Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lerner to Invoke

According to Instapundit, Lois Lerner, the IRS official who apologized about harrassing patriots will invoke the 5th amendment in her testimony to Congress tomorrow. Really.
WASHINGTON — 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.
Her lawyer says that she hasn't violated any laws, but that DOJ had launched a criminal investigation, so she's not comfortable answering questions.

I'm no lawyer, but I've testified before lots of courts, and being uncomfortable is not a reason to invoke the 5th.  There should be a law that any civil servant who invokes the 5th Amendment is immediately fired and forfeits all pension contributions.  You certainly have a concrete right to invoke the 5th Amendment, but you shouldn't expect to be allowed back in the building afterwards, and any contributions you made toward your own security should be forfeit.

We look forward to seeing how the Democrats spin this.  Lerner takes the 5th, I'm sure it's Bush's fault.


Old NFO said...

Yeah, they're going to spin the hell out of this, and she'll probably get a promotion!

Rivrdog said...

Hey, Back-Seater! Obama already announced her promotion: she's going to run the IRS Enforcement Arm of Obamacare! If Obamacare survives, that WILL beoome the most powerful Gov't agency ever, reaching into EVERY citizen's life.

So far, silence on whether the promotion will stand.

I blogged this. Go to Rivrdog Blog.

Precision270 said...

Yes she got a promotion. Yes it will be the most powerful department of the most hated agency.

But more importantly, she should be banned from all public service at a MINIMUM. Tar, feathers and forced self assembly would be better.

Titan Mk6B said...

If she broke no laws why does she have to invoke the right to not self-incriminate.

Here we go again.