Lois Lerner, former official head of the Internal Revenue Service and who is at the heart of the controversy of its targeting of conservative groups, once again took the Fifth when asked any question by the House Oversight Committee. During her very first appearance before them, she read a prepared statement in which she proclaimed her innocence and then invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.
Let’s look at this in another way: If your child was accused of doing something that you, as a parent, would find an abuse of your rules of behavior, how you would feel if your child told you, “I didn’t do it and I will not answer any of your questions?” If you were CEO of an organization and an employee did the same, how would you deal with the situation?
We know that in a trial a judge will admonish the jury not to infer guilt on a person who refuses to answer questions or did not take the stand in his or her defense. I only know if it were me, I would be “chomping at the bit” to take the stand and tell the truth.
I know we should keep an open mind in this matter, however if Lois Lerner is found to be lying, she should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.