President Obama’s IRS conspired with the FBI and Department of Justice to not only harass conservative nonprofits, but also land political opponents in jail ahead of the 2012 presidential election, documents obtained by a watchdog group show.
The three agencies worked out “several possible” plans for bringing “criminal charges under FEC law” against conservative groups before the election, and the Justice Department might have been directly involved in a cover-up after Congress began investigating, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.
The documents show “that the Obama IRS scandal is also an Obama DOJ and FBI scandal,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a news release.
The evidence uncovered as part of a lawsuit filed under the Freedom of Information Act shows the IRS handed the FBI and Justice Department confidential tax return information for 113,000 nonprofit 501(c)(4) groups as part of a plan to land political opponents in legal trouble – despite federal law banning the agency from sharing such information.
“The FBI and Justice Department worked with Lois Lerner and the IRS to concoct some reason to put President Obama’s opponents in jail before his re-election,” Fitton said. “And this abuse resulted in the FBI’s illegally obtaining confidential taxpayer information.”
When Congress began investigating IRS treatment of conservative groups seeking nonprofit status, the DOJ again got involved by asking IRS employees who were testifying to turn over documents before giving them to Congress, according to Judicial Watch.
The Obama administration maintains that the Justice Department is independent enough to conduct a “thorough” and “transparent” investigation of the IRS scandal, but the newly released information demonstrates that the agency might be far more complicit than originally appeared.
“How can the Justice Department and the FBI investigate the very scandal in which they are implicated?” Fitton asked in the release.
In a sane world, the answer would be that they can’t. But – in a sane world – Americans wouldn’t be afraid of criminal charges or tax audits for simply speaking out about a Presidential administration either.