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Lois Lerner of the IRS to take the Fifth

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.

Well.

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.

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56 Responses to Lois Lerner of the IRS to take the Fifth

  1. Lerner hired William W. Taylor III, the lawyer who represented Dominique Strauss Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund head accused of sexual assault by a New York hotel housekeeper.

  2. The Progressive pioneers are starting to circle their wagons as more
    Indians appear on the horizon waiting for the right moment to attack..

    (I live in the Southwest, the land of real cowboys and real Indians).

  3. Ari Shapiro ✔ @arishapiro

    Spotted: @joshtpm @CapehartJ @ezraklein & other lefty columnists headed into the West Wing as a group. POTUS coffee? Carney meeting? Anyone?
    *******************************************************************************
    I posted this over at the most recent carney post also because I am tired of being lied to.

  4. Believe me, Keith. These people don’t pray; government is their god. The Oversight committee should not excuse her from testimony. They should make her appear before them, put her under oath, and make her claim the 5th before the entire nation. I’ll be recording the hearings for posterity – the first crack in the leviathan.

  5. Whoa. Fox just showed a clip of Carney comparing this to the Birthers’ demands to see FCMABBHO’s birth certificate.

    • They ran out of “Race” and “Dubya” cards – they’re switching the deck to ” Birther”.
      NOTE: Does not include any Hermit Gosnell cards, who detested the idea of birth.

      • Do they really think reporters will be impressed with being compared to Birthers? Sure, he seemed to be talking about Republicans, but to many, these three scandals are joined at the hip.

      • Lets not underestimate this boxed in group of rodents.They are professional thugs/liars who didn’t get there by playing nice.Our hope is in at least ONE brave soul to come forward & break this stranglehold on our country. Right now fear is obambo’s only weapon in keeping this crime under wraps. And yes he does look just like the guy who played the partof satan in that TV show.. (forget the name of it). Now obambo is actually “living out” satan’s part in our WH.

      • No, no, NO. That is probably the most misquoted line in “Casablanca.”

        Okay. So Ilsa walks into Rick’s Cafe Americain, and eventually has Sam, the piano player, sent over. Ilsa says, “Play it once, Sam. For old time’s sake.” Sam: “I don’t know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.” Ilsa: “Play it, Sam. Play, ‘As Time Goes By.'”

        Rick hears the tune he last wanted to hear, comes storming out, and says, “Sam, I thought I told you never to play–” He sees Ilsa, his former flame, and it’s a very awkward moment.

        Later, after the cafe closes, Rick is getting drunk. There are a couple of good lines in this scene, especially this: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Meanwhile, Sam is playing the piano. Rick eventually asks, “What’s that you’re playing?” Sam: “Oh, just a little something of my own.” Rick: “Well, stop it. You know what I want to hear.” Sam: “No, I don’t.”

        Here’s the actual quote:

        Rick: “You played it for her, you can play it for me.” Sam: “Well, I don’t think I can remember–” Rick: “If she can stand it, I can! Play it.”

        Don’t mess with “Casablanca.” They don’t make movies like that anymore, but that’s a whole other discussion.

  6. I also saw a couple of days ago that they have the IRS records under guard, armed or not I do not know. Wonder if they’re destroying them already or they plan to fight turning them over.

  7. Truman had a sign that said, “The buck stops here!”

    Obama has a policy that say “The buck doesn’t get to me.”

    Either totally clueless or a liar .. . . . or both.

  8. . So she’s taking the Fifth. Obama has been trying to take the First and the Second since he got in the office.

  9. Since this was all covered up until after the election is there a way any of this could affect the results of that election and make it null and void?

    :ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease:

    • Impossible to prove but it does leave an interesting hypothetical question – what WOULD have happened if this came out before the election. On the other hand, Bengazhi came out and the media diligently buried it.

      What’s really fun about all this is watching the media & the congressional democrats trying to un-superglue their lips to Obama’s anatomy.

  10. Hey – what happened to all those snarky, too-clever-by-half witless wonders who would occasionally pollute the page with their liberal irrelevance?

    Wondering why they’re not pounding away with their keyboards now…

    • Preezy Revenge had to cut staff because of the sequester. Maybe Jesse Lee, Director of Progressive Media and Online Response, had to give the boot to some of his low level blog trolls.

