The Republican National Committee Wednesday formally requested a series of documents related to the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups.
The request, filed under the federal Freedom of Information Act, seeks a host of data, including "any and all documents and correspondence" between Treasury officials and the White House from January 1, 2010 and Monday. The documents would include terms like tea party and patriot.
The RNC also wants documents related to "be on the lookout criteria" the IRS used.
"As each day passes, Americans find ourselves with more questions about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups and donors—and what the White House and Treasury Department knew and when,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “Because the administration refuses to be forthright with the American people, I instructed the RNC counsel’s office to file a FOIA request with the IRS to make the facts available for the public.
Priebus noted that Lois Lerner, the head of the tax exempt organizations division of the IRS, is expected to take the Fifth Amendment before a congressional committee Wednesday.
"There’s clearly something serious the American people are not being told,'' Priebus said.