Attorney general files amicus brief in tea party IRS case

FILE – In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, speaks to reporters alongside Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, left, during a news conference in Waverly, Ohio. DeWine and Reader planned a news conference Thursday, April 13, 2017, about the unsolved killings of seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family whose bodies were found at four homes near Piketon, Ohio, on April 22, 2016, as the anniversary of the massacre approaches. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general wants to unseal testimony made by two former IRS officials at the center of a 2013 tea party tax scandal.
A federal judge previously sealed the depositions of Lois Lerner and Holly Paz after their lawyers said the two received death threats. Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine filed an amicus brief last week in support of The Cincinnati Enquirer’s efforts to unseal the depositions.
The IRS admitted in 2013 to stalling applications for hundreds of groups with words like “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names when they applied for tax-exempt status.
In October, the IRS apologized and agreed not to single out applications based on an organization’s political views.
Lerner, a former divisional head, has since resigned and Paz has been reassigned.
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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com