Trump DOJ settles lawsuits over Tea Party targeting by Obama IRS

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    Justice, Due Process, Rule of Law. Cornerstones of democracy. It's what separates countries like America from countries like Canada.

    This is a good decision and maybe its a sign of things to come? Trump said he was going to be the Law and Order president, that means justice for all and equal justice for all regardless of position in life. Violations of a groups Constitutionally Protected Rights is a sin that demands a response, no matter how inconvenient it might be for some.

    Trump DOJ settles lawsuits over Tea Party targeting by Obama IRS

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced early Thursday that the Justice Department had entered into settlements with Tea Party groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the IRS dating back to 2013, “based solely on their viewpoint or ideology.”

    The settlements involve payments to the plaintiffs and an apology from the IRS.

    The targeting scandal drew heavy attention in 2013 when the IRS admitted it applied extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for nonprofit status. Lois Lerner, then head of the Exempt Organizations unit responsible, became the public face of the scandal, though other IRS officials were involved as well.

    Sessions said that groups with names involving “Tea Party” or “Patriots,” or those with specific policy positions concerning government spending, were subject to “inappropriate criteria” to “screen” applications.


    “The IRS’s use of these criteria as a basis for heightened scrutiny was wrong and should never have occurred,” Sessions said in a statement Thursday. “It is improper for the IRS to single out groups for different treatment based on their names or ideological positions.”

    While the IRS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, court documents show that the agency did offer an apology.

    “The IRS admits that its treatment of Plaintiffs during the tax-exempt determination process, including screening their applications based on their names or policy positions, subjecting those applications to heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays, and demanding some Plaintiffs’ information that TIGTA determined was unnecessary to the agency’s determination of their tax-exempt status, was wrong,” the IRS said in court documents. “For such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology.”

    The Justice Department’s settlement would pay the claims of each of the over 400 groups in the case. The attorneys for the groups said it was “a great day for the First Amendment,” but noted that day “was too long in coming.”
     
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    Of course, we have a corrupt gov now.
     
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    About time but, where do we go to get our election back?
     

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