Trump-Sessions DOJ settles IRS lawsuits
This Washington Free Beacon article brings good news to TEA Party organizations and other conservative organizations that the Obama administration IRS targeted. According to the article, “The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has entered into settlements with conservative groups that were “improperly targeted” by the IRS over their applications for tax-exempt status. The settlements, which are pending approval by federal district courts, pertain to two cases. One case, Linchpins of Liberty v. United States, contains claims brought by 41 plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The other case, NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. Internal Revenue Service, was a class action suit that included 428 plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.”
Later, it said “The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration [aka TIGTA] released a report in 2013 finding that, during the Obama administration, the IRS had subjected conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status to extra scrutiny and delays. Former IRS official Lois Lerner said that same year that the agency improperly delayed some groups from obtaining non-profit status because their ‘applications had [Tea Party or Patriots] in the title.’”
In his speech to the Heritage Foundation, Gen. Sessions said “And today we announced that we settled two cases brought by groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the Internal Revenue Service based on inappropriate criteria. It should also be without question that our First Amendment prohibits the federal government from treating taxpayers differently based solely on their viewpoint or ideology. There is no excuse for this conduct. Hundreds of organizations were affected by these actions, and they deserve an apology from the IRS. We hope that today’s settlement makes clear that this abuse of power will not be tolerated. These cases against the IRS shouldn’t have happened in the first place. They never would have been necessary if government had acted properly.”
Here’s the video of Gen. Sessions’ speech to Heritage:
That’s great news for the rule of law. More importantly, it’s fantastic news for the First Amendment. Most importantly, it’s a not-so-subtle refutation of the Obama-Holder-Lynch Justice Department and the Obama-Lerner IRS. It’s important to never elect another president who doesn’t put his/her highest priority on maintaining the rule of law. If we don’t have order, if we don’t respect the importance of our great institutions and principles that make the US the greatest nation on earth, then we become ordinary.
That’s unacceptable. We’ve been blessed to be the world’s beacon. During the Obama administration, we stumbled. Fortunately, people like Gen. Sessions is restoring those important principles.