On Wednesday, the IRS has admitted that there are 6,924 documents that were previously unreported after the group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS about the targeting two years ago.
During the Obama administration, over 400 conservative groups and individuals involved in the Tea Party were specifically targeted for intrusive scrutiny by the IRS.
The IRS has yet to give a time-frame as to when the documents will be searched, however, the IRS will begin to sift through the documents today.
The Judicial Watch reported:
These newly identified records are presumably not records that were contained in the “Congressional Database,” which the IRS created in 2013 to house records responsive to congressional inquiries into the IRS scandal.
“The corruption at the IRS is astounding. Our attorneys knew that there were more records to be searched but the Obama IRS ignored this issue for years,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “President Trump needs to clean house at the IRS as quickly as possible.”
In July 2015, Judicial Watch released Obama IRS documents confirming that the agency used donor lists of tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS.
In September 2014, another Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit forced the release of documents detailing that the IRS sought, obtained and maintained the names of donors to Tea Party and other conservative groups. IRS officials acknowledged in these documents that “such information was not needed.” The documents also show that the donor names were being used for a “secret research project.”