For the first Sunday of Lent, Be Merciful Unto Me O God sung by That Choir.
For the first Sunday of Lent, Be Merciful Unto Me O God sung by That Choir.
SENATOR TED CRUZ ADDRESSES CPAC 2014: “HOW WE WIN:
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Senator Cruz said, “God Bless CPAC. By virtue of you being here today, each and every one of you will be audited by the IRS.” He went on to say, “I appreciate the courage of your convictions.”
Cruz delivered a message of how conservatives can win. He said, “Liberty is under assuage…We can stand for principles.” He went on to address the need win young people “because that’s how we win elections.”
“Change, real change is changing the corrupt and broken system that is here in Washington, D.C.” Cruz excited the crowd by sharing how Ronald Reagan and Ron Paul painted a vision of America that young people can stand behind. He said, “How do we inspire young people? We tell the truth.”
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN ADDRESSES CPAC 2014: “THE BATTLE OF IDEAS”
Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan (WI-01), addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Below is an excerpt of his speech as prepared for delivery:
“Once again, the GOP is where the action is—just as it was in Jack Kemp’s day—at the beginning of the Reagan Revolution. People forget that cutting taxes was once controversial, even in our own party. Senator Bob Dole used to make fun of supply-siders like Jack. He used to say: ‘The good news is . . . a bus load of supply-siders went over a cliff. The bad news is . . . a couple of seats were empty.’ But over time, he warmed to the idea. And when he ran for president, he promised to cut tax rates across the board.
“This is what we call the ‘the battle of ideas.’ I saw it with my budget. When I introduced it in 2008, I had just eight co-sponsors. The political pros told everyone to stay away. Then the Tea Party members got elected, and now the House has passed it three years in a row. That’s how it always is: you fight it out. You figure out what works. You come together. Then you win. It’s messy and noisy and even a little bit uncomfortable. But the center of gravity is shifting. We’re not just opposing a President. We’re developing an agenda—a modern, pro-growth, principled agenda for our party. We are going to show the country there’s a better way.
“The way I see it, let the other side be the party of personalities. We’ll be the party of ideas.
CPAC 2014 – U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, United States Senator for Kentucky, Senate Republican Leader, speaking at CPAC 2014 on March 6, 2014.
SENATOR TIM SCOTT TO CPAC: “WHEN THE PARENTS HAVE A CHOICE, THE KIDS HAVE A CHANCE”
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Senator Scott received a warm welcome and discussed part of his new Opportunity Agenda. He spoke with fervor about the issues of school choice. He addressed school by saying, “They should be free to choose home school, public school, charter schools, parochial schools. It should be the parents’ choice. When the parents have a choice, the kids have a chance.”
“I believe the best is yet to come. We will remain focused on the American people,” Scott closed.
The Honorable Tim Scott is a U.S. Senator from South Carolina. Since his election in 2012, he has launched his Opportunity Agenda, a new way forward including robust initiatives that give our students and workers the greatest chance to succeed. His agenda will empower Americans through economic freedom and high-quality education. This includes tax reform to increase economic freedom and expanding school choice so every child has a chance at a quality education. Senator Scott is also working to find ways to help redevelop our poorest areas without pushing current residents out, to bring down energy costs that consume a quarter of after-tax income for families making $30,000 or less, and to ensure that those who want to attend college can do so without incurring debilitating debt. Senator Scott also continues his work to get our national spending under control. In his first hundred days, he worked with colleagues to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment.
CPAC is taking place March 6-8, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, offering three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values.
CPAC 2014 – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
The Honorable Marco Rubio, United States Senator for Florida and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, speaking at CPAC 2014 on March 6th, 2014.
CPAC 2014 – U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
The Honorable Mike Lee, United States Senator for Utah, speaking at CPAC 2014 on March 6th, 2014.
CPAC 2014 – Dan Bongino, former U.S. Secret Service Agent and Author
Dan Bongino, former U.S. Secret Service Agent, author of “Life Inside the Bubble”, and Republican candidate for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District speaks at CPAC 2014 on March 6, 2014.
