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    House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An IRS official effectively waived her right not to testify about the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups, a Republican-led congressional committee concluded on Friday in a vote that cleared the way for Congress to hold her in contempt.

    Lois Lerner, former head of the Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt division, angered Republicans last month when she invoked her constitutional right not to answer their questions at a hearing.




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    The committee is investigating the IRS's admission that it subjected applications for tax exempt status from groups with "Tea Party" or "Patriot" in their names to special scrutiny.

    By reading a statement telling lawmakers that she did "nothing wrong" before invoking her Fifth Amendment protections, some Republicans said that Lerner waived her rights.

    The Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved on a party-line vote a Republican resolution on Friday saying that Lerner did waive her Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination.

    House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible - chicagotribune.com
    Isn't it amazing that I had to go to Drudge to find the link to this story....Anyway, good! Now get this lying progressive back in front of congress, and get her to start talking....

    Immunity may be the only path to this, but we can see that even the progressive liberals on the committee panel are going to run cover for this corruption.

    Let's get the truth for a change.
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    Re: House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    The idea that there can be a "no backsies" on the 5th amendment is goddamned stupid.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Isn't it amazing that I had to go to Drudge to find the link to this story....Anyway, good! Now get this lying progressive back in front of congress, and get her to start talking....

    Immunity may be the only path to this, but we can see that even the progressive liberals on the committee panel are going to run cover for this corruption.

    Let's get the truth for a change.
    Don't let your failed scandal fomenting get you down, J. I'm sure one of Obama's underlings will eventually forget to put a cap on a pen, and you'll be able to work yourself into a tizzy for nothing all over again.

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    Re: House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    The idea that there can be a "no backsies" on the 5th amendment is goddamned stupid.
    But if you give a statement which included I did nothing wrong before pleading the 5th, you waived your right. You've given an affirmative statement. Thus they can question you on those statements. They could ask her, what do you mean by "I did nothing wrong".
    Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken

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    Re: House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    Quote Originally Posted by ChunkySalsa View Post
    Don't let your failed scandal fomenting get you down, J. I'm sure one of Obama's underlings will eventually forget to put a cap on a pen, and you'll be able to work yourself into a tizzy for nothing all over again.
    Haha, good one. I like how you used "Obama's underlings", it really increases the taunt by making the so desired connection.


    Quote Originally Posted by austrianecon View Post
    They could ask her, what do you mean by "I did nothing wrong".
    What's that gonna do?

    Well, I meant that I did nothing wrong. Next question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    What's that gonna do?

    Well, I meant that I did nothing wrong. Next question.
    What do you mean? You can always trip people up in questioning..
    Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken

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    Re: House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    Quote Originally Posted by austrianecon View Post
    What do you mean? You can always trip people up in questioning..
    Not over something that simple. It's not like the answer will be "well, I didn't do anything wrong in regard to all those people breaking the rules whose names and emails I have".

    Ah, ha! Gotcha!


    :rolleyes

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    Re: House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Not over something that simple. It's not like the answer will be "well, I didn't do anything wrong in regard to all those people breaking the rules whose names and emails I have".

    Ah, ha! Gotcha!

    :rolleyes
    People make mistakes.. she gave a statement before pleading the 5th with her lawyer sitting behind her.. so people do **** up.
    Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. H.L Mencken

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    Re: House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    Quote Originally Posted by austrianecon View Post
    People make mistakes... people do **** up.
    Well, I suppose I cannot defeat that argument. I still don't expect anything to result from "what did you mean when you said you didn't do anything wrong?" Even given that people do, in fact, **** up, that seems like a ridiculous question and easy answer.

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    Re: House says IRS official waived rights, contempt possible

    Quote Originally Posted by ChunkySalsa View Post
    Don't let your failed scandal fomenting get you down, J. I'm sure one of Obama's underlings will eventually forget to put a cap on a pen, and you'll be able to work yourself into a tizzy for nothing all over again.



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