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Darrell Issa to recall Lois Lerner: Will the code of Omerta hold?
American Thinker ^ | 02/26/2014 | Rick Moran

Posted on 02/26/2014 7:24:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa is recalling former IRS official Lois Lerner to testify about IRS targeting of conservative groups.

When last we left our intrepid Tea Party targeter in May of 2013, she was taking the fifth before Iss'a committee - after declaring her absolute innocence in an opening statement. The Oversight Committee has ruled that because she made the statement, she waived any right she had to protection from self-incrimination.

The Hill:

n his letter to William Taylor, Lerner's attorney, Issa said that her testimony "remains critical to this committee's investigation."

"Because the committee explicitly rejected her Fifth Amendment privilege claim, I expect her to provide answers when the hearing reconvenes on March 5," Issa wrote.

Taylor told The Hill he would probably respond to Issa on Wednesday. 

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the top Democrat at House Oversight, said that "only one thing has changed in the nine months since Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right in response to Republican accusations of criminal activity - it's an election year."

"Republicans are wrong on the law, and calling her back will serve no purpose other than causing a media spectacle and feeding a false political narrative."

Cummings and other House Democrats had asked to hold a hearing with constitutional scholars before voting on whether Lerner waived her rights. Democrats have cited experts who said she did not.

Lerner’s attorney has previously denied that she waived her Fifth Amendment rights, and House Democrats have suggested that Republicans rushed into the vote ruling that she had. 

At that vote, held last June, both Democrats and Republicans suggested potentially giving Lerner some form of immunity to answer questions.


(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: irs; issa; loislerner; teaparty

1 posted on 02/26/2014 7:24:55 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

just as soon climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth


2 posted on 02/26/2014 7:25:43 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind

PLEASE Issa don’t screw it up this time.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 7:26:58 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind
Isn't Elijah Cummings the guy who thought an island would tip over if they put too many US troops and a base on it?
4 posted on 02/26/2014 7:27:43 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: SeekAndFind

At some point a Congressman must mention the death penalty for Lois.There have been no greater crimes against the Republic


5 posted on 02/26/2014 7:28:04 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: RIghtwardHo

He must need some money so it’s time for him to pretend he is doing something. It will go nowhere.


6 posted on 02/26/2014 7:28:20 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: SeekAndFind

Find out what she knows THEN grant her immunity from prosecution if she names names

(not the other way around)


7 posted on 02/26/2014 7:28:38 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Issa, you damn dreamer. She will cream you. You have displayed no real power and why in the hell don't you just give up. When you declare her in contempt and jail time then you might have a chance.
8 posted on 02/26/2014 7:29:41 AM PST by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind
re: Darrell Issa to recall Lois Lerner: Will the code of Omerta hold?

The House hearing(s) without end. I think Issa and the rest of his party think they can talk this into oblivion. They seem to figure that we, the flyover people will grow so tired of these scandals and hearings, we will just forget about the misdeeds of the Federals.

9 posted on 02/26/2014 7:31:54 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: SeekAndFind

And nothing will happen to her. (yawn)


10 posted on 02/26/2014 7:32:23 AM PST by red-dawg (<<< click for info on my book. Free Kindle download on 2/26.)
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To: shelterguy

RE: He must need some money so it’s time for him to pretend he is doing something.

Darrell Issa? One of the richest men in Congress, worth almost half a billion, needing money?

When did that happen?


11 posted on 02/26/2014 7:32:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Mr. K

No.

Hank Johnson (D-GA): “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and ...


12 posted on 02/26/2014 7:33:55 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Mr. K
Isn't Elijah Cummings the guy who thought an island would tip over if they put too many US troops and a base on it?

I think that was Hank Johnson, another intellectual giant of the House.

13 posted on 02/26/2014 7:35:02 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: SeekAndFind

As much as I detest this woman, I don’t support this.

She is retired. Where does CONgress get the right to put retired people on the stand to testify about their former job?

If they are allowed to do this, what else can’t they do?

BTW, as a resident of the People’s Republic of Maryland (what’s in your wallet?) I am embarrassed by Elijah Cummings. He is nothing more than a partisan hack water carrier for the ‘Rats and Obama.


