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Published On: Wed, May 22nd, 2013

Lois Lerner Pleads the Fifth, Chairman Issa Fails To Push

Source: AP

Source: AP

Wednesday morning in the hearings on Capitol Hill, the Chairman of the House oversight committee — Darrell Issa (R-CA) — dismissed Lois Lerner when she said she was going to plead the fifth amendment. Of course, this was after she had already provided an opening statement and answered other questions in writing, causing Congressman Gowdy to question whether she in fact could invoke the fifth at that point.

Lerner said:

I will not answer any questions or testify about the subject matter of this committee’s meeting.

She said this after she did testify — by providing an opening statement. Issa said that she may have “effectively waived” her rights. The question is, why didn’t Chairman Issa force her to sit there and plead the fifth amendment to every single question asked of her? Why did he allow her to just leave?

As Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) submitted, many Americans were denied their first amendment rights — and other Constitutional rights — by the IRS. Yet, the leader of the division that did that is able to use that same Constitution to her own benefit in order to, as Lerner put it, protect others. As she claims innocence, she doesn’t want to testify so that she can protect others within the IRS who may be guilty of crimes or misconduct. This is exactly what bureaucratic organizations and departments do. They cover for one another, and the American people be damned.

Primarily referring to the Tuesday Senate hearings in which IRS officials failed to cooperate with the committee, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) warned that if officials within the IRS continue to stonewall the committee, “it will lead to a special prosecutor” being appointed. ”There will be hell to pay if that’s the route that we (choose) to go down,” he said.

Read more about Lerner’s assertion to plead the fifth amendment here.

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  1. SteveWightman1 says:

    Issa is weak, as is most of the leadership of the Republican Party. Lerner is guilty of, at least, a cover-up. If Lois did, as she claims, nothing wrong or nothing illegal, then she should be able to answer questions. It appears to me that Lerner is under orders from someone further up the ladder to not answer any questions. If this is not the case, then she should answer the questions of the Oversight Committee.

    When the White House said this was going to be the most transparent administration ever, they got it right, if only that anyone with at least half a brain has been able to see exactly what illegal (and idiotic) activities this administration has participated in.

    It appears that the Washington politicians should no longer be introduced or addressed as “The Honorable…..” because by all appearances, there is not one honorable individual among them.

    • brettluc says:

      Once again the Republicans – at least the leadership – have shown how to fumble an issue. But it is not too late to recover. Any witness may refuse to answer a question if it will incriminate him/her, but no witness can simply refuse to answer all questions. This is contempt. Invoking the fifth amendment right to not incriminate is a right that conservatives should promote, but the House should insist that Learner answer other questions and draw proper inferences from the questions she refuses to answer. Come on House Republicans, think about this and work within the rule of law. Quit fumbling around – you look weak and unprepared and that is no one’s fault but your own!

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