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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IRS Admits Trageting Conservatives for Extra Tax Scrutiny in 2012 Election … Claimed there was No Political Bias Behind the Alinsky Targeting Tactics

ADD ANOTHER SCANDAL TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION … MORE CHICAGO STYLE, SAUL ALINSKY POLITICS … WHEN IS AMERICA GOING TO ADMIT THAT OBAMA IS NIXONESQUE?

The IRS apologizes for targeting Conservatives and Tea Party groups … apology not accepted! Should this be considered a “hate crime”? The IRS was obviously only targeting a certain element of society. Of course the IRS did not target Conservative groups to retaliate against Obama enemies list. That could never happen.

What a shock that the Obama IRS would act as his henchman to go after Conservatives and Tea Party groups. All the IRS has to offer is an apology?  This is simply unacceptable and all involved need to be fired, without pensions immediately! As reported at the WAPO, IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. MY BUTT!!! What a joke this is, of course it was politically motivated. It was just a coincidence that it was only Conservative Tea Party orgs that were targeted. If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you. Talk about abuse of power. This admissions from the IRS is exactly what Conservatives have been accusing them of years and now “We the People” know its true. How can anyone have faith in this “Gestapo” organization ever again?

1. IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. Initially, they suggested that other non-conservative-sounding names might have been targeted. By the end of the call, though, Lerner acknowledged: “I only said that because I never like to say ‘absolutely not.’ I don’t have any information on that.”

2. Lerner wouldn’t say whether anyone is being disciplined, then appeared to say there was no disciplinary action, then went back to saying she wouldn’t comment. (more)

This is the tip of the iceberg and follows the “cockroach” principle … this is what they have admitted to, what else are they guilty of like who they audit, hmm? Obviously, the Obama administration used Alinsky tactics & IRS to ensure Tea Party would not be a factor in 2012.

The Internal Revenue Service on Friday apologized for targeting groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, confirming long-standing accusations by some conservatives that their applications for tax-exempt status were being improperly delayed and scrutinized.

Lois G. Lerner, the IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, said the “absolutely inappropriate” actions by “front-line people” were not driven by partisan motives.

Rather, Lerner said, they were a misguided effort to come up with an efficient means of dealing with a flood of applications from organizations seeking ­tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.

During that period, about 75 groups were selected for extra inquiry — including burdensome questionnaires and, in some cases, improper requests for the names of their donors — simply because of the words in their names, she said in a conference call with reporters.

The Gateway Pundit reminds us of the when in 2012, conservative groups complained that the IRS was targeting them for audits. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views.

UPDATE I: From the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform: Issa and Jordan: IRS Political Retaliation Tactics “Unconscionable”.

As Weasel Zippers stated, “heads should roll”. As we stated above, there is not one person who should be spared … ALL SHOULD GO, WITHOUT PENSIONS AND CRIMINAL CHARGES SHOULD BE MADE.

 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., requested the IG look into allegations of political retaliation last June. In response to the today’s disclosure and apology by IRS, Issa and Jordan issued the following statement:   “The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable. The Committee will aggressively follow up on the IG report and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”

UPDATE II: A Public Service Announcement to the American People via Legal Insurrection As IRS admits it targeted Tea Party groups, remember IRS is Obamacare enforcer.

UPDATE II:  From The Weekly Standard - The Times & the IRS Story … It’s not front page news, apparently. Think the same would hold true under a GOP presidency?

Not front page material in the Grey Lady’s news judgment.  But good enough for page A-11.  With the third paragraph reassuring readers that an agency spokesperson had insisted

… that the move was not driven by politics, but she added, “We made some mistakes; some people didn’t use good judgment.”

But of course.  One does wonder, though, how the Times would have played the news if, a few years back, it had come to light that the IRS had been auditing Valerie Plame.

But … then, perhaps in the Times’s lofty judgment, the IRS was merely doing what it should do.  This, anyway, was how the Times editorial page saw it last year:

Why Attorney General Eric Holder Initiate the Legal Process of Miranda for Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to Stop Talking to FBI and Lawyer-Up? … District Court Judge Marianne Bowler Arrived at the Hospital & Reads Terrorist Miranda Rights (VIDEO)

There is still a war on terror, isn’t there?

FOX news Megyn Kelly was shocked and astonished at the revelation as are many Americans as to how and why the only remaining suspect,  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, of the Boston Marathon bomber was read his Miranda Rights … FBI Was ‘Shocked’ to See Judge ‘Waltz’ in and Give Suspect Miranda Rights. How is it possible that just 16 hours into a FBI interrogation that District Court Judge Marianne Bowler shows up unannounced to the hospital room and reads the terrorist suspect his Miranda rights? What intel did we lose because of this legal screw up? According to reports, the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was singing like a bird. That was until he was read his rights. Who gave this judge the go ahead?  Watch the VIDEO below and your blood will boil. What does AG Eric Holder and this administration want to hide, the fact that there may have been foreign state sponsored terrorism and the two bombers did not act alone? The interrogation of this suspect had to do with US National Security, not whether he was innocent or guilty of the bombings. What are they hiding?

