Inadvertent of not?NOM charges Obama Admin. of leaking Its tax return ... an illegal act regardless of reason. mm4a.org/13iOUre— Mike Foxworth (@ALTALOMAN) June 5, 2013
That's exactly the argument that the IRS is using this week to rebuff the charge of The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the later accusing the Obama administration of intentionally leaking one of the organization's confidential IRS documents. Yet, congressional testimony and even NOM's former chairwoman have made clear that the release of the document was "inadvertent."
How convenient is this argument and is it legal? Since when is a blatant criminal act dismissed or not prosecuted because it is "inadvertent?" We all know that IRS auditing policy grants no such excuse to the average taxpayer.
Given the current IRS scandal and the hearings taking place in Congress, I suspect that the IRS defense on this point alone will not only raise the likelihood of new laws that reign in the IRS, but it is clear that this issue alone may lead to some criminal indictments or current or former IRS personnel. Tax reform, anyone? The days of the IRS as we know it may be numbered.