Dinesh D’Souza Official CPAC Speech 2014 [Full Speech]
FORMER AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON’S TAKE ON FOREIGN POLICY: “THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS BARACK OBAMA”
Former Ambassador John Bolton addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
A leading foreign policy expert, Bolton said, “The biggest threat to our national security is Barack Obama.The Democrat Party no longer has a national security plan…ignoring threats to our national security is the Obama Doctrine.”
He reviewed the various threats around our globe, including nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea. “We’re not going to get peace through weakness,” he said, in regards to the Russia situation.
He encouraged the audience to remember the conservative policies and victories of Ronald Reagan.
CPAC 2014 - Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Washington, D.C. – Today, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
“We’ve got to start talking about what we’re for and not what we’re against. The reason for that is very simple…our ideas are better than their ideas.”
“Governors are about getting things done, about making government work and about keeping government out of peoples lives.” He highlighted the work of fellow Republican governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Synder of Michigan, and Rick Scott of Florida, stating “Republican governors have stood up and done things, not just talked about them.”
“The most dangerous ten feet in Washington is between anyone who wants to start talking and a camera,” he said in reference to a Washington full of talk and little action.
Addressing the joblessness and frustration with President Obama, he exclaimed, “If that’s your attitude Mr. President, then what the hell are we paying you for…Leadership is about getting in and getting something done, not to just stand on the sidelines.”
“So when we say that we’re pro-life, that doesn’t mean we are pro-life when they’re in the womb, but pro-life all their life.”
GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL: “I’M ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED OUR BEST DAYS ARE AHEAD OF US”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addressed an excited crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
“Essential to the American dream is to ensure every student has a good education,” said Governor Jindal. “We have to make the dollars follow the child instead of the child follow the dollars.”
He went on to talk about how parents make the best decisions. “Who can be against giving parents choices? Eric Holder and President Obama.”
Jindal went on to speak out against the expansive federal government and declared the President’s assault on the American Dream as wrong.
“We’ve got a government so big it is infringing on our religious freedoms,” in which he highlighted the Hobby Lobby case and the Robertson family of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty.
“This great country didn’t create religious liberty and freedom. Religious liberty and freedom created this great country,” he said.
“I’m absolutely convinced our best days are ahead of us, not behind us. The genius of the founding fathers was to trust the people,” he stated in his closing remarks.
GOVERNOR RICK PERRY KICKS OFF DAY 2 OF CPAC 2014
Governor Rick Perry of Texas helped the American Conservative Union (ACU) kick off their second day of events by addressing an enthusiastic audience at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Governor Perry energized the crowd saying, “Conservative governors trust the people more than the machinery of government.” He continued, “The contrast with blue states is crystal clear.”
In discussing the state of Texas, Governor Perry said, “We have created almost 30% of the nations jobs, while keeping taxes among the nation’s lowest.” He continued, “We have demonstrated that no state can tax and spend its way to prosperity.”
Concluding with a standing ovation, Perry declared, “You have the power to change America!” The Honorable Rick Perry is the Governor of Texas. He has defended Texans’ conservative values, fought for principled solutions to tough challenges and worked to implement a clear vision for better schools, more jobs, safer communities, and a brighter future. With low taxes and government spending, predictable regulations, a fair legal system, and increasingly accountable schools, Texas has led the nation in job creation with more jobs gained than any other state in 2010 and over the past ten years. Texans are safer because Governor Perry has pursued an aggressive border security strategy that is putting more boots on the ground, more helicopters in the sky, and more resources into the hands of Texas peace officers standing between Texans and the exploding drug-related violence across the border. He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Instead, Governor Perry was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending.
RICK SANTORUM TO CPAC: LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN BUILD A GREAT AMERICA AGAIN
Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania and a former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Santorum offered the following words, “I’m here to see America win…We are the party who has the polices that will work best. We are the party that will create growth and opportunity.
He declared, “The first economy is the home. When the home breaks down the economy breaks down!”
Santorum continued, “I think we need to talk a lesson from someone who is, maybe, the most popular person in the world right now, Pope Francis…he’s going out there what the Christian faith is against, but what we’re for for. He’ll go out there and talk about the good news to a hurting world…What we need to do is talk about the good ideas we have.”
He ended, “Let’s talk about how we can build a great America again.”
