Wayne Allyn Root, former Libertarian vice presidential candidate, in an article he wrote for The Blaze, claims that he was persecuted by the Internal Revenue Service “in an over-the-top attack coordinated at the highest levels of government.”
He says his proof is in IRS documents that Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, got for him under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Tom Flitton, president of Judicial Watch, stated, “These documents show the Obama IRS scandal was more than just suppressing the Tea Party, it was also about auditing critics of President Obama.”
This scandal originated in 2013 when the IRS revealed it was targeting conservative political groups that had applied for tax-exempt status based on their politics. Root believes he was also targeted by leading Democrats “to either destroy me, bankrupt me or silence me.”
But it didn’t work. Root is not going to be silenced. He has sent his documents to U.S. Senate investigators and is willing to testify and blow this scandal wide open.
Root was first audited in 2011. An IRS agent repeatedly called him and, at one point, berated him for his conservative political views, which the agent somehow knew in detail.
When Root subsequently prevailed in Tax Court in 2012, he was audited a second time only five days later. After prevailing again, Judicial Watch took over his case. The organization believed Root was the target of political intimidation.
Subsequently, Judicial Watch requested Root’s tax files. By law, the IRS has to comply with such requests in 30 days. Instead, it took the agency 14 months to hand over the documents.
Once the files were received, Judicial Watch and Root realized why the IRS had been so slow.
At the top of his form were written the enigmatic words, “Sensitive Case.” But on the margin was a clear note by the IRS agent that he had used the Internet to research Root’s political views. Root’s IRS files also revealed that a United States senator from Oregon was involved in the audit.
Then, in a surprising move, the IRS suddenly closed its case on Root. This occurred the same week IRS official Lois Lerner was asked to testify about the IRS scandal to Congress.
Root does not believe that the timing of the two events was coincidental.
So far, Root has concluded that he was the victim of a “political witch-hunt” that violated his civil rights. Furthermore, he suspects his audit was directed by Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat who was, at that time, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the IRS.
Finally, he believes Wyden was directed by the Obama White House to target him. Root was Obama’s classmate at Columbia, and he has been a frequent critic of Obama on national media (H/T The Blaze).