Chaffetz: Lerner's "Yahoo" Lawyer Will Not Address the House Before Next Week's Contempt Vote
A lawyer for former IRS official Lois Lerner has asked to address the House of Representatives before the vote to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress.
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, William W. Taylor III wrote: “Holding Mr. Lerner in contempt would not only be unfair and, indeed, un-American, it would be flatly inconsistent with the Fifth Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court.”
Last year, Lerner pled the Fifth after making a brief statement declaring her innocence in the IRS targeting of conservative groups. Then in March, Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment again during a House hearing.
Today on The Real Story, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, called the lawyer’s request a “joke.”
“You think we’re going to put her attorney out in front on the floor of the House? I mean c’mon, give me a break. No, that’s not the American way and that’s not what’s going to happen,” Chaffetz said, calling Taylor a “yahoo.”
GOP members of the House Oversight Committee maintain that Lerner gave up her rights when she made a statement.
Chaffetz said the vote to hold Lerner in contempt will likely be held next week.