Top IRS Official Lois Lerner will Invoke 5th Amendment and Not Answer House Committee Questions on IRS Scandal


Oh this will go over well with “We the People” … Let’s see Obama’s faux outrage now.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Lois Lerner, the top IRS official and head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS responsible for reviewing non-profit organizations and the department at the heart of the IRS scandal, will plead the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer House committee questions on the grounds of self incrimination. Lerner was scheduled to answer questions from the House Oversight committee this Wednesday. Her attorney, William W. Taylor III, wrote that Ms. Lerner had committed no crime or made any misrepresentations, but because the Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation, “under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.”

So what does she have to hide? This scandal just got even more real.  The House committee was to ask Lerner to explain why she provided “false or misleading information” to the committee four times last year? Taylor, a criminal defense attorney for Learner asked that since Lerner is not going to answer questions, can she be excused from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.” WHO CARES WHAT IT DOES TO HER! With the crap that the IRS did to law-abiding Americans whose only crime was being conservative under her watch, I agree with the Jawa Report, “Boo frickin hoo, make her plead the Fifth for all to see”. Honesty, who really thinks that Holder and the DOJ is going to take this investigation seriously? About as serious as they did the New Black Panther Party and voter intimidation. Congress and Daryl Issa best make her march her happy butt into the hearing room and have all the world to see the head of the very department responsible for the IRS scandal of targeting conservative and Tea Party groups plead the 5th.

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A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th 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 disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on 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 Issa (R-Vista). The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.

UPDATE I: From Weasel Zippers, Daryl Issa does not disappoint … Issa Issues Subpoena Anyway to force her to plead the 5th in public for all of America to see. More great PR for Barack Obama, Democrats and the IRS.

Lois Lerner, the IRS official who headed the tax-exempt division when the targeting of tea-party groups took place, plans to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions before Congress on Wednesday.

But Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House oversight committee where Lerner was to appear, has issued a subpoena to Lerner anyway.

The subpoena was delivered after the committee received the letter from Lerner’s attorney, a committee aide said.

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  • Comments

    11 Responses to “Top IRS Official Lois Lerner will Invoke 5th Amendment and Not Answer House Committee Questions on IRS Scandal”

    1. Lightwave on May 21st, 2013 8:36 pm

      So the video of Lerner taking the 5th is the end of Obamee, correct? His presidency cannot possibly survive this
      SM: Probably not, if it were only that easy. If he was a Republican, his presidency could not survive it.


    2. IRS Offical to take the Fifth | Thinking Americanist on May 21st, 2013 10:58 pm

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    3. A Texas Grandfather on May 21st, 2013 11:02 pm

      Issa should form his questions so that when she pleads the fifth, she is admitting to the acts the questions pose.

      This is not the top of the heap in this case. The House committee should next subpoena the president of the union that represents the IRS workers.

      This is exactly why the 16th amendment should be repealed. This amendment allowed the agency to ignore the 4th amendment against improper search and seizure. Once again we have the supreme court not doing its duty to protect the people.

    4. A Texas Grandfather on May 21st, 2013 11:08 pm

      Everyone should read W. Cleaon Skousen’s history of the 16th amendment and learn the real reason for its passage and the source of the exemption for charities and trusts. It is available on-line.

    5. Charles Krauthammer on IRS Scandal: This is Why It Has Legs … “This Thing Will Go On and It Could Be Fatal” | Scared Monkeys on May 22nd, 2013 11:00 am

      [...] as everybody knows what the ITS can do and everyone is afraid of it. Second, now you have some one who is going to pleads the 5th and that has the appearance that the IRS is hiding something. Last, Democrats are up in arms as well [...]

    6. Super dave on May 22nd, 2013 7:06 pm

      She should be treated as a terrorist. Of course, terrorists here are befriended by the democrats and given more rights than American citizens. The democrat comlmunist party should be abolished and treated as criminals.

    7. Eric Holder and Lois Lerner “know nothing” about IRS scandal, yeah right! | Natural News Shocker on May 23rd, 2013 9:33 am
    8. Fox News Poll: Overwhelming Majority Distrust the IRS and Majority Think White House Knew About IRS Targeting Conservative & Tea Party Non-Profit Organizations | Scared Monkeys on May 25th, 2013 5:48 pm

      [...] People,” they acted defiantly, smugly, claimed they had done nothing wrong and in some cases plead the 5th. Some resigned. Some like Lois Lerner were asked to resign, refused and were put on administrative [...]

    9. Top IRS official now seeks refuge in Bill of Rights even after her department’s attack on the constitution | Natural News Watch on May 28th, 2013 7:43 am

      [...] because the Department of Justice has already launched an investigation. Know more on this at… [...]

    10. Former IRS Official Lois Lerner Breaks Her Silence … “I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong.” | Scared Monkeys on September 22nd, 2014 10:00 am

      [...] when given an opportunity to provide testimony under oath to Congress that you have plead the fifth not once, but twice. Who are you kidding?  Yup, not a smidgen of corruption. Gee Lois, why would you need [...]

    11. Barack Obama’s DOJ Says There are No contempt Charges for Former IRS Official Lois Lerner | Scared Monkeys on April 2nd, 2015 10:00 am

      [...] in a seven-page letter this week that he would not bring a criminal case to a grand jury over Lerner’s refusal to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2014. The House approved a [...]

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