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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The IRS Scandal, Day 1672: Ohio Attorney General Asks Federal Court To Release Lois Lerner's Deposition In Tea Party Targeting Case

IRS Logo 2Cincinnati Enquirer, Ohio AG DeWine Wants Lois Lerner's IRS Testimony Unsealed in Tea Party Case:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has thrown his support behind efforts to unseal testimony by two former IRS officials at the center of the tea party scandal of 2013.

A federal judge previously sealed the depositions of former IRS divisional director Lois Lerner and her immediate subordinate after their personal lawyers said the two were receiving threats.

The Enquirer has since requested the documents be unsealed by U.S. District Court as the case has been tentatively settled. That request has been backed by the U.S. Justice Department and the lawyers suing the government. The two women's lawyers still oppose it.

DeWine joined in on The Enquirer's side last week by filing an amicus brief. The case "involves matters of profound public concern and ... the public’s right of access to documents filed in the litigation,” lawyers with DeWine's office wrote.

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Comments

DeWine is right: "The case 'involves matters of profound public concern and ... the public’s right of access to documents filed in the litigation.'" Unseal the testimony! We do not operate in a Star Chamber.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Dec 6, 2017 7:37:45 AM

Has anyone seen any evidence of these threats that Lerner and her partner in crime allege have been made? If not, they're lying and should be ignored.

Posted by: Tonestaple | Dec 6, 2017 12:15:09 PM

Glad to see the courts finally pushing back against the most lawless Presidency in modern American History. Too bad it is only happening after Obama left office.

Posted by: wodun | Dec 6, 2017 4:10:55 PM

Thank you for keeping us up to date on this issue.
Greatly appreciated.

Posted by: SL | Dec 6, 2017 4:28:15 PM

PN: "Unseal the testimony! We do not operate in a Star Chamber."

And yet that's exactly how the bureaucracy under the previous administration operated, even leaving aside spying on the public. And spying on Congress. And spying on the personal cell phones of the leaders of other friendly countries. And spying on rival political campaigns. And trying to cover all that up.

This is an exceedingly strange comment, coming from someone who retorted "spare me the public has a right to know stuff" regarding DOJ and IRS collusion barely a year ago.

Still waiting on you to address these facts, Pubs:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2014/12/10/obama-justice-department-was-involved-in-irs-targeting-lerner-emails-reveal/

Though I doubt you really care at this point...

Posted by: MM | Dec 6, 2017 6:29:09 PM

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