The former head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, Lois Lerner, who apologized for targeting conservative groups and later pleaded the Fifth in lieu of testifying at an House Oversight committee hearing is being compelled to testify at a hearing on March 5.
“Ms. Lerner’s testimony remains critical to the committee’s investigation,” Mr. Issa said in a letter to her attorney, William W. Taylor III today.
Yesterday, Sara Marie Brenner of the BrennerBrief wrote about the looming deadline to comment on a proposed IRS regulation, Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities, that was “reverse engineered” to target the Tea party and conservative groups. The horrific “regulation” is a direct affront to the First Amendment to the Constitution, as discussed at Liberty Unyielding.
To submit a comment by the deadline Thursday, click here.
Many discrepancies have been documented in statements made by Lerner, prompting Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post to give her “A bushel of Pinocchios.”
Back in May, Taylor wrote a letter to committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa:
“She [Lerner] has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.”
At the time, Taylor said that testifying would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her,” as reported at the Examiner.
— GOP Oversight (@GOPoversight) February 26, 2014