic hack) to come to the conclusion that this pattern of behavior was the least bit innocent and not politically motivated.

And hey, it worked, right? And unless I’m mistaken, the DOJ will use taxpayer money to pay the injured parties. So we’re all going to be the ones paying for it. And no one from the IRS will ever be tried.

20 Responses to “The IRS finally apologizes…”

  1. John Guilfoyle Says:

    “And no one from the IRS will ever be tried.”

    Yep…so when Trump’s 8 years end & we the people act stupidly again & elect another D to the White House it will happen again.

    If that criminal conspiracy isn’t punished…their next gen will do it again and again and again.

  2. TommyJay Says:

    Neo says,

    “It is impossible to come to the conclusion…”

    Thank you. Too bad you are not a regular on Rachael Maddow or similar.

  3. n.n Says:

    The apology was filed well past the due date. With penalties and interest, the IRS owes….

  4. Don Says:

    And Lois Lerner will not enjoy the federal iron bar hospitality she so richly deserves.

  5. Molly NH Says:

    And still that creepy Mr K still works for them
    “Fire his a$$ Trump!!”

  6. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    In refusing to hold these apparatchiks fully accountable, almost certainly due to ‘political considerations’, the Trump administration is ensuring the further decline of the Rule of Law.

    Consequence free criminality ensures its increase.

    Given that the Left has the Rule of Law on life support, its survival is at the least problematic. And when redress of grievance becomes impossible, war and revolution is inevitable.

  7. AesopFan Says:

    The end of the harassment (at least for now) is probably the best we can do, since the alligators own most of the swamp.
    Better than nothing, but not nearly good enough.

  8. parker Says:

    Until heads are on pikes on the lawn of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, DC or at least life in Leavenworth, nothing will change. DC will remain weaponized against we the people. First, we need to see, in real terms, the rule of law applies to all, high or low. Secondly, that had better happen fast, or CW2 is on a short fuse..

    Curiously it all depends on the weird character DJT. I continue to reload..

  9. ChinaCon Says:

    What a surprise. Thankfully, I don’t think they’ll get another chance to pull this kind of stunt. I’m predicting 16 years of Republicans controlling the White House.

    The Democrats are doubling down on stupid.

  10. kevino Says:

    Oh, so now that Sec. Clinton lost the election and they have to deal with President Trump, they’re SORRY. I’m sure they’re really, really sorry. That makes it all better. No further action is required.

    Really. At the very least, the peons should lose their jobs. The higher-ups, like Lerner, should go to prison. Enough of this! And what of the federal law enforcement officials, including the FBI, BATF, and OSHA, that attacked Catherine Engelbrecht? The IRS was just the tip of the iceberg. How many Engelbrechts are there, and how many federal agents with badges and guns abused their office to harass them?

    Let’s fire a few thousand and put several dozen in prison.
    I’ll bet they’ll be very sorry then.

  11. F Says:

    Lerner and Koskinen should lose their pension and be required to pay back all their salary since the time when the first slow-walk took place. They really should rot in jail, but I’ll settle on the above penalty as a substitute.

  12. Tim Turner Says:

    This does need to be a bigger issue. The United States Government targeted citizens for persecution because of their political ideology. It’s a fundamental point of small government philosophy backed up by a simple and obvious problem.

    The Republican machine should make hay with it.

  13. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    Jeff Sessions is doing what?

  14. David Swadell Says:

    I agree with everyone anf especially F. It’s good to see that others recognize that this is a heinous crime that must be punished, not rewarded.

    Sadly for this world it seems their punishment — that is, justice — must wait for the next.

  15. Delilah Says:

    And not a single word on how much money each organization got in the settlement? WHY?

  16. Gringo Says:

    Molly NH
    And still that creepy Mr K still works for them
    “Fire his a$$ Trump!!”

    Your wish is granted. Trump Picks Replacement For Embattled IRS Chief John Koskinen

  17. Ymar Sakar Says:

    They got Hussein Obola, your previous President, elected. Mission Accomplished.

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  18. Ymar Sakar Says:

    The United States Government targeted citizens for persecution because of their political ideology.

    They’ve targeted Presidents before. ANd by some rumors, even killed them.

    Do you, as a citizen, think you somehow were going to be treated differently?

  19. Ymar Sakar Says:

    So who is the US President now, since HRC would be in jail if he was President, Trum said.

    Has that happened yet or has idol worshipped finally captured the hearts of American patriots in the heartland to the point where they think Talk is substance…

  20. Flannelputz Says:

    How is this not a constitutional crisis. This is how South American banana republics work!

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