The House Oversight Committee voted 22-17 Friday that IRS official Lois Lerner got too cute with her profession of innocence during her May 22 appearance before the committee and as a result waived her Fifth Amendment rights.
So she’ll be coming back to testify, though it’s not clear when.
Lerner, who oversaw the IRS division that targeted right wing groups, tried to somehow invoke her right against self-incrimination while also saying there was nothing to incriminate her about.
“I believe Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment protection,” House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said before the committee vote. “She made four specific denials. Those denials are at the core of the committee’s investigation into this matter.”
Now she’ll have to answer questions. And, I suppose, sue the attorney who told her she could get away with a protestation of innocence while invoking the Fifth.
Here’s some video of the moment she screwed up.