Four years after the IRS first admitted to targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, the Agency still has not come entirely clean, according to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from Judicial Watch.
On February 14, the IRS admitted to the court that they had located 6,924 documents of previously unreleased records which could relate to the targeting scandal.
According to Judicial Watch, these records are presumably not contained in the “Congressional Database” that the IRS created in 2013 to house records related to the scandal for congressional inquiry.
Even after the court forced them to admit the existence of these records, the IRS is still dragging its feet as much as possible, refusing to say when it will release the documents to the public.
“At this time, the Service is unable to provide an estimate regarding when it will complete its review of the potentially responsive documents,” the IRS Status Report reads. “The Service will begin producing any non-exempt, responsive documents by March 10, 2017, and, if necessary, continue to produce non-responsive records on a bi-weekly basis.”
Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit in 2015 to force the IRS to reveal all records pertaining to the targeting scandal. This batch is only the latest piece of information painfully extracted from an IRS hellbent on obstructing and delaying the process as long as possible.
“The corruption at the IRS is astounding. Our attorneys knew that there were more records to be searched, but the Obama IRS ignored this issue for years,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release.
“President Trump needs to clean house at the IRS as quickly as possible.”