Committee Report Claims Lerner Misled Congress—IRS News Roundup

The former IRS official has refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee


The Latest News: A report published by the House Oversight Committee claims that former IRS official Lois Lerner misled Congress regarding her role in dealing with Tea Party groups. Lerner has twice refused to testify before the committee. 

Previous coverage: 

Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has apologized to Rep. Elijah Cummings (R-Md.) for his conduct during a Wednesday hearing on alleged IRS abuses. Issa, who had said the hearing was over, cut off Cummings' microphone as he made a statement.

A hearing over the IRS' apparent targeting of Tea Party groups was adjourned after Lois Lerner, the official who was in charge of the division accused of singling out Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny, plead the fifth. This is the second time Lerner has plead the fifth. She did make a brief statement last time insisting she did nothing wrong, something Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, claims waived her right to plead the fifth.

Last year, Mike Riggs explained why Lerner would likely not lose her job. She eventually retired instead. In the aftermath, one Republican Congressman proposed legislation that would require automatic dismissal for federal employees who refuse to testify to Congress. It went nowhere. A Democrat, meanwhile, suggested a special prosecutor. That went nowhere, too. In the wake of the scandal, the IRS got a new chief, who says he wants the investigation into targeting of Tea Party groups to end soon. The FBI only contacted Tea Party groups about the targeting in January.

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  1. If she’s concerned about incriminating herself, it seems an investigation is in order to see if she committed crimes while she held that office.
    She seems to think so.

    1. Yeah man, because taking the 5th means you are guilty. I think libertarians should advocate for weatherboarding anyone who refuses to testify in Darrell Issa’s 17 million dollar fishing expedition.

      1. No it doesn’t, but offering to testify for immunity sure implies guilt, imbecile.

      2. Hi American Socialist…go fuck yourself!

        ….and enjoy some light reading while you’re at it!…


  2. In the aftermath, one Republican Congressman proposed legislation that would require automatic dismissal for federal employees who refuse to testify to Congress.

    Why am I not surprised it didn’t go anywhere? I like the idea though.

    1. If I were refusing to cooperate (via the 5th) in my employer’s investigation into pretty much anything, the response would be something like, “That is your legal right. You’re also fired.”

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