CPAC 2014: SENATOR RAND PAUL TO CONSERVATIVES: “WILL YOU STAND AND BE HEARD?”
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservative activists at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
An advocate for limited government in the Senate, Paul brought the crowd to their feet multiple times with his message on standing for liberty.
Senator Paul started by saying, “Imagine a time when liberty is again spread from coast to coast.” He continued, “Imagine a time where the White House is once again occupied by a friend of liberty…I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty.”
“The question is will we be bold and proclaim our message with passion or will we be sunshine patriots retreating in the face of adversity?”
Bringing the crowd to their feet he asked, “Will you, America’s next generation of liberty lovers, stand and be heard?”
Referring to President Obama’s actions while in office, Paul said, “History will record his timid defense of liberty.” He declared, “We must stop this President from shredding the Constitution!”
“Your job is to maximize your liberty. Let’s do it together. Let’s take a stand!”
He concluded, “It’s a time for boldness and action. Stand with me and let us stand together for liberty.”
CPAC 2014 - Jenny Beth Martin & Michele Bachmann:
Jenny Beth Martin (President & Co-Founder, Tea Party Patriots) and The Honorable Michele Bachmann, United States Representative for Minnesota, speak at CPAC 2014 on March 8, 2014.
CPAC 2014 – The Hon. Dan Hannan, Member of the European Parliament:
The Honorable Daniel Hannan, Member of the European Parliament for South East England, Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, journalist, and author of “The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America” (2010), speaks at CPAC 2014 on March 8, 2014.
NEWT GINGRICH: “WE CAN BE IN FAVOR OF THE KIND OF CHANGES THAT DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN LIVES”
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservative activists Saturday morning at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
Gingrich opened by saying, “I wanted to echo Governor Perry when he said ‘It’s time for a little rebellion in the battlefield of ideas’ and build on that and say it’s time for a big rebellion in the battlefield of ideas.
“I also came to issue a warning,” he said and warned the audience about the dangers of being negative. “We must stop being the opposition, but become the alternative movement that will help make the lives of Americans better.
“I think we can break out if we combine American Exceptionalism, science and technology, and entrepreneurship!” Gingrich declared. “We can be in favor of the kind of changes that dramatically improve the future of American lives.”
DR. BEN CARSON: “IT’S TIME FOR PEOPLE TO STAND UP AND PROCLAIM WHAT THEY BELIEVE”
Dr. Ben Carson addressed an enthusiastic crowd of conservative activists Saturday morning at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists.
A crowd favorite and a strong conservative voice, Dr. Carson said, “America is the land of dreams and it has fulfilled the dream of so many people from some many places.
“It’s time for people to stand up and proclaim what they believe and stop being bullied.”
“We need to make sure that [health care] stays in their hands and not in the hands of the government,” Dr. Carson said. “What happens with ObamaCare, is that we, the American people, with that program have shifted the power given to us by the Constitution and the Founding Fathers to the government…We need to redo it and put the power back in the hands of the people and make sure it stays that way…The most important person when it comes to your future is you.”
My daughter and I went to a pre-CPAC Ash Wednesday Mass at the largest Catholic church in North America - The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception:
Then it was off to “RINOCon” the pre CPAC bloggers bash at Harrington’s. I took no pictures, but my picture was taken. Check out RWN on Monday when he does his annual CPAC picture dump.
Fast forward Thursday, and who do I run into but this guy passing out Atheist literature to CPACers as they pass by in the hall. He was assuring everyone that it contained a “conservative” message, but I highly doubt that.. I’m assuming he’s from the group that was denied a booth in the exhibit hall. I witnessed one man take the brochure from atheist guy and promptly hand it back when he saw what it was. “Hey, it doesn’t burn!” the evangelical atheist said. Taking pity on him, I took one of his brochures, but soon lost it, alas.
Hey look! It’s Mark Levin! In the hallway! At CPAC!
Not sure what these storm troopers were doing there – you never know what you’re going to come across at CPAC.
I took this picture because I thought it was funny that there’s a big sign at CPAC that says, Radio Row sponsored by Koch Industries. (Suck-it Dingy.) Unfortunately my iPhone takes lousy pictures. If you squint you can almost see it.