Two officials with knowledge of the FBI briefing on Capitol Hill said the FBI was against stopping the investigators’ questioning and was stunned that the judge, Justice Department prosecutors and public defenders showed up, feeling valuable intelligence may have been sacrificed as a result.

The FBI had been questioning Tsarnaev for 16 hours before the judge called a start to the court proceeding, officials familiar with the Capitol Hill briefing told Fox News.

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The FBI filed a federal criminal complaint against the 19-year-old on Sunday, and federal District Court Judge Marianne Bowler arrived at the hospital where he is being treated to preside over his initial hearing Monday, when she read him his Miranda rights.

[FBI officials told The Associated Press Wednesday that Tsarnaev acknowledged to investigators his role in the attacks before he was advised of his constitutional rights. He reportedly said he was only recently recruited by his brother to be part of the attack.]

But Fox News’ sources say there was confusion about Bowler’s timing, with some voicing concerns that investigators were not given enough time to question Dzhokhar under the “public safety exception” invoked by the Justice Department.

Two officials with knowledge of the FBI briefing on Capitol Hill said the FBI was against stopping the investigators’ questioning and was stunned that the judge, Justice Department prosecutors and public defenders showed up, feeling valuable intelligence may have been sacrificed as a result.

The FBI had been questioning Tsarnaev for 16 hours before the judge called a start to the court proceeding, officials familiar with the Capitol Hill briefing told Fox News. Moreover, the FBI informed lawmakers that the suspect had been providing valuable intelligence, but stopped talking once the magistrate judge read him his rights.

More from the Politico:  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers slammed a judicial process that prematurely halted FBI questioning of the Boston bombing suspect and said it provided the suspect with Miranda rights too quickly.

“We need to make sure that the court doesn’t believe that they are now in the position to intercede in that public safety administration of an interrogation,” Rogers (R-Mich.) said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” “That’s really dangerous and concerning, especially when the FBI will tell you, ‘we weren’t quite finished with him. We didn’t really believe that we had all that we could get out of him.’”

Hypocrisy Alert: AG Eric Holder Requires Journalists Show Photo ID to Attend His NAACP Speech on Evils of Photo ID Laws

File this one under truth is stranger than fiction, hypocrisy and you just can’t make this stuff up …

Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech today to the NAACP conference in Houston, TX on the evils of photo ID laws; however, in order for the media to get in and cover the event, wait for it, wait for it … they needed to show photo ID.

Holder described photo ID laws as racist and a poll tax.  What a sad, pathetic man. Worse yet, what a sad and pathetic Presidential administration that was voted into office. If they are not doing class warfare, they are playing the race card. Just curious, how does anyone conduct any form of business or travel in today’s society without a photo ID?

“Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them,” Holder said in a speech to the NAACP on Tuesday, referring specifically to a law being implemented in Texas. “We call those poll taxes.”

Check out the media advisory that was handed out to have the media show photo ID’s to hear a race-bating and divisive speech in the evils of photo ID laws. Hmm, wasn’t it the Michelle Obama book signing that also required that individuals show photo ID as well?

 As correctly stated at Powerline, “liberals require identification to get access to anything they think is important. Where they part company with us is that they don’t think preventing voter fraud is important.”

Justice Department Seeking Individuals who Speak Ebonics … Obama’s New Job Program?

The US Justice Department is hooked on Ebonics …

The US Justice Department is seeking people who speak Ebonics. Wait a minute, you mean this is a real story? It reads like a SNL skit or an article from The Onion. Ebonics is a dialect, are you kidding? Wonder how the Cajun folks feel this? Sorry if I am in the camp that Ebonics is a ”bastardization of the English language”. The Department of Justice needs Ebonics translators to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations. Who knew “crack” was called something different in Ebonics?

The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.

A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media”

The DEA’s need for full-time linguists specializing in Ebonics is detailed in bid documents related to the agency’s mid-May issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) covering the provision of as many as 2100 linguists for the drug agency’s various field offices. Answers to the proposal were due from contractors on July 29.

 

As Wizbang states … Life imitates Airplane, “oh stewardess, I speak jive.” Who knew Airplane was just ahead of it’s time. What will this be passed off as, more Obama job creation?

