This morning, Rep. Darrell Issa put Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS during its most scandalous era, back on the stand. Lerner’s lawyer told the House Oversight Committee that she would testify this week for her role in targeting conservative groups to keep them from gaining tax exempt status.
But earlier today, Lerner, “who has since retired from the IRS with a full taxpayer funded pension,” plead the fifth amendment, again.
Last year, Lerner was issued a subpoena for admitting to the accusations. This time, some nine months later, Lerner said, “On the advice of my counsel I respectfully exercise my fifth amendment right and decline to answer that question.”
According to CBS News:
The move did not sit well with Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who demanded a chance to speak as Issa brought the hearing to close after repeated attempts to question Lerner, with no avail.
“Mr. Chairman you cannot run a committee like this. You just cannot do this. We’re better than that as a country,” Cummings said, his voice rising as Issa stood up to leave and the members’ microphones were cut off. “There is absolutely something wrong with that and that is absolutely un-American!”
“I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America!” Cummings shouted at Issa, who talked over him to tell the room that the hearing had been adjourned. “I am tired of this!”
Issa answered that, “Ms. Lerner is not our primary concern today, nor is the contempt. Obviously we’re going to continue investigating others at the IRS,” and added “that an order from a federal judge could compel Lerner to testify.”
FoxNews outlined the questions Lerner still has yet to answer:
1. What did you know and when did you know it?
2. Did you know about the politically driven call to investigate conservatives?
3. Who else is involved?
4. Why were only conservatives targeted & confidential documents leaked?