Skip to comments.Darrell Issa to recall Lois Lerner: Will the code of Omerta hold?
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.
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.
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just as soon climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth
PLEASE Issa don’t screw it up this time.
At some point a Congressman must mention the death penalty for Lois.There have been no greater crimes against the Republic
He must need some money so it’s time for him to pretend he is doing something. It will go nowhere.
Find out what she knows THEN grant her immunity from prosecution if she names names
(not the other way around)
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.
And nothing will happen to her. (yawn)
RE: He must need some money so its 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?
Hank Johnson (D-GA): “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and ...
I think that was Hank Johnson, another intellectual giant of the House.
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.
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.
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 Obamas 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
Hey, I like that. Commit crimes with impunity and then "retire" when they close in on you.
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.)
“”””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.........
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.