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Congressman Objects to Lerner Taking 5th: ‘You Don’t Get to Tell Your Side of Story Then Not Be Subjected to Cross Examination’

by Elizabeth Harrington, CNS News:

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was applauded at a congressional hearing Wednesday, after he objected to Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner pleading the Fifth Amendment and refusing to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

After invoking her right to avoid self-incrimination, Lerner, the head of the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was dismissed from the hearing, which is examining the agency’s inappropriate targeting of conservative groups.

After giving a brief opening statement — in which she said she did nothing wrong — then refusing to answer any questions, Lerner was dismissed by Committee Chairman Darryl Issa (R-Calif.), who said he had “no choice” but to respect her constitutional right.

Gowdy objected.

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