Former IRS official Lois Lerner wants her testimony sealed forever out of fear for her life, according to Fox News.
Lerner and her deputy, Holly Paz, filed a motion as of Thursday requesting that the courts seal their testimonies on the Tea Party targeting case, fearing that the “public dissemination of their deposition testimony would expose them and their families to to harassment and a credible risk of violence and physical harm.”
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“Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment,” the documents stated. “Returning Mss. Lerner and Paz to the media spotlight places them at risk, regardless of what they actually said in those depositions.”
The documents also stated that: “Public exposure will put innocent bystanders, namely Mss. Lerner’s and Paz’s family members (including young children), at risk, too.”
Lerner and Paz cited such remarks as those by Tea Party leader Mark Meckler, who said the suit would “treat the IRS like the criminal thugs they are,” as evidence of the hostile attitude toward the role they played in the controversy.
They stated that public revelation of their testimonies would “renew the threats and harassment.”
The DOJ said as of Monday that both of their testimonies remain sealed at this time.