‘Sit Down, Bitch’ Part 2

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

Issa, House GOP to recall Lois Lerner

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is hauling Lois Lerner back to Congress.

Issa told Lerner’s attorney in a Tuesday letter that he expected the retired IRS official to appear before his committee on March 5.

“Because the committee explicitly rejected her Fifth Amendment privilege claim, I expect her to provide answers when the hearing reconvenes on March 5.”

— Chairman Darrell Issa

Lerner, the official at the center of the IRS targeting controversy, invoked her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination at a May 2013 hearing, just days after she apologized for the agency’s treatment of Tea Party groups.

See “Sit Down, Bitch, We’re Not Done Yet (punditfromanotherplanet.com)

But the Oversight Committee later ruled that Lerner waived her rights by making an opening statement, setting the stage for her recall next week.

In his letter to William Taylor, Lerner’s attorney, Issa said that her testimony “remains critical to this committee’s investigation.”

“Because the committee explicitly rejected her Fifth Amendment privilege claim, I expect her to provide answers when the hearing reconvenes on March 5,” Issa wrote.

Taylor told The Hill he would probably respond to Issa on Wednesday.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the top Democrat at House Oversight, said that “only one thing has changed in the nine months since Lois Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right in response to Republican accusations of criminal activity – it’s an election year.”

“Republicans are wrong on the law, and calling her back will serve no purpose other than causing a media spectacle and feeding a false political narrative.”

Cummings and other House Democrats had asked to hold a hearing with constitutional scholars before voting on whether Lerner waived her rights…

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TheHill


One Comment on “‘Sit Down, Bitch’ Part 2”

  1. […] enforcement, executive overreach, IRS hearings, the White House shutting out the press, prying open sealed records… this week marks a […]


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