Meltdown at Lois Lerner IRS Targeting Hearing

Lerner Invokes Fifth Amendment Once Again


Former IRS official Lois Lerner once again pleaded the Fifth, invoking her right against self-incrimination in a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative learning groups.

“On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question,” she responded to each question posed to her by committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.).

After repeatedly invoking the Fifth, Issa decided to adjourn the hearing.

This led Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, to explode at Issa and accuse him that the way he way in which the proceedings were being conducted were “Un-American.”

Issa responded calmly to Cummings by shutting off his microphone and then walking out of the committee hearing.