For years, Barack Obama vehemently denied that the IRS was purposefully and strategically targeting, harassing, and intimidating the Tea Party for years in an effort to stop grassroots groups from around the country in their efforts to prevent his re-election. Obama went so far as to tell FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly during an interview before the Super Bowl in 2014 that there was “not a smidgen” of corruption at the IRS.
Obama went so far as to blame FOX News for a belief that there was an IRS scandal. He contended, “These types of things keep surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them.”
In addition, Obama argued that any wrongdoing was just the work of a bunch of “boneheaded low-level” IRS employees in Cincinnati, insisting that higher ups had nothing to do with anything that appeared to be targeting. As Katie Pavlich pointed out, that was an outright lie, a lie he has told numerous times to absolve himself and his administration from any wrongdoing. He just throws other people under the bus.
Officials at the IRS finally did admit wrongdoing and even apologized to the Tea Party. On Monday, however, thanks to Judicial Watch, we’ve learned that the targeting, harassing, and intimidation of the Tea Party ran even deeper than anyone even imagined.
Starting in 2010 and going through the presidential election in 2012, the Obama IRS actually sent applications for Tea Party groups for tax-exemption to a “black hole” in Cincinnati.
Judicial Watch today released 105 pages of newly obtained Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) “302” documents revealing that, beginning in 2010 and lasting through the Obama reelection campaign in 2012, the Obama IRS orchestrated a deliberate policy of burying conservative groups’ tax exemption applications in bureaucratic delays. Interviews with numerous Cincinnati IRS employees in mid-2013 reveal that “Tea Party” group applications were automatically denied approval and assigned to a special “Group 7822” for an extended “inventory” process while waiting for decisions from IRS headquarters in Washington, DC. One IRS manager “asked why progressive cases were not segregated similar to the Tea Party cases, but she did not get any satisfactory answers.” FBI “302” documents are detailed narratives of FBI investigation interviews. The Obama Justice Department and FBI investigations into the Obama IRS scandal resulted in no criminal charges.
For years, despite the IRS half-truthful admission, Leftist pundits, and elected officials still claimed that there was no intentional conspiracy against Tea Party and other conservative groups. This new evidence uncovered by Judicial Watch shows that to be a colossal and blatant lie.
During an FBI interview with a group manager in July 2013, this person explained how this “black hole” was set up to intentionally suppress the Tea Party.
Group 7822 was composed of 12 to 15 people and was simply a place for the Tea Party cases to be held in inventory while the agent waited to receive guidance from the Washington office. There had been no precedence previously on these issues. If the case said it supports politics and political activity, it would be put into Group 7822. [Redacted] and then [Redacted] held the cases in inventory.
This information was confirmed and expanded upon in an interview with another group manager who also specifically implicated the Washington, DC IRS office as being the coordinator of Tea Party suppression.
In the 14-month period when [Redacted] had the cases, he would ask for updates on guidance and was told they were still waiting on DC. He recalls receiving emails with contradictory guidance on whether the 501-c-3 or 501-c-4 cases should be denied. It was his understanding that a team would come and work the Tea Party cases when the guidance was provided … Nobody told him directly where the delay was in resolving the Tea Party issue. DC is like a black hole.
When Obama named ‘boneheads’ in Cincinnati as being the responsible individuals and simply making poor decisions, he was only being half way honest. Both of the group managers interviewed by the FBI, who confirmed and explained the “black hole” process were from Cincinnati but their work was done at the direction of the DC office.
Read the full Judicial Watch press release regarding the Obama IRS’s intentional delay of Tea Party tax-exempt applications HERE.
You can view the 105 pages of damning documents HERE.