Skip to comments.Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment
Posted on 05/21/2013 12:40:53 PM PDT by 11th CommandmentEdited on 05/21/2013 12:48:43 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
WASHINGTON A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agencys improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.
Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, wont answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening or why she didnt reveal it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd.
Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee Wednesday.
She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course, said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, R-Calif. The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.
Why bother? It’s not like they can remember anything.
Someone taking the 5th and still has a job!!
If it will get to the White hut , immunity works for me.
She just opened Pandora’s Box.
In fact, she’s probably committed criminal acts at the behest of her WH orders.
If this is the tip of the berg, the base must be the size of Mt. Everest.
Left, right or Indie, this can’t stand. This is a rogue government at this point accountable to no one and obeying no laws.
Drag her in front of the panel, and the cameras, *anyway*. Make it a campaign event! Carefully craft the questions so that every “I refuse to answer” becomes an Obamao administration mea culpa.
...on the grounds that by giving honest answers she might tend to incriminate herself. That is to say, she might implicate herself as having been involved in criminal activity.
No accountability. AS USUAL.
Enhanced interrogation techniques are called for.
Using the same rationale used by this administration,THAT’S ALL WE NEED TO KNOW.
If she takes the 5th, she obviouly knew her actions were criminal.
Yup. She knows she is in deep kimchee, and is clamming up.
However, this might be a good thing. The FBI has her in their sights, and can offer her immunity in exchange for testimony about what she really knows.
Right on, Bro! Thought I’d get in before somebody lectures you about civility.
Better than exec privilege. Popcorn time either way. The charade is over. We been had and they been caught.
I’ve been wondering when we’d start hearing the 5th Amendment invoked. And I bet there will be more of it in various investigations as the evidence piles up.
I suspect that getting the most damaging witnesses to clam up is precisely why Holder ordered a criminal investigation
Select committee and special counsel long overdue.