ACLJ: Former IRS Official Lois Lerner Continues To Stonewall By Refusing To Answer Congressional Questions



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ACLJ: Former IRS Official Lois Lerner Continues To Stonewall By

Refusing To Answer Congressional Questions

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American

Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents 41 organizations

in a federal lawsuit challenging the IRS, said today's decision by

former IRS official Lois Lerner to once again attempt to invoke her

Fifth Amendment right not to testify before a Congressional panel

represents a troubling continuation of the stonewalling designed to

prevent Congress from getting the truth about the unlawful scheme

targeting conservative organizations.

"The fact is Lois Lerner - a key figure in this unlawful scheme -

could have provided meaningful testimony today to shed light on the

facts behind the IRS scheme to target conservatives," said Jay

Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. "Instead of providing the truth,

she once again continued her strategy of stonewalling - refusing to

provide Congress with the information needed to determine the depth

and scope of this illegal targeting campaign. Today's decision by

Lerner to refuse to answer any questions about the scheme is deeply

troubling and reflects the non-existent level of cooperation by

current and former Obama Administration officials in this

investigation. It's been nearly 10 months since Lerner revealed this

scheme and apologized. Her failure to follow-up that apology with

Congressional testimony is an insult to the American people."

Lerner, who refused to answer questions before Congress in May 2013,

today repeated that constitutional claim and refused to answer

questions at a hearing before the House Oversight and Government

Reform Committee.

Chairman Darrell Issa repeatedly asked Lerner questions about her

involvement in the scheme - including Lerner's participation in

drafting new rules "off-plan" so that they wouldn't be initially

publicly-disclosed.

In its federal lawsuit, the ACLJ represents 41 organizations in 22

states. Of the 41 groups, 24 organizations received tax-exempt status

after lengthy delays, 11 are still pending, 5 withdrew applications

because of frustration with the IRS process, and 1 had their file

closed by the IRS after refusing to answer the unconstitutional

requests for more information.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and

Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in

Washington, D.C. and is online at www.aclj.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS: For Print: Gene Kapp (757) 575-9520 For Broadcast:

Alison Geist or Chandler Epp (770) 813-0000

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