"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
She certainly has the right to invoke the 5th, and that should be respected. It doesn't mean the investigation ends, it just means the investgators will have to use other means to get the information they need to determine if a crime has been committed.
"I believe in a Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and actions of human beings."
--Albert Einstein, 1929
Look, the way I see it, Democrats and Republicans are BOTH being douche bags over this.
1) Back in the McCarthy era, people lost their ability to make a living because they took the 5th Amendment, and it turned out they were not Communists at all. They were just exercising their Constitutional rights. Seems the GOP wants to bring back McCarthyism, along with the character assassinations and convictions by innuendo that went along with it.
2) But let's not forget, whether Obama knew about it or not, he is still the President, and responsibility for an out of control IRS rests squarely upon his shoulders. I won't accept excuses. Obama is ultimately responsible. But many Democrats won't see it that way, because they can't see past the (D) after his name.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
The committee never should have let her make a statement. Especially because they were given a head's up that she intended to invoke the 5th Amendment, they should have proceeded into questioning immediately. In no courtroom in the country can someone make a statement in testimony. And certainly, most especially, when they are invoking the 5th Amendment. That was a blunder by the committee, in my opinion.
Thank you, Quazi!