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Top IRS official will invoke Fifth Amendment
LA TIMES ^ | May 21, 2013 | By Richard Simon and Joseph Tanfani

Posted on 05/21/2013 12:40:53 PM PDT by 11th Commandment

Edited 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 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.

DOCUMENT: The Inspector General’s report on the IRS

“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.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: irs; loislerner; loislernerirsscandal; official; pleadfifthirsscandal; pleadthefifth; teaparty
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
HILLARY CLINTON: Try to Remember
101 posted on 05/21/2013 1:04:19 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: william clark

No, they sit her down and make her take the 5th in front of the entire nation.


102 posted on 05/21/2013 1:04:31 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: epluribus_2


We're gonna need lots more popcorn...
103 posted on 05/21/2013 1:04:32 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: 11th Commandment

Hey IRS, I take the fifth on my next tax return.


104 posted on 05/21/2013 1:04:33 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: All

I’ll make government open and transparent.


105 posted on 05/21/2013 1:04:38 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: 3Fingas

NO way...NO immunity.


106 posted on 05/21/2013 1:04:56 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: MrB

That’s Sarah Ingram


107 posted on 05/21/2013 1:04:58 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Reagan Conservative)
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To: ironman

You’re right. I need to look back at the timeline, since both of them have been in charge of the tax exempt organizations component.


108 posted on 05/21/2013 1:05:08 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: 11th Commandment
But ... but ... but. The Carney Barker said this is just like the Birth Certificate inquiries?
109 posted on 05/21/2013 1:05:20 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: 11th Commandment
Republicans - here's your 2014 campaign basis.

Lerner: "I refuse to answer your question on the grounds it may incriminate me ..."

Over and over again - ads, videos, mention by every Republican on every program ...

But I fear the republicans are pussies - afraid they will be accused of "overreaching."

110 posted on 05/21/2013 1:05:26 PM PDT by eCSMaster ("God bless Planned Parenthood"- B.H.Obama, 2013)
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To: BAW

One of Congressional Dems favorite moves when in power is to grant immunity to witnesses to get at a bigger fish. That essentially destroys any chance of criminal prosecution. (didn’t Fawn Hall get immunity?)

If Issa can convince Boehner to turn up the heat on demanding a special counsel, they can work a deal with this gal to find out who up the chain concocted the planted question strategy.

Is this what the WH aides are panicked over? It’s like checkmate in chess - when the realization hits that there’s no way out.

Keep an eye on Ft. Marcy Park or space alien abductions.


111 posted on 05/21/2013 1:06:04 PM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: 11th Commandment
Grand jury time! There is no 5th in a Grand Jury.

Go with grand jury and a special prosecutor.

112 posted on 05/21/2013 1:06:12 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: forgotten man

What did Valerie Jarrett know and when did she know it?

Valerie Jarrett knows nothing ,it all originates from Valerie Jarrett


113 posted on 05/21/2013 1:06:37 PM PDT by molson209
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To: eCSMaster

republicans ARE wussies - which is why we have to elect conservatives and Tea Partiers.

Make people choose sides in the ads.

The IRS loser taking the 5th? Or the patriotic hard working tax payer?

It really should be a no-brainer.......right?


114 posted on 05/21/2013 1:07:15 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: 11th Commandment

Put the bit$& under oath in front of a committee and make her recite the
Fifth over and over. Period! If she has not committed any crime why would she
take the Fifth? We all know the answer.


115 posted on 05/21/2013 1:08:03 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: onyx

I don’t like the idea of immunity either, but if she can catch a bigger fish, it might be worth it.


116 posted on 05/21/2013 1:08:44 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 11th Commandment

I - I
R - Remember
S - Squat


117 posted on 05/21/2013 1:08:55 PM PDT by moovova
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To: 11th Commandment

Well. I’d say that’s a tacit admission of guilt, and a sure indicator of a cover-up that goes all the way to the top.

This will only intensify the digging. Get out the backhoes!!


118 posted on 05/21/2013 1:09:29 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Don Corleone
At the end of Obama’s administration his “Pardon List” will be the size of the Riyadh Manhattan Phone Book.
119 posted on 05/21/2013 1:09:46 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: - Obama vs America. The new cold war)
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To: Nervous Tick

Agree! Put her under oath. Let the questions begin and the camera’s roll.
Record every fifth she takes!


120 posted on 05/21/2013 1:10:11 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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