The IRS corruptocrats say they fear physical harm from reprisals if people hear what they told the court.
IRS corruptocrats Lois Lerner and Holly Paz are claiming that members of the public will seek revenge through inflicting violence on them and their loved ones if their testimony is released. So they want the courts to permanently seal audio and transcripts of their depositions.
Death threats are wrong and no on condones them. But the public has a right to know what their public officials did on the job.
The Washington Times reports, “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.
The government settled the class-action lawsuit in Ohio and another tea party challenge in the District of Columbia in two agreements last month, admitting to the illegal behavior. The Ohio settlement also called for the government to pay $3.5 million to the tea party groups, according to one of the plaintiffs.
Ms. Lerner came in for particular criticism, with the government admitting she not only didn’t stop the targeting — contradicting the Obama administration’s claims — but also hid it from her superiors in Washington.
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