Treasury AG J. Russel George has found that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized by government officials, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the cases. Additionally they have found that the IRS has “targeted for audit candidates for public office,” the George has privately told Sen. Chuck Grassley.
The Washington Times has learned that said a review turned up four cases since 2006 in which unidentified government officials took part in “unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records of political donors or candidates,” including one case he described as “willful.” In four additional cases, Mr. George said, allegations of improper access of IRS records were not substantiated by the evidence.
Grassley has sent a letter to Attorney General Holder asking for an explanation why the Justice Department chose not to prosecute any of the cases.
OOOH--OOH I know...he didn't read the memo--or he doesn't remember--or executive privileged--or that's a racist question!
According to the Times
the investigation did not name the government officials who obtained the IRS records improperly, nor did it reveal the identities or political parties of the people whose tax records were compromised. By law, taxpayer records at the IRS are supposed to be confidential.
“The Justice Department should answer completely and not hide behind taxpayer confidentiality laws to avoid accountability for its decision not to prosecute a violation of taxpayer confidentiality laws,” Mr. Grassley told The Times. “With the IRS on the hot seat over targeting certain political groups, it’s particularly troubling to learn about ‘willful unauthorized access’ of tax records involving individuals who were candidates for office or political donors. The public needs to know whether the decision not to prosecute these violations was politically motivated and whether the individuals responsible were held accountable in any other way.”Come on Senator Grassley we all know why the DOJ didn't investigate--the candidate targeted was a Republican. And I would bet ten bucks that the two who were audited were Republican also.