The IRS is stonewalling Freedom of Information Act requests because they can get away with it, conservative activist and lawyer Cleta Mitchell said Wednesday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.
"Because the Brian Williams media types of the world … will not hold this administration accountable and this is nothing new, really," Mitchell said.
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A report this week by The Hill that the Obama administration is refusing to release more than 500 documents related to the IRS’ targeting of tea party groups
is status quo for the White House, according to Mitchell. The reason the story has received media coverage is because the request came from a media outlet, she said.
"The Hill, that had submitted a FOIA request to get information, to get documents from the IRS regarding the targeting scandal.
"And just like one of my clients, Tea Party Patriots, and a number of Judicial Watch cases and Cause of Action cases, the IRS and Treasury are refusing to turn documents over as they're required to do under FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act," she said. "Several of us have lawsuits that we filed against Treasury and the IRS to try to force them to turn over documents related to the scandal, and they just simply refused.
"They say that the law allows them to not have to disclose based on various loopholes in the FOIA law. That's what they've done now to The Hill."
Mainstream "Brian Williams, state-owned media" has chosen not to cover the IRS scandal, not because Americans aren’t interested in the story, she said, but because they are covering up for the Obama administration.
"They would never do this if the person in the White House was George W. Bush and if the targeting had been directed at liberals," Mitchell said. "This would be front page day after day after day in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
"But the media lost interest within about 60 days of the scandal, because they decided that it was not helping Obama and they wanted to put it on the back burner. That's what's going on."
Mitchell said she believes that all of the FOIA requests are being screened by the White House Counsel's Office.
She acknowledged that time is of the essence since Obama has fewer than two years remaining in office, but she urged Congress to conduct hearings about the FOIA requests, try to keep the issue in the media as much as possible, and start laying the groundwork for a Republican presidency in 2017.
"We just have to keep pushing for the truth because we know that there are things that they're hiding, and we need to keep trying to get those things," she said.
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