ALERT: Crooked Lerner’s Depositions Are Going To Be UNSEALED
Liberals will go to their graves saying that there were no scandals during the Obama Administration, but we all know the truth.
Obama had about as many scandals as one could imagine, one of the bigger ones being that the IRS was intentionally targeting conservative organizations solely because they were conservatives.
Will crooked Lois Lerner and her associates finally be brought to justice for their targeting of everyday Americans simply because they held conservative views and opinions?
In a 2016 article, George Will explained why Congress should have impeached Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. In his article, Will also reminded everyone how Lerner walked away unscathed, and into retirement, after simply invoking the Fifth Amendment, for her part in the IRS scandal that targeted conservative American citizens over their political beliefs.
At the IRS, Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner participated in delaying for up to five years — effectively denying — tax-exempt status for, and hence suppressing political advocacy by, conservative groups. She retired after refusing to testify to congressional committees, invoking the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination.
Koskinen, who became commissioner after Lerner left, failed to disclose the disappearance of emails germane to a congressional investigation of IRS misbehavior.
Under his leadership, the IRS failed to comply with a preservation order pertaining to an investigation. He did not testify accurately or keep promises made to Congress. Subpoenaed documents, including 422 tapes potentially containing 24,000 Lerner emails, were destroyed. He falsely testified that the Government Accountability Office’s report on IRS practices found “no examples of anyone who was improperly selected for an audit.”
In June testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, Jonathan Turley of the George Washington University Law School noted that the Obama administration stands accused of “effectively weaponizing the IRS.” And the Koskinen controversy comes as Congress “is facing an unprecedented erosion of its authority vis-a-vis the executive branch.”
The “increasing obstruction and contempt displayed by federal agencies in congressional investigations reflect the loss of any credible threat of congressional action. Congress has become a paper tiger within our tripartite system — a branch that often expresses outrage, yet fails to enforce its constitutional authority.”
The Koskinen controversy, Turley said, “falls at the very crossroads of expanding executive power, diminishing congressional authority, and the rise of the Fourth Branch,” which consists of “federal agencies that exercise increasingly unilateral and independent powers.”
As Turley noted (and as Hillary Clinton can ruefully attest), “private litigants like Judicial Watch” are nowadays more successful than Congress in prying information from the executive branch. And (as the Lerner case illustrates) “the administration has effectively foreclosed avenues like the referral of criminal contempt and other sanctions that should be imposed for providing misleading statements to Congress.”
Today, Judicial Watch announced the great news in regards to unsealing the depositions of IRS officials Lois Lerner and Holly Paz.
Thanks to the amazing work of Judicial Watch, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Western Division) has issued an order granting a Judicial Watch motion to file an amicus curiae brief that asks the court to unseal the depositions of former IRS officials Lois Lerner and Holly Paz. The court also granted a hearing to be held Thursday, August 9, at 1 pm ET.
Both Lerner and Paz played key roles in the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups opposed to Obama policies in the run up to the 2012 presidential election. Their depositions were sealed by a federal judge after Lerner’s and Paz’s lawyers claimed the two were receiving threats. Judicial Watch argues that the testimony transcripts sought may shed light on government misconduct, and the shielding of internal government deliberations does not serve the public’s interest.