Arizona Republicans call for indictments of IRS officials

Demonstrators with the Tea Party protest the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of the Tea Party and similar groups during a rally called “Audit the IRS” outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, June 19, 2013./ SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

By Arizona Daily Independent

Arizona Republican representatives are calling for justice after the IRS admitted in federal court that it targeted conservative groups. The IRS, which under the Obama administration singled out groups with words such as “patriot” and “Tea Party” in their title, apologized for the use of “inappropriate criteria” when determining tax-exempt status.

On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has entered into settlements, pending approval by the district courts, in two cases brought by groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the Internal Revenue Service based on inappropriate criteria. The first case, Linchpins of Liberty v. United States, comprised claims brought by 41 plaintiffs, and the second case, NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. Internal Revenue Service, was a class action suit that included 428 members.

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