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Federal judges smack Obama DOJ for protecting IRS from taxpayers instead of the other way around

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By Doug Powers  •  March 23, 2016 07:38 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

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While Lois Lerner remains kicked back in comfy retirement and nobody has ever been punished for the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservative groups, the Obama Justice Department has been helping the tax collection behemoth run out the clock by kicking the corruption can down the boulevard of accountability:

A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted.

The judges ordered the IRS to quickly turn over the full list of groups it targeted so that a class-action lawsuit, filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots, can proceed. The judges also accused the Justice Department lawyers, who are representing the IRS in the case, of acting in bad faith — compounding the initial targeting — by fighting the disclosure.

“The lawyers in the Department of Justice have a long and storied tradition of defending the nation’s interests and enforcing its laws — all of them, not just selective ones — in a manner worthy of the Department’s name. The conduct of the IRS’s attorneys in the district court falls outside that tradition,” Judge Raymond Kethledge wrote in a unanimous opinion for a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. “We expect that the IRS will do better going forward.”

That story has all the Obama-era trademarks. The streams of “not a smidgen of corruption” and “historic levels of transparency” have crossed.

But the Obama DOJ would certainly act quickly if the FBI were to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton, right? (pause for laughter)

**Written by Doug Powers

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