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Lawyer for ex-IRS official Lerner seeks to address House ahead of contempt vote
FOX News ^ | April 29, 2014

Posted on 04/29/2014 3:41:19 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

The lawyer for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner sent a letter to House Republican leaders on Monday, asking for an opportunity to address the House ahead of a vote to hold his client in contempt of Congress.

"Holding Ms. Lerner in contempt would not only be unfair and, indeed, un-American, it would be flatly inconsistent with the Fifth Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court," Lerner's lawyer, William W. Taylor III, wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Taylor requested "an opportunity to present to the House the reasons why it should not hold Ms. Lerner in contempt."

"No court will hold that she waived her privilege," Taylor said. "Supreme Court precedent is clear that a witness compelled to appear before a congressional committee does not waive her Fifth Amendment privilege by asserting her innocence."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: boehner; contempt; election2012; gop; irs; irsteapartyscandal; lerner; lernercontempt; teaparty; unamerican

1 posted on 04/29/2014 3:41:19 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Well, John and Darrel have an excuse. Lets see what they do with it.

I hope for the best and expect complete capitulation.


2 posted on 04/29/2014 3:44:41 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No! He represents a traitor. It is not a trial. She had her chance


3 posted on 04/29/2014 3:45:49 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No. What Lois Lerner did was un-American. She used a Government Agency to target the opposition Party. She took the 5th, after proclaiming herself innocent of any wrongdoing. Never mind. I am sure she will continue lying no matter what happens. And the Republicans will fold so as not to further the plummeting trust that Americans feel for this Admin.


4 posted on 04/29/2014 3:46:40 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He can make his “Closing Arguments” after the prosecution ‘rests’, not before. In the meantime STFU!


5 posted on 04/29/2014 3:47:21 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sorry dipstick, that just ain’t so...
http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/05/23/napolitano-if-judge-orders-lois-lerner-speak-and-she-refuses-she’ll-go-jail


6 posted on 04/29/2014 3:47:22 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Taylor will win. The House has no gonads and are totally committed cowards. I have no faith in Government.


7 posted on 04/29/2014 3:47:39 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I sense panic & desperation.

Notice not many Obama political operatives are throwing him under the bus. Are they that in lockstep for the cause.


8 posted on 04/29/2014 3:47:43 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wah wah wah...run to Obama and seek Executive Privilege like Eric Holder did.


9 posted on 04/29/2014 3:49:06 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

In a country where there is LAW,
he should not be allowed to speak, but
arrested and indicted for misprision of felony.

But, not in the USA, where corruption is growing large
and white people, Christians and Jews are now daily
targets for gang attacks and worse, driven by
none other than the DO”J” and their criminal thugs.


10 posted on 04/29/2014 3:49:47 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Buttboy Boehner will probably give in.


11 posted on 04/29/2014 3:51:05 PM PDT by forgotten man
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To: Logical me

Obama is toast. Even Ralph Nader is calling for impeachment. With the latest bombshell regarding Obama pushing Rice to blame Benghazi on a youtube video, his last redeeming quality that his supporters responded to was his likeability. Hard to like a guy who let 4 Americans die and countless others injured and only to lie about it to cover up.


12 posted on 04/29/2014 3:51:32 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Taylor is being misleading and running a Straw Dog up the flagpole.

The issue is not what he is trying to make it be. The issue is not whether Congress can compel testimony, but if an individual can present a portion of a testimony, then claim the 5th Amendment protection for the parts she doesn’t want to present.


13 posted on 04/29/2014 3:52:11 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ya had your chance. GET LOST.


14 posted on 04/29/2014 3:58:03 PM PDT by Ray76
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To: RginTN
Notice not many Obama political operatives are throwing him under the bus. Are they that in lockstep for the cause.

Only until the mid-terms. After the slaughter, the dems will throw him under his own bus throughout 2015-2016.

15 posted on 04/29/2014 4:02:03 PM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: Logical me

Perhaps their is some connection between this with this and the RINOS that Some people on FR and elsewhere keep demanding be elected.

Bur what could it be... WHAT?

We just can’t figure it out. It is a mystery for our times.


16 posted on 04/29/2014 4:07:01 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

She’s an employee of the federal government. She’s being questioned by her employer about how she carried out her job and whether she disregarded or thwarted government policies and procedures and whether she made her own personal political opinion her guiding criterion. If an employee stonewalls questions of his employee, she can be given a warning and if she does not cooperate, she can be fired for thwarting their investigation.


17 posted on 04/29/2014 4:10:40 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Gaffer

I hope these clowns get the point.

Lerner was acting as a government agent. So, she is not even considered a ‘person’ under the constitution.

Congress voting to forfeit all her compensation and pension would not even be a ‘bill of attainder’.

She never had any right to invoke the fifth in the first place.

