Open thread, live video: Oversight hearing into IRS non-scandal featuring official taking the Fifth

posted at 9:21 am on May 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The House Oversight Committee will gavel itself into session at 9:30 am ET, according to C-SPAN, in order to take testimony on the IRS’ targeting of conservatives in its tax-exempt enforcement.  They won’t get much from Lois Lerner, formerly a pretty big fan of Q&A sessions — when she can plant the questions and prepare the answers. This time, Lerner plans to plead the Fifth as the scandal deepens:

The IRS official in charge of the division accused of improperly targeting conservative groups will invoke her Fifth Amendment rights against compelled self-incrimination at a committee hearing Wednesday, a sign of concern that the political controversy is heading into the criminal arena.

Lois Lerner, the director of the IRS Exempt Organization Division, is still expected to appear at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing but will refuse to answer questions, citing the criminal investigation into IRS actions.

Ali Ahmed, a spokesman for Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Lerner’s attorney had sent the panel a letter but he said Issa “remains hopeful that she will ultimately decide to testify tomorrow about her knowledge of outrageous IRS targeting of Americans for their political beliefs.”

The announcement signaled a potentially dramatic turn in a controversy that has embroiled Capitol Hill and the IRS since the release last week of an inspector general’s reporting describing actions by IRS workers over several years to single out conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status and subject them to intrusive questioning.

Lerner’s attorney tried to get her subpoena revoked by informing Darrell Issa that she would refuse to provide any information.  Congressional committees will sometimes excuse witnesses rather than forcing them to plead the Fifth in person, but Issa understands the power of this moment.  While the IRS program has generated considerable outrage, some still insist that it doesn’t mean much, and question whether any laws really got broken at all.  Having a bureaucrat plead the Fifth on national television makes a pretty good argument that something was going on at the IRS that wasn’t entirely legal.

That’s not to say that there will be much accountability in the end.  Not only has no one been fired at the IRS, but no one has even been disciplined — not even with a strongly-worded memo:

“Why weren’t more people fired?” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) demanded at a hearing Tuesday on the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, channeling the frustration of his colleagues.

Turns out it’s not so easy.

In fact, it appears that no one has been formally reprimanded and a spokesperson for the union representing IRS workers said it hasn’t been called to help any employees yet. Most employees involved in the targeting program are covered by protections for federal workers that could drag out the termination process.

The pressure is building: Lois Lerner, the director of the tax-exempt division at the IRS that oversaw the controversial program, will invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday.

The GOP is also calling for the resignation of Sarah Hall Ingram, an official who used to work in the tax-exempt division and who now oversees the agency’s implementation of the health care overhaul.

It’s not just the bureaucratic obstacles that are at issue, either.  The agency itself isn’t exactly jumping through hoops to make itself accountable to Congress, either.  CNS News reports that the IRS missed a deadline to provide documentation to another Congressional committee, and in fact hasn’t even bothered to respond to the demand letter:

In a May 14 letter signed by Chairman Dave Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin, the House Ways and Means Committee demanded precisely those records from the IRS. In the same letter, the committee also demanded the records of any communications between IRS and the Treasury on the matter, plus other information and records that would help the committee understand the facts about IRS actions that subjected to heightened scrutiny conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Chairman Camp and Ranking Member Levin gave the IRS a deadline of Tuesday, May 21 to comply with their committee’s demand for the information and records.

The IRS–which requires working Americans to file their tax returns by an April 15 deadline each year or else face penalties–did not comply with this deadline imposed by the congressional committee that has oversight over its activities.

“The Committee has not received a response to the Camp-Levin letter,” House Ways and Means Spokeswoman Sarah Swinehart told CNSNews.com late Tuesday after the IRS had closed for business for the day.

The Senate sent its own demand letter with a deadline of May 31st.  We’ll see if they miss that deadline, too — which will mean both chambers of Congress may start breaking out the subpoenas, and more bureaucrats may start taking the Fifth.

Update: Here’s the live video, from Oversight itself (note: the CBS feed works better, replaced):

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Oversight hearing into IRS non-scandal featuring official taking the Fifth

Should be a short hearing..
Except the democrats saying how this is irrelevant and a witch hunt..
the usual crap.

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I think I’ll avoid the drinking game of taking a shot every time she invokes the Fifth. I’d hate being soused at 9:45 in the morning, and passed out on the floor by 10:00.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

which will mean both chambers of Congress may start breaking out the subpoenas, and more bureaucrats may start taking the Fifth.

