Earlier this week, we wrote that Lois Lerner and David Petraeus should both be granted immunity for their testimony about the IRS Scandal and Benghazi, respectively. In the case of Lerner, there is obviously much we don’t know about wrongs that she’s done but we know quite a bit about at least one of them. In fact, it might be her most egregious one; she granted illegal, retroactive tax-exempt status to an organization headed by a man who works for the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), which is an arm of a State Department designated State Sponsor of Terrorism.
It appears that Lerner may indeed be interested in being granted immunity.
Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner will not testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unless she’s given immunity from prosecution, her lawyer told POLITICO Tuesday.
“They can obtain her testimony tomorrow by doing it the easy way … immunity,” William W. Taylor III said in a phone interview. “That’s the way to resolve all of this.”
The comments reflect the hard-line approach Lerner, the former head of the IRS division that scrutinized conservative groups, and her legal team are taking in defending her role in the agency’s scandal.
What would really make Ms. Lerner want to testify is if she’s granted immunity from fraud charges related to backdating the BHOF’s tax-exempt status 11 months longer than the law allows while also granting that status to a foundation whose president works for a State Sponsor of Terrorism.
When it comes to Lerner, the focus seems to be on the IRS’ punitive treatment of conservative groups. However, it should perhaps also be on her favorable treatment of an organization whose founder is tied to terrorists.
Besides, how many people do you know invoke their Fifth amendment rights and then seek immunity after claiming they’ve “not done anything wrong”?
Well, perhaps if you don’t count being an accessory to terror funding…