Lois Lerner Wants Judge to Seal Her Testimony in Targeting Case – Fears Death Threats if Her Testimony Is Made Public
Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner wants her testimony in an upcoming class-action case to remain sealed.
The former Obama official is accused of targeting hundreds of groups due to their conservative beliefs.
The Washington Times reported:
Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court this week that she faces the possibility of death threats if her role in the tax agency’s tea party-targeting becomes public, and asked a judge to forever seal her upcoming deposition in a class-action lawsuit brought by hundreds of groups that were targeted.
Mr. Lerner and Holly Paz, another figure from the IRS tea party targeting, told the judge they’ve already faced “harassment and death threats” before, and said they fear another media firestorm if their version of events from the tea party targeting were to become public.
The two women said they are willing to testify, but said they could be putting “their lives in serious jeopardy.”
“Mss. Lerner and Paz have demonstrated that the public dissemination of their deposition testimony would expose them and their families to harassment and a credible risk of violence and physical harm,” they said in documents submitted by their lawyer to Judge Michael R. Barrett.
Documents released in July 2016 revealed the IRS knew of Tea Party targeting since 2011.
The IRS released a list in 2016 of 426 Tea Party and conservative groups that were targeted during the Obama years.