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?

On Following Mr. Wosta’s advice Concerning Tornadoes

In my twitter feed yesterday this tweet from a local liberal Icon Mr. Wosta (As in Worcester MA for those wondering) came up.

With many dead including children and devastation all over the place that’s good advice so in that spirit let me give some advice to several people:

1. NO PORK IN THE RELIEF BILL

May I humbly make the following suggestion to members of congress: While our friends on the left have said never let a crisis go to waste the inevitable relief bill that will come from this is not the place to get that subsidy for your local power plant, that statue for the town hall or a time to fund a study of Doctor Who’s has impacted British Culture over the last half century. Those who do this in order to get funding are no different than those who set up fake charities at this time, those who do this in order to create: “poison pills” to kill the bill are simply dishonorable.

2. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST DEVASTATING TORNADO EVER TO STRIKE

Now it’s true that Rhode Island is a state that doesn’t have Tornadoes on a regular basis but one would expect a US senator might have as a child seen the Wizard of OZ at least once.

While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail against his Republican colleagues for denying the theory of anthropogenic global warming. Whitehouse spent 15 minutes chastising GOP senators and justified his remarks by alluding to states that seek federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters.

Was it not just a few days ago it was reported that temperatures have been flat for 15 years, no matter Senator Whitehouse sitting in a state where he will never face a challenge will use this as a fundraising tool and with it will dispense his largess to his fellow liberals for years. At least I hope that is the motivation for the sake of the voters of Rhode Island, I’d hate to think they have someone foolish enough to buy this stuff representing them.

Perhaps a speech about how Rhode Island stands with Moore Ok might have been better.

 

3. THE RIGHT WAY TO HANDLE THINGS WHEN YOU PLAY THE FOOL.

Yesterday one of the writers for the Daily show really stepped in using the Tornado to make fun of the coverage of the Obama Scandals:

 

This joke is iffy, It’s true that the scandals have been pushed off the TV, for example watching Morning Joe today they’ve moved the show to Moore and have not said a word on any other subject, but this is certainly big enough to move the media. I’m sure this will be a good chance for the President to act decisively in a crisis but that’s what he’s supposed to do and certainly not cause for critique. I think the subject and the joke is crass.

and this

Again a tad crass, and in bad taste but not beyond the pale in terms of what one might expect from twitter. It doesn’t cross the line but it moves toward it. The last tweet however didn’t just cross the line, it pole vaulted over it and landed in the next county. Lizz_Winstead Warner Todd Huston was not amused:

Oh, gosh. Isn’t that hilarious? People killed including dozens of school kids and she laughs that “conservatives” are dying. Nice. This idiot works on the extremist, left-wing Daily Show on Comedy Central. THIS is what you are subsidizing by watching that show, people.

Her first reaction was to defend (as naturally most peoples are)

but within a few hours as the death toll built up she thought better of it and not only apologized.

But said the exact right thing as people hit her over it:

 

and followed up with tweets on where to donate

I think this is the right way to handle it: Yes I said it, I shouldn’t have done so and I’m earned all the grief you want to give me. As Glenn Beck put it:

There are a lot of people inside and outside of Washington who could learn from that example.

 

Mr. Wosta had it right at the start,  now is the time to pray and at least one world leader is following his example:

You’re doing pretty good when you have the same response as the pope.

How Stupid do you think we are: IRS/Green Lantern Edition

Abin Sur Yes…by the green beam of my ring…I see that you are honest! And the battery has already selected you as one born without fear! So you pass both tests, Hal Jordan

Showcase #22 SOS Green Lantern October 1959

If there is one thing that I’ve seen a lot of when I’ve been out writing and reporting these five years of the Obama Administration it’s fear.

I’ve gone to businesses and heard about fear, fear of the economy fear of Obamacare. Fear on how they are ever going to draw customers to their business and how they are going to pay themselves with their margins cut to the bone.

I’ve been to the unemployment offices and the fear is palatable, particularly among older workers. Will I be able to find a job? Can I find anything? How will I pay my mortgage, my rent?

I’ve talked to college students and recent grads. They are terrified. Where are the jobs? Will they find one, how can they pay their student loans? Will I every be able to move out of my mother’s house?

and finally there is fear among those who already have jobs.

They know there are dozens of people simply waiting WAITING for a chance to take their job. They see people come in every single day with applications and more importantly they know their supervisors have the exact same fear.

Each one of them knows they are just a single mistake from being into that pool of unemployed workers, and what will their chances be of getting hired again if they’ve been let go?

That is the Obama era. That is the reality that Americans are living in, the reality of FEAR!

And that brings us to the IRS scandal and the White House’s meme that doesn’t hold water.

The White House, their allies online and their enables in the press would have you believe that these people in the Cincinnati IRS office acted alone.

We are to believe these people who see their neighbors and families worry every day about their future, these people who sit in positions made secure by civil service rules, these civil servants who have jobs sheltered from the capricious whims of this economy we are to believe these people were willing to risk those few jobs secure in the storm in order to make trouble for Tea Party opponents of the left all over the country…

…and they were willing to do it without being told.

I’m sorry even Hal Jordan isn’t that fearless.

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