Daily Caller –
A report released Tuesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asserted that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights.
Lerner continues to stonewall California Rep. Darrell Issa’s committee, pleading the Fifth again in a divisive Oversight hearing last Wednesday convened to get to the bottom of the IRS’ improper targeting of conservative groups between 2010 and 2012.
Oversight member Rep. Jim Jordan told The Daily Caller that the committee is “moving” toward holding Lerner in contempt of Congress to compel her to testify.
“I think that’s where we’re moving,” Jordan said. “I think that’s where this is headed.” Jordan added that he feels holding Lerner in contempt is “the right thing to do.”
Issa’s report, which Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor did not read prior to last week’s hearing but nevertheless criticized as partisan and inaccurate, detailed at least four instances in which Lerner lied to or misled the committee.
The report outlined the reasons that Lerner has waived her Fifth Amendment rights:
1. “Lerner Gave a Voluntary Statement at the May 22, 2013 Hearing”
“Rather than properly asserting her Fifth Amendment privilege, Lerner, in the opinion of the Committee, the House General Counsel, and many legal scholars, waived her privilege by making a voluntary statement of innocence. Instead of remaining silent and declining to answer questions, with the exception of stating her name, Lerner read a lengthy statement professing her innocence,” according to the report.