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. Agusta Wind

    try again around 6:30 or so when the mods change shifts 😉

    May 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Agusta Wind

    I won't be back till then anyways.

    May 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    My what an attractive woman.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Monty Python

    So Teapartiers can claim tax-exempt status? Why shouldn't they be audited? They get a pass, why? Pay taxes, and it is less likely to gey audited, otherwise face the music.

    May 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hamsta

    Pleading the fifth means you DID do something wrong. The fifth ammendment is the right to not INCRIMINATE yourself. Contradictory statement if I ever heard one.

    May 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Agusta Wind

    A very crafty lawyer can twist anyones statement @ hamsta. Being able to plead the fifth is there for a reason.

    May 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Agusta Wind

    @ hamsta, Just got half way thru the "Times Union" article on this story and need to say I believe any Government official should NEVER be allowed to envoke the fifth. Never. I also find Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina statement "You don’t get to tell your side of the story and then not be subjected to cross-examination", on target

    May 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MaryM

    501c4 law passed by congress in 1954 says that in order to qualify for the tax exemption, the group must EXCLUSIVLY engage in social welfare. NONE of these 501c4 groups qualify for the tax exemption

    May 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Agusta Wind

    Or when a news org constantly blocks you from commenting , right @ sawywhat? 😉

    May 23, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    Taking the 5th??? What does that tell you?

    Doesn't want to be forced to incriminate themselves....

    Great... if it smells like a fish...

    May 23, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    Taking the 5th..??

    Off with her head.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    Maybe they should try water boarding, or send in The "high value interrogation team"

    May 23, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Agusta Wind

    For the committee to let her walk out the door said much. I on the other hand would have been walking out in hand cuffs ... your age American citizen.

    May 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ben

    HAHAHAHAHAH! I had to search for "lerner" to find this article on CNN..what a joke! Cnn stop being Obama's dirty propoganda machine.. this power abuser is ruining our country just like he and all other "chicago Politicans" ruined my state.

    May 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    The IRS statue 501(c)(4) state its for groups none political that help or benefit communities using social welfare..What has any tea party group or related organization done for any community or anyone else for that matter except their extremist lap dogs that they campaign for in helping defeat our country !!They're against anything American and they stated it as well,right republicans and you know who you are!!

    May 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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