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Disgraced ex-IRS official will not get immunity in exchange for testimony

When disgraced IRS official Lois Lerner appears before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday, she will not receive immunity for any testimony she gives, according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA):

“Her attorney indicates now that she will testify. We’ve had a back and forth negotiation,” Issa told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “But quite frankly, we believe that evidence that we’ve gathered causes her in her best interest to be summoned to testify.”

The evidence that Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, has obtained are emails showing that Lerner drafted the proposed IRS regulations that would restrict political speech of nonprofit groups that engage in public policy discussions. The regulations are currently being considered by the IRS.

Wallace asked whether the House Oversight Committee offered Lerner immunity in exchange for her testimony. “We did not,” Issa replied, adding later that he believes the disgraced IRS official will answer all the committee’s questions about the powerful tax agencies targeting of conservative groups.

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“Increasing the minimum wage is political pandering, pure and simple. It does nothing to increase economic growth, which would create millions of jobs and lead to higher wages for everybody. The government shouldn’t set the price of labor, the free market should. It’s sad that some would rather play politics instead of making the case for pro-growth policies like tax reform and passing new trade deals with other nations.”Club for Growth President Chris Chocola

— White House wanted Geithner to lie about Social Security: In his new book, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises, former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says that the White House wanted him to lie about Social Security’s impact on the federal deficit on Sunday talk shows. “I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit. It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute,” Geithner writes. “Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.” By the way, Social Security consumed 4.9 percent of the economy in 2013, slightly more than major government healthcare programs. Over the long-term, the Ponzi scheme will be outpaced by Medicare, but not by much.

Oversight Committee seeks Lerner documents from Justice Department

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee fired off a letter on Thursday to the Justice Department seeking all documents and communications related to its interview with Lois Lerner, the disgraced IRS official at the center of congressional inquiries into the agencies targeting of conservative groups.

“The Wall Street Journal recently reported that DOJ attorney interviewed former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner about the IRS targeting ‘within the last six months,’” wrote Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) in the letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. “According to the article, Ms. Lerner gave a ‘lengthy interview’ to unspecified DOJ lawyers without a grant of immunity from the Department.”

Though she spoke freely with the Justice Department, Issa and Jordan noted that Lerner has refused to cooperate the committee’s investigation, twice invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, in May 2013 and again earlier this month.

Issa and Jordan have requested all documents and communications relating to the scope, timing, scheduling of the Justice Department’s interview with Lerner. The committee is also requesting correspondence between federal law enforcement agencies and the disgraced IRS official or her counsel relating to immunity.

Lerner pleads the Fifth at IRS scandal hearing, ranking Democrat loses his mind

Lois Lerner, the disgraced former IRS official, again invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing into the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.

“My counsel has advised me that I have not waived my constitutional rights under the Firth Amendment,” Lerner told Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) in response to a question about her comments on Citizens United, “and on his advice, I will decline to answer any question on the subject matter of this hearing.”

“So you’re not going to tell us who wanted to fix the problem caused by Citizens United?” Issa asked, to which Lerner replied, “On the advice of my counsel, I respectively exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer the question.”

Official at the center of IRS scandal to retire

Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner, the official at the center of congressional inquiries into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups, has retired, according to a statement released by the agency:

Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official investigated by Congress over the agency’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups, has retired effective today, the agency said in a statement.

Lerner, the tax agency’s former director of exempt organizations, was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this year. Last week, acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel told a congressional panel that Lerner was “technically still employed.”

The agency declined further comment, citing privacy concerns.

Refusing to resign over her alleged role in the scandal, Lerner was instead placed on paid administrative leave in May, just after she invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself in a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Republicans on the committee believe that Lerner waived her rights by declaring her innocence before invoking the Fifth Amendment.

Disgraced IRS official wants immunity in exchange for testimony on Tea Party targeting

Lois Lerner, the IRS employee at the center of the controversy over the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups, wants immunity before she will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:

Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner will not testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unless she’s given immunity from prosecution, her lawyer told POLITICO Tuesday.

“They can obtain her testimony tomorrow by doing it the easy way … immunity,” William W. Taylor III said in a phone interview. “That’s the way to resolve all of this.”
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Taylor, a founding partner of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, is even shrugging off the possibility that the full House might vote to hold Lerner in contempt.

“None of this matters,” he said. “I mean, nobody likes to be held in contempt of Congress, of course, but the real question is one that we’re fairly confident about, and I don’t think any district judge in the country would hold that she waived.”

Lerner refused to testify during a May 22nd hearing before the committee, invoking her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself, but not before declaring her innocence in her opening statement. That move has led to questions over whether Lerner, who was placed on administrative leave after her appearance before the committee, waived her rights.


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