Obama has just made a desperate move to cover up an IRS scandal that could land him in hot water.
The president has refused to release key documents related to the IRS targeting conservative and tea party groups. It all started when political magazine The Hill requested to view these documents through the Freedom of Information Act.
These requests were denied.
“The Hill asked for 2013 emails and other correspondence between the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration,” reported Western Journalism. “The request specifically sought emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner and Treasury officials, including Secretary Jack Lew, while the inspector general was working on its explosive May 2013 report that the IRS used ‘inappropriate criteria’ to review the political activities of tax-exempt groups.”
In fact, none of the 512 documents related to the scandal were released. Instead, the administration gave a variety of excuses and listed multiple “exemptions” to the Freedom of Information Act.
One excuse given by the Obama administration was that they could not release documents “when interference with the law enforcement proceedings can be reasonably expected.” This despite the fact that law enforcement is not yet involved at all in The Hill’s investigation of the scandal.
Republican Congressman Jim Jordan has been trying to get access to these documents for years, but he hasn’t gotten very far.
“It’s par for the course. We’ve had a difficult time getting information from the IRS and the Department of Justice,” he said, according to Conservative Tribune.
Clearly, the Obama administration has something to hide here. If they didn’t, they would never go to such great lengths to ensure that these documents never see the light of day.