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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The IRS Scandal, Day 272

IRS Logo 2Wall Street Journal editorial:  Taking the IRS Fifth: If Everything Was Kosher, Why Won't Lois Lerner Talk to Congress?:

Liberals are celebrating President Obama's claim that "not even a smidgen of corruption" occurred when the IRS targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny in an election season. Less enthused must be Lois Lerner, the former director of tax-exempt organizations who invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify before a House committee last May. ...

The President's clairvoyance is extraordinary, since neither the Justice Department nor Congress has finished investigations. ... But hey, if the President says it's all kosher and the FBI doesn't intend to pursue criminal charges in its probe of the selective IRS screening procedures, why should Ms. Lerner take the Fifth?

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Comments

Thank you for keeping this alive.

Posted by: Richard | Feb 5, 2014 12:41:32 PM

Perhaps Ms. Lerner's right against self-incrimination was improvidently invoked. Perhaps Mr. Issa's committee should test it in court. But perhaps Mr. Issa has not done so: 1) because the committee would win; 2) Ms. Lerner's invocation of the Fifth Amendment would be invalidated by the court, because she was not in any imminent or real danger of prosecution; and 3) that would really mess up Mr. Issa's narrative.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Feb 5, 2014 2:08:51 PM

Thank you, Professor Caron, for covering this IRS scandal so diligently for so long.

Posted by: Micha Elyi | Feb 5, 2014 4:11:58 PM

Paul, Thanks so much for all your efforts!! Much appreciated :-)

Posted by: Genny | Feb 5, 2014 5:00:10 PM