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Judicial Watch's Fitton: 'Not Buying' Lerner's Latest Declaration

Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 01:31 PM

Government watchdog Judicial Watch isn't buying former IRS official Lois Lerner's new latest declaration that she is innocent of any wrongdoing in the agency's tea party-targeting scandal.

"The Obama administration disagrees. They said the activity was outrageous and they were trying to fire her before she retired and didn't allow them to fire her," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Ms. Lerner says she has no regrets yet she went up there last year … and she apologized and said the activity was inappropriate. So she has no regrets, but is apologizing on behalf of the IRS."

Lerner is embroiled in allegations that her agency office specifically targeted conservative and tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status for scrutiny.

She professed her innocence at a Congressional hearing only to exercise her Fifth Amendment rights and then refuse to answer questions.

But Lerner broke her silence earlier this week, telling Politico that she did "nothing wrong," adding "I'm proud of my career and the job I did for this country."

"If people want the truth about Lois Lerner, you really can't look to Politico. I appreciate the reporter wasn't going to get any substantive material out of this person," Fitton said.

"But the fact is they interviewed her for two hours and there are what, four or five comments? All of which are woe is me. My view is 'woe is the taxpayer, woe is the victim of this suppression, woe is the donors whose names were improperly obtained and likely audited as a result.

"If Lois Lerner did nothing wrong . . . why was she talking about a disaster having to talk to . . . congressional investigators about this? Why did they keep names they had no basis in keeping? She knew something was up."

Still, Fitton believes Lerner — who also vehemently denies crashing her computer to get rid of key emails thought to relate to the scandal — does not come off well in the interview.

"What's really instructive here it seems to me is if there was a serious criminal investigation of the IRS and what was going on, Lois Lerner wouldn't be talking to Politico about how she handles emails and how she has no regrets," Fitton said.

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