A republican lead House committee passed a resolution today that declared IRS official Lois Lerner gave up her right to plead the 5th after making an opening statement that she had “done nothing wrong” on a May 22nd hearing.
Representative Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), chairman of the committee, said at the opening of Friday’s meeting that, “I believe Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment privileges.”
Judge Napalitano weighed in on Lerner’s opening statements last month saying that she had put herself in a position to waive her Fifth Amendment rights because she volunteered to say that she had done nothing wrong, broke no federal laws, or violated IRS regulations before she stated she wanted to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights. Napalitano says that if she refuses to answer any questions on those three subjects then she could go jail. Furthermore, that she is not allowed to tell her side of the story and then refuse to answer any other questions by invoking the Fifth.
It now seems that Lerner will be forced to answer questions by the committee in regards to the IRS scandal, or face criminal penalties.