IRS inspector general ‘personally’ blocked info on targeting of left-leaning groups | The Raw StoryTreasury Inspector General J. Russell George prevented the release of documents proving the IRS treated left-leaning groups the same way it treated tea party groups, acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel testified on Wednesday.
“We were imminently going to produce a document in an unredacted form that would indicate the identity of a grouping of entities that we felt were similar in a kind of scope as tea party — in terms of its grouping — so that it wouldn’t be able, you wouldn’t be able to identify a particular taxpayer because the grouping name was so broad,” he said. “And, he reached out when he learned that we were about to produce this information and expressed concern and indicated a disagreement with our internal experts on whether that information was 6103-protected or not.”
The IRS was prepared to provide the document to the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating IRS misconduct. But George personally called Werfel and claimed that releasing the document would violate taxpayer confidentiality laws. Section 6103 of the tax code prohibits the IRS from revealing specific information about taxpayers, but Werfel said no such information would be disclosed.
Looks like the GOP narrative has blown up in their faces and the investigation will now be about the George/Issa conspiracy to misled Congress. This is beautiful.