Lois Lerner’s demand for immunity before she’ll testify before Congress
The IRS’s Lois Lerner, who bungled taking the Fifth the last time she appeared before Congress, is now set to return to Congress. Her lawyer has announced, however, that she’ll testify only in return for immunity, otherwise her lips are sealed.
It seems to me that whether Congress takes her up on that offer depends on how much information she has. If she’s a criminal pipsqueak, giving her immunity means she gets away with a crime, while offering nothing in return. However, since she is a highly placed IRS functionary, if the agrees to sing like a birdie, it may well be worth it simply to get information on everyone else. Having said that, I suspect that there are people in government who will not be thrilled if she talks. Am I being overwrought if I think that she might actually find herself at risk if her testimony has the potential to send high government officials to jail?
I deeply disrespect the Obama administration, from the top down, but it’s a big step from disliking them to considering them capable of turning to violence or even murder. It seems to me that Lerner, who knows the administration better than I do, assumes that they will not hurt her, or else she wouldn’t have made the offer. Even if the whole administration doesn’t go rogue, though, there may still be some lone fruit-loop out there who will stop at nothing to avoid jail or just the end of a career. If I were Lerner, I’d look very carefully before crossing any streets.
What’s your take on this? Would you offer her immunity in exchange for information?