Lois Lerner Pleads the Fifth, Chairman Issa Fails To Push
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.
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.by