A few years back, when the Obama camp was in the White House and the Republicans actually had a majority in Congress, the House Oversight Committee held a number of show hearings to try to get officials in the Internal Revenue Service to admit that some non-profits had been unfairly targeted for harassment, audit, and more. The sight of Rep. Darrell Issa sitting behind stacks of paper that were sent to Congress in the slow roll that ensued is something not easily forgotten.
The IRS, and the judge that drew a lawsuit from True the Vote, one of the watchdog groups that was targeted, did their best to draw out the entire affair as long as possible.
And then fate intervened. The judge passed away, and his replacement, a President Donald Trump appointee, actually ruled on the case and handed Catherine Engelbrecht and True the Vote a victory that has the political non-profit world buzzing.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled in favor of True the Vote in the case, and penalized the IRS for forcing the tax agency to pay maximum attorney’s fees due to the IRS’s discrimination against the conservative organization that stemmed from the Lois Lerner scandal during the Barack Obama administration all the way back in 2010. In addition to signing a 2018 consent order that included an IRS admission of wrongdoing, Judge Walton ruled last week that True the Vote was entitled to a “bad faith enhancement” to its requested attorney’s fees. In his opinion, Judge Walton wrote that there is “clear and convincing evidence necessary for a finding of bad faith on the part of” the IRS. As such, while the exact amount is still being worked out, True the Vote has requested the recovery of $1.9 million in attorney’s fees from the decades-long court battle.
“The conduct of the IRS and the government was nothing short of shocking,” Brock Akers of the Akers Firm, one of True the Vote’s attorneys, said in the release. “This ruling ought to reflect a collective sigh of relief from everyone that the judicial system really can be turned to for a just end to this nightmare. Check one in favor of Justice v. Swamp.”
Congratulations to Ms. EngelBrecht and her group on the victory. For her statements on the matter, please visit Breitbart.