April 29, 2014

Contempt Vote ‘Un-American’

Lois Lerner’s attorney defends obstruction.

The House is scheduled to take up a contempt vote against the IRS’s Lois “Plead the Fifth” Lerner next month, but her attorney, William Taylor III, wants the opportunity to lecture Republicans on why the effort is wrong. During her first appearance before a House committee investigating the scandal, Lerner issued a statement defending herself and claiming innocence before invoking the Fifth Amendment, at which point Republicans argue Lerner’s right to avoid self-incrimination was waived. But in a letter to House GOP leaders, Taylor claims such thinking is “unfair” and “un-American.” “Holding Ms. Lerner in contempt would not only be unfair and, indeed, un-American, it would be flatly inconsistent with the Fifth Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court,” he contends. And her targeting of conservative groups in collaboration with the DoJ wasn’t un-American? The Left is only concerned with constitutional protections when they need to hide behind them.

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