Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS division, which grants tax exempt status at the IRS, made an ill fated declaration of innocence before declaring her 5th amendment rights. Most people , including noted liberal lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University, believe she waived her right under the fifth amendment, when she declared her innocence vigorously. For this, she will be expected to return and testify. If she refuses, she can be hit with contempt charges and locked up in the Congressional Jail.
During her written statement, she made the claim that the fifth amendment was created to protect the innocent. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fifth amendment was created to protect the guilty from providing testimony against themselves. If as she claims, she has done nothing wrong or has not broken any laws, she would not have the right to invoke the fifth amendment. The fifth, protects you from testifying against yourself, but can not be invoked to keep you from testifying against others.
Everyday, new revelations come forth, displaying the utterly corrupt manner in which her division operated. Like Obama, she has pleaded ignorance. And like Obama also, she has a previous record of doing the very thing she denies even knowing about at the IRS. Lerner was working at the FEC (Federal Election Commission) when she pursued legal action against Ralph Reed and the Christian Coalition. Just as in the IRS scandal, she asked for thousands of documents and loads of information, such as donor lists and meeting minutes.
The Christian Coalition spent hundreds of thousands to defend itself against trumped up charges made by Lerner. In the end, the investigation died due to lack of evidence of wrongdoing. But during the investigation, it used CC assets and prevented them from resuming their campaigning for their preferred candidates. Will she claim she didn’t know about that either? Is Issa and crew prepared to ask her about her work at the FEC?
It will be interesting to see how this plays out but for Lois, Lerning is fundamental.