When Lois Lerner revealed that the IRS had been “unintentionally” targeting Tea Party groups for special investigation in 2013, senior members of the agency had known what was going on for around two years, said nothing, and didn’t stop it from continuing.
Judicial Watch released almost 300 pages of documents on Thursday (embedded below) showing that several IRS heavy-hitters were aware the tax service was screwing conservative groups almost two years before they revealed it to the public.
The FBI documents confirm the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) 2013 report that said, “Senior IRS officials knew that agents were targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny as early as 2011.” Lerner did not reveal the targeting until May 2013, in response to a planted question at an American Bar Association conference. The new documents reveal that then-acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller actually wrote Lerner’s response: “They used names like Tea Party or Patriots and they selected cases simply because the applications had those names in the title. That was wrong, that was absolutely incorrect, insensitive, and inappropriate.”
According to the FBI documents, Paz and others were informed in the late spring and summer of 2011 that Cincinnati agents were using “BOLO” (Be On the Look Out) briefing guides that instructed them to be “looking at cases using the Tea Party term.”
According to the documents, the FBI spoke to an unnamed IRS senior tax law specialist who first revealed the targeting to management…