Government Executive reports that the Inspector General of the Treasury ("TIGTA") is facing a lawsuit on its response on a request made to the IRS for documents relating to possible White House unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors or candidates since 2006.
The IRS referred the request to TIGTA and TIGTA gave the a we can neither confirm nor deny response that records request citing underlying FOIA privacy exemptions. Now the requester, Cause of Action, has filed suit charging that a response TIGTA made to Sen. Charles Grassley as evidence that records do exist and that revealing the material to Grassley vitiates any exemption claim made to the requester.
The Inspector General of TIGTA is currently under fire for his role in the investigation of the IRS and tax-exempt groups. Allegations have been made that he failed to advise lawmakers and the public that the IRS also asked quesitons of a number of groups that were not right leaning that were seeking tax-exempt status.