Newly-leaked documents have revealed that Barack Obama’s FBI was aware that the IRS was unfairly targeting groups because of their conservative politics two years before Congress even heard about the agency’s misconduct.
According to Daily Signal, nearly 300 pages of documents released Thursday confirmed that starting in 2011, the IRS subjected conservative groups to increased scrutiny. The FBI uncovered this in 2011, but the Department of Justice refused to act. IRS officials told FBI agents that a Cincinnati branch of their agency targeted conservative groups.
“Cincinnati was categorizing cases based on name and ideology, not just activity,” Nancy Marks, a senior official at the IRS, told the FBI in 2011. The public did not learn anything about this until 2013.
This revelation has only added to the conservative case to impeach the current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. The House Freedom Caucus argued that though Koskinen wasn’t with the agency at the time of the scandal, he impeded a subsequent congressional investigation into the scandal and they want a political pound of flesh.
“At the end of the day we have to be able to strike at least one blow on behalf of accountability,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan.
In order to impeach Koskinen, the House Freedom Caucus has filed a parliamentary measure known as a privileged resolution to force a floor vote on impeachment. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., who helped introduce the motion, told reporters that the documents present an even bigger problem.
“While this provides further confirmation that the IRS was acting to suppress the voices of certain conservative groups, it now raises questions about whether the FBI has been compromised or politicized,” Fleming said.
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