Former IRS Chief Lois Lerner Refuses to Testify About Targeting Tea Party Groups

It figures. This scrunt thinks she’s above the law, and if the previous dog and pony hearings are any indication, she won’t have to worry.

From The Daily Mail.

Former IRS official Lois Lerner refused for a second time on Wednesday to testify about her role in a scheme to target conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status during President Barack Obama’s first term in office.

Lerner risks arrest if she is found in contempt of Congress.

The House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee ruled on June 21, 2013 that Lerner, formerly in charge of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations office, waived her right to invoke the Fifth Amendment during a May 22 hearing when she insisted in a lengthy opening statement that she had done nothing wrong.

Wednesday’s continuation of that hearing was a brief affair, with Oversight Committee Chairman Republican Rep. Darrell Issa adjourning it after Lerner cited the Fifth amendment again and refused to answer questions.

Seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee. I can see no point in going further.’ Issa said. ‘I have no expectation that Mrs. Lerner will cooperate with this committee, and therefore we stand adjourned.’

……with the committee ruling that Lerner’s statements in May disqualified her from leaning on that right, she becomes subject to arrest if she continues to refuse to answer questions – either as leverage to force her to comply, or simply as punishment for thumbing her nose at Congress.

House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, seemed to support a contempt citation as a last resort, telling reporters Wednesday that he would ‘wait for a report from Chairman Issa about what happened or what will happen. But at some point I believe that she has to testify, or she should be held in contempt.’

Under Obama’s direction, the IRS didn’t have any trouble defining his preference of sympathetic leftwing groups over Tea Party/GOP organizations. Any request from groups with “patriot”, Tea Party”, or “conservative” in their name was automatically placed at the bottom of the pile or discarded entirely.  IRS employees testified to that fact, and much more.

A run down of IRS corruption:

According to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials.

Lois Lerner, then head of the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division, also received an email alongside White House officials that contained confidential information.  More emails uncover Lerner’s role in the conspiracy, including proof that she gave confidential taxpayer information to the FEC, violating federal law.  She was also caught on tape, discussing the pressure being put on the IRS to do something about the money being spent by conservatives on the election as a result of Citizens United.  Guess where the pressure came from.

IRS employees in Cincinnati were warned not to talk to the press “or risk losing our jobs.”

J. Christian Adams, the former DOJ attorney who blew the whistle on Holder’s refusal to prosecute the Black Panthers for voter intimidation, was himself targeted by the IRS for critical articles he published in Pajamas Media.

Obama met with top IRS official William Wilkins before the targeting began.  As a matter of fact, a Cincinnati IRS employee testified that it was quite clear the orders came from D.C.

The IRS engaged in the deliberate suppression, harassment, and intimidation of patriotic and conservative groups, and those who focus on the Constitution and criticize government spending.

Documents reveal that the IRS targeted specific groups by name.

So,  Rep. Issa, what the hell are you going to do about it besides adjourn hearings because these thugs keep taking the Fifth?

Bottom line: No one in the entire Obama regime, including the Corruptocrat-in-Chief is being held accountable for their crimes.  Instead, they’re paraded in front of Congressional hearings where hot air passes for real prosecution because the GOP lacks the balls to stop them.

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