WASHINGTON - A Washington advocacy group filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the IRS and top Obama administration officials on behalf of 25 Tea Party-related groups, marking the biggest lawsuit to date over the tax agency's practice of targeting conservatives for additional scrutiny.
The 29-page lawsuit named Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and several IRS officials -- including Lois Lerner, the division director who refused to testify before Congress last week. The suit claims the constitutional rights of 25 Tea Party and other conservative groups were violated when tax workers singled them out for a drawn-out vetting process.
The American Center for Law and Justice is arguing that the Obama administration overstepped its authority and violated the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act as well as the IRS' own rules and regulations.
"The whole timeline and the whole narrative that the White House has put forth does not hold up to the truth," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow told Fox News on Wednesday.
In its suit, the ACLJ wants the government to admit wrongdoing. The suit also seeks to protect the groups from future IRS retaliation as well as compensatory and punitive monetary damages.
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