Joshua Sharf (@joshuasharf) May 21, 2013
The House Oversight Committee is set to resume its hearing on the IRS scandal, but the congressmen aren’t likely to learn much from Lois Lerner. The mathematically-challenged head of the IRS’ exempt organizations division will reportedly invoke the Fifth Amendment.
From a letter sent by Lerner’s defense attorney William Taylor III to Rep. Darrell Issa, via the Los Angeles Times:
“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, R-Calif.
Yeah. Given the growing sinkhole that is the IRS scandal, we’re sure she’s got nothing to hide.
How can an IRS official invoke the 5th if she had nothing to do with it? They must have an expansive view of "self" at the IRS.—
Political Math (@politicalmath) May 21, 2013
If Lerner testified to the House, she’d have to lie; what a paper trail this must be, since clearly they fear perjury later.—
the eye (@ShannonPoe) May 21, 2013
"There is no there, there." That's why an IRS official is pleading the Fifth.—
(@jimgeraghty) May 21, 2013
Jason Pye (@jaseliberty) May 21, 2013
Lois Lerner invoking a Constitutional right. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Delicious!—
Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) May 21, 2013
Isn’t the Constitution great?
Lois Lerner invoking 5th Amendment. So she follows the Constitution when it benefits her.—
Lloyd Christmis (@LloydChristmis) May 21, 2013
That’s a pretty neat trick. Wish we could try it.
When IRS asks me how much I made last year, I want to refuse to answer on the grounds I may incriminate myself.—
Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) May 21, 2013
Sure doesn’t seem fair, does it?
The National Journal reports that Rep. Issa has issued a subpoena for Lerner to appear:
In his letter to Rep. Issa, Taylor had asked that Lerner be excused from tomorrow’s hearing.