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Guilty: Lois Lerner Doesn’t Want Her Testimony Made Public

Poor Ms. Lois Lerner is concerned people might be really, really mad at her if they learn the whole truth.

Yep, according to her attorney, her testimony in a recent civil suit brought against the IRS by targeted Tea Party groups should remain sealed.

Apparently, her life might be threatened should her comments become public record.

Lerner engaged in an organized effort to violate federal law then to obstruct justice by hiding the facts both from her superiors and federal investigators.

It was a scandal of the highest order.

But now she wants a version of anonymity after the fact.

Are we the only folks wondering, in the first place, why this damning testimony wasn’t offered during her appearance before Congress?

We have a word for that in the US legal code: perjury.

Here’s more from Redstate…

And now she’s worried.

What did she think the reaction of the public would be, when she and her department systematically singled out conservative groups for discrimination? I guess she didn’t think we’d ever get quite this ugly, as a nation, but then again, what she did was pretty ugly, too.

Lois Lerner, the former IRS executive that played a prominent role in the investigation into the targeting case, wants the details of the case to remain sealed, fearing that should the details become public, she and her family could be put in danger.

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.

A class-action lawsuit by the groups was settled in Ohio and D.C. in October, with the IRS admitting to the illegal behaviors. A $3.5 million lawsuit was ordered to be paid out by the government, in that case.

Lerner and Paz’s testimonies in the Ohio case were left out of the public record, because they requested privacy in the matter. They’re hoping to keep all that a secret, since the case has been settled.

What we do know is that the Obama administration claimed the targeting had stopped. What was actually going on was that Lerner was hiding it from her superiors.

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