Obama better wake up…
Grab some popcorn Obama…
This is going to be a blast..
You might just learn something..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

They won’t get much from Lois Lerner, formerly a pretty big fan of Q&A sessions — when she can plant the questions and prepare the answers. This time, Lerner plans to plead the Fifth as the scandal deepens:

Ask her every question, please. Let her invoke The United States Constitution as a shield behind which she shall hide from answering the question. The final question should thusly be;

Should all US citizens be able to afford themselves the same protection given as a right by the US Constitution that you are currently taking, as a right, in order to avoid answering all of our questions???

plead the fifth on that one sister….

ted c on May 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

“Kangaroo trial!” – HAL the fascist

NotCoach on May 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Mean ol gop bashing her for political purposes
-dems/lsm talking point

cmsinaz on May 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Must see TV, indeed.

SusanAnne Hiller on May 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

“Kangaroo trial!” – HAL the fascist

NotCoach on May 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

HAL just want’s to move on..
So that Obama can continue to make our lives better…
Can’t we just all get along?
Sob…sob..
Sniff..sniff.

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

And, while this heifer is doing this, think to yourself:

These are the people who are going to enforce Obamacare.

kingsjester on May 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Please, someone ask her what would happen if someone being audited by the IRS refused to answer questions.

Even better, ask her what would have happened to one of those Tea Party groups if they’d refused to answer questions.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

The agency itself isn’t exactly jumping through hoops to make itself accountable to Congress, either.

No shiite? A massive federal construct peopled with smirking monkeys like Miller who take their marching orders from a Dog Eating Retard refuses to be held accountable for their criminality? Wow, ain’t that sumthin’.

Heinlein’s vision of the world had an answer for losers like this, maybe we need to start considering it.

Bishop on May 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

John McCain makes me sick.

surrounded on May 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

That’s not to say that there will be much accountability in the end. Not only has no one been fired at the IRS, but no one has even been disciplined — not even with a strongly-worded memo

Fine by me. That’ll only ensure this scandal drags on even longer. And BTW, I don’t buy that the reason they haven’t fired anyone is because it’s difficult to terminate an employee of the IRS. It’s because they’re afraid that person will retaliate by spilling the beans to Congress.

Doughboy on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Darryl Issa was on Greta last night and he said today’s session was going to be a long one.

vityas on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

They won’t get much from Lois Lerner, formerly a pretty big fan of Q&A sessions — when she can plant the questions and prepare the answers.

Points for snark.

We will not get to the bottom of this until we start taking testimony from the greedy-union shadow management structure. Barky’s Executive Order placed those union reps into the decision-making apparatus, and leaving them out of these hearings would be gross negligence.

Start with Colleen Kelley, President of the NTEU.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

HAL just want’s to move on..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

No he doesn’t. He’s still blaming Bush.

cozmo on May 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

the union representing IRS workers…

Step one, end unionization of government employees. Unions create and us vs. them environment. Fine and all except when the “them” is We the People.

Roosevelt was right. Unions are a cancer on a government to a free people.

MNHawk on May 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Turning on hearings at cspan now…

Thought I’d post this recent Bloomberg Napoleonic meltdown…Seems like intimidation is catchy…

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg cursed out the chief executive officer of a taxi company who won a court case against the city and pledged a post-mayoral revenge against the entire industry, the CEO and one witness said.

“[I will] destroy your [expletive] industry,” Mr. Bloomberg said to Taxi Club Management CEO Gene Freidman, The New York Post reported…

“He was very angry, very scary, very violent in a non-physical way. He was grinding his teeth, he was spitting, he was red, and he was in my face,” Mr. Friedman said, in The Post. “When we walked away, I asked a friend who was with me, ‘Did the mayor just threaten me?’ My friend responded, ‘No, he threatened you twice.’ “

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/22/mayor-bloomberg-cabbie-ill-destroy-your-expletive-/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS#ixzz2U1nhs6Ag
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workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Fine by me. That’ll only ensure this scandal drags on even longer. And BTW, I don’t buy that the reason they haven’t fired anyone is because it’s difficult to terminate an employee of the IRS. It’s because they’re afraid that person will retaliate by spilling the beans to Congress.

Doughboy on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

It may even be because they honestly don’t believe anyone did anything wrong.

