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    Feds balk at releasing docs showing IRS sharing tax returns with White House

    Interesting. Something is tickling my brain about Nixon on this one.

    Less than a week after ’fessing up that it found some 2,500 documents potentially showing that the IRS shared taxpayer returns with the White House, the Obama administration has reversed course and won’t release the trove to a group suing for access...

    All of the 2,043 pages of documents we have determined to be responsive were collected by the Secretary of the Treasury with respect to the determination of possible liability under Title 26 of the United States Code. These pages consist of return information protected by 26 U.S.C. § 6103 and may not be disclosed absent an express statutory exception,” said the office in a letter dated Dec. 1.
    What's more, Treasury, which oversees the IRS, is still considering what to do with another 466 documents and said that they will provide a "response regarding" them.

    Dan Epstein, executive director of Cause of Action, said Treasury was using “sophisticated” lawyering to weasel out of providing the documents. And he noted that their letter said that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is now looking into “potential liability” that his tax aides broke laws in sharing taxpayer information with the White House...

    Cause of Action had won a Freedom of Information legal action to gain access to the documents and expected them to be redacted. Epstein said that he expects to fight Treasury's move in court.

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    Re: Feds balk at releasing docs showing IRS sharing tax returns with White House

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Interesting. Something is tickling my brain about Nixon on this one.
    Yes, you might be right. It is the kind of person I have become increasingly afraid that the President might be.

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    Re: Feds balk at releasing docs showing IRS sharing tax returns with White House

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Interesting. Something is tickling my brain about Nixon on this one.
    Yep, they're stonewalling documents from reaching the public realm. They're also not the first to do it and they won't be the last to do it either.

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    Re: Feds balk at releasing docs showing IRS sharing tax returns with White House

    The Feds operate on secrecy and deception, keeping the public in the dark. Why should we be surprised?

    My guess is they will invoke "national security" for any FOIA requests that may come from this. Modus Operandi for the federal government, but some folks will pretend it doesn't happen.

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