The IRS intentionally leaked confidential donor information last year, potentially committing a “felony,” the chairman of an anti-gay marriage conservative group testified on Tuesday.
John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, called for prosecution into what he described as a “felony” at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee.
“This just smells and I hope this committee gets to the bottom of it,” he said.
Eastman was one of several conservative activists who claim they were unfairly targeted by the IRS. The hearing provided a detailed account of how IRS agents scrutinized Tea Party groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.
However, Eastman is making an even more explosive allegation against the tax agency. He says the IRS disclosed confidential tax document information last year.
He explained that information on his organization’s donors was leaked last year and published on the the Human Rights Campaign website. Eastman called the group their “principal political opponent” on the issue of gay marriage.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) later asked Eastman if he had any proof to back up his allegations — and he said that he did.
“We have identified that this document came from within the IRS,” he said.
Watch a portion of Eastman’s testimony below:
“Forensic” specialists working for the National Organization for Marriage were able to strip layers from the document and discovered that “the original document that was posted had originated from within the IRS,” Eastman explained.
He also said the document has “internal IRS stamps,” which “only exist within the IRS.”
“You can imagine our shock and disgust over this,” Eastman told Congress. “We jealously guard our donors.”
The group doesn’t believe the leaking of their information was “inadvertent.” Eastman said his group has been “stonewalled” while requesting an investigation.
(H/T: Fox News)