For Immediate Release:  Friday June 13, 2014portage

Kent, OH – Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party and Past President of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, said tonight that he does not accept the administration’s claims that two years of emails by Lois Lerner are lost.  Zawistowski, who was one of the first to stand up to the IRS targeting in 2012 said, “I have been a CEO of a technology company for 26 years, and I know from firsthand experience that there is no way that a server crash at the IRS caused all of Lois Lerner’s emails to disappear from the face of the earth.  Even if the IRS mail server crashed, copies of her emails would be on the servers at the White House, the Justice Department, the Treasury, the FEC, and other agencies with whom she corresponded.  Those agencies can easily produce what Congress has the legal right to see, and they should be forced to produce them immediately.”

Zawistowski continued, “Like so many other coverups by this administration, their excuses are just not credible.  The Obama administration as been stonewalling during this entire investigation as they have with Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the VA scandal, and everything else.  The lawlessness of this administration knows no bounds.  They are now apparently so desperate to conceal their illegal activities that they are simply hiding the evidence, or perhaps even destroying the evidence, to keep Congress and the American people from getting to the truth about the illegal activities of Ms. Lerner and others in the Administration.  I can assure them that we will not stop demanding answers until those responsible for persecuting American citizens for their political beliefs are brought to justice.”

The TEA Party is not a political party, but a grassroots cultural movement.  The movement is educating American citizens about the Constitution and the uniquely American form of self-governance that has made our country so successful.   Through this education, the movement is attempting to redefine what it means to be an American citizen by encouraging individuals to vote, to run for office, and to attend government meetings in their area so that they can participate in their self-governance.  The acronym TEA stands for Totally Engaged Americans.