Tuesday, May 21

IRS division chief will take the 5th, refuse to testify before House committee

Hey citizens, guess what?

You'll never guess!  It's so, like, totally unexpected.

Remember that head of the IRS division in charge of tax-exempt designations, Lois Lerner?  The House committee investigating that trivial little overreach by overzealous, low-level employees of just one IRS office asked Ms. Lerner to appear and answer a few questions about it.  Under oath. 

And guess what?

Her attorney has asked that the committee just forget the whole thing--that his client not be made to appear, since she intends to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights to not testify on the ground of self-incrimination.

In a letter, Lerner’s attorney asked committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., if he'd just let his client skip Wednesday’s hearing since she would be pleading the Fifth.  In a move sure to elicit tears of sympathy from Democrats as well as conservatives targeted by the IRS, her attorney claimed that forcing Lerner to appear “would have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.”
Geez, we'd never want to "burden" this wonderful Democratic functionary by, y'know, actually having the gall to ask her [GASP!] questions about how this policy of targeting conservative groups came about or anything.

Because Obama assured Americans that his administration was gonna be "the most transparent administration in history."  So that means we don't need to ask anyone in it questions about possible unconstitutional and illegal policies.  Cuz they're so transparent and all that.


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