Lt. Col. Allen West spoke to conservative bloggers at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor Thursday night after a busy first day of CPAC, telling us we are on the front lines of the culture war and thanking us for our service.
Reacting to the noisy, raucous, enthusiastic crowd, he started out by yelling “SHUT UP!” and later said, “lotta people gonna get a smack down from me!”
He concluded by telling bloggers “we need you to stand up and fight this culture battle against the left. Remember Andrew Breitbart, remember what he showed us. Every time you sit down at your computer, you’re carrying on the legacy that Andrew Breitbart taught us in the conservative movement.”
The 5th annual Blog Bash was a great success! 2014 had a stellar lineup of award winners:
Blogger of the Year
Bill Jacobson, Legal Insurrection
Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate
Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation & Right Social Daily
Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year
James Rosen, Fox News
Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2013 – Feb 2014)
Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year
Jeffery Dunetz, David Horowitz Freedom Center
Best Activism Post of 2013
Robert McCain, Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy
Best Investigative Post of 2013
Joe Schoffstall, ‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories
Best Sunlight Post of 2013
Alyssa Canobbio, Americans for Tax Reform, Obama Administration Spent $4.5 Billion on State Healthcare Websites
Best in Show: Podcast
Wayne Dupree Show
Best in Show: Microblog
SooperMexican (Twitter: @SooperMexican)
Best in Show: Video
Julie Borowski, ObamaCare Stinks for Young People
Legacy Award Eugene Volokh
State Blogger Cliff Sims, YellowHammer Politics
Friend of Bloggers… Ken White, Popehat
Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award Twitchy.com
Bloggers Stand With… IRS victims
Mary Katherine Ham introduced the winner of the Best Investigative Blog Post, Robert Stacy McCain:
The winning entry, “Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy,” was to some degree motivated by my general disgust with politics. Readers may recall that the 2012 election caused me to announce that we are “Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption,” and nothing that the Republican Party has done in the past 17 months has inspired any greater confidence that politics can accomplish much. It is possible to summarize our problem in two words: Cultural Decadence.
The rest of the winners:
And down came the confetti:
At a lunchtime bloggers briefing, Republican powerhouses Phil Kerpin, Matthew Lawler, and Ralph Reed explained how the right was able to collect over 140,000 signatures on regulations.gov opposing the malicious IRS 501 C 4 change in regulations.
I’ll try to have the videos from that briefing up later tonight or later this weekend. Make no mistake. Those 140,000 signatures was no small feat and should keep the IRS busy for awhile. The right has finally figured out how to fight fire with fire.
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.
“A hungry wolf is stronger than a satisfied dog” -Old Ukrainian Proverb
““There’s not a lot of options on the table, candidly … Putin is playing chess and we are playing marbles.” -House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) on “Fox News Sunday”
“Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.” -Sir Winston Churchill, 1916
This week’s winner by a nose, Joshuapundit’s The Ukraine Folk Dance And What It Really Means is my analysis of what’s happening in Ukraine, something several other Council members weighed in on in a number of excellent pieces that will reward your attention. Here’s a slice:
The Ukraine exploded this weekend, as Vladimir Putin got backing from the Russian Duma (parliament) to send the troops into Crimea. Russian forces seized the strategic peninsula over the weekend, surrounded a few small Ukrainian military outposts and demanded the Ukrainian troops inside surrender and disarm.
Meanwhile, the Crimea now has its own, pro-Russian government and the new Ukrainian prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, mobilized the Ukrainian military and said that that Kiev would request international intervention if the Russian military didn’t withdraw.
“This is actually a declaration of war to my country. We urge Putin to pull back his troops from this country and honor bilateral agreements,” he said. “If he wants to be the president who started the war between two neighboring and friendly countries, he has reached his target within a few inches.”
Except Ukraine will have to do without its 10 ship navy in any hostilities. Just a day after he had been appointed head of the Ukraine’s navy by interim president Oleksandr Turchynov, Admiral Denis Berezovsky let it be known he was switching sides to the pro-Russian authorities.
“I swear to execute the orders of the [pro-Russia] commander-in-chief of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” he said, speaking from the Crimean headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet at the Crimean port of Sebastopol.
