Road to Nixonville Lois Lerner to plead the 5th

by Datechguy | May 21st, 2013

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Road to Nixonville Lois Lerner to plead the 5th

Bailiff: Do you swear to tell the truth the whole truth and noth­ing but the truth so help you God?

Fonz: Let me tell you some­thing, the Fonz is straight.

Happy Days Two Angry Men 1976

While I’m wait­ing for my Tea Party videos to upload when I saw this news for the first time:

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.

Well while it’s nice to know Ms. Lerner respects at least one of the Amend­ments to the con­sti­tu­tion the effec­tively ends sev­eral of the sto­ry­lines involved.

1. This was a bunch of rogue agents

2. We don’t know if this is against the law.

3. There was no polit­i­cal motives involved.

4. The Admin­is­tra­tion was not involved.

Ms. Lerner has the absolute right to take the 5th before con­gress and any other court.

And we have the absolute right to draw the log­i­cal con­clu­sion that she is doing so to pro­tect her­self and her higher-​ups in the Admin­is­tra­tion from rev­e­la­tion that would put them at crim­i­nal risk.

I thought we might even­tu­ally get here. I didn’t think it would be within 2 weeks.

Update:
Hotair

Hey, remem­ber when Steve Miller insisted there’s noth­ing ille­gal about the IRS tar­get­ing a par­tic­u­lar polit­i­cal fac­tion for extra scrutiny?

Instapun­dit:

She’s lawyered-​up, and not just with any lawyer, either.

PJ Tatler:

This sets up Lerner to appear before the com­mit­tee, as she should, and repeat­edly answer straight­for­ward ques­tions with ver­sions of “I can­not answer on the advice of coun­sel, as my answer may incrim­i­nate me.” After fake-​fired act­ing com­mis­sioner Miller’s eva­sions and lies by omis­sion and the White House’s own chang­ing story, Lerner plead­ing the fifth will give the story some nasty new optics for the Obama White House.

MSNBC:

Some mem­bers of Con­gress have called for Lerner to be relieved of her respon­si­bil­i­ties. Rep. Dar­rell Issa (R-​CA) alleged that she gave false and mis­lead­ing tes­ti­mony to Congress.

Her lawyer wrote, “She has not com­mit­ted any crime or made any mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion, but under the cir­cum­stances she has no choice but to take this course.”

Update 2

The Hill:

Lerner is slated to appear before the inves­ti­ga­tory panel along­side for­mer IRS Com­mis­sioner Dou­glas Shul­man, Trea­sury watch­dog J. Rus­sell George, and Trea­sury Deputy Sec­re­tary Neal Wolin. How­ever, Tay­lor argued in the let­ter, sent Mon­day, that Lerner should not appear since she will not answer ques­tions. Mak­ing her sit before the panel under those cir­cum­stances would “have no pur­pose other than to embar­rass or bur­den her,” he argued.

Embar­rass her? At this point I sin­cerely doubt that is possible

BTW I’m sure this story is totally unre­lated to this news:

Ques­tion for the left media. If Bob Novak, Bill Buck­ley & William Safire were called to pri­vate meet­ings with Nixon in 1974 how much cre­dence would you have given to their words then?

Bailiff: Do you swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?

Fonz: Let me tell you something, the Fonz is straight.

Happy Days Two Angry Men 1976

While I’m waiting for my Tea Party videos to upload when I saw this news for the first time:

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.

Well while it’s nice to know Ms. Lerner respects at least one of the Amendments to the constitution the effectively ends several of the storylines involved.

1. This was a bunch of rogue agents

2. We don’t know if this is against the law.

3. There was no political motives involved.

4. The Administration was not involved.

Ms. Lerner has the absolute right to take the 5th before congress and any other court.

And we have the absolute right to draw the logical conclusion that she is doing so to protect herself and her higher-ups in the Administration from revelation that would put them at criminal risk.

I thought we might eventually get here. I didn’t think it would be within 2 weeks.

Update:
Hotair

Hey, remember when Steve Miller insisted there’s nothing illegal about the IRS targeting a particular political faction for extra scrutiny?

Instapundit:

She’s lawyered-up, and not just with any lawyer, either.

PJ Tatler:

This sets up Lerner to appear before the committee, as she should, and repeatedly answer straightforward questions with versions of “I cannot answer on the advice of counsel, as my answer may incriminate me.” After fake-fired acting commissioner Miller’s evasions and lies by omission and the White House’s own changing story, Lerner pleading the fifth will give the story some nasty new optics for the Obama White House.

MSNBC:

Some members of Congress have called for Lerner to be relieved of her responsibilities. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) alleged that she gave false and misleading testimony to Congress.

Her lawyer wrote, “She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation, but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.”

Update 2: 

The Hill:

Lerner is slated to appear before the investigatory panel alongside former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, Treasury watchdog J. Russell George, and Treasury Deputy Secretary Neal Wolin. However, Taylor argued in the letter, sent Monday, that Lerner should not appear since she will not answer questions. Making her sit before the panel under those circumstances would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her,” he argued.

Embarrass her?  At this point I sincerely doubt that is possible

BTW I’m sure this story is totally unrelated to this news:

Question for the left media. If Bob Novak, Bill Buckley & William Safire were called to private meetings with Nixon in 1974 how much credence would you have given to their words then?

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