The IRS Scandal, which Trump just ended. Let's go to the Tax Prof, who has provided consistent coverage of this abuse of power by the Obama administration: The IRS Scandal, Day 1632: Department Of Justice Settles Tea Party Targeting Cases For Millions And An Apology
The Trump administration on Thursday said it has agreed to pay between $1 million and $10 million to settle lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service for targeting tea-party groups in the Obama era, saying in court documents that the IRS “admits that its treatment...was wrong.”Of course, Lois Lerner remains guilty as hell but free as a bird, with a $100,000+ "payout" for "good work" from the Obama administration for suppressing conservative get out the vote efforts in 2012. In a perfect world, she would have been sentenced to thousands of hours of "community service", stuffing envelopes, or some other grunt work for the many conservative entities she maligned and discriminated against.
The Justice Department entered into proposed settlements with groups that alleged in 2013 they had been subject to discriminatory treatment in applying for tax-exempt status. The move largely puts an end to a saga that had engulfed the IRS for years.
In a settlement filed in federal court in Washington, which still must be approved by a judge, the Justice Department said the IRS “expresses its sincere apology” and was “fully committed” to not subjecting groups for additional review “solely on the name or policy positions of such entity.”
Probably not coincidentally, President Trump names replacement for IRS boss Koskinen
The White House has named a Treasury official to succeed John Koskinen at the helm of the IRS next month, while allowing the controversial commissioner to finish out his five-year term.Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly "Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup."
David Kautter will serve as acting IRS commissioner beginning Nov. 13, the last day of Koskinen’s term, the White House said.
“Assistant Secretary Kautter has had an illustrious 40-year career in tax policy, and I am confident that the IRS and the American people will benefit from his experience and insight,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, noting the Senate would still have to confirm a permanent commissioner.
The announcement came as the Trump Justice Department settled lawsuits with Tea Party and other conservative groups targeted for extra scrutiny by officials in the Obama IRS.
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