Posted by Tina
AG Jeff Sessions apologized to IRS scandal victims on behalf of the government and announced the groups will receive settlement money:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the IRS owed the groups an apology after years of poor treatment and even longer refusal to concede bad behavior. He placed blame on “the last administration,” saying the targeting that went on under President Obama “was wrong and should never have occurred.”
One of the settlement agreements, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., officially admits that the IRS singled out groups because of their political beliefs, in defiance of the law. The other settlement, in a class-action lawsuit in Ohio, includes a “generous” payout to more than 400 groups snared, according to a lawyer involved.
“There is no excuse for this conduct,” Mr. Sessions said in a statement. “Hundreds of organizations were affected by these actions, and they deserve an apology from the IRS.”
As of Thursday morning, however, the groups said they had yet to get such an apology.
“A true reckoning is finally up to the agency itself. Until the IRS itself steps forward to admit what really happened, we cannot have faith that the same abuse won’t be repeated again,” said Edward Greim, the lawyer who handled the class-action lawsuit for NorCal Tea Party Patriots and more than 400 other groups.
In August Tom Finton of NewsMax reported that the Justice Department finally admitted that an Obama backer, was one of the people “investigating” the scandal and part of the team that was obstructing justice.
Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times reported yesterday on an email from an IRS agent to her supervisors that “the agency was, in fact, singling out some groups’ applications for extreme scrutiny ‘primarily because of their political party affiliation.'”
I guess we can take solace in the fact that those harmed will be compensated for their legal fees but I doubt that does anything to give them a sense that justice has been served.