WASHINGTON – A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the Fifth 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 reveal it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor 3rd. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight committee Wednesday.
When a cow pie hits the fan it makes a big smelly mess. If she is innocent but has no choice to plead the 5th then I don´t believe she is innocent. Sorry, but I don´t. #1 you made me chuckle out loud. Thanks, I needed that. They are trying to sweep this under the rug. Get out the Dyson.
1). Get her computer; 2). Search her private communication accounts, 3). Go after dirt on her husband, kids, parents, siblings, etc. 4). Use what you find to offer immunity. Lois Lerner is probably ready to take a small hit for the good of the team. Let her know it will be a hit that will affect her family for generations if she does not cooperate!
This will stall any investigation. If anybody has anything on her they will have to turn it over to a prosecutor, then a Grand Jury, etc. It could be never for an indictment. Ultimately, Obama will pardon anyone who may reveal he was the `host source` of the virus`es plaguing DC.
FTA: "Taylor asked that she [Lerner] be excused from appearing, saying that would ´have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.´”
That´s some brass. "Burden" her? You mean like the law abiding American citizens were burdened by her IRS department that had run amok and had singled THEM out for special burdens?
If the members of the House have any sense of justice or responsibility to the American people they will subpoena her and make her show up and sit there for hours taking the fifth on every question.
She should be fired today. Any public employee who takes the fifth regarding the performance of their job duties doesn´t deserve to continue in that job. Furthermore, if she still has a job tomorrow it all lays at Obama´s feet. The entire chain of command above her with the power to fire her ultimately reports to Obama. The order should go out today. If it doesn´t, then Obama owns it. All of it. A tacit approval of the whole mess.
Fine. Don´t testify. YOU´RE FIRED for cause! And you can´t be given any other government job.
These people are working for US, publicly doing the People´s work. They don´t have a right to hide what they have been doing. This isn´t national security. Anything she has done should be open for review beyond an individual´s private tax information.
She may as well plead the 64th to the Code of the Scientology God of lizard people who empregnated an ancient volcano with the master race of John Travolta look-a-likes that only eat chocolate pudding cups while wearing their Nike shoes.
Because liberals believe the same about the Constitution of the U.S.
Memo from the White House (sung to the tune of "Put another log on the fire", comps. to Kinky Freedman)
Put another scandal on the fire, The end always justifies the means, Go out to the bus and change the tire, You’re just a pawn not worth a hill of beans, Baby, fill my pipe with crack and fetch my slippers, Roll me up another blunt of tea. Put another scandal on the fire, pawn, And take the fifth amendment for me.
Don´t give immunity. democrats who get immunity receive a visit from goons who make them clam up someone in final stages of lockjaw. Indict her. Make her fall on her sword for zippy, or sing like a canary. It´s her choice
How did that immunity thing work out for the Dims with Oliver North and Iran-Contra? No, the thing is to turn the tables against a lying b-tch by investigating her entire family, friends, associates, twitter, blogs, etc. just like she did the TEA party. We´re talking a political colonoscopy. She will suffer the travails she hoped to foist on her messiah´s enemies.
COLLEGE PARK, Md.-- D-Day arrived for Obamacare Saturday and it began with an 11-hour shutdown of the website. The system is functioning a bit better than before but is still terribly inadequate. Applications are in limbo -- many already initiated are stalled, lost or otherwise can´t be completed. Applicants eligible for subsidies must use the website, or HealthCare.org paper alternatives that can´t handle the volume and the system often can´t verify applicants´ eligibility for aid. Overall, the website still fails to complete the enrollment process for many who try. Website software to get insurance companies paid subsidies isn´t functioning and
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