The Obama administration’s spin that only two rogue agents in Cincinnati, Ohio were behind the systematic harassment of conservative groups by the IRS, continues to unravel. NBC News reports that a number of targeted conservative groups received letters from IRS higher-ups from offices outside of Cincinnati — including Washington DC. Moreover, one conservative group claims to have received a harassing IRS letter just three weeks ago.
Jay Sekulow is a one-time trial lawyer who represented the IRS in tax-exempt cases. Today, though, he represents 27 conservative groups singled out by the IRS. The lawsuit he intends to file includes letters to his clients that come from “Department of the Treasury / Internal Revenue Service / Washington, D.C.”
Sekulow told NBC News: “We’ve dealt with 15 agents, including tax law specialists — that’s lawyers — from four different offices, including (the) Treasury (Department) in Washington, D.C.,” Sekulow said. “So the idea that this is a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati is not correct.”
Some of the letters are signed by Lois Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt division who pleaded the Fifth Amendment before Congress last week.
Sekulow goes on to argue that his documentation will show that the IRS was systematically and deliberately attempting to cripple the political activism of conservative groups.
A number of his clients still haven’t received an answer from the IRS about their tax-exempt status.
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