  11. Lois lerner is connected at the nap of the neck to the walking Devil Criminal President. Obama instructed Lois to cut Romney votes. Lois was picked because she was already a criminal identical to the lying Islamic Criminal. I will bet Obama is pleased at the Tornadoes…… because Brian Williams will not have to give Benghazi, IRS, and AP information to Americans on Obama’s NBC Criminal Network !!!

  12. Oh NOW the amendments mean something? We should throw out some but not ALL because The fifth is the inly important one? NOW the constitution is relevant? Still, I support them all she does have this right just as the reporters have rights and the groups targeted have rights.

  13. This IRS scheme is only the tip of the ongoing corruption in O’s White House. A quick search reveals corrupt behavior in EPA, State (obviously), Energy, Interior, Homeland Security, Commerce, Education, Transportation, etc. The whole lot should be brought together to sit at a long table, ala Nuremberg Trial, and forced to tell the truth about what’s really going on under their watch..

  14. This is simply astonishing. If no one at the IRS did anything wrong, why plead the Fifth? It’ll be interesting to see how the liberal media (I know, redundant for the most part) spin THIS.

  15. “These things I believe: That government should butt out. That freedom is our most precious commodity and if we are not eternally vigilant, government will take it all away. That individual freedom demands individual responsibility. That government is not a necessary good but an unavoidable evil. That the executive branch has grown too strong, the judicial branch too arrogant and the legislative branch too stupid. That political parties have become close to meaningless. That government should work to insure the rights of the individual, not plot to take them away. That government should provide for the national defense and work to insure domestic tranquility. That foreign trade should be fair rather than free. That America should be wary of foreign entanglements. That the tree of liberty needs to be watered from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. That guns do more than protect us from criminals; more importantly, they protect us from the ongoing threat of government. That states are the bulwark of our freedom. That states should have the right to secede from the Union. That once a year we should hang someone in government as an example to his fellows.” (Emphasis added by PB) –Lyn Nofziger

    If you don’t know who he was, Google him. Hint: Reagan associate.

  16. To Keith, my fellow WHD fans, and to other Americans as profoundly concerned as I:

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved heaven and earth; that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    ULYSSES, by Tennyson

    • Good one, Will! Here’s more classics to hang your hope on!

      ” I met a traveller from an antique land,
      Who said–“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
      Stand in the desart….Near them, on the sand,
      Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,

      And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
      Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
      Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
      The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
      And on the pedestal, these words appear:

      My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
      Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
      Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

      Ozymandias
      By Percy Bysshe Shelley

      Although maybe by “Ozymandias”, he meant “Obama”?

      “whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,”

      Sounds like a certain Prezzy we know, during his TelePrompTer lectures…

      “The hand that mocked them,”

      Obama’s as much a false idol to the Left as any OTHER graven image…

      “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
      Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! ”

      OH BOY! Has he given us a LOT of “works” to despair about!

      BUT, here’s the encouraging part!

      “Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
      Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
      The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

      The end of the Obama Administration? His TRUE legacy? Let’s, eh, “Hope”!

      • May I add yet another?

        The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
        O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

        Why dost thou show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

        Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

        Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

  17. The interesting part is that her lawyer is trying to argue that she didn’t do anything wrong, but she still intends to take the Fifth anyway.

    This could be one very interesting hearing.

  18. This is intolerable! These people need to be held accountable for their actions, not hide behind legal precedent.

    When will we get to see the cockroaches of this regime punished?

  19. Ms. Lerner has an interesting history. Look it up.

    How did someone who did not attend a top tier law school get where she is? Who did (does) she know?

    Nothing is ever simple in DC.

  20. “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’.” – Keith Koffler

    Hmm, this sounds a LOT like another famous Chicagoan, Al Capone. For all the amazing things that Al did in his breif but destructive career, they NEVER got him for ANYTHING but tax evasion. With that in mind, why don’t we have the IRS investigate Oba-

    Oh. Nevermind…

    Maybe he WAS listening in history class, if it was before his “choom” break? Whatever nation that might have been in, they probably DID cover the Chicago mobs. Communist Russian indoctrination usually suggested that was how Americans operated anyway, so maybe Obama learned it from them…