President Obama’s IRS was proven to have unfairly targeted tea party groups in 2010, but the scandal didn’t break until 2013. Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to begin to make amends by making settlements with the groups who were unfairly targeted and make sure nothing like this ever happens again, reports Town Hall.
Since 2013, Republicans have learned that the IRS delayed the tax-exempt statuses of dozens of conservative organizations. For about two years, the agency worked off of a “Be On the Look Out” list for conservative labels, subjecting those groups to extra scrutiny.
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it has reached two settlements with right-leaning groups that were targeted. In his announcement, Sessions gave a brief history of the last administration’s inappropriate behavior, before pledging it won’t happen under his watch.
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Sessions even apologized on behalf of Obama’s corrupt administration and vowed to prevent abuses of power from ever happening again in the White House:
“There is no excuse for this conduct,” he said. “Hundreds of organizations were affected by these actions, and they deserve an apology from the IRS. We hope that today’s settlement makes clear that this abuse of power will not be tolerated.”
The acting Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, Lois Lerner, admitted to the agency’s wrongdoings and resigned soon after the scandal broke. Current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has been accused of being uncooperative with congressional investigations into the scandal. He still has his job, but he might not for long.