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Statement of Former IRS Official Lois Lernerís lawyer William Taylor
Gretawire ^ | May 8, 2014 | Greta Van Susteren

Posted on 05/08/2014 4:19:31 AM PDT by don-o

Lerner’s lawyer below says she did NOT waive her 5th Amendment rights. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law says she did waive them.

Bottom line — on close questions — you steer your client to a SAFE path. That is the role of a lawyer – to protect your client. As a former criminal defense attorney, I know the SAFE path would have been to say ZERO before the Committee (except to assert the 5th) and then go outside and say whatever you want to the cameras. The same would have been achieved with the safe route (and more!) except she would not have this contempt issue. This was a big blunder. He is now scrambling with statements and letters and looking for lawyers to opine that Lerner did not waive her 5th Amendment right — but he never, never, never have steered his client into this position. Why would you steer your client into this mess, whether in the end the client wins or not?

STATEMENT BY WILLIAM W. TAYLOR, III

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 5thamendment; alandershowitz; fifthamendment; gretavansusteren; irs; lerner; loislerner; williamtaylor
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FULL: Statement of Former IRS Official Lois Lerner’s lawyer William Taylor (and I hate to say it again, but he sure got her into a mess!)

Snip is Greta's comment on the matter.

Mines is that Obama's apparatchik's might be not very skillful in lawyering up

1 posted on 05/08/2014 4:19:31 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Most Americans, if they knew the truth,
would demand that the conspiring lawyer
should lose his license and be imprisoned
for life with his criminal client.


2 posted on 05/08/2014 4:22:10 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: don-o
Here's my take....As a private citizen, she can take the fifth in matters where she acted as a private citizen.

As a PAID public servant, the fifth doesn't apply because it was done in the course of her work. The fifth would therefore include everyone she represents and that cannot be.

3 posted on 05/08/2014 4:27:48 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: don-o

by using the federal government as a cudgel, a club, to knock citizens senseless, she has forfeited her right to be deemed a citizen

She must be tried and then executed for her crimes against the Republic. her death must be an example to all that follow.


4 posted on 05/08/2014 4:28:07 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: don-o

Shes a lawyer so she knew what she was doing.


5 posted on 05/08/2014 4:30:04 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Somebody does graduate at the bottom of the class.


6 posted on 05/08/2014 4:32:03 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Big question is do we hang Taylor too.
?


7 posted on 05/08/2014 4:33:07 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: don-o

If she did nohing wrong, why claim the Fifth at all?

Mr. Taylor protests too much.

This was a carefully calculated legal strategy to render Congress incapable of moving forward, and to portray the GOP as continuing the war on women.

Along WH their flying monkey press minions creating the proper propaganda, the Obama Administration had no problem instituting this in-your-face legal strategy.

This is not Mr. Taylor’s first time at the rodeo.


8 posted on 05/08/2014 4:34:24 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: don-o

The wheels of the Obama bus go round and round, round and round...


9 posted on 05/08/2014 4:41:20 AM 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: don-o

I doubt it was stupidity. More likely it was ego and pride.

She thought she was above the law.


10 posted on 05/08/2014 4:46:33 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
Ya think? She has the typical silver spoon, "I'm above the law" look to her doesn't she?:
11 posted on 05/08/2014 4:54:25 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: driftdiver

——She thought she was above the law.-——

Well...so far she is correct...

At some point a deal with the regime will be cut....

She will be granted immunity in a closed session...

Which will mean the truth will be buried....


12 posted on 05/08/2014 4:57:18 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Popman

I wish you were wrong.


13 posted on 05/08/2014 4:58:23 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Sacajaweau
As a PAID public servant, the fifth doesn't apply...

This would seem to be so painfully obvious - a citizen (the boss) can take the Fifth put a public servant (an employee) may not, period (and not an Buck OFama "period").

Try that crap with your boss and see what happens.

14 posted on 05/08/2014 5:00:44 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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15 posted on 05/08/2014 5:00:57 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Aevery_Freeman
As a PAID public servant, the fifth doesn't apply... This would seem to be so painfully obvious - a citizen (the boss) can take the Fifth but a public servant (an employee) may not, period (and not an Buck OFama "period"). Try that crap with your boss and see what happens.
16 posted on 05/08/2014 5:01:53 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: don-o

But, for decades Democrats have been able to have their cake and eat it, too. I blame our Obama-Pravda press. If they weren’t so completely biased for Leftists, the Dems would NEVER get anywhere near the higher elective offices.


17 posted on 05/08/2014 5:08:08 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: don-o

Another dum-bass Yale miseducated attorney.


18 posted on 05/08/2014 6:27:23 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: don-o

Go aggressively after the enablers of the 0bama regime, such as Lois Lerner. If you disable the enablers the enabled will become powerless.


19 posted on 05/08/2014 6:43:36 AM PDT by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: Sacajaweau

“As a PAID public servant, the fifth doesn’t apply because it was done in the course of her work. The fifth would therefore include everyone she represents and that cannot be.”

In private sector employment a employee must answer questions of her supervisors about her performance of job related activities. She can certainly refuse to answer but the employer then has the right to fire her for cause. When fired for cause she loses the ability to collect severance and state unemployment benefits.

Issa bungled the hearing in a number of ways. First, he should never have allowed her to make an opening statement. Second, he should have kept her there all day, under grueling testimony, taking the fifth hundreds of times instead of just a few. He should also have given Elijah Cummings the opportunity to ask questions of the witness in which case she would either have to stonewall him with the 5th or answer his questions. If she answered his questions and not Issa’s her 5th amendment claim would be much weaker and the GOP would have talking points supporting their claims of political persecution.

After putting Lerner through a full day of grueling testimony taking the fifth Issa should have spent the next 2-3 days getting public testimony from every Lerner directly reporting subordinate as well has her immediate supervisor. In the ensuing media firestorm one of them might have cracked.

Boehner should have immediately brought the contempt of Congress citation to a vote instead of waiting weeks to do it. He should already have a special committee in session handling the IRS corruption investigation instead of the inept Issa.

The Democrats are masters at the PR and spin of scandals and faux scandals. Look at Reid and others spinning everyday on the Koch brothers with zero response from the GOP. The scandal and spin game is part of the overall strategy of the Democrat Party to further their agenda. The GOP has no agenda, no strategy, and is inept at taking advantage of opportunity.


20 posted on 05/08/2014 7:14:16 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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