National Organization for Marriage Files Suit against IRS
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"NOM noted in those requests its belief, based on the computer forensic evidence it had uncovered, that the IRS had to be the source of the disclosure," Eastman said. "TIGTA responded in an April 20, 2012, letter that acknowledged receipt of NOM's request and provided NOM with a complaint number, Number 63-1204-0051-C. At the outset of the investigation, investigators from TIGTA sought to determine whether the document with the internal IRS markings might have originated from NOM, but once NOM demonstrated that it had not, we received no further information about the investigation. As of May 31, 2013, however, over a year after making the request, NOM has not received any information resulting from the requested investigation from TIGTA."
Eastman also stated that NOM filed a series of Freedom of Information Act requests in August 2012, seeking to find out the status and results of the TIGTA investigation. He claimed the IRS and the TIGTA declined to provide NOM with the most relevant information. In a response dated May 3, 2013, Eastman said the TIGTA declined to acknowledge the existence of the investigation, even though NOM was provided with a complaint number.
"Worse, that latest nonresponsive 'response' from TIGTA even adopts the Orwellian position that the same statute which prohibits the disclosure of a taxpayer's confidential tax return information prevents any disclosure of the culprit of that felony," Eastman told Congress.
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Eastman's testimony came less than a month after the IRS apologized for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of groups with conservative titles, such as "Tea Party" or "Patriot," in their names.
"So far, the IRS and Obama administration officials have stonewalled our every attempt to get information or answer basic questions about who knew what inside the IRS and who in the Obama administration had any information or involvement in this crime," Eastman said in a written statement. "Our lawsuit will be a powerful tool in ending the stonewalling and getting the truth to the American people."
The IRS has not responded to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
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