After claiming it never targeted conservative groups, then admitting it did but it was an honest mistake, the IRS continues to get clobbered for its misconduct.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ordered the IRS to hand over a list of all the groups the tax agency flagged so conservative nonprofits can file a class-action lawsuit.
Texas Patriots Tea Party attorney Edward Greim says the judge's order is not proof of guilt but it does affirm that the IRS singled out certain groups who were applying for non-profit status.
It's known that the IRS used its Cincinatti-based office to scrutinize applications from conservative groups from 2010 and 2013, using criteria such as "tea party" and "patriot" to flag them, the attorney notes.
"They were then taking the applications that those criteria identified and segregating them into sort of a holding pen for delay," he tells OneNewsNow.
The conservative Washington Times newspaper reported the federal court "spanked" the IRS on Tuesday.
The federal judge also ruled that Justice Department attorneys were "acting in bad faith" by fighting the request, the newspaper reported.
While former IRS official Lois Learner (pictured at top) has been the poster child for the alleged campaign of political bullying, Greim says under the Obama administration, the entire culture of the agency is anti-free speech and anti-conservative. He's hoping this lawsuit will change that.
"It's not just a lawsuit to obtain damages," he explains, "but ultimately if courts start to actually award damages and enforce the law, you would hope that the culture would change on its own."
Greim says one client represented by the attorney has been waiting since 2013 for the IRS to approve an application. A motion is pending in that case to force the IRS to move forward.
A trial should happen by August 2017.