Which isn’t to say they don’t believe conservatives were targeted. It’s that they don’t see anything wrong with that.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Please state you name and position for the congressional record

On advice of counsel I plead the 5th

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Mean ol gop bashing her for political purposes
-dems/lsm talking point

cmsinaz on May 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

We’re all big Blue Meanies!

The simpering crybaby oh-so-sensitive liberal media make me feel need to reach for a barf bag.

If they so sensitive and all-caring, there’s this little town in Oklahoma where they can go and volunteer to help unloading trucks of food and water, or helping with searches.

If they won’t do that, then their ‘caring’ is just posturing. Besides, I don’t think they care a whit about Lerner in the first place. They’re afraid of how this is going look for their precious Obama. And if he looks bad, so does the LSM.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Heinlein’s vision of the world had an answer for losers like this, maybe we need to start considering it.

Bishop on May 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

As soon as the ammo shortage is over.

cozmo on May 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

And, while this heifer is doing this, think to yourself:

These are the people who are going to enforce Obamacare.

kingsjester on May 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Just think, a year from now, one of the most radical-left greedy unions controlled by the democratic party will have access to the health records and complete financial records of all Americans.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

And, while this heifer is doing this, think to yourself:

These are the people who are going to enforce Obamacare.

kingsjester on May 22, 2013 at 9:28 AM

THIS X 1000

esr1951 on May 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Government accountable to taxpayers – Issa

Yep!

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

No he doesn’t. He’s still blaming Bush.

cozmo on May 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I bet HAL has a “Miss Me Yet” poster in its bedroom..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Government accountable to taxpayers – Issa

Yep!

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

And…
Taxpayers want to know what they are getting for their money..

Ha!!!

Half of the US doesn’t pay taxes..

It is these people that aren’t watching this hearing because…

The don’t care…
They have no skin in the game.

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

I bet HAL has a “Miss Me Yet” poster in its bedroom..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Obama is making me miss Nixon.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Just think, a year from now, one of the most radical-left greedy unions controlled by the democratic party will have access to the health records and complete financial records of all Americans.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

-Ms. Sebellius, can you tell us why hospital patients who were deemed members of the Tea Party have been denied basic medical care which has resulted in hundreds of preventable deaths so far?

“I plead the fifth.”

Bishop on May 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

As soon as someone is fired, the house of cards fall…no one will accept responsibility until they are forced to.

right2bright on May 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

It may even be because they honestly don’t believe anyone did anything wrong.

Which isn’t to say they don’t believe conservatives were targeted. It’s that they don’t see anything wrong with that.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Well maybe in their sick minds they believe what they did was morally right since we evil conservatives should be treated like second class citizens. But they also knew it was illegal to target people based on their ideological(and apparently religious) views.

Doughboy on May 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I’m most interested in the CNN/CBS/ABC/NBC/NPR reporting regarding this hearing on this evening’s news … any chance they’ll nudge (hard) the slumbering masses?

M240H on May 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Bishop on May 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I think I will start the Ice Floe Real Estate Company.

“For just the right touch in the mandated disposal of Grandma and Grandpa.” “Obamacare Approved Ice Floes!”

kingsjester on May 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Darryl Issa was on Greta last night and he said today’s session was going to be a long one.

vityas on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Good. The whore’s lawyer said that since she is only going to plead the Fifth these hearings only serve to humliate her. I’d say the person who decided to curtail Americans rights when they don’t match the administration’s ideology should be humiliated. If that takes hours to do then so be it.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Government accountable to taxpayers – Issa

Yep!

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

And…
Taxpayers want to know what they are getting for their money..

Ha!!!

Half of the US doesn’t pay taxes..

It is these people that aren’t watching this hearing because…

The don’t care…
They have no skin in the game.

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Here’s one way to splain it to the LIV…at least those that are employed…

Hey you might not get your refund cause of your politics, or religion…or who ya hang out with and the content of your b*tchin’ and whinin’

The LIV needs to be edumicated on governmental abuse of power.

Got to start somewhere…

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Yepper Liam

cmsinaz on May 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Glad this got posted, had set DVR for, later !
Watching on TV while doing paperwork, cspan3.org during smoke breaks outside .. Heheh
Too early for clinks or popcorn. ;-)

pambi on May 22, 2013 at 9:43 AM

… any chance they’ll nudge (hard) the slumbering masses?

