IRS Official's Lawyer: Lois Lerner Will Plead The Fifth Before The House Oversight Committee Hearing

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She didn't target TEA Party groups, nor did anyone tell her too... honest!

[ZIP]WASHINGTON – A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.

Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening – or why she didn’t reveal it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd.

Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee Wednesday

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Her lawyer wants her excused from the hearing so as not to embarrass and burden her
[LA Times]Taylor, a criminal defense attorney from the Washington firm of Zuckerman Spaeder, said that the Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation, and that the House committee has asked Lerner to explain why she provided “false or misleading information” to the committee four times last year.

Since Lerner won’t answer questions, Taylor asked that she be excused from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.” There was no immediate word whether the committee will grant her request.

Boo frickin hoo, make her plead the Fifth for all to see.

Watch the dems try to turn this into a 'war on women' thingy like they did with Susan Rice's Benghazi clusterfruck on the Sunday talk shows.

As far as the DOJ conducting an investigation, yeah just like how well they did with the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case and Fast and Furious gun running.

The corrupt investigating the corrupt.

If this happens, hello, special prosecutor, are you out there?

I can wish

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Posted by: Stable Hand at 02:57 PM

Comments

1 What are the dickhead Republicans doing? Why nothing.

Posted by: Mark at May 21, 2013 06:30 PM

2 What happens if you get a notice of deficiency or a notice of determination from the IRS concerning a potential tax assessment and you try to assert your Fifth Amendment rights. What happened to the applicant entities that had their exempt status delayed or denied because they were unable or unwilling to comply with the illegal demands from the IRS?

Usually, I am not bothered when a person asserts the privilege not to incriminate themself. One cannot presume guilt merely because a person asserts their right not to incriminate himself or herself.

However, this situation is richly ironic. We have government officials who have been accused of misusing official powers to force members of the public to disclose information in violation of THEIR rights.

Let's see if Congress grants Lerner immunity from prosecution in order to compel her testimony.

Posted by: Hugh at May 21, 2013 09:38 PM

3 Sorry fascist bitch you will be paraded around and shown for what you are.

The public has the right to see their criminal politicians before a court for negligence and conspiracy to subvert the Constitution.

Posted by: heimlichmann at May 22, 2013 03:49 AM

4 You do realize that taking the fifth is the same as saying you're guilty or you know who is. Why else would she take it? Should the fifth apply to Government employees when the questions are related to Government business and not personal business? I think not.

Posted by: Average Whitewinger at May 22, 2013 06:06 AM

5 There is nothing that pushes the perception of guilt like taking the 5th publicly.

Posted by: faboutlaws at May 22, 2013 08:23 AM

6 Fabs, go to the head of the class. She has just admitted, "I did it." now prove it under the law. Gawd, I hate these people.

Posted by: Mark at May 22, 2013 09:56 AM






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