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May 21, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Lois Lerner believes that telling the truth under oath may incriminate her.

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.

According to her lawyer (she has lawyered up) Lerner believes she hasn’t done anything wrong. Even though she ran the office that even the fake-fired commissioner now admits was targeting Americans because of partisan politics.

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.

h/t Ace

Update: According to the National Journal, Issa has subpoenaed Lerner anyway, after her lawyer informed that she will plead the fifth. This sets up Lerner to appear before the committee, as she should, and repeatedly answer straightforward questions with versions of “I cannot answer on the advice of counsel, as my answer may incriminate me.” After fake-fired acting commissioner Miller’s evasions and lies by omission and the White House’s own changing story, Lerner pleading the fifth will give the story some nasty new optics for the Obama White House.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Kudos to Issa for sticking to procedure and forcing this hack to face the cameras and recite a litany of humiliating pleas.
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"Taylor asked that she be excused from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.”

Funny, she seemed to have no problem at all with embarrassing and burdening law-abiding citizens.

Tar. Feathers.
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" 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."

Here is one place where we see if the House [read Boehner] is serious about this. If they make her take the 5th publicly, it is a sign they are serious about this. If they let her get off without testifying because she says she will not say anything, but claims she is innocent, Boehner has rolled over.

If she publicly takes the 5th, then the committee can grant her personal transactional immunity, and then require that she testify under oath. If she refuses then, she goes to jail. This would be a shot across the bow of everybody in the government, and will increase the number of rats leaving the sinking ship bearing records.

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The Unqualified USURPER and his corrupt REGIME are governing the USA the 'Chicago Way' and in very similar fashion to Hitler and his NAZIS.
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I am just waiting for the Unqualified USURPER to declare 'Executive Privilege' just like he did to protect his corrupt RACIST DOJ Holder.
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The Lying Unqualified 'Know Nothing' USURPER and his corrupt 'I dont know that' REGIME hold the American people in utter CONTEMPT. That much is patently obvious when apart from recycling old thoroughly busted LIES they continue to profess ignorance of virtually everything.
Just what is Barry HUSSEIN Soetero President for he knows nothing about anything and is powerless to stop HIS minions running wild. WHAT IS HIS PURPOSE because as a President he is worse than USELESS.
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This is going to get very interesting ......... but could get very, very ugly. Never forget that we're dealing with the thugs from Chi-town. If John Boehner has been doing a number with his secretary then this whole thing is probably over. Any principal investigator involved in this mess had better have zero skeletons in his closet or the entire world will soon know about it ..... and the MSM will never quit yapping about.
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Now we're adding this Lerner to .....Napolitano, Jarrett, Rice, Hillary, Nuland, Mills, Pelosi.

Political correctness has its price tag.
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Kudos to Issa for sticking to procedure and forcing this hack to face the cameras and recite a litany of humiliating pleas.
1 year ago
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Drip drip drip, the end begins.
1 year ago
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I hope you're correct. [....notice I avoided using "right"]
1 year ago
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A friend pointed out to me that the 501(c)(4) that conservative groups were applying for are specifically for "social welfare" programs and can not be used for political purposes, such as endorsing candidates. This is pointed out in a New Yorker article by Jeffrey Toobin. How much truth is there in this argument? I ascribe nothing noble--or even honest--to the administration, but is this an arguable legal point?
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Avid, it is, but the orgs asking for the status were issues-based: low taxes, less government, pro-life, etc. Consider leftist orgs that got the status: MoveOn.org, NARAL Pro-Choice America, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, and Media Matters.

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Good god, what is with the comments engine here?

MoveOn.org, NARAL Pro-Choice America, People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood, and Media Matter.
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Frankly, I would LOVE to have such a witness in front of me. Imagine the questions you could ask, knowing that you will get a rote repetition of the Fifth Amendment. "So, Ms. Lerner, just exactly what crimes are you attempting to avoid incriminating yourself concerning? We haven't accused you of a crime, so you must have already conceded that one occurred. Just what is it? Who else in your office was involved in this crime that you obviously believe occurred? Did the President order you to commit this crime or did you conceive it on your own? Did your office condone any other crimes in your time in command?"

It will be great TV, having her refuse to answer over and over and over and over...
1 year ago
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"It will be great TV, having her refuse to answer over and over and over and over..."

Yeah, for 12 people who aren't regular FOX viewers who'll actually watch it or ever hear about it on the network news.
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Very good point. Still, I believe that we have to shine a bright light and watch the cockroaches scuttle into the corners.
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I will note that I expect that if Issa calls her to testify, despite her declaration that she will take the Fifth and refuse to testify; that the response from the Regime will be to declare that Congress does not have the authority to summon Executive Branch officials and compel testimony on the grounds of "separation of powers". It would be, of course, the purest of refined bovine end product. The matter has been adjudicated to a fair-thee-well before and settled law goes the other way from that claim.

But the very same media outlets that supported Congress over Nixon on the issue will gladly reverse their stand. After all, they are Leftists, and the world is what they want, not any objective reality. The private meeting of Journo-List 2.0 at the White House today is the media getting marching orders.

At another blog, we were discussing the civil suits for violation of rights under color of law. These are a part of what is needed, but as I noted there; it takes years-to-decades to get a definitive decision from the courts. The Republic does not have that much time left, and it will be over if the Regime is allowed to run out the clock unmolested. Then there is the detail that arguably, with Chief Justice Roberts in Obama's pocket, the Supreme Court will side with the tyrants.

Subotai Bahadur
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"When in the Course of human events..."
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