May 23, 2013
Did Lois Lerner give up her Fifth Amendment rights by denying her guilt?
Republicans on the House Oversight committee believe that they can now compel Lerner to testify under a contempt threat because she gave a defiant opening statement in which she denied breaking the law. Politico: Lois Lerner might win the legal battle but she's prolonging the political war. Instead of simply taking the scorn of lawmakers for a day, repeatedly invoking the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination, and then moving on, she chose defiance. And her bravado has prompted House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to say she has waived her constitutional right to not comment. Now, he plans to haul the director of the IRS's tax-exempt department back to the committee for questioning. "When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement," Issa told POLITICO. "She chose not to do so -- so she waived." Lerner shocked the committee room in the opening moments of ...(Read Full Post)