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Judge rules IRS must turn over any White House taxpayer information requests

August 30, 2015

 On Friday a judge, Amy Berman Jackson, ruled that the IRS must turn over all, if any, requests the White House made for confidential taxpayer information. Of course this all dates back to the IRS targeting scandal, if not before. Here is more:

The Internal Revenue Service must turn over any White House requests for taxpayers’ private information, a federal judge ruled Friday.

The IRS cannot cite taxpayer confidentiality laws to avoid turning over the information requested by Cause of Action, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled. Cause of Action has waged a two-year battle to discover whether Obama administration officials had any hand in the IRS’ targeting of conservative non-profits.

The IRS cannot cite privacy protection “to shield the very misconduct it was enacted to prohibit,” the judge said Friday, according to the Washington Times.

“This court questions whether section 6103 [of the tax code] should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused, or that government officials made an improper attempt to access that information,” wrote Jackson.

  We do not know if the White House has made any such requests, however the fact that the IRS has been unwilling to cooperate makes one think they are trying to hide something.

Cause of Action sued in 2013 to get a look at whatever requests the White House, or other federal agencies, had made.

The IRS refused, saying even the existence of those requests would be protected by confidentiality laws and couldn’t be released, so there was no reason to make the search.

The judge said Friday, however, that the agency couldn’t use the privacy protection “to shield the very misconduct it was enacted to prohibit.”

  Suddenly the IRS is concerned with confidentiality, only it is not the taxpayers’ confidentiality the agency is worried about but rather the White House’s.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2015 8:23 am

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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    • August 30, 2015 6:05 pm

      Thank you.

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      • August 30, 2015 6:08 pm

        You’re welcome.

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  2. lou222 permalink
    August 30, 2015 7:22 pm

    This does not make sense to me. Why would the White House request IRS info and not have gotten it? A judge needs to tell the IRS to release it? Am I reading that right? Isn’t it the White House that has been at the fore front of all the problems the IRS has had that they are having to cover up? Are we to believe that by doing this, it could or would make the White House look innocent in the matter? Really?

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    • August 30, 2015 7:27 pm

      There is no doubt the White House was behind all of this, but most likely at this point in time all the records which once probably did exist are now gone and that is what the IRS was stonewalling this investigation. Move along, nothing to see here. At least not any more…

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      • lou222 permalink
        August 30, 2015 7:28 pm

        Doesn’t it make you wonder how so many “snakes” could be found to do those jobs?

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