M240H on May 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Sadly I think it will take Honey Boo Boo or Snookie to explain the situation for some people to even realize that there’s a problem here. Maybe the parasites will pay attention if it leaks that one of those vile Kardashian critters was investigated by the DoJ or something.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The internal controls are not in place to guarantee that the IRS isn’t doing this…- Issa quoting the IG

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

The witch hunt argument goes out the window when your people start taking the 5th. They now need to subpoena everyone in the loop, top to bottom.

tommyboy on May 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I didn’t know Shulman and that idiot IG were gonna be there today as well. This oughta be interesting.

Doughboy on May 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Mr. Cummings doesn’t seem too chipper this morning.

surrounded on May 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Sadly I think it will take Honey Boo Boo or Snookie to explain the situation for some people to even realize that there’s a problem here. Maybe the parasites will pay attention if it leaks that one of those vile Kardashian critters was investigated by the DoJ or something.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Those Armenians have an axe to grind. Large behinds too.

oldroy on May 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Cummings looks kinda like Yoda without the horizontal ears…

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

BIG thumbs up from me for Issa’s introduction.

Anti-Control on May 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Wow, a black Democrat taking them to task. I think I heard Obama weeping and Holder calling a judge about a search warrant.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Is Mr. Cummings talking slowly for the effect?

esr1951 on May 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Cummings looks kinda like Yoda without the horizontal ears…

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Political this is. Yes, mmmmm.

Doughboy on May 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Just caught the tail end of a news story, St Louis station. Apparently some government have banned the use of tanning beds by kids.

Announcer said that parents are grateful because they were tired of arguing with their kids about the health hazards of tanning.

We are so screwed.

davidk on May 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Cummings not really going with the idiotic nutroots talking points is he? I’m sure he’ll get around to the red herring of issues with 501c in general, but not bad for a D.

forest on May 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Wow, a black Democrat taking them to task. I think I heard Obama weeping and Holder calling a judge about a search warrant.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I am betting on a brutal beatdown today. My popcorn is ready – how about yours? :)

Anti-Control on May 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Gee Mr. Cummings…Maybe that (delays on formal departmental instruction) has something to do with creating Godzilla Government agencies that are so Big the President can’t keep up with them or something…

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Be sure to ask everyone from the IRS giving testimony if they have any email accounts under aliases!

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Wow, a black Democrat taking them to task. I think I heard Obama weeping and Holder calling a judge about a search warrant.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Cummings has constituents that pay taxes too. No politician is going to score points defending the IRS. Especially an official that has such contempt for the taxpayers she opts to plead the Fifth when her misdeeds comes to the glare of C-Span cameras.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Democracy 21…a good government group that demanded bad governmental practices against their political opponents…

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

So Cummings wants to deny 1st Amendment rights. Got it.

NotCoach on May 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I hope that the Democrats continue to distance themselves from Obama’s coup.

kingsjester on May 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Executive privilege again?

cmsinaz on May 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Thanks Cumming..

IT’S President Bush’s fault!

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Wow, Issa’s off on a significant tangent in examining the veracity of the IG report. I just came in but if I have this right the IG allowed the an IRS high superior to be in attendance at every interview of the IG’s investigation. That significant fact along with the suggestion that those interviewed weren’t sworn to answer truthfully, is beyond outrageous.

I hope that Issa makes it clear that the oath of office all employees take upon entering government makes it irrelevant, not to mention 18 USC 1001 prohibits doing other than telling the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, at all times.

Dusty on May 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Be sure to ask everyone from the IRS giving testimony if they have any email accounts under aliases!

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Good point.

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

There it is, first time President Bush is mentioned. Pick up that water, Cummings. Come on. It’s not that heavy.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

The line from the Left is that no laws were broken – doesn’t the first amendment count anymore?

Juno77 on May 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

G. Gordon’s probably loving this.

kingsjester on May 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

This guy(Cummings) is a dolt. He wouldn’t know the truth if it bit him on the behind.

D-fusit on May 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Movin’ on up to the White House. Barry did it. Barry lied.

Joe Bide is smiling…thinking “President Biden” does not sound bad…

albill on May 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

My popcorn is ready – how about yours? :)

Anti-Control on May 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

[munch, munch]

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

“So she’s taking the Fifth. Well, me, I’m taking the First.”

- Barack Obama

A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/05/21/quote-day-22-2013/

Fallon on May 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Wait. She pleads the fifth AND keeps her job?

ronsfi on May 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Hey…Let’s focus on the future folks…that’s bi-partisan K? – Cummings

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Of course its not a hearing unless a dem bring up W

cmsinaz on May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Yeah, so Cummings wants to go back to not allowing these tax exempt groups. I’m sure that would include places like Media Matters…ya right.