14 posted on 02/26/2014 7:35:28 AM PST by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: SeekAndFind
Quite a number of pathological malcontents have shown up on FR to dump on Issa, Gowdy, and Chaifetz, alleging that they are doing nothing in their investigations.

Building a legal case takes time from cooperative witnesses never mind from uncooperative witnesses as we have here. Had Obama's lackeys been more cooperative early on the investigation could have proceeded outside of an election year.

Too bad for Dems, I say.

I think Issa's Congressional team is timing this and other investigations to coincide with maximum exposure and impact, just like there was for Dems doing in Nixon in the summer of 1974.

Let's see what happens next week.

FReegards!

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15 posted on 02/26/2014 7:38:10 AM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama ordered the IRS to oppress conservatives. The IRS stopped at least 500 conservative groups from organizing and so rigged the election of 2012 for Obama and democrats in the Senate

This Obama socialist/democrat must be impeached and must resign now for this

where is the conservative media covering this IRS scandal or calling for Obama’s resignation.Rush,savage, Hannity, Levin etc. are nowhere but they have 3 hours a day to REPETEADLY talk about the IRS abuses against Americans. the conservative media just covers what the evil liberal news media sets as the headlines


16 posted on 02/26/2014 7:39:39 AM PST by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: sauropod
Where does CONgress get the right to put retired people on the stand to testify about their former job?

Hey, I like that. Commit crimes with impunity and then "retire" when they close in on you.

17 posted on 02/26/2014 7:42:15 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: sauropod
She is retired. Where does CONgress get the right to put retired people on the stand to testify about their former job?

Given that we're talking about (alleged) illegal behavior, I'd say that they were perfectly within bounds as long as a statute of limitations hasn't run out.

Otherwise, "retiring" becomes instant immunity from Congressional oversight. (Which is exactly what they're trying to do here, by the way.)

18 posted on 02/26/2014 7:42:34 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Agamemnon

“”””I think Issa’s Congressional team is timing this and other investigations to coincide with maximum exposure and impact, just like there was for Dems doing in Nixon in the summer of 1974.””””

Issa was going to do this the last three election cycles. Still waiting.........


19 posted on 02/26/2014 7:42:44 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: SeekAndFind
Will the code of Omerta hold?

The same rules apply to Lerner that have applied to every criminal underling who has ever been threatened by the government: Are they more afraid of what the government can do to them than what the person or persons they are protecting can do to them? Of course, with Obama/Holder in charge of the whole kangaroo court of American jurisprudence, perhaps the issue is what they can do FOR her, like protect her from prosecution.

20 posted on 02/26/2014 7:46:02 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (lib-pocrisy: requiring photo ID at a march protesting photo IDs for voters.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Republicans have resisted public opinion that is in favor of a special prosecutor.

I believe they want personal publicity vs. a procedure that might actually come up with the truth and some action in court.

Even if they turn up something that is illegal, Holder will not prosecute.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 7:47:24 AM PST by wildbill
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To: SeekAndFind

Lerner may want to think about hiring armed private security.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 7:48:20 AM PST by Signalman
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To: kevkrom

BTW, on a tangent, but related to Lerner, I’m all in favor of a limited exception to the 5th Amendment which would exclude the privileges against self-incrimination for government employees, officials, and elected officials with respect to actions made as part of their official duties.


23 posted on 02/26/2014 7:49:17 AM PST by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: sauropod
Where does CONgress get the right to put retired people on the stand to testify about their former job?
So in your world, retiring is like a statute of limitations, or immunity from being charged with crimes? Oy.
24 posted on 02/26/2014 7:50:41 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SeekAndFind

Unless the House Sergeant of Arms arrests this woman these hearings are a complete waste of time.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 7:54:46 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

That should have happened when she made her speech and walked out the first time. As long as Issa and the Establishment Republicans are in charge, don’t expect too much. If , and it is a big if, he recalls her it will just be for show.


26 posted on 02/26/2014 7:58:24 AM PST by sport
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To: SeekAndFind

Dear Mr. Issa -

Please let Trey Gowdy run this show.

