Funny, your'e concerned about her rights, but what about the rights of the American Citizens that she first "apologized" too ?
Cummings was cut off because he brought politics into the inquiry, starting with his accusations against the Republican party. This would be better mentioned outside the committee if he feels strongly about the issue, while the media could respond to his accusations. It should not become a forum for political party bickering..
As an individual she should enjoy the protection of the %th Amendment, as F'ed up as that seems. But as a representative of the IRS she should be compelled to provide documentation about where the orders originated. If she can not produce the documents (I'm sure they are dust by now) she should be cooling in a cell until she can. A government agency as powerful as the IRS should have transparency. She says that she was in fear for her life from right wing groups, she should be. And the rest of them should be too. Considering the lengths they go to to collect money from us all, denying us the benefit of oversight could be considered by some to be a government gone rouge. It is only a matter of time before someone tips the scale from frustrated to vigilante. IMO it may very well be deserved. We are supposed to be a nation of laws. A government that refuses to submit to the people will only stand as long as the people remain spineless. Statistically speaking there are way too many people in this country for them to all be pussies.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
I thought Obama said there was not a smidgen, if that is the way the word is spelled, of corruption in the IRS, so why would she need to take the 5th on anything?
Could it be that Obama was wrong?