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November 20, 2017

Lois Lerner and Holly Paz: If Our Explanations for Targeting the Tea Party Are Ever Revealed to the Public, There's a Chance of Such Public Anger Our Lives Would Be Endangered; So They Must Remain Sealed Forever

Really.

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....

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.

During the course of the Ohio case, the tea party groups filed thousands of pages of documents, but testimony from Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz was left out of the public record because of their earlier request for privacy.

Now Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz say that since the case has been settled, there is no reason for their testimony to ever become public.

So far the judge has ruled in their favor regarding suppressing the critical information of how government officials behaved in a way now confessed to be illegally. I'm almost certain he'll once again rule that the Public Has No Right to Know What Its Paid Officials Do To Them.


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