And…Lois Lerner Did Plead The 5th

As pointed out yesterday, this was expected

(Fox News) The director of the IRS division that singled out conservative groups refused to answer questions Wednesday at a House hearing on the program, as a Democratic lawmaker warned there would be “hell to pay” if the agency stonewalls Congress on its investigation.

The IRS official, Lois Lerner, invoked the Fifth Amendment Wednesday as she declared she would not testify or answer questions on the advice of counsel.

“I will not answer any questions or testify about the subject matter of this committee’s meeting,” she said.

However, her statements prompted confusion in the hearing room, as she delivered a brief opening statement in which she claimed she had done nothing wrong. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said that given her other remarks, she may have “effectively waived” her rights.

She has every right to take the 5th, but, the thing about the 5th is that it is meant to protect citizens from self-incrimination, not so that people can immediately infer that there is no assumption of guilt. Though, people shouldn’t necessarily jump to the conclusion that the person did something wrong. While in a courtroom. In the justice system.

Ms. Lerner should also expect to be recalled to the Hill to testify (and probably take the 5th), and possibly face charges, both criminal and for contempt of Congress. A Blaze reader, Fellow_Citizen, makes an interesting point

Try this stunt when the IRS is investigating YOU. Your assets would be gone, your house and business would be gone, and you would be in jail.

Also, Issa brought the humor

Apparently the IRS provided some documents to Democrats, but not Republicans.

Oh, and apparently no heads are going to roll.

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3 Responses to “And…Lois Lerner Did Plead The 5th”

  1. john says:

    Teach you failed to point out that she was appointed by Bush and probably still votes R. Bush specifically chose her to head the Tax Exempt Division of the IRS

  2. john says:

    Her hubby’s law firm donates big money to the Republicans giving Ted Cruz over 16 grand.
    http://overlawyered.com/2013/05/irs-scandal-the-daily-caller-fires-blank-lois-lerner/

  3. gitarcarver says:

    Teach you failed to point out that she was appointed by Bush and probably still votes R. Bush specifically chose her to head the Tax Exempt Division of the IRS

    And you failed to point out she was appointed by Clinton to the FCC. After controversy there where she was accused of targeting conservative religious groups, she moved to the IRS. Bush maintained the appointment, but did not directly appoint her.

    Her hubby’s law firm donates big money to the Republicans giving Ted Cruz over 16 grand.

    Her hubby’s firm also gave an almost equal amount to Democrats. I wonder why you forgot to mention that?

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