House Committee Rules IRS Official Lois Lerner Waived Fifth Amendment Right, May Be Forced To Testify

June 28, 2013 4:03 pmViews: 2379

Will IRS official Lois Lerner testify

It looks like IRS official Lois Lerner who was in charge of granting tax exempt status to organizations while the targeting of conservative groups was going on, may be forced to testify of her knowledge in the matter. Lerner spoke before the House subcommittee on in late May and completely denied any wrongdoing in the scandal, and then invoked her 5th Amendment right not to testify against herself.

Unfortunately Ms Lerner, the problem with her asserting her innocence in speaking before the committee is that she is by default testifying and at that point she is waiving her 5th Amendment right. You can't have it both ways in a court or in giving testimony. You can't proclaim your innocence and then not be asked any questions about your position of innocence. Once you open your mouth under oath other than to say you are invoking your right, you waive your right.

Isn't it funny that our own government officials and even the lawyers representing them don't understand the law?

I wonder at what point President Obama will be implicated?

Read the little snippet below from CNN:

Republicans on a House committee overcame strenuous Democratic objections in voting Friday that Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner waived her constitutional right against self-incrimination at a prior hearing.

The resolution was the first step in an effort by the House Oversight Committee's GOP chairman to force Lerner to return to answer questions about targeting of conservative groups by the unit she headed.

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