He has significant legal experience. You don’t.
He was the one who spoke up about the 5th Ammendment. You missed it and were about to release Lerner.
He has the motivation to get answers. You are seeking votes.

You will have in front of your committee, Lois Lerner, who was once the head of the agency that clearly abused its powers to silence the opposition. The result should include prison, fines and names - not more hearings.

Let Gowdy take charge.


27 posted on 02/26/2014 7:58:54 AM PST by kidd
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To: SeekAndFind

How many of the GESTAPO SCUMBAGS AND THEIR ENABLERS are in prison?

FUCONgre$$

$ocialism Is Legal Plunder (Bastiat). The IR$ is the gestapo of the U.$.A. - United $ocialists of America.

I$$A #2 of “The 50 Richest Members of Congress (2011)…here…

http://www.rollcall.com/50richest/the-50-richest-members-of-congress-112th.html

#2 of 2012 according to Wikipedia…here...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_members_of_the_United_States_Congress_by_wealth

DISMANTLE $ocialist collectives. HOLD unaccountable bureaucrats (socialists) accountable.


28 posted on 02/26/2014 8:08:11 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Agamemnon

Quite a number of pathological malcontents have shown up on FR to dump on Issa, Gowdy, and Chaifetz, alleging that they are doing nothing in their investigations.


You haven’t been paying attention. The pattern is 1)kenyan has a scandal 2)GOP feigns outrage but then turns down heat 3)no focus from GOP or MSM, scandal goes away.

The Dem narrative is set on the IRS. There is no competing message from a GOP. The kenyan lied his skinny behind off at the Super Bowl interview. There was no engaged response from the GOP. This is what political surrender looks like. Enjoy.


29 posted on 02/26/2014 8:11:56 AM PST by lodi90
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To: shelterguy
Issa was going to do this the last three election cycles. Still waiting.........

IRS story broke a year ago. What three election cycles are you imagining?

Issa hasn't been a Committee chairman for 3 election cyles.

He's held Holder in contempt over F&F, but without a (R) Senate there's not a lot he can do to move toward impeachment of him if he wanted to do so, is there? Still, he's got him on record and dancing from time to time in his Committee and injecting sand in DOJ's gears as he does.

1974 Watergate investigations were held in advance of a mid-term election. Let's see if the Summer of 2014 hearings distract the Administration enough to draw attention away from mid-term election efforts as it did for (R)'s back then (assuming you remember them).

Just because Lerner retired doesn't mean that it's a "get out of jail free" card for her to play.

FReegards!

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30 posted on 02/26/2014 8:12:41 AM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: sauropod

So you are suggesting that retirement should make a person immune for having committed crimes in the past?


31 posted on 02/26/2014 8:13:33 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: MileHi

The criminal bum lerner should have been “retired” to prison. These psychopathic freaks are too much. Pursue them until they die.


32 posted on 02/26/2014 8:15:58 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:


33 posted on 02/26/2014 8:17:51 AM PST by PGalt
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To: hal ogen
The criminal bum lerner should have been “retired” to prison. These psychopathic freaks are too much. Pursue them until they die.

BUMP!

34 posted on 02/26/2014 8:20:33 AM PST by PGalt
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To: lodi90; Innovative
This is what political surrender looks like. Enjoy.

Hello, loser.

Yes, you are one of those malcontents I was talking about.

Got your picture right here.

Just another "know-it-all" Eeyore

Thanks for one more of your routinely uninspiring commentaries on such topics.

FReegards!

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35 posted on 02/26/2014 8:26:08 AM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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To: Agamemnon

“””Issa was going to do this the last three election cycles. Still waiting.........

IRS story broke a year ago. What three election cycles are you imagining?

Issa hasn’t been a Committee chairman for 3 election cyles.”””

He has been huffing and puffing for a long time on a number of investigations. They will go nowhere. He just needs to do something once in awhile to fool some people into sending him some campaign donations. Also it keeps the eye off his pal boehner who is busy kissing husseins asssss.


36 posted on 02/26/2014 8:27:40 AM PST by shelterguy
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To: SeekAndFind

Issa was probably ordered by Boner to look like he’s doing something. We all know this is going to go absolutely nowhere.


