Free Lois Lerner!
Looks like Lois is headed for arrest and jail time for contempt of Congress.
Are we far from the “Free Lois” bumper stickers?
Representative Cummings went apoplectic when Issa closed the proceedings shortly after Lois refused to testify. We are told that she doesn’t want to incriminate herself, but that she is innocent of any wrongdoing regarding the hamstringing of conservative groups.
Rep. Cummings wished to ask a question, but had to give a speech first. Issa offered to hear the question, but Cummings insisted on a commentary first.
It is an exercise in cognitive dissonance for anyone to hold the positions that Lois is innocent but her refusal to testify is somehow not indicative of wrongdoing. Perhaps Representative Cummings could be accused of such a state of mind, but it seems he is missing the preliminary exercise involving “cognitive”.
There is something awry with a system that relies on an honest execution of duties from a public servant, yet allows that servant to hide behind a screen that disallows any inquiry into the honesty in which those services were executed.
Not only can public servants lie to the public, as we have seen with Obamacare, they can choose not to speak or answer to their employers… the U.S. citizen.
What the IRS is accused of doing likely affected a national election. There is a track record of Ms. Lerner’s heavy-handedness and partisan amplitude. Back in ’96, a Mr. Salvi was running for a senate seat in Illinois. On being accused of some campaign violations, he ran into Ms. Lerner.
“Soon after the IRS story broke, Al Salvi told Illinois Review that it was IRS official Lois Lerner who represented the FEC in the 1996 Democrat complaint against him. According to Salvi, Lerner was, without question, politically motivated, and went so far as to make him an offer: "Promise me you will never run for office again, and we'll drop this case."
Now that’s power! And that’s partisan application of the powers of her public position. And that is proof that she indeed is capable of and has a history of such behavior.
Whether her opening statement from the first hearing exempted her from taking the Fifth will be the crux, and will be an intentionally protracted legal decision from the bench. Into the “that was a long time ago” folder will go the IRS case, the same folder into which Jay Carney stuck the Benghazi file.
Never-ending investigations and long, drawn-out legal decisions are the tools of those avoiding sunlight.