Former official Lois Lerner and Holly Paz both argued in recent filings under seal in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati that the death threats and other harassment they have faced take precedence over the public's right to hear their testimony on the case of IRS bias against conservative groups, USA Today reported.
The officials during the Obama administration were accused of singling out Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny while reviewing their applications for tax-exempt status. The lawsuit in Cincinnati is one of several such cases against IRS officials accused of holding anti-conservative biases during the Obama era.ADVERTISINGLerner resigned over the case after she refused to testify before a congressional hearing. Paz, who had worked under Lerner, was reassigned. Both were involved in the processing of applications for tax-exempt status.
Their attorneys argued in a recent court brief that their clients' lives would be in "serious jeopardy" if they testified in public.
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