BeachBum on May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Cummings to Issa, please don’t question her.

FOAD

D-fusit on May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Cummings: Rove! Bush! Blah, blah, blah.

I despise these leftist hacks with every fiber of my being.

Common Sense Floridian on May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

The Obama administration and specifically the IRS have basically thumbed their noses at the Supreme Court on this issue. Remember when Obama stood there at a State of the Nation and admonished the SC for deciding Citizen’s United was legal?

One has to wonder if President Obama was complicit in conveying to the IRS to do what ever they wanted.

Truth and Trust! We can agree with Cummings on this.

Rovin on May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM

As soon as they discipline or fire someone, there is a person that can be subpeoned.

If they are just staff people (expendable) they might get angry and spill who ordered the targeting. And then the whole thing has the potential to get further out of hand for them, meaning we would find out the truth. Someone with a high profile started this. That’s who they are trying to protect.

Don’t expect any disciplinary actions until they find someone they can strong arm to simply say “It was me. I acted alone.”

jjjdad on May 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Please don’t question her?
Seriously?

cmsinaz on May 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Because she wants to plead the 5th…let’s just not ask any questions at all. – Cummings

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Joe Bide is smiling…thinking “President Biden” does not sound bad…

albill on May 22, 2013 at 9:53 AM

But Biden said that Obama is starting to talk without his Teleprompter..
Soon..
Oh wait..
Obama just spit up..
Will someone burp him?

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Well this is awkward. Already.

tru2tx on May 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Sorry…we thought you had those IG documents – Yoda to Issa

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

From a thread last night:

Remember the Valerie Plame/Joseph Wilson kerfuffle. President Bush told everyone that if they invoked the 5th, they had to do it as a former employee.

patch on May 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Integrity is a stranger to you Cummings.

D-fusit on May 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Another Chilling Leak Investigation
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/22/opinion/another-chilling-leak-investigation.html?

With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible “co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.

Juno77 on May 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

If a hop was in the hot sear Cummings would be berating the witness

cmsinaz on May 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Cummings…
Shut up!
It’s like hearings like this has never happened before.
Thanks for your thoughtful instructions..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Because she wants to plead the 5th…let’s just not ask any questions at all. – Cummings

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:55 AM

No, I want her on video record taking advantage of her Constitutional Rights. I want to see the Youtube highlights video.

Chris of Rights on May 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I love the smell of Democrat fear in the morning.

There is no way Lerner can look good in this.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Jordan ties the actions of the KGB IRS to political opposition to Obamacare

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

There is no way Lerner can look good in this.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

She’s not starting off well either..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

When will these GOP congressmen learn not to grandstand and just ask questions?

Hang them with their own answers.

commodore on May 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Reality Check Exclusive: Cincinnati agent giving orders in IRS scandal?
http://www.fox19.com/story/22380127/reality-check-exclusive-cincinnati-agent-giving-orders-in-irs-scandal
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart.

Juno77 on May 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Taking the fifth… well at least SOMEONE admits that there is more than the possibility of criminal wrongdoing going on.

Just keep on interviewing people, gathering facts and those that take the fifth will start to point to what was really going. And this will be just the first of committee meetings on just a part of one scandal.

The summer of the Committee Hearings is coming up.

Finally some of these Congresscritters just might decide to do their jobs.

ajacksonian on May 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

spokesperson for the union representing IRS workers said it hasn’t been called to help any employees yet. Most employees involved in the targeting program are covered by protections for federal workers that could drag out the termination process.

End public sector unions.
Yeah, I know. Too late.
The progressive infestation is complete.

VibrioCocci on May 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Lerner’s attorney says she has “committed no crime” and is forced to do this. This is rich from this bunch – she’s committed no crime so she has to commit one by pleading the fifth when she is innocent.

ghostwalker1 on May 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The people don’t buy it – Jordan

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Msdnc actually airing it

Oooh the administration who told us a video caused Benghazi is telling us just low level staffers caused the IRS scandal

cmsinaz on May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

The people don’t buy it – Jordan

workingclass artist on May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

But will be fined if they don’t buy it..

Oh wait..

This isn’t about Obamacare..
Sorry.

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Republican war on women! /sarc

jnelchef on May 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

I hope Issa doesn’t back down.

gophergirl on May 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

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