(UPDATED) -- Not a “Smidgeon” of Corruption? Meltdown at Lois Lerner hearing... Ex-IRS boss refuses to testify...



But There’s Not a Smidgen of Corruption.

(Gateway Pundit) -- On Wednesday Lois Lerner was recalled to testify before Congress regarding her involvement in the ongoing IRS Tea Party targeting scandal. She took the Fifth and refused to testify again.

Lerner repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during the House Oversight Committee’s hearing, prompting Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to adjourn the meeting.


A former Internal Revenue Service official who refused to answer questions about the agency's targeting scandal at a hearing last spring has arrived on Capitol Hill for another appearance before a House committee -- but it's unclear whether she will answer questions this time, either.

Lois Lerner headed the IRS division that improperly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status. After publicly disclosing the targeting, Lerner refused to answer questions about it at a congressional hearing, invoking her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told "Fox News Sunday" he expected Lerner to testify at Wednesday's hearing. But a committee spokeswoman said she could only confirm that Lerner was expected to attend the hearing.

Lerner resigned from her post as the agency’s director of tax-exempt organizations days after her one-and-only appearance before the committee in which she asserted her Fifth Amendment rights.

Issa and Lerner’s attorneys have argued about whether she is now still protected from having to testify under the Fifth Amendment. Emails obtained by Fox Newsrevealed an attorney for Lerner negotiated over whether she would testify.

Last week, Lerner lawyer William Taylor made public a letter in which he told the committee that Lerner would testify on Capitol Hill only if compelled by a federal court or if given immunity for the testimony.

He was responding to a letter from Issa saying, in part, that Lerner’s testimony remains "critical to the committee’s investigation."

An attorney for Lerner did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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