Lerner, before invoking her Fifth Amendment right, said in a brief opening statement that she had done nothing wrong, even though people might assume that by her decision not to answer questions from the committee.
“I have not done anything wrong,” she said. “I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.”
People often take the 5th when they haven’t broken any law.
Before Lerner spoke, Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch warned that
How right he is. Lerner leaves congress no choice but to assign a special prosecutor.