Maybe the DOJ can hire some folks who speak “Downeast” Mainiac, becaause aya, ya can’t get theya from hera. Maybe they can also hire some folks who speack South Jersey or Valley girl as well. I guess it is a good thing for the DOJ that Snooki from Jersey Shore will be releasing a dictionary.

Unreal, that this is what constitutes as sanity in this daya and age or as they say in Ebonics … iz ya’ll kidding, Ebonics a dialect … wa’tch will these assclowns think o’ next?

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CBS’s Face the Nation Bob Schieffer on Not Asking the New Black Panther Party Question to Holder … “I Didn’t know about it, I was on Vacation”

Simply incredible and rather unbelievable … the excuses the MSM will come up with rather than admit they are bias.

According to CBS’s  “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, he did not ask the question of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation/DOJ case to Eric Holder because “he did not about it”because the previous week he had been on vacation. ARE YOU SERIOUS? That begs the question, was his staff on vacation to? Does anyone really believe that Schieffer does not have a staff that researches stories and events in the news?

It might also beg the question and ask was the rest of the state run media on vacation too as to why they did not cover the story of Eric Holder and the DOJ dropping and already won case of voter intimidation against the NBPP?

Watch the CNN interview with Bob Schieffer via NewsBusters and see just how not believable his explanation is.

Chatting with Howard Kurtz on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Schieffer said, “This all really became a story when the whistleblower came out and testified that he’d had to leave the Justice Department and so on. And, frankly, had I known about that, I would have asked the question.”

 

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Megyn Kelly Rips the LEFT: California Town Hall Meeting, Democrat US Rep Brad Sherman Has No Knowledge of DOJ Dropping the New Black Panther Party Voter Intimidation Case

File this one under, why we love Megyn Kelly!!!

If you have not seen the VIDEO below regarding the New Black Panther Party … this is must see video.

If the liberal biased MSM  does not cover a story, did it ever really happen? Such is the case with the voter intimidation case of the New Black Panther Party where the MSM refuses to cover the story. Once again we are witness as to why the state run MSM and Obama are dangerous to America. The media’s job is to inform and protect the people, not run cover and be a propaganda tool for any President.

Welcome to the reason why voters are fed up with Democrat politicians and the liberal main stream media. At a Town Hall meeting in California a voter questions why Obama Attorney General Eric Holder dropped the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party. The response by the Democrat US House of Representative just makes one shake their head.

The voter asks, is it the policy of the Obama/Holder DOJ not to prosecute cases when the defendants are black and the plaintiffs are white. US Rep Brad Sherman (D-CA) claims that it is not the policy of the DOJ even if you have heard it on the Internet, trying to dismiss the story as a conspiracy. Then Sherman says the unimaginable … “as to the Black Panther Party, I am simply not aware of that case.” UNREAL! This is what is elected as an informed individual who makes laws for the United States.

WATCH THE FUR FLY AFTER US REP BRAD SHERMAN MAKES THE UNINFORMED COMMENT THAT HE IS NOT AWARE OF THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY VOTER INTIMIDATION CASE.

Fox News Megyn Kelly reports, the liberal Kirsten Powers proves to be a Democrat useful idiot … you decide!

 

Megyn Kelly confronts Powers and says she does not know what she is talking about. Kelly then asks whether she has read the testimony that was given. The answer was no. Once again we are witness to a Democrat operative who is arguing a case of which she admittedly does not know the facts of the case, nor has read the testimony. Sound familar, like when AG Eric Holder railed against the Arizona immigration law after having nto even read it.

How do we have elected officials in the US Congress that are less informed than “WE THE PEOPLE”? This is exactly why such politicians need to be voted out of office. They do not care about those they represent.

In the end … Kirsten Powers uses every liberal ploy in the Democrat play book, blame GWB and make arguments without the facts.

UPDATE I: From The Ace of Spades and I can honestly say they are 100% correct … “The 10 Minutes fight between Megyn Kelly and Kirsten Powers on FNC may be the greatest ten minutes of television, ever.”

Not only did Kelly reveal Powers to be a know-nothing mouthpiece for the left (something I’ve always asserted), but she further owned her for knowing next to zero about the New Black Panther case.

After this pathetic showing by Kirsten Powers, she may never again be able to show her face on Fox News. Powers was completed schooled and made to look like the rank amatear that every one thought she was. I could never figure out how she even had the gig. Kirsten was at her most pathetic when she made the “scary black man” comment.

I’ll let you provide all the commentary, with only one observation: Kirsten sank to her lowest and most ignorant low with her “scary black man” snark at Megyn — who showed amazing restraint in the face of being accused of racial demagoguery by a fellow Fox colleague who has no grasp of the basic facts and import of the DOJ’s corruption in the case and who demonstrated complete cluelessness about the poisonous, violence-promoting history of the NBPP.

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