Congressman Tom McClintock spoke with Amy and Ed of the KFBK Morning News about the ongoing inquiries into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups and whether or not Lois Lerner, a senior official with the agency, waived her Fifth Amendment rights during her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
On Wednesday, Ms. Lerner gave an opening statement in which she declared her innocence and then invoked the Fifth Amendment. The KFBK team asked whether her this means that she effectively waived her rights.
"[S]he didn't invoke her Fifth Amendment rights when she gave her speech," noted Congressman McClintock. It's a pretty clear distinction. Once you begin testifying, you have waived your Fifth Amendment rights."
"And, as [Congressman Trey] Gowdy pointed out, you can't give your speech and then say, 'Now, from here on out, I'm not going to answer any more questions.' Once you have testified in that forum, you have waived that right," he continued. "That right is there so that you don't testify. She can't have it both ways. I think what's going to happen is she is going to be compelled to return."
"If she continues to refuse to answer questions, I think she'll be held in contempt of Congress, and at that point it's going to enter the court systems as far as the sanctions to be opposed," he added.
Congressman McClintock explained that the depth of the scandal may not have yet been discovered and that discrimination against conservatives has been pervasive in the Obama Administration.