She in merely an employee answering to her employer.

If she does not comply, she is fired immediately.


18 posted on 04/29/2014 4:11:15 PM PDT by bakeneko
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To: Hotlanta Mike

As much as I’d like to believe that I think you overestimate the American public, the will of the Republicans to press an advantage, and the integrity of his Democratic supporters on Capitol Hill.


19 posted on 04/29/2014 4:12:23 PM PDT by hometoroost
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

She is free to testify any time.


20 posted on 04/29/2014 4:20:19 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Lerner: “I have done nothing wrong.”

Me: “Then you have NO REASON to assert the protections of the 5th Amendment.

But, more important than that, you have been answering questions posed the Justice Department. You can’t have it both ways. If you are cooperating with the Justice Department, you can cooperate with us.

But, most importantly, you are a public servant entrusted with safeguarding the rights of the American Public as it relates to issues within the IRS. The US Congress has oversight responsibility of the different arms of the Federal Government. The IRS is one of the most feared agencies in the government. You have a MORAL OBLIGATION as a public servant to give an accounting of your actions AS a public servant.

It is my considered opinion that your refusal to testify in front of this committee should result in the loss of your job, your retirement, and referral of criminal Obstruction of Justice charges to the Justice Department.


21 posted on 04/29/2014 4:30:08 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

There’s a great deal of ground between, “I’m innocent.” and what Lerner actually said at the hearing.

It may be that simply asserting one’s innocence does NOT mean giving up one’s fifth amendment rights. However, delivering what amounts to a narrative of the actions in questions certainly does.


22 posted on 04/29/2014 4:33:20 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Wah wah wah...run to Obama and seek Executive Privilege like Eric Holder did.

Won't work. She's not his type?

23 posted on 04/29/2014 4:36:02 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The shyster should save it for the trial.


24 posted on 04/29/2014 4:51:39 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

She’s already retired with a cushy pension.


25 posted on 04/29/2014 4:53:06 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No Way.


26 posted on 04/29/2014 5:02:10 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Now she wants to send her shyster up to Congress to lie to them about how innocent she is. The smidgens are coming home to roost.


27 posted on 04/29/2014 5:33:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

..... The smidgens are coming home to roost....

Well played!


28 posted on 04/29/2014 5:35:36 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sorry. She forfeited her 5th Amendment Right with her opening statement. She lost.


29 posted on 04/29/2014 5:39:28 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Eagles6

I understand that she retired, but if there was malfeasance in the carrying out of her job, the government still has standing in pursuing her, since new information has arisen.


30 posted on 04/29/2014 5:51:05 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Perhaps her attorney needs to be reminded the 5th Amendment is part of the Bill of RIGHTS and not “privileges.”


31 posted on 04/29/2014 6:03:24 PM PDT by SpirituTuo
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

She committed crimes against the American people at the behest of her employer, hussein. These people don’t believe that they work for us. Nothing will happen to her.


32 posted on 04/29/2014 6:22:52 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: Eagles6

Her bum lawyer is just trying to defend the idiot DIM perp. My hope is that is in prison some time relatively soon for her crimes against the people.


33 posted on 04/29/2014 6:29:35 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“The lawyer for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner...”

Trey Gowdy will rip this drooling Nazi insect to pieces.


34 posted on 04/29/2014 6:29:43 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: ogen hal

Truthfully I don’t believe the GOPe leadership has the spine to do anything. I also believe they are in agreement with the regime and want the TEA Party crushed.


35 posted on 04/29/2014 6:48:02 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
does not waive her Fifth Amendment privilege by asserting her innocence."

That's completely disingenuous. She made a complete statement (IOW, testified on her own terms) and concluded by 'asserting her innocence'.

36 posted on 04/29/2014 6:56:15 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Won’t work. She’s not his type?


You mean she’s a typical white person?


37 posted on 04/29/2014 7:32:48 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Eagles6

Boss Hussein does not work for us, nor has he even more for a minute. Lerner was already ripe for the plucking when Hussein arrived.


38 posted on 04/29/2014 7:43:05 PM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: bakeneko
If she does not comply, she is fired immediately.

Actually, I want her in PRISON doing hard time. What she did violates the most basic of freedoms, all under power of government for purely ideological/political reasons.

She needs to be made an example, extremely harshly.

39 posted on 04/30/2014 3:16:36 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

NO! Hell NO!

If Congress permits this piece of garbage to address them in an attempt to stop contempt charges on his client, then it will clearly show that the Pubs in Congress are geldings!

They should tell her when to show up and, if she doesn’t or does and refuses to testify, the Capitol Police should arrest her and toss her into jail. ....Holder doesn’t have priority in such a situation.


40 posted on 04/30/2014 6:02:34 AM PDT by octex
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