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-- -- -- -- one of our top stories now the IRS on the hot seat for targeting conservative groups today the director.
Of the division accused of the wrongdoing made a brief opening statement before congress before -- -- to assert her Fifth Amendment right.
Not to incriminate herself.
She refused to answer questions from lawmakers even though she also insisted she did nothing wrong and did nothing criminal here's how it -- I have not done anything wrong.
I have not broken any laws.
I have not violated any -- rules -- regulations and I have not provided false information.
To this or any other congressional committee.
After very careful consideration.
I decided to follow my counsel's advice and not testify or answer any of the questions today.
Because I'm asserting my right not to testify I know that some people assume that I've done something wrong.
I have not.
One of the basic functions of the Fifth Amendment is to protect innocent individuals.
And that is the protection I'm invoking today.
-- of mr.
Cummings has said we should draw on this like the courtroom and I agree with him she just testified she just -- -- Fifth Amendment right to privilege.
You don't get to tell -- -- side of the story and then not be subjected to cross examination that's not the way it works.
She waved to write a Fifth Amendment privilege -- by issuing an opening statement -- -- stand here and answer our questions.
Florida congressman John Mica was in that hearing this morning he's a Republican and member of the house oversight and Government Reform Committee.
-- represented thank you very much for being here and so you hurt your feelings on the first of our trade -- left off.
Whether she waived her Fifth Amendment privilege by making an opening statement saying -- -- -- -- would be serving to her but then not subjecting yourself to.
Take -- was right.
I think she did try to get her points across.
And then she.
Accident there and exercise her Fifth Amendment right now I'm not an attorney can't sort that out.
But she will be called back she will be held accountable.
When IRS is done as an audit so far we're doing an investigation.
And as you heard again the inspector general today say there there may be in the future criminal referrals.
Says she hasn't committed any crime made any misrepresentations.
But under the circumstances -- has no choice.
But to take this course of asserting the Fifth Amendment our right against self incrimination now we played on the SoundBite -- -- but on the show a summit John Boehner saying.
Did you know we can talk all you want about who's getting fired and so on I -- to know who's going to jail.
So does her lawyer and does ms.
Have the points that she might be facing criminal penalties here and it might be best not to speak to you guys.
Well obviously she has a lot of questions that have to be answered but I can tell you she will be held accountable now we all have also already have some testimony.
She gave in interviews to the inspector general so will review those will go back.
She will be held accountable and then.
Again you see and numerous occasions she responded that congress.
She did not tell the whole truth -- the whole story -- either misled or lied to congress.
That's fairly evident and that's one of the reasons why she didn't want to come under questions before the committee today.
-- but here's my question in the wake of John Boehner and others suggesting -- know we know there are still holder has a criminal investigation under way now and John Boehner saying who's going to jail.
Should somebody be offering ms.
In your view so that she can come out and just tell the truth just tell the -- don't tell the whole story how did it get started.
Who ordered it how high did it go where did it stop.
When it resumed after you ms.
Lerner stepped in to try to shut it down why didn't you follow up who was anybody telling you not to do that.
Why not offer immunity so we can get there.
Well again I don't know -- immunity is the way to get to the truth there.
We're gonna call it is any -- we're gonna call and other people.
Who were involved at different levels we just as this hearing was under way where we also took depositions from it.
From people that wind down there to see what was actually going on.
She led the office.
Today where I learned that he has a history of targeting some groups when she.
Worked at the at the federal elections commission we saw she got bonuses.
40000 dollars worth of bonuses and a huge salary.
While some of this is going on there -- a lot of questions on the answered that have to be answered.
The man who was accountable you're back -- -- just put this sounds them.
IRS officials who.
As I said today and questioned -- inspector general who.
Gathered around the water cooler in the Cincinnati IRS office and said who are we gonna target this week that's what they'd have you believe took place.
But we will get to the bottom of this that's our responsibility but it has to be done in an orderly fashion and hold witnesses accountable and get the fact.
Its net two rogue employees is what they keep telling us -- to -- exactly at a Cincinnati.
You want to believe that I got a bridge in Brooklyn I wanna sell you.
Now so I hear represented thanks so much remains.
He had to be -- thank you all.
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