Lois-Lerner-759x500Obama administration must reveal whether it tried to illegally obtain info on citizens who questioned President

“A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers’ private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose,” The Washington Times reports.

“It’s not clear that there were any such requests — but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code,” the Times reports.

Obama can’t claim a partisan conspiracy here.

He appointed Jackson to the bench.  Hardly a conservative, she has ruled in favor of the EPA and union bosses and issued a ruling forcing Catholics to buy birth control.

But even she is disturbed by Obama’s efforts to cover up illegal activity in the IRS.

The White House is accused of illegally obtaining confidential information on taxpayers who criticized Obama.

Some conservative donors were targeted by the IRS for audits under a section of tax law the Supreme Court tossed out in 1982.

The Times lays out this specific case:

Questions about potential White House meddling in taxpayers’ private information stretch back to the beginning of the Obama administration, when the then-White House chief economist seemed to describe the tax structure of Koch Industries during a briefing with reporters.

His description was apparently incorrect, but it left some watchdog groups wondering if the White House had quietly sought information on conservatives, such as the billionaire Koch brothers.

Cause of Action sued in 2013 to get a look at whatever requests the White House, or other federal agencies, had made.

The IRS refused, saying even the existence of those requests would be protected by confidentiality laws and couldn’t be released, so there was no reason to make the search.

The judge said Friday, however, that the agency couldn’t use the privacy protection “to shield the very misconduct it was enacted to prohibit.”

Illegally obtaining confidential IRS files on political opponents is an impeachable offense.

Article 2 of the articles of impeachment against Nixon accused him of having “acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavored to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.”