Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Mark Meckler has no patience or sympathy for former IRS official Lois Lerner. Lerner, who was the center of controversy regarding the agency's targeting of conservative groups, claims she cannot testify on the scandal because her life would be in danger. She and other officials have received death threats and faced other forms of harassment for their role in the scandal, her lawyer explained in a court brief.
Meckler scoffed at the explanation and said Lerner does not know what hostility is until she's been unfairly treated by the government.
“If Lois Lerner and her ilk are allowed to hide like this, then no public official will ever again be subject to public scrutiny," Meckler said in a statement Monday. "The internet is full of trolls of all political persuasions, who say mean things in response to news articles. Welcome to the real world. To Ms. Lerner personally, I say this. ‘When your family has been subjected to harassment by the IRS and the federal government for years, in addition to some mean blog posts, perhaps…perhaps I will feel sympathy for you. You and your compatriots have not yet faced justice, but I pray that someday you will.’”
In 2013, we learned that the IRS had unfairly targeted conservative groups who were seeking tax exempt status, making the process extremely difficult for them. The scandal continues to get more scandalous to this day as more relevant documents continue to surface.
Just last month, Republican lawmakers asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to conduct another review of the IRS controversy. Meanwhile, conservatives are wondering why President Trump has yet to fire current IRS commissioner John Koskinen, who they say did not cooperate during the congressional investigation.