Asked why he visited WH 118 times, Former IRS Commish Doug Shulman, cited the Easter Egg Roll as one reason.See my Twitter feed for some amusing responses to that absurdly irrelevant, unhelpful, wilfully stupid non-answer.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 22, 2013
Lois Lerner, the person who was in charge of the IRS's Department of Sticking It to Conservative Groups, or whatever they call it, seems to have blown her attempt to get out of testifying before Congress. See Andy McCarthy, then Fred Thompson, then McCarthy again.
Via Politico, Issa is indeed going to order her to testify:
Instead of simply taking the scorn of lawmakers for a day, repeatedly invoking the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination, and then moving on, she chose defiance.Meanwhile, Mark Steyn and Michael Graham don't understand how Lerner can invoke the fifth and at the same time retain her IRS job. She's gotta go, right? (Steyn's part in the podcast begins at one hour in, lasts about 20 minutes, and is well worth a listen.)
Her bravado has prompted House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to say she has waived her constitutional right to not comment.
Now, he plans to haul the director of the IRS’s tax-exempt department back to the committee for questioning.
“When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.”
Another thing brought up by Mark in the podcast: the private White House meeting in which selected liberal media members receive their talking points straight from their minders:
Ezra Klein and Josh Marshall, Who Got a VIP Briefing at the White House Yesterday, Are Curiously on the Same Page Today
They've reached the same conclusion as Steyn, but through a slightly different process.
Issa on Shulman's testimony: ‘If I Had a Nickel For Each Time’ Shulman Said ‘I Don’t Remember’ . . .
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