Guess what? The lady may have protested too much! IRS official Lois Lerner may have waived her right to Fifth-Amendment sanctioned silence before the House Oversight Committee because she decided to issue an in-your-face statement during today’s hearing about how she never did anything wrong. Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told Politico he plans to haul her . . . posterior . . . right
10:15 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:00 am || Meets with senior advisors 12:30 pm || Lunch with Biden 2:00 pm || Delivers speech on the Administration’s counterterrorism policy; National Defense University, Washington All times Eastern Live stream of Obama speech at 2:00 pm
Actor Rob Lowe suddenly appeared in the White House press room today, escorted by White House Correspondents’ Association President Ed Henry of Fox News. I was very excited, of course, to meet Ed Henry. Yeah, that’s a joke. Though Ed is a good guy. But Lowe seemed one too, graciously shaking hands with all and posing for photos with star-struck journalists. As he waded through,
Yes, reporting. It happens. Two examples of actual reporting – one from the conservative media, one from NBC. Yes, you read that right. NBC’s Lisa Meyers is a good investigative reporter who seems to have forsaken NBC’s ideological bent in favor of traditional shoe leather – shoe heel? – reporting. Myers found a 38-year IRS veteran who used to work in the IRS Cincinnati office.
The Justice Department denies that it broke into CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computer, according to Politico. Attkisson, who has been unusually agressive among MSM reporters in investigating the administration, said that her computers were hacked beginning in February 2011, when she was reporting on the Fast and Furious gun running scandal and green energy spending. She didn’t say who she thinks did it, but
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who was in charge of the division that targeted conservative groups, refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee today, invoking her Fifth Amendment rights. But Lerner asserted that she was guilty of no misconduct or crimes. “I have not done anything wrong,” Lerner said. “I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations,
UPDATE: Lerner has taken the fifth, and the IRS hearing by the House Oversight Committee is now focusing on the other witnesses – two senior Treasury officials and former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman. You can see video of Lerner’stestimony here.
With scandal swirling about the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama may be considering an extended exit from Washington this summer, fleeing for weeks to the Obamas’ traditional summer haven, Martha’s Vineyard. According to the Boston Globe, “Michelle Obama and the children may be on the island for an extended period.” But the president would hardly be suffering by comparison. He may come up on weekends and
WH answers on IRS only raise questions . . . Washington Post Government not pursuing Benghazi attackers . . . Fox News Petraeus had key role in talking points . . . Washington Post Fox reporter’s parents targeted too . . . Daily Caller Jay Carney’s press briefing blues . . . Politico Ex-IRS chief: Scrutiny not my job . . . Washington Times The