How convenient! IRS’ Lois Lerner will reportedly plead the Fifth before Congress; Update: Issa issues subpoena

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.

Isn’t the Constitution great?

That’s a pretty neat trick. Wish we could try it.

Sure doesn’t seem fair, does it?

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Update:

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.

Too bad.

  • ChampionCapua

    There once was hack, Lois Lerner
    Who targeted those who would spurn her
    With the soul of a Sith, she pleaded the 5th
    If that chair was a stake, we could burn her

    • MyrmidoNOT

      Hmmm…
      I’ve got an extra stake…
      Save the chair!! 😉

    • Clayton Grant

      Isn’t it curious how the Bill of Rights is of little concern until they need it to protect themselves?

      • CatHerder

        But it’s different when it’s them!

        • Clayton Grant

          Of course it is, because they’re way smarter and better than us, as evidenced by the many Liberal utopias scattered from sea to shining sea.

          • MyrmidoNOT

            Well…goody, targets! Let’s mock ’em…!?! 😉
            [ If’n we could only find ’em…(utopias). ] ;-(

            However…your evidence is weak…
            ‘but’ their case is weaker!!!

  • Tugger – not quite dead yet

    Seems to me, if I told the people who employed me that I will not answer questions about a crime committed under my watch, I would be fired.

  • Just Another Guy

    And yet, she’s still in charge of “OBAMACARE”

    • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

      Hopefully not for long.

    • Jennifer

      Different person. You’re thinking of Sarah Hall Ingram.

      • lmh2011

        Bet she’ll plead the 5th as well!

      • Just Another Guy

        DOH! Thanks for the correction.

        At some point, I hope she’s brought in as well.

        • Jennifer

          Agreed!

  • Ṩụẹ

    Maybe it’s time for her to get as good as she gives. Time for her to learn about the Chicago way. Let’s start with the green card of her grass cutter or house cleaner. And, are those sprinkler heads up to code? She may have some recycling in the trash. I hope her retirement fund isn’t too big. Did she have those blouses appraised before she donated them to Good Will? Her accountant doesn’t seem to have been certified for this year’s taxes. Her cat was reported to be off-leash in her neighbor’s yard. Her hot water tank is set dangerously hot (over 87 degrees), she is reported to have an incandescent bulb in her attic fixture, and she broke a squiggle lightbulb and didn’t call in hazmat. Here is a 25 page questionaire for her to fill out under under penalty of perjury that must be returned in one week. Good luck with that.

    • $35038462

      Brilliant, Sue.

    • tjp77

      Unfortunately, all the mindless bureaucrats who check on such things are on her side. This is how the left is able to do what it does. Tyranny of the administrative state.

    • IBXNJ

      She also tore off a “Under penalty of law DO NOT REMOVE THIS TAG” from a pillow. I REALLY thought a cop would come out from under the bed and slap on the handcuffs!

  • Corporal Clinger

    Check out her bonuses since 2009. Somebody was rewarding her big time for something.

    • papertiger0

      wipe your chin Lois. Better save the dress.

  • Jennifer

    It’s coming Fast & Furious now. Pun intended.

  • http://twitter.com/murphylinn Murphy Linn Spears

    This is rich

    • $35038462

      Then we must tax it.

  • Greg

    If there is no “there” there, then what is the harm in answering some questions?

    In a related note, a government that doesn’t recognize the amendments for the “peasants” will recognize it the 5th for its employee?

  • AlphaFactor

    Funny how all of a sudden the Constitution is really, really important.

  • Kristy Patullo

    Comical. Issa is so awesome!

    • Billie Slash

      Yeah he is!

  • Frustrated Teacher

    Excuse me but the 5th is based on the right of the accused not to incriminate THEMSELVES…..it does not protect her from incriminating OTHERS [cough…Obama…cough]. So if SHE has done nothing wrong, she should be able to sing like a bird. Unless she is worried about getting audited….

    • Garth Haycock

      You make a great point, however in this case, incriminating others will cause her to incriminate herself. She’s involved in the scandal and can’t point her finger without sacrificing herself.

      • Frustrated Teacher

        That would make it awfully tough to assert that she hasn’t done anything wrong. To me, pleading the 5th has always been tantamount to an admission of guilt with a desire to protect the guilt of OTHERS…wonder who that might be.

      • Frustrated Teacher

        That would make it awfully tough to assert that she hasn’t done anything wrong. To me, pleading the 5th has always been tantamount to an admission of guilt with a desire to protect the guilt of OTHERS…wonder who that might be.

    • Kathy

      I was thinking the same thing

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7011573 Beth Lott

    If she has committed no crime, then nothing she said could be self-incriminating, making the Fifth Amendment inapplicable. Even when she likes the Constitution, she still sucks at it.

    • Misanthrope

      People are wrongfully convicted of crimes every day. Much as I’d like to see that smarmy slimeball squirm, taking the 5th is the smart thing for her to do. I doubt the WH is thrilled about it. The public takes a dim view of government officials taking the 5th.

  • Republicanvet

    I wonder if I said I didn’t want to be embarrassed or burdened with an audit, would the IRS be understanding?

  • Clete Torres

    First: Plead the Fifth.
    Second: Buy a Fifth.
    No, nothing to see here, move along…

    • $35038462

      I think you have it in reverse order.

