Monday, November 30, 2015

Issa seeks info on targeting of conservative groups' tax status

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued subpoenas on Friday that seek information related to tax documents of conservative groups being subjected to increased scrutiny from federal officials.

Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued subpoenas that direct Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to release documents and communication records related to non-IRS Treasury Department officials targeting the tax-exempt status of conservative groups.

"Secretary Lew is responsible for providing all pertinent documents Treasury has in its possession, both within and outside the IRS," Issa said. "The committee is aware of responsive documents in treasury's possession that have not been produced to the committee."

Issa and others have requested related information numerous times since June. In response, the Treasury Department has produced more than 1,000 pages of documents.

The Treasury Department has not given the Oversight Committee sufficient information about its internal communications regarding its investigation. It has also only produced material for a few of committee's many document requests.

Subpoenas issued on Friday seek all documents and communication records of officials discussing IRS procedures for evaluating applications for tax-exempt status, briefings delivered by Treasury Department officials, as well as communications between specific employees.