Duncan Comments on DOJ Settlement with Conservative Groups

October 26, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice’s announcement of settlement agreements with targeted conservative groups and President Trump’s pick for new IRS leader:

“It is no surprise that the IRS had to admit wrongdoing in their active targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups during the Obama Administration. It is outrageous and shocking that a federal agency would go after a whole political ideology with heightened tax scrutiny. I have long been advocating for current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s impeachment since he proudly led the department during these discriminatory acts. He has never wanted to comply with congressional inquiries due to his corruption and dishonesty, and I believe justice still needs to be served.

“The settlements with these targeted groups are a positive step forward even though many have spent enormous amounts of time and money to fight off liberal discrimination. In my own congressional district, the Laurens County Tea Party was targeted by the IRS, and their leader, Dianne Belsom, testified before the United States Congress in 2013 to explain the heightened scrutiny to lawmakers.  

“Thankfully, we do not have to deal with Mr. Koskinen too much longer. I am pleased to see President Trump pick a new acting IRS leader, David Kautter, who will take the job in November. I know that under new leadership we can expect honesty and integrity in the department.”