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Top IRS Official Has Invoked 5th Amendment - Justice Department Starting Probe

cold fjord (826450) writes | about a year and a half ago

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cold fjord (826450) writes "The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is currently holding hearings being webcast today on the expanding IRS scandal previously covered. From the story: "Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS division that singled out conservative groups, is expected to invoke the Fifth Amendment Wednesday when she appears before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Fox News has learned. That means Lerner, head of the exempt organizations division, probably won’t answer any questions on what she knew about IRS agents going after Tea Party-related groups. That also means she probably won’t say why she sat on the information for so long before it became public. . . Since the Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into the IRS scandal and the House committee indicated it would question Lerner about why she provided incomplete information to the committee at least four times last year, Taylor wrote that his client would be invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. . ."
Note: Just heard the 5th Amendment privilege being invoked. The witness was dismissed — now there is controversy on the committee — now she is being questioned again — and dismissed again. Lawyers are consulting."

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When did the 5th become a privilege? (1)

schwit1 (797399) | about a year and a half ago | (#43794373)

If she played any part in this she should get life.

Re:When did the 5th become a privilege? (1)

kwiqsilver (585008) | about a year and a half ago | (#43796009)

It's not a privilege, it's a basic human right. But yeah, she, and anyone else involved in this, should spend a very long time in a very small room...if convicted. In reality, she'll probably just resign, and go work as a lobbyist or join a "think tank".
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