Skip to comments.Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment
Posted on 05/21/2013 12:40:53 PM PDT by 11th CommandmentEdited on 05/21/2013 12:48:43 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
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 agencys improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.
Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, wont answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening or why she didnt 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.
She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course, said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, R-Calif. The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.
Why bother? It’s not like they can remember anything.
Someone taking the 5th and still has a job!!
If it will get to the White hut , immunity works for me.
She just opened Pandora’s Box.
In fact, she’s probably committed criminal acts at the behest of her WH orders.
If this is the tip of the berg, the base must be the size of Mt. Everest.
Left, right or Indie, this can’t stand. This is a rogue government at this point accountable to no one and obeying no laws.
Drag her in front of the panel, and the cameras, *anyway*. Make it a campaign event! Carefully craft the questions so that every “I refuse to answer” becomes an Obamao administration mea culpa.
...on the grounds that by giving honest answers she might tend to incriminate herself. That is to say, she might implicate herself as having been involved in criminal activity.
No accountability. AS USUAL.
Enhanced interrogation techniques are called for.
Using the same rationale used by this administration,THAT’S ALL WE NEED TO KNOW.
If she takes the 5th, she obviouly knew her actions were criminal.
Yup. She knows she is in deep kimchee, and is clamming up.
However, this might be a good thing. The FBI has her in their sights, and can offer her immunity in exchange for testimony about what she really knows.
Right on, Bro! Thought I’d get in before somebody lectures you about civility.
Better than exec privilege. Popcorn time either way. The charade is over. We been had and they been caught.
I’ve been wondering when we’d start hearing the 5th Amendment invoked. And I bet there will be more of it in various investigations as the evidence piles up.
I suspect that getting the most damaging witnesses to clam up is precisely why Holder ordered a criminal investigation
Select committee and special counsel long overdue.
all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism
WOW! And further down the rabbit hole we go.
“Drag her in front of the panel, and the cameras, *anyway*.......”
Or apparently the first -see ap/fox
That’s what happens when you can’t ,...ahem claim executive privilege.
Will this affect her current job of administering Obamacare for the IRS or is this just a career enhancer?
At least she’s being honest, rather than saying she doesn’t recall. She’s tacitly admiting guilt.
Subpoena the underlings, offer them immunity to talk and implicate their bosses and take it as high up the food chain as you can (hopefully, Zero will be there in the net, too!).
5th amendment invocation says they believe there may have been a crime they committed, which automatically should result in a special prosecutor.
Nothing “improper” about fixing an election.
Her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd notified Issa!
They’re all guilty.
“You know what” rolls downhill.
Should we waterboard her before or after? I say both to make sure her story doesn’t change.
There is no 5th amendment protection in a civil proceeding.
When someone refuses to answer a question in a civil proceeding, the answer is deemed to be whatever the questioner says it is.
The person is also held to be in contempt.
Sounds like she knows she’s already on the Pardon List for January 19, 2017.
The Obama admin and his Minions can try to destroy the 2nd amend all day. Mount an attack after attack the 1st... but by God, they will stand-up and die for dear leader as they invoke the 5th!!!
Liberals...Selective amendment syndrome.
Well, 48 hours from “nothing happened” to “I decline to answer on the grounds that it may tend to incriminate me.” That’s quite a slide.
Isn’t that pretty much an admission that they KNOWINGLY broke the law?
“Drag her in front of the panel, and the cameras, *anyway*. Make it a campaign event! Carefully craft the questions so that every I refuse to answer becomes an Obamao administration mea culpa.
Yup, haul her in front of Gowdy et al and make her take the 5th 100 times if you have to. Get her on the record. Make her sweat a lot, threaten her with jail time as a message to her colleagues! Stop being so nice to these people. Screw Ingram and his disgusting ilk! Kick their asses!
BOTH, Bitch is IRS, DOESN’T DESERVE ANY “Mercy”!
There is more than just this going on. Someone somewhere has been turned.
Abolish the IRS!
Guilty as hell and doesn't want to end up in an alley with a bullet in her head for implicating the kenyan usurper.
She might get tossed out soon. It’s embarrassing to Bambi when his stoolies won’t lie for him.
Is she sure it’s the 5th Amendment? After all, she admits she isn’t very good at math.
Next to nothing happened....
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How hard is it?
Well, if she is going to play the game, let’s get it on the nightly news.
My understanding is that you cann’t selectively take the 5th, you have to take it on every question.
Therefore, the very first question should be, “Did you get direct orders from President Obama to use the power and force of your office to go after his political enemies?”
Answer, “I take the 5th.”
Follow up, “So in order to prevent incriminating yourself in a felony, you are taking the 5th.”
Answer, “I take the 5th.”
Some prominent journalist, if they haven’t already, needs to label this IRS audit/AP wiretap cloud of scandals as “Obama’s War on the First Amendment.”
ah but conspiracy or acting alone?
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