Lois Lerner Will Plead the Fifth


Lois Lerner weasel of the week

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Lois Lerner needs to be fired immediately!

Lois Lerner knew in June 2011 that words like “tea party” and “patriot” were being used to filter out applications for tax-exempt status. She ended the practice but did not notify Congress.

The situation grew worse. Words and phrases were added to the IRS filters to include the “Bill of Rights, the Constitution, making America a better place to live” and so on. It is not clear what her role in that was, if any.

Lerner is supposed to appear before the House Oversight Committee and her lawyers have notified Congress that she will refuse to answer questions – she will plead the Fifth – because it is now part of a criminal investigation.

She wants Congress to give her a pass on appearing altogether so she will not be embarrassed.

Update: Congress has ordered her to attend the hearing.