37 posted on 02/26/2014 8:35:19 AM PST by Artcore
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To: SeekAndFind
She'll take the fifth, walk out and that will be the end of it. Just more of Issa’s political theatrics, no more, no less.
38 posted on 02/26/2014 8:36:32 AM PST by drypowder
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To: SeekAndFind

GOP = GIVE OBAMA POWER

courtesy of EXEMPT Issa,
EXEMPT Boehner,
EXEMPT McConnell,
and the rest of the GOP/RINO
traitors to the US Constitution.


39 posted on 02/26/2014 8:37:59 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: SeekAndFind

She’ll take the Fifth again.


40 posted on 02/26/2014 8:47:55 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Prediction: If she bothers to show up she will again invoke the 5th and what is Issa going to do about it? Nothing.


41 posted on 02/26/2014 8:51:54 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Agamemnon

” - - - Quite a number of pathological malcontents have shown up on FR to dump on Issa, Gowdy, and Chaifetz, alleging that they are doing nothing in their investigations. - - - “

Present!

I’m always eager to oppose doormat RINOs who make it easy for Compulsive Communist Soetoro-Obama.

I just call ‘em as I see ‘em by paying attention to what a given RINO actually does, which for the past FIVE years has been nothing.

Don’t vote for Do Nothing RINOs because “Your vote for a Do Nothing RINO is a terrible thing to waste.”

BTW, Trey Gowdy is my choice for the next Speaker of the House, and Chaifetz has a similar bright Conservative future in the House.

You are correct about “Backup, Backup!” Issa though, as he has done absolutely nothing with his subpoena powers as Chairman(?) of his committee.

Issa, Boehner, Cantor and Ryan are all Do Nothing RINOs who act as rubber stamps for Commie Soetoro-Obama to “Fundamentally Change the United States of America.”


42 posted on 02/26/2014 9:00:14 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: kidd

BTTT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


43 posted on 02/26/2014 9:07:29 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: hal ogen

ditto that


44 posted on 02/26/2014 9:26:33 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: SeekAndFind

Urkel made a HUGE mistake when he smugly told O’Herlihy that there was “not even a smidgen of truth” to the charges.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

Issa needs a Michael Chertoff-like lawyer to get Lerner sobbing like a baby.


45 posted on 02/26/2014 9:41:54 AM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: sauropod
As much as I detest this woman, I don’t support this.

She is retired. Where does CONgress get the right to put retired people on the stand to testify about their former job?

She is not just a "retired person" she is the former IRS gestapo bitch that implemented the colonoscopy on the TEA party 501-C applicants.

As a former gummint employee, Congress can recall her to re-examine her testimony...ad infinitum.

46 posted on 02/26/2014 9:58:12 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: TBP
She’ll take the Fifth again.

Here's my fifth...


47 posted on 02/26/2014 10:04:23 AM PST by USS Alaska (If I could...I would.)
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To: Agamemnon

Hitler and Obama were both elected to absolute power by their adoring voters.

Hitler dissolved Parliament, whereas Obama has been promised by the Do Nothing RINOS that dissolving Congress will not be necessary, unless the TEA Party wins this November.


48 posted on 02/26/2014 10:32:00 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Since she waived her 5th Amendment right, the committee could hold her in contempt and place her in the House prison until she talks.

As a practical matter, she should be given use immunity and then she will have to tell all she knows. When Oliver North was given immunity, he told everything and was never convicted of any criminal conduct.

At this point, Lerner is more interested in saving her pension and staying out of prison than she is in protecting Obama.


49 posted on 02/26/2014 10:33:15 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Graewoulf
BTW, Trey Gowdy is my choice for the next Speaker of the House, and Chaifetz has a similar bright Conservative future in the House.

I don't count you among the pathologically malcontented because you tend to do your research before you post unlike "lodi90."

...unless the TEA Party wins this November.

Then we do what we can until then, and understand the limitations on our political power until we do, instead of just grousing and knee-capping our guys.

For all their complaints, pathological malcontents aren't moving the ball anywhere and damning proclamations and cynicism don't substitute for a working counter plan.

FReegards!

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50 posted on 02/26/2014 10:49:31 AM PST by Agamemnon (Darwinism is the glue that holds liberalism together)
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