Tea Party leader targeted by Lerner and IRS: “Honest people don’t sit around worrying that their testimony … might be scrutinized by the public”
By now, most people know the back story.
In the run-up to the 2012 election, Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations were subjected to unnecessary scrutiny and even harassment by the IRS to whom they were applying for non-profit status.
Obama was president and Lois Lerner oversaw the division of the IRS which handled the approval of charitable organizations. It was an outrageous weaponization of a powerful government agency.
Lerner pleaded the fifth and was somehow able to retire and keep her pension. Lerner finally testified this year but now wants her testimony in a lawsuit by Tea Party groups sealed permanently citing alleged concerns for her safety.
Stephen Dinan reported at the Washington Times:
Lerner, Paz say they fear physical harm from enraged public, want IRS testimony sealed permanently
Former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that members of her family, including “young children,” face death threats and a real risk of physical harm if her explanation of the tea party targeting scandal becomes public.
Ms. Lerner and Holly Paz, her deputy at the IRS, filed documents in court Thursday saying tapes and transcripts of depositions they gave in a court case this year must remain sealed in perpetuity, or else they could spur an enraged public to retaliate.
“Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment,” attorneys for the two women argued.
Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz gave taped depositions in a class-action lawsuit brought by tea party groups demanding answers and compensation for having been subjected to illegal targeting for their political beliefs.
Mark Meckler, one of the co-founders of the Tea Party Patriots, is one of the people behind the lawsuit mentioned above. He has some thoughts about Lerner’s concerns. He writes at Townhall:
Lois Lerner is Lying Again, This Time About Me
In October, the federal government admitted they targeted these patriotic Americans and agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit in Ohio and a tea party challenge in the District of Columbia. If the court approves the class settlement, the government will have to fork over $3.5 million, including compensation to the tea party groups, merely the first step in showing the public how the IRS was turned into a political weapon against Americans. Thankfully, recordings and transcripts of the depositions of former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner could give the public a really great glimpse into their targeting.
However, Lerner and her former IRS deputy Holly Paz are now saying these records must remain sealed forever, because they fear for their safety. They claim that the public would be furious if they learned the truth of what they’d done, and even pointed out one person in particular who has stoked the potential for violence against them.
See, at that speech at the fairground, with my wife and mom smiling at me from the front row, I called the IRS officials “thugs” for the way they used their power against us. For four years, they harassed innocent American citizens for their political beliefs and weaponized an arm of the government to intimidate Americans during a hotly contested presidential election. It was an inexcusable display of government corruption. Now, we’re suddenly supposed to believe Lerner is scared of a guy in a cowboy hat talking to a bunch of little old ladies at a tea party event? ….
Honest people don’t sit around worrying that their testimony—especially when it merely recounts their own official acts while supposedly in the service of the public—might be scrutinized by the public. They did something horrible and got caught. In fact, I doubt they’re even genuinely scared.
Obama said there wasn’t a smidgen of corruption at the IRS. Doesn’t that mean Lerner has nothing to fear if her testimony is made public?DONATE
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