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ACLJ issues warning to IRS and other government agencies

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On Jun 19, in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ vowed to subpoena every government agency that communicated with Lois Lerner, in regards to the alleged IRS scandal. Such agencies include: the Federal Election Commission, the Department of Treasury and the Department of Justice (Jay Sekulow with Martha MacCallum). This warning came after Lerner and six other IRS employees claimed that a computer glitch caused them to lose all of their 2009-2011 emails. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested the emails, to help investigate who was involved in the illegal targeting of Tea Party groups during the 2012 election.

Sekulow is one of several lawyers representing multiple conservative, non- profit groups whose 501 (c) statuses were held hostage by the IRS during the previous election. The IRS scrutinized these groups by searching for keywords, such as: Tea Party, patriots, Christian, and conservatives, in hopes to silence them during the 2012 election. Sekulow made his plan very clear in dealing with Lerner, the IRS, and the other parties involved,” she may have lost her emails, but people received those emails. So, the people that received them are going to need to turn them over. […] If they eliminated the evidence and can’t produce them, it’s deemed admitted under federal law. […] They also violated the Federal Records Act. So, […] you’ve got a series of violations here (Jay Sekulow with Martha MacCallum).”

The investigation began when Lerner publicly admitted the IRS’ inappropriately targeted Tea Party groups. Since then, the House Committee has undergone an uphill battle to investigate the alleged scandal. Lerner has pleaded the Fifth Amendment twice before hearings before the House Committee, even though she allegedly waived her rights by admitting no wrong doing. Sekulow called Lerner’s actions criminal (Jay Sekulow with Martha MacCallum).