Skip to comments.BREAKING: Lois Lerner Refuses to Answer Questions Before Congress, Pleads the Fifth Again
Posted on 03/05/2014 7:12:16 AM PST by Kaslin
Appearing in front of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday morning Lois Lerner, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS, refused to answer questions asked by lawmakers by pleading the Fifth Amendment. Earlier this week, Lerner's attorney William Taylor confirmed to Committee members in an email that she would testify. Lerner was issued a subpoena last summer after admitting the IRS singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
"On the advice of my counsel I respectfully exercise my fifth amendment right and decline to answer that question," Lerner said.
Last year, Lerner was called to testify in front of the same Committee where she also invoked her Fifth Amendment rights after making the statement, "I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws, I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee." The Committee voted and concluded that because Lerner made a statement before pleading the Fifth, she effectively waved her Fifth Amendment rights.
When asked by Chairman Darrell Issa if she believed there wasn't a smidgen of corruption inside the IRS when it came to the inappropriate targeting of tea party and conservative groups, Lerner answered, "On the advice of my counsel I respectfully exercise my fifth amendment right and decline to answer that question."
The Committee hearing was quickly dismissed after Issa put contempt charges for Lerner on the table.
"Ladies and gentlemen, seeking the truth is the duty of this committee and I see no point in moving forward," Issa said. "We're adjourned, close it down."
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Put her in jail.
Now that would make news even on the alphabet channels.
Go for it ISSA.
Ten times, by my count.
Emanuel Cleaver tried to giver her a chance to speak after pleading the 5th.
Shutting down was the right move for Issa.
Obama: The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide
Someone must have loaned Issa half a pair
Not worth commenting on ...the woman is an Obamabot dirt bag!!! What else did you guys expect??? She, Obama & Cummings should be in prison. Low lifes from A-Z!!!
Talk about speaking for himself
The entire administration should be in prison
after Issa put contempt charges for Lerner on the table.
Gowdy should be on FNC before too much longer with comment.
I'm torn on the fifth amendment rights issue. I think waiving that right should have to be explicit. And I know her and her lawyers should have known, but I'm thinking of average joe who is not a lawyer and needs to know that he's about to waive his right, just by answering a question.
Besides, it's not like anyone believed her when she declared her innocence.
Only Holder can do that. Congress can't prosecute anyone. Special Prosecutor you say? Only Holder can appoint one.
And hold the people refusing to release the emails in contempt of Congress.
Congress has already done that to Holder and nothing has happened. Obama has been punking the GOP the same way Putin has been punking Obama.
Game set match with our current leadership.
Heads on pikes !
Is Holder subject to impeachment?
So did I. Did he enter them without comment?
My advice: Stay out of Marcy Park.
Grant her immunity then compel her to testify.
Hillary lent him one of hers.