Project Veritas released another in a series of videos that the transparency advocacy group says reveals federal bureaucrats who are blocking President Trump’s policies. In this fourth installment, two Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials discuss on camera their unfair and possibly illegal treatment of conservative non-profit groups. The two officials in the report are IRS tax examiner Thomas Sheehy, who is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America in Texas, and Washington DC-based IRS attorney Jerry Semasek.
In previous undercover videos released by Project Veritas, other members of the Democratic Socialists of America described that they were doing work for their party while on the clock for their federal jobs.
During the Obama administration, disgraced IRS officials John Koskinen and Lois Lerner were brought before Congress to testify about what Republicans deemed unfair treatment of conservative organizations and their applications for nonprofit status by the IRS in 2013. On tape, IRS examiner Sheehy appears to justify the actions of Koskinen, who was mired in scandal for losing tens of thousands of emails regarding the Lerner controversy. The Lois Lerner controversy showed that the IRS unfairly scrutinized conservative groups.
Partial transcript follows:
SHEEHY: “John Koskinen. He got a lot of flak for giving increased scrutiny to these Tea Party groups. Conservatives got really mad at him, he was so cool though because he deleted all the emails, so they could not hold any evidence against him.”
SHEEHY: “Yeah, I don’t give a s**t if that is a crime for doing that because… you should give increased scrutiny to those groups because a lot of them are just f***ing fronts for the Koch brothers or whatever.”
In a separate meeting, attorney Semasek disclosed to Project Veritas that “mistakes were made,” during the 2013 scanda:
SEMASEK: “… you know what, for what it’s worth, on the record, I know people in Tax Exempt Government Entities. All that stuff we saw in the news, yeah mistakes were made”
Semasek, who worked for the IRS during the 2013 scandal, continued:
SEMASEK: “… The law requires that an organization can’t be political, it can’t be partisan to be tax exempt… Those employees in Cincinnati Ohio started to separate them and put them in a pile. And it turns out that they were like the Tea Party group of people. And I think they did, like Lois Lerner and maybe some of her employees were more liberal leaning or Democrats so I don’t know if they disallowed them, but they required them to produce more documentation to try to prove that they weren’t partisan.”
He repeated that mistakes were made:
SEMASEK: “… and that was bad. I think, from what people tell me, that really know about, there were mistakes made, but the problem with what happened… And again, there were mistakes made, and I think probably some people that were advised against conservative groups did make some mistakes.”
Socialist Abuses Work Benefits
Sheehy, as are members featured in previous Project Veritas video reports, is a member of a political activist group. Sheehy implies that he abuses his work benefits, including paid time off and sick days in order to engage in socialist activism for Austin Democratic Socialists of America in Texas.
SHEEHY: “I will say, I just really like the benefits. I get a lot of paid time off and sick days. So, like, for DSA stuff, I can just honestly… I will just stay late for a period. So, I will just call in for the next day.”
SHEEHY: “I mean, as long as like the manager doesn’t find out and you don’t explicitly say “hey I’m calling in sick to do Democratic Socialist of America work” then I mean like yeah. You know, you just gotta, you just gotta like sort of manage, you know, when and where you’re like doing, like, the work you do.”
More Democratic Socialists of America at IRS
Sheehy reveals there are more socialist activists at the IRS, referring to a friend who works on national communications for the Democratic Socialists of America, as well as writing bylaws for the political organization.
SHEEHY: “My friend Chris, like he does a lot of like tech stuff. He even runs the f**kin’, I was looking over his shoulder once at the electoral forum and I noticed that he actually is on the national social media working group. So, he helps run the national twitter account. He also runs our local twitter account. He also is one that does all the bylaws and stuff…. he also works for the IRS.”
Sheehy remarks about his disdain for the Constitution of the United States.
SHEEHY: “Unfortunately, I am not allowed by the bylaws of my union to go against the constitution.”
JOURNALIST: “Would you?”