Skip to comments.Lawyer for ex-IRS official Lerner seeks to address House ahead of contempt vote
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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Well, John and Darrel have an excuse. Lets see what they do with it.
I hope for the best and expect complete capitulation.
No! He represents a traitor. It is not a trial. She had her chance
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.
He can make his “Closing Arguments” after the prosecution ‘rests’, not before. In the meantime STFU!
Sorry dipstick, that just ain’t so...
Taylor will win. The House has no gonads and are totally committed cowards. I have no faith in Government.
I sense panic & desperation.
Notice not many Obama political operatives are throwing him under the bus. Are they that in lockstep for the cause.
Wah wah wah...run to Obama and seek Executive Privilege like Eric Holder did.
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.
Buttboy Boehner will probably give in.
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.
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.
Ya had your chance. GET LOST.
Only until the mid-terms. After the slaughter, the dems will throw him under his own bus throughout 2015-2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
She is free to testify any time.