Now things are getting extra interesting.
The IRS official in charge of the division that scrutinized tax exempt organizations when the agency targeted Republicans will invoke her Fifth amendment right not to incriminate herself if forced to appear as scheduled Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee.
In a letter to the panel, her attorney asked that she be excused since she doesn’t plan to say anything. You can bet she won’t be excused even for a pee pee break.
This ratchets up the scandal for President Obama, make no mistake. Government officials are now taking the Fifth, like mobsters appearing at the Kefauver hearings. Average Americans are going to be smelling a lot of smoke and wondering intently about the fire.
A federal official, nominally in the employ of Barack Obama, will be all over the news Wednesday night taking the Fifth. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney keeps changing his story. Obama claims he don’t know nothin’ about nothin’.
Now the investigations will intensify. Reporters might even decide they want to try their hand at probing the guy they all voted for.
Once you begin looking hard, even at the innocent, it’s not too difficult to find something wrong. And this group is looking less and less innocent.
Lerner is being summoned to testify to explain why she repeatedly failed to tell Congress about the targeting, even after, according to the inspector general’s report, she knew all about it.
She’s not guilty of any crimes, her lawyer insists. So what exactly does she not want to talk about? Did anyone instruct her to begin her little Jihad against Tea Party groups?
Lerner is looking less like the apolitical naif she was initially portrayed to be. The Weekly Standard reports today that in a previous role as head of the FEC enforcement division in the 1990s, she went right after the Christian Coalition, trying to ascertain such things as who was praying for whom.
Now she’ll want to know if anyone’s praying for her.