THE SMIDGEN REPORT: Lois Lerner’s Attorney Thinks 76% of Americans are ‘Silly’Posted: June 28, 2014
For Breitbart.com, Robert Wilde reports: Although former IRS official Lois Lerner refuses to speak, pleading the fifth amendment, her attorney spoke on her behalf regarding the controversy over two years of missing IRS emails.
“It’s a little brazen to think she did this on purpose.”
— Lois Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor III
William Taylor III said that accusations by Republicans that she is hiding something is “silly… she doesn’t know what happened… It’s a little brazen to think she did this on purpose.”
The IRS and Democrats contend that the emails were lost due to a hard drive crash. Yet, as Politico reported, it so happens that the computer glitch was concomitant with the 2009 time period in which Cincinnati IRS agents started delaying the approvals of Tea Party groups vying for 501(c)(4) non-profit status. Notably, the not-for- profit designation would have allowed the conservative groups the capacity to carry out a limited amount of political activity.
Applying the strategy that a good defense is bolstered by a strong offense, Taylor, speaking at a House Oversight hearing, remarked that, “This is a so-called congressional investigation with no pretense of objectivity or bipartisanship.” Taylor added, “Critics of Ms. Lerner and the IRS seize indiscriminately on small pieces of fact to claim they prove scandal.”
Taylor, a founding partner of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, contends that the computer malfunction was an accident…(read more)
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