Skip to comments.Lois Lerner didnít say anything today. Why thatís a bad thing for the Obama Administration.
Posted on 05/22/2013 12:10:59 PM PDT by Red Steel
Oh Lois Lerner, you say it best when you say nothing at all.
As expected, Lerner, the head of the Internal Revenue Services tax-exempt office, pled the Fifth Amendment rather than testify today in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about her role in the targeting of conservative groups.
In her silence she technically didnt refuse to testify but rather she invoked her right to not incriminate herself Lerner may have done herself some good, legally speaking, but she didnt do any favors for an Obama Administration that is doing all it can to snuff the controversy out.
First of all, Lerner has been, from the get-go, the face of this scandal. But now she is the face AND the voice of it. After today, the entire country or at least those people paying some attention to the news will have seen the clip of Lerner saying that she had not done anything wrong just before she invoked her right not to answer questions from members of Congress.
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Josh Marshall (10:15a.m.): Lerner Must Go talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/ Ezra Klein (9:45a.m.): Heads should roll at IRS washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog — John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) May 22, 2013
If you didn’t do anything wrong then why not testify?
Can she take the fifth if she is sued in civil court? You can find out a lot more in a civil proceeding than a criminal.
She deprived thousands of people their First Amendment rights of Speech and Association.
They are suing.
Drag this b*tch through courts for the rest of her life.
But she says she did nothing wrong. Alrighty then, let’s move on.
She would need witness protection and plastic surgery to go along with her immunity. It’s the Chicago Way, doncha know.
She’s in ‘protect 0bama’ mode. Trey Gowdy was the only conscious person in the room and called her on making a proclamation while at the same time pleading the 5th. She essentially testified then said she wouldn’t. One strike against Issa.
I say get the Federal Marshalls or the Capitol police to arrest this woman and send her to Gitmo until she speaks about her terrorist activities against the American people.
Does this mean I can "move on" if - when called in for an IRS audit - I simply say "I did nothing wrong."
I don't think you can "take the 5th" in a civil court because there's no prospect of a *criminal* conviction.I think you can refuse to testify but doing so,at the very least,places your chances of victory at risk.and if you're found to have *perjured* yourself in a civil proceeding...well,just refer to Jones v Clinton.
Incredible comments on that WaPo story.
“Effort by Bush era holdovers in IRS to embarrass the administration”
I have to say the huge squad of internet posters on the Baraqqi staff are quick to respond.....
I didn’t do anything wrong = I did not have sex with that woman.
“Does this mean I can “move on” if - when called in for an IRS audit - I simply say “I did nothing wrong.””
Actually, tax court is the only place where you must prove your innocence. Reasonable doubt is not enough.
We need to find out more about the Washington legal office that Lerner’s group was collaborating with on these cases.
He’s correcting that right now.
Calling her back. Recessed, not adjourned.