      • Garth Haycock

        I dunno. My observation over the years has been that buying a 5th first inevitably leads to one not being able to keep one’s mouth shut.

        • ceemack

          “I had the right to remain silent…but I didn’t have the ability.” – Ron White

        • ceemack

          “I had the right to remain silent…but I didn’t have the ability.” – Ron White

        • $35038462

          That’s funny, had us cracking up over here. My experience is similar to yours, you are right. I just keep thinking that every time I see these clowns in DC, they seem to be perpetually drunk. Thanks for the laugh.

        • $35038462

          That’s funny, had us cracking up over here. My experience is similar to yours, you are right. I just keep thinking that every time I see these clowns in DC, they seem to be perpetually drunk. Thanks for the laugh.

  • Billie Slash

    Good for Darrell Issa. Let this b*tch be embarrassed.

  • OLLPOH

    Very Fast-ly and Furious-ly no there, there…
    Will it be that way for the Convening of a Grand Jury??? no there, there… definition of there?
    Fact Finding Mission for the People, By The People….Original Constitutional Republic versus ObamaGovt
    Who? What? Where? When? How? Why?

    …Wait…Obama Whitehouse Adviser Dan Pfeiffer, “Law Irrelevant!”

    Applies to Some. Not For Thee?

  • Free2Ride

    Folks it is time for INDEPENDENCE!!!!!

  • TocksNedlog

    Gee, I wonder if any of those Tea Party groups were “embarrassed or burdened”.

  • TocksNedlog

    Math is hard! As is (apparently) telling the truth under oath.

  • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

    Pleading the Fifth: Progressives love the Bill of Rights…except when someone’s interested in the 2nd, or someone disagrees w/ their narrative and invokes the 1st.

  • Garth Haycock

    It’s obvious that there is some information that she doesn’t want to be made known, however, the Constitution is there for the protection of individuals. Even those who are guilty are allowed the protection of the 5th Amendment because the burden of proof is on the prosecution. At times it can be frustrating to acknowledge this, but because the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, we have to allow for it.

    The truth will eventually be learned if the GOP has the testicular fortitude to continue this investigation to the end. We as citizens can force them to continue it by making them understand that their cushy jobs are on the line. The only thing they fear more than the current administration are their constituents. And because all politicians are basically the same, getting reelected is their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th priority. If they know they’ll be replaced, they won’t stop investigating these scandals.

    • papertiger0

      She’s not being prosecuted. She’s being deposed. There’s a difference.

      The operative difference is that Lois can’t plead the 5th because she isn’t testifying in a criminal case. This is discovery, before congress.

      • Garth Haycock

        It doesn’t matter if it’s a trial or a deposition. This investigation can very well lead to criminal charges which is why she is invoking the 5th.

        Don’t get me wrong…I want to see all responsible, including Obama, to be held accountable for what has happened. But I also believe that it has to be done the right way, which is to abide by the Constitution.

      • Garth Haycock

        It doesn’t matter if it’s a trial or a deposition. This investigation can very well lead to criminal charges which is why she is invoking the 5th.

        Don’t get me wrong…I want to see all responsible, including Obama, to be held accountable for what has happened. But I also believe that it has to be done the right way, which is to abide by the Constitution.

  • FaithColeridge33

    You give her immunity and compel her to testify. If it is found that she lies or withholds anything the immunity deal is over.

  • People Corporation

    Good she can give us a long video montage of pleading the 5th to 90 different questions in a row.

  • CheriCAL

    Seems like Lerner wants immunity. Why would she want an immunity deal if she or her minions did nothing wrong? Good God but these people have no shame.

  • CheriCAL

    Seems like Lerner wants immunity. Why would she want an immunity deal if she or her minions did nothing wrong? Good God but these people have no shame.

  • arttie

    Maybe she should try a the magnum size, a fifth seem like it would be too small.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      You mean a half gallon? Or, in reality, 1750mL … of turpentine. Reminds me of a song my step-dad sang a few times:

      Lincoln, Lincoln, I’ve been thinkin’.
      What in the heck have you been drinkin’?
      Smells like whisky, tastes like wine..
      I hope it isn’t turpentine.

  • arttie

    Maybe she should try a the magnum size, a fifth seem like it would be too small.

  • Dennis the Dreamer

    American should not taxes till IRS cleared of lemmings.

  • ToyZebra

    Get her in front of congress and the cameras. Let people see her taking the fifth thirty or forty times. Make her do it over and over again.

  • kim

    Personally, I think any gov’t employee who takes the Fifth over what they did on the job, should not be promoted or transferred to any other job and should be investigated seriously

  • JR48

    Can’t invoke the 5th amendment unless you’re sworn in, can you? In other words, can you invoke the 5th amendment before there are any proceedings, only by letter, so that you don’t have to physically show up?

  • AlmaAlma

    Lois, you should have thought of that before you made the decision to be a traitor to the American people!!

  • AlmaAlma

    Lois, you should have thought of that before you made the decision to be a traitor to the American people!!

  • aprilglaspie

    She’s a non-political appointee, around since Shrubco and she was probably responsible for signing off on the bogus tax status designations in the first place, which were never intended to do anything but hide the sources of the money. C’mon, think about it. She can’t be an Obama appointee. She’s at her job. If she were an Obama appointee, she’d still be waiting on a vote. I’m buying stock in Alcoa with tools like y’all around.