IRS official takes the 5th at congressional hearing
Lois Lerner leaves the House Oversight Committee's hearing Wednesday after refusing to answer the panel's questions.
May 22nd, 2013
10:55 AM ET

IRS official takes the 5th at congressional hearing

An Internal Revenue Service official who headed the division involved in targeting conservative groups invoked her constitutional right against self-incrimination Wednesday and refused to answer questions from a congressional committee.

Lois Lerner read a statement at a House Oversight Committee hearing that declared she did nothing wrong and broke no laws before saying she would not answer any questions.

"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules and regulations," Lerner said, adding that she never misled or lied to Congress, as contended by some legislators.

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  1. saywhat

    Attempting to get exemption under 501(c) (4) is in itself fishy. though I agree that evoking the 5th in this instance is hardly to be condoned.
    I heard you @Augusta Wind. Thanks.

    May 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
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  3. Pete

    If you break this 501(c)(4) tax statue down its simple tea party and churches with political intentions need not apply..Tea partys or said groups related to them have historicly in their short time done nothing to help benefit any community using social welfare or any other means to again help any community..It's political as their Citizens United in bringing in dirty money because it can't be traced to its contributors who's names are kept secret being protected by this bill..Churches the same goes if they back a political issue or candidate and preach politics at their pulpits their tax exempt status should not only be cancelled but fines,penalties should be levied as well!!Quit this charade republicans because we see how you screamed when Pres.Obama used Citizens United against you in his last campaign and actually did a better job as well didn't he!!

    May 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
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