As the current administration has yet to hold anyone responsible for the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, it seems that the IRS is still dragging their feet. In an effort to hasten the process, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has since taken to suing the IRS to obtain the information they requested almost a year ago.
According to the GOP website, “Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for withholding records sought by the RNC’s 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.”
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It goes on to share that the FOIA request was made on May 21, 2013 for information that could shed light onto who is responsible for the targeting of Tea Party groups. Expressing their frustration, the statement goes on to read, “The RNC believes the undue delay in producing the requested documents is unacceptable and inexcusable, given that many of these documents have been already produced to other requesting entities.”
Seeing how the RNC has remained adamant in the request for such information, they state that, “Over the course of the last 226 business days, the IRS requested several extensions in order to complete the RNC’s request, but has yet to present the information.”
As the IRS has blatantly and intentionally procrastinated on the matter, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus expresses, “We’re filing this suit because the Obama administration has a responsibility to be transparent and accountable to the American people. The IRS has a legal obligation to answer our inquiry for these records.”
Justifying their demands, Priebus continued by saying, “On Tax Day especially Americans deserve to know whether they can trust the agency to which they’re sending their taxes.” Sending their message home with a hard-hitting intellectual point, Priebus finished by conveying:
“If the IRS and the Obama administration don’t have anything to hide, why not answer the request? Their delays and distractions make Americans think they’re trying to cover up their actions, just like ex-IRS employee Lois Lerner. We’re going to keep fighting to hold the IRS and Obama administration accountable because Americans deserve a government that treats them fairly and not one that harasses them because of their beliefs nor an administration that goes after its perceived political enemies.”
What do you guys think – is this acceptable behavior from a government entity or is this just another way in which they are targeting their political opponents? Let us know in a comment below.