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DOJ Settles Lawsuits Over Tea Party Targeting by Obama IRS

It’s amazing what a change in administration can do to an entrenched gaggle of bureaucratic ne’er-do-wells.

After nearly a decade of litigation, denial, and obstruction of justice going ostensibly all the way up to the White House, the IRS has finally been forced to admit fault.

The Trump Department of Justice has forced a settlement with multiple organizations for having been targeted by the IRS for being associated with the Tea Party.

In addition to cash, litigants were offered an apology from the agency.

What we’re still waiting to discover is whether Lois Lerner, John Koskinen or anyone else at the rogue agency will ever actually be brought to justice.

We’re not holding our breath.

Here’s more from Fox News…

The Trump administration, after years of litigation, has settled lawsuits with Tea Party and other conservative groups who say they were unfairly targeted by the IRS under the Obama administration.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced early Thursday that the Justice Department had entered into settlements with Tea Party groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the IRS dating back to 2013, “based solely on their viewpoint or ideology.”

The settlements involve payments to the plaintiffs and an apology from the IRS.

The targeting scandal drew heavy attention in 2013 when the IRS admitted it applied extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for nonprofit status. Lois Lerner, then head of the Exempt Organizations unit responsible, became the public face of the scandal, though other IRS officials were involved as well.

Sessions said that groups with names involving “Tea Party” or “Patriots,” or those with specific policy positions concerning government spending, were subject to “inappropriate criteria” to “screen” applications.

“The IRS’s use of these criteria as a basis for heightened scrutiny was wrong and should never have occurred,” Sessions said in a statement Thursday. “It is improper for the IRS to single out groups for different treatment based on their names or ideological positions.”

While the IRS did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, court documents show that the agency did offer an apology.

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