Did Lois Lerner Screw Herself...or Just America?
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Since: Oct 12
#1 May 23, 2013
Alan Dershowitz Says Lois Lerner Screwed Herself
by Jeff Dunetz
It was no surprise when Lois Lerner the head of the IRS tax-exempt unit at the center of the scandal, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during an appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. What everyone found surprising was when Chairman Issa asked if she had an opening statement she said yes:
“I have not done anything wrong,” she said.“I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations. And I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.”
During the rest of the day-long questioning many were wondering of Lerner hurt herself by making a statement.
Of course Rep Issa thought so that's why he closed the proceedings by saying he may be calling Ms Lerner back to testify --on waiver.
“When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO.“She chose not to do so — so she waived.”Backing up Issa's belief is Alan Dershowitz the famous Harvard Law School professor.
"She's in trouble. She can be held in contempt," Dershowitz told "the Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. Congress ... can actually hold you in contempt and put you in the Congressional jail."
And from what people say Congressional Jail is much worse than Library Jail.
Her brief statement of innocence has opened a legal Pandora's Box, according to Dershowitz.
"You can't simply make statements about a subject and then plead the Fifth in response to questions about the very same subject," the renowned Harvard Law professor said.
"Once you open the door to an area of inquiry, you have waived your Fifth Amendment right ... you've waived your self-incrimination right on that subject matter."
He said the fact that Lerner went ahead with her proclamation of could be considered malpractice on the part of her attorney — although it's possible she overruled the advice she received.
"It should never have been allowed. She should have been told by her attorney that the law is clear, that once you open up an area of inquiry for interrogation, you have to respond," he said.
"Now she may have made a political decision that it's worth it to take the risk ... That's just not the way the law works. It may be the way politics works ... but she can't invoke the Fifth."
"The law is as clear as could be, that once you open up an area of inquiry, you can't shut off the spigot – that's the metaphor that the Supreme Court has used."
Dershowitz may be wrong about Lerner ignoring lawyers advice, there were points during her short time in the committee she turned to her attorney for approval. She doesn't seem like the type who would go against her lawyers.
I suppose we will find out for sure real soon.
Since: Mar 13
#2 May 23, 2013
You know there is tyranny in America when...
Since: Mar 13
#3 May 23, 2013
IRS Tyrant Lois Lerner was former FEC Tyrant Terrorizing Conservative and Christian Groups while Refusing to Pursue Obama's Illegal and Foreign Contributions
by Pam Geller
Did you ever wonder why the FEC (Federal Election Commission) never took any action on all the charges about Obama's eligibility and foreign campaign donations? Longtime Atlas readers remember the blockbuster stories I broke during the early summer 2008 on illegal contributions, foreign contributions, contributions from Hamas-controlled areas in Gaza, and non-existent donors (scroll here). I documented it all in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America.[Good article on it here: Obama's Foreign Donors: The media averts its eyes]
I submitted everything to the FEC and David Keene, then Chairman of the ACU, but the FEC did nothing despite repeated inquiries.
While everyone was concentrating on Lois Lerner's Congressional testimony today, this little pearl went unnoticed (but it did not escape eagle eyed Atlas reader Van). Before Lois Lerner got her current job at the IRS as head of the Tax-Exempt Division, she worked at the FEC as head of the Enforcement Division, where she had a rather contentious track record for targeting conservatives.
--Lois Lerner, IRS official and director of IRS's Exempt Organizations Division is at the center of the IRS scandal. Lerner was formerly head of the Enforcement Office at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) where there are reports of her politically motivated harassment of conservative groups, according to a May 20 report on "The Weekly Standard."--
Lerner brought her skulduggery and utter disregard for the law to her new job with the IRS. Another Obama socialist and lawbreaker on the warpath using the full authority and power of the US government to terrorize and bully American citizens. Has any other person so singlehandedly influenced not just one, but two elections? Obama always rewards his lieutenants. Think Jarrett, Axlerod, Emanuel, Holder, ad nauseam.
The government has been infiltrated by these Socialist Progressives and America haters who stuff themselves at the public trough while avoiding any accountability in their subversion of the law. The Obama years will be remembered most for their imperious lawlessness.
Lerner got a bonus in the $150K range and has now been appointed to run the enforcement division of Obamacare. You just can't make this stuff up. Remember, the IRS is armed and considered law enforcement....
#4 May 26, 2013
Lerner belongs in jail. Her actions were nothing short of criminal for singling out those groups she did not agree with.
Lerner's actions should have been brought out by the media long ago. This is further proof that the media is anything but objective, participating in the Oblamo agenda.
But now this arrogant woman is getting an extended paid vacation. I can only hope that she gets whats coming to her by spending time behind bars. She'll soon be in the private sector lobbying for some left wing cause. At least she won't be setting or administering policy.
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