Lois Lerner has demanded immunity from prosecution in return for her testimony on the IRS vs Conservative 503 groups, after having taken the fifth in front of Congress last month.
This comes after the IRS's own investigation discredited themselves last week claiming that leftist groups also received extra scrutiny (ergo all was fair) - although the numbers were 6 left-leaning groups vs 280+ right-leaning groups, and none of the left-leaning ones ever got invasive questionnaires or extensive delays.
Part of the scandal was the charge that the IRS was giving confidential information from tax returns to Democratic campaign organs in 2012. In response to an FOIA request, the Treasury department is refusing to release any information.
The Treasury Department on Wednesday refused to confirm or deny the existence of an inspector general report investigating whether or not former White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee illegally accessed tax information on the Koch brothers.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Washington Free Beacon, declined to acknowledge the existence of the report.
“With regard to your request for documents pertaining to a third party, TIGTA can neither admit nor deny the existence of responsive records,” said in its response. “Your request seeks access to the types of documents for which there is no public interest that outweighs the privacy interests established and protected by the FOIA (5 U.S.C. §§ 552(b)(7)(C) and (b)(6)).”
Really??? No public interest in knowing if a federal agency is aiding a political party illegally? Who's privacy are they protecting - Surely not the Koch brothers - the request is not for public disclosure of their returns. Goolsbee's?
One of these days the dirty laundry will be revealed, I hope. I've said it ages ago - the IRS needs to be gutted like a fish.
[Edited 2013-07-05 08:48:19]