Skip to comments.House panel says IRS official waived 5th Amendment right ( Lois Lerner )
Posted on 06/28/2013 12:51:08 PM PDT by george76
Republicans on a House committee rejected strenuous Democratic objections in voting Friday that Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner waived her constitutional right against self-incrimination at a prior hearing.
The resolution was the first step in an effort by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the GOP chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to force Lerner to return to answer questions about targeting of conservative groups by the unit she headed.
It passed on a 22-17 vote, with every Republican in favor and every Democrat opposed, following an unusually vitriolic hearing.
Under subpoena to testify before Issa's panel on May 22, Lerner instead made a statement that declared she did nothing wrong, and then invoked her 5th Amendment right. Issa dismissed her, but warned the committee might call her back.
Friday's hearing was the first step toward forcing Lerner to appear again. If approved, Issa's resolution would set the stage for requesting her to come back and testify because she had waived her 5th Amendment right in the view of the committee.
"I believe Lois Lerner waived her 5th Amendment privileges," Issa said. "She did so when she voluntarily chose to deliver an opening statement" that included what he described as "four specific denials ....at the core of the committee's investigation into this matter."
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It always bothered me that O.J. Simpson was allowed to speak to the jury and proclaim his innocence without being obliged to face cross-examination.
Other than show up....I don’t think you have to utter a word once they open up the proceedings. You could just sit there...sipping buttermilk...and drawing circles on a pad.
This is great because they can call her back and hold her in contempt if she now refuses to testify.
Better do it quick before Lois has an unfortunate and totally coincidental accident.
Can't she be held in contempt of congress? of course, I think they did that to Holder and nothing came of it - he should be impeached and imprisoned. Too bad Boehner and McConnell are invertebrates.
Good. Get her back, let everyone see her smug arrogant mug again. Ask her how she’s enjoying her taxpayer paid vacation. I’d love to see her plead the 5th to that question.
Dropped a '0' ... that should be $150,000.
Even behind, Democrats have no problem getting ‘vitriolic,’ vehement, unruly or even physical when it suits them to get a union goon on scene.
Republicans will not govern ever again if they can’t learn to do this. Screw dignity, propriety and logic; in politics, that’s for fools.
With what’s gone on in the last 5 years, our Founding Fathers would be frigging shooting by now - with musket balls or anything else they could get their hands on.
Proverbially speaking, I want blood. Issa and the gang need to pin these scoundrels to the wall. And there are many involved.
She should be in a hard time prison.
It bugs me that the Gov't[Congress] has the final say. They could/can accuse someone in front of them, yet if someone responds they lose the chance of taking the 5th.
Look at the vote on the committee...this is the most the US House has been this bitterly divided since the Civil War. It’s not just a partisan divide...it’s a divide about right and wrong.
What the IRS and the administration did was wrong...and the Dems on the committee know it...but they are only prepared to obstruct the truth from coming out.
During Watergate most Republicans were appalled at the actions of the Nixon administration and helped discover the truth because it was the right thing to do.
Not these criminals.
That one pissed me off beyond words Lance Ito was an idiot and let that whole thing turned into one giant cluster fkdgjdsfjkhbjnfgh
Who was yhe idiot Dem rep who claimed this was “McCarthyism” when he gave his vote?? What an ass!!!
Even IF she comes back, she’s not going to tell us anything. They are NEVER going to tell us the truth.
So what can we do about it?
Sometime tonight she’ll be checking into Bethesda Naval Hospital for an unspecified malady. Unavailable for further testimony until further notice. Have a nice summer, boys.
I was going to say.....she doesn't look like she picks fruit..... :-)