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.
Hey, remember when Steve Miller insisted there’s nothing illegal about the IRS targeting a particular political faction for extra scrutiny?
She’s lawyered-up, and not just with any lawyer, either.
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.
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.”
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.
BTW I’m sure this story is totally unrelated to this news:
— Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) May 21, 2013
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?