Lois Learner pleads the 5th. Was she the crook behind it or was she following orders from higher up?
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/22/2013 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
A top IRS official under intense scrutiny said she will invoke her 5th Amendment protection before she is questioned by Congress about her involvement in the scandal. Lois Lerner is set to face the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs, but has warned she will plead the 5th.
IRS officials are running scared under the threat of Congressional subpoena.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Instead of testifying today, Lois Learner will plead the 5th. Learner is under fire for her role in targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny by the IRS. In recent days, the scandal has erupted with Obama denying he knew.
Lerner has already retained a defense attorney who notified Congress on Tuesday she would invoke her right to remain silent before Congress. The 5th Amendment allows individuals to be free from providing testimony that might incriminate themselves.
She is being represented by William W. Taylor III.
Her attorney's letter read in part, "has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation, but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course."
Taylor claims the hearings are only designed to embarrass her.
Sorry if the truth is embarrassing, but that's what happens when you break the law.
Several conservative groups and individuals have come forward to share horror stories about how badly they were treated by the IRS, some groups just for applying for non-profit status. The IRS has already said it targeted these groups for extra scrutiny and inundated them with demands for information that were virtually impossible to meet.
Questions asked for synopses of books the members read, the text of speeches delivered, and the names of volunteers.
The IRS even sought to contact group members to ask about their "thoughts."
Such behavior is harassment and illegal as it has nothing to determining whether a group should qualify for a non-profit status.
Learner isn't off the hook entirely. She is under a Congressional subpoena to show up and testify. While she may escape questions that personally incriminate her, she may still have to answer other questions about what she knew.
What investigators are now working to uncover is where the order to scrutinize and harass conservative groups came from and who knew about it. According to the White House, top aides and the Chief of Staff knew about the IRS scandal in April, but said nothing to President Obama --an unlikely scenario.
Obama claims he learned about the scandal from May 10 media reports.
For now, Congress is still investigating the case. The IRS has already admitted wrongdoing. Now it's a question of learning who is responsible for the scandal and providing justice for the people who were relentlessly and wrongly harassed by the IRS.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters. That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
A bill in the California legislature intended to ban gay conversion therapy is also worded so that it could be used to ban books such as ... continue reading
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) is not shy about his Catholic faith. He holds a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University of ... continue reading
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of tough questions from both the Senate and the House. It is possible that Facebook ... continue reading
Caltech says their early warning system worked well during the 5.3 magnitude quake which shook the Southern California coast on Thursday. ... continue reading
Another victory for religious liberty! Catholic employers win injunction against Obama contraception edict Watch
A federal judge ruled in favor of the Catholic Benefits Association last week, issuing a permanent injunction and declaratory relief ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Earth Day 2018: We are stewards of Creation, and we must act like it
- Every Earth Day, Remember Our Place in Creation HD Video
- Daily Readings for Tuesday, April 24, 2018
- The Christian Duty: A mission of leading others to Jesus
- St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, April 24, 2018
- Two Leaves Tea at Catholic Online Shopping HD Video
- Pope Francis tells priests to 'Be like Jesus the Good Shepherd'
- Beautiful Divine Mercy One Decade Rosary at Catholic Online Shopping HD
- St. Gemma Galgani HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education