Brazen IRS Official Lois Lerner Refuses To Testify In Scandal Hearings Even After She Waives Her 5th Amendment Right

May 22, 2013 1:24 pmViews: 3171

IRS Official Lois Lerner


In a brazen disregard for the seriousness of what she is involved in that is becoming oh so typical of those working under President Obama, Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official in charge of approving applications for tax-exempt status, denied any wrongdoing and refused to testify or respond to any questions by members of Congress in response to accusations that the IRS targeted conservative organizations seeking nonprofit status for heavier scrutiny between 2010 and 2012.

There is only one problem with Ms Lerner invoking the 5th Amendment. She proceeded to give a one minute opening monologue asserting her innocence by saying, "I have not done anything wrong, I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee." When you actually say something on the stand such as the defiant Ms Lerner did, you are essentially waiving your 5th Amendment rights to not incriminate yourself.

After the part of her monologue where she asserted her innocence in any IRS targeting, Lerner then went on to say, "While I would very much like to answer the committee's questions today, I've been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing." Apparently Ms Lerner or nor her counsel realizes once you start a diatribe like that and proclaim your innocence, you can't then assert your right not to testify because you've already started to testify. You can't have it both ways. You don't get to tell your side of the story and then not let anyone ask you questions.

After Lerner delivered her opening statement proclaiming her innocence, committee Chairman Darell Issa, asked her to leave the committee room, but before she could exit, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy protested Issa's dismissal of the witness by saying, "She just testified; she just waived her Fifth Amendment right to privilege. You don't get to tell your side of the story and then not be subjected to cross-examination, That's not the way it works. ... She ought to stand here and answer our questions." We have to agree with Gowdy, Ms Lerner is a public official doing public business and she damn well ought to have been made to testify or been held in contempt of Congress.

Watch the absolutely brazen Lerner below and remember, these people work for us:

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