House panel says IRS official waived 5th Amendment right
June 28th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
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House panel says IRS official waived 5th Amendment right

Washington (CNN) - Republicans on a House committee rejected strenuous Democratic objections in voting Friday that Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner waived her constitutional right against self-incrimination at a prior hearing.

The resolution was the first step in an effort by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the GOP chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to force Lerner to return to answer questions about targeting of conservative groups by the unit she headed.

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  1. Time to be USA

    She needs to go to jail!!!

    June 28, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    She shouldn't have to testify & I wouldn't testify if I were her. Mr. Issa hasn't been forthcoming to WE, THE PEOPLE in this investigation. He should be stripped of his chairmanship for using this investigation for political gain and wasting taxpayer money.

    June 28, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    LOL. Constitution? What Constitution?

    June 28, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. emskadittle

    really, the republicans are going to take away her constitutional rights?

    June 28, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. emskadittle

    yea, i don't think that is how the constitution works. this will end badly for the republicans

    June 28, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "She shouldn't have to testify & I wouldn't testify if I were her."
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    Well, she's going to jail and you can too.

    June 28, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Would someone tell those numbskulls that you can exercise the 5th Amendment at any time you want?

    June 28, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    They still nattering on about this IRS nonsense? This was conclusively demonstrated to be a nonstory. Well, won't be the last time GOP Congresscritters waste taxpayer's money.

    June 28, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    emskadittle

    really, the republicans are going to take away her constitutional rights?
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    Yeah. They feel that it is their constitutional duty.

    June 28, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Apex

    When you are a servant to the people of this country, in a high ranking manager of tax collections, I think you should have to answer the questions...If we have corruption it must be rooted out.

    When citizens get audited, we can't plead the 5th or ignorance... "Pay up"

    June 28, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. plain&simple

    When someone is knocking on your door late at night,under the cover of darkness. Know it's Mr. Issa looking to hold a committee investigation...to make him look strong and important. Nothing else!!!

    June 28, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    emskadittle

    really, the republicans are going to take away her constitutional rights?
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    Nope. When she opened her big mouth, she waived her right. Sucks to be her.

    June 28, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Is it legal for Congress to decide (in a partisan vote, no less) who has or hasn't "waived" their constitutional rights?

    June 28, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Ron Jeremy's stunt double

    You can't come into court and explain how you had nothing to do with anything and gives reasons as to such, without being cross-examined.

    June 28, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Is it legal for Congress to decide (in a partisan vote, no less) who has or hasn't "waived" their constitutional rights?"

    You forget: IOKIYAR

    June 28, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "You can't come into court and explain how you had nothing to do with anything and gives reasons as to such, without being cross-examined."

    She didn't do that. Way to mischaracterize what she said. Good job.

    June 28, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Well, she's going to jail and you can too.
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    You can't strip away someone's constitutional right.

    June 28, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Is it legal for Congress to decide (in a partisan vote, no less) who has or hasn't "waived" their constitutional rights?"

    IOKIYAR Republicans get to do whatever the hell they want because the MSM will never ever ever call them out on it lest they lose their main source for all the nontroversies they love to sensationalize.

    June 28, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Econ301

    Is it legal for Congress to decide (in a partisan vote, no less) who has or hasn't "waived" their constitutional rights?

    June 28, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. Downhill We Go

    She waived her 5A rights when she issued a full statement. If she would have just said, "I plea the 5th" and walked away, no harm. But, you cannot plea 5A and then issue a statement professing innocence and then not allowing cross-examination. Doesn't work that way

    June 28, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Screw the house GOP incompetent garbage of America loser who will kicked to the curb in 2014 midterms. They truly are the garbage of America!!!!!

    June 28, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Steveo

    Let's drop the left/right thing for a moment.
    1. This is troublesome, if you honestly look at this issue without the lens your party! Why is the her 5th amendment being voting on anyway? If Iwere her lawyer, I am screaming loud
    2. How is this IRS issue a nontroversy? The purpose of the 5th is to protect those who have some guilt! The innocent won't have to invoke the 5th.

    June 28, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Apex

    Why is this a conservative versus Liberal or Republican versus Democrat issue?

    this is most disturbing to me..we are so divided among one another.. Why aren't we truth seekers above all? Be honest, if Romney was President and he was targeting Liberal groups, I get the feeling you all defending the 5th now would be singing a different tune?

    My stance is, when you work for the people, you will be held to a higher standard than a typical citizen... she should answer the questions... by not answering the questions, it certainly doesn't look good... the problem is, this probably goes further up into the administration..most likely she is trying to protect them by taking the 5th... One way or the other, the truth will come out...

    June 28, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Econ301

    Is it legal for Congress to decide (in a partisan vote, no less) who has or hasn't "waived" their constitutional rights?

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    Weither you have or have not "waived" your Consitutional rights seems like something the courts would have to decide.

    Unless I missed the part in the Consitution where Congress determins what is or is not Consitutional...

    June 28, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Downhill We Go

    (in a partisan vote, no less)

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    Of course it is. Do you really believe that the Democrats want to expose this has links to Washington? Heck no. Lerner is a direct tie to Washington. How high? Who knows...but this may open a crack in the door to find out if/when they get her under oath.

    June 28, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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