Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence Director John Eastman appeared before the House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday, June 4, on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Eastman, in addition to his role with CCJ, is chairman of the board for NOM, a group that appears to have been the target of IRS corruption.
Most of the recent abuses by the IRS appear to be mainly political, but not criminal, in nature. The alleged abuse against the National Organization for Marriage, on the other hand, is a felony. In what appears to have been a smear campaign against NOM's donors, someone leaked their confidential tax records to political opponents, who promptly published them online. Analysis of the leaked documents indicates that they bear a digital stamp applied by the IRS - providing strong evidence that the leak came from within the IRS.
The National Organization for Marriage filed several requests for information or an investigation concerning the leak, but were effectively stonewalled. Thanks to recent attention on the IRS, Eastman was able to testify about it before the House Ways & Means Committee.
News of the alleged IRS leak has gained national attention, and Eastman turned quite a few heads with his testimony on Tuesday. Here's a short list of major news stories and media appearances:
- Peggy Noonan, "The IRS Can't Plead Incompetence," Wall Street Journal
- Ian Tuttle, "The Information-Revealing Service," National Review Online
- Tony Lee, "Testimony: IRS Leaked Info About Donors to Liberal Groups," Big-Government.com
- John Eastman on Dennis Prager's Radio Program (recording available on YouTube)
- John Eastman on Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record" TV show
- Gregory Corte, "Tea Party groups detail 'harassment' by IRS," USA Today
- "Conservative group claims it has proof IRS leaked donor list," Foxnews.com
- Tom Cohen, "Partisan views of IRS targeting: Political conspiracy or overzealous scrutiny," CNN Politics.