In any event, it’s obvious that what passes for the Ukraine’s army is no match for the Russians in any stand up fight if it comes to that. So Turchynov is pretty much limited to hoping for international intervention, especially since Putin is also likely to go after the Eastern Ukraine as well, which is also predominantly native Russian.
President Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the EU were apparently caught completely off guard by the events in Ukraine. Even the obvious Russian military buildup and the implications of the Russians saying openly that there was ‘ no basis for dialog’ with the Ukraine rebels seems to have escaped them. President Obama skipped out on a scheduled National Security meeting with his team to attend a film festival, but attempted to play catchup with a phone call to Russian leader Vladimir Putin after the military incursion, while Secretary Kerry was reduced to threats of ‘maybe throwing Russia out of the G-8′. As for the EU, Lady Ashton, its foreign policy chief commented, “This is an unwarranted escalation of tensions. I therefore call upon the Russian Federation not to dispatch such troops, but to promote its views through peaceful means.”
I swear, I could almost hear the Russians laughing at these people from here.No wonder the Kremlin spokesperson replied ‘no comment at this time’ to bold statements like that!
Oddly enough, there was a certain former vice-presidential candidate who saw things clearly as far back as 2008:
Yes she was certainly mocked for that one,wasn’t she? ‘Ooh,I can see Russia from my howwwse’ said SNL’s Tina Fey, creating campaign fodder out of something Governor Palin never said but that was linked to her endlessly. Except the joke was on the country, because not only was Governor Palin the only person on either ticket with any executive experience, she was also the only one of the four with any experience actually negotiating anything with a foreign country. As usual, she was right about Russia as well as pretty much everything else, including President Obama and his behavior.
So where do we go from here?
Much more at the link
In our non-Council category, the winner was Allen West with Obama and Hagel have surrendered our military strength submitted by The Noisy Room, in which Col. West takes apart the Obama/Hagel proposed military budget that sharply downsizes our military.
OK, here are this week’s full results.
See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited special guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day with short takes and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter…..’cause we’re cool like that!
Conservative favorite, Senator Ted Cruz held a bloggers briefing just for bloggers, Thursday afternoon at CPAC. With only fifteen minutes to spend with us because of an upcoming Senate vote, he gave a brief statement and took questions from the pool of about forty bloggers.
The first question about Common Core gave Cruz an opportunity to launch into a dissertation of one of his pet issues – school choice.
Later on Cruz talked for a bit on Obama’s abuse of power and his entirely politicized and corrupt DOJ and weaponized IRS – all made possible by a palace guard that lets him get away with things they would never let a Republican get away with. Cruz stressed the importance of the new media to go over the heads of the dinosaur media and get the truth out.
In part three, Cruz talks about how the Republican party can win younger voters.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) takes place Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in beautiful National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C.
CPAC is expected to draw at least 10, 000 conservatives from across the country. For conservative voters and activists, CPAC is an opportunity to hear and meet conservative politicians, leaders and intellectuals, all of whom share basic values of limited government, lower taxes, less regulations, free markets, individual liberty and family, among others. For politicians, on the other hand, CPAC is a unique opportunity to speak and connect with grassroots activists.
The event will feature a slate of potential 2016 presidential candidates, including Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and Governors Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor was denied a speaking slot last year following his “bromance” with President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Tomorrow promises to be an action packed day. Ted Cruz will get things rolling with his speech at 9:00. He will have a bloggers briefing in the afternoon. After that, I will be taking part in a conference call with Reps Chairman Issa and and Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Obama’s imperial presidency and executive overreach.
If you have any suggestions for me on what I might ask Chairman Issa on that conference call, let me know in the comments.
Well the IRS Targeting hearing with Lois Lerner went well, didn’t it? Sorry for the delayed reaction. I was en route to Washington DC for CPAC 2014 while this mess was going down.
Republicans have been saying that Lerner was expected to either testify or ask for a delay, today.
Clearly, that didn’t happen.
She maintains that she did not waive her right to plead the Fifth when she made a statement at the hearing last July. We were also led to believe that there would be immediate repercussions if Lerner refused to testify again. She was to be held in contempt and sent to jail.
Clearly that didn’t happen.
“On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question,” she said in response to several questions.”
There are reports that Lerner’s life has been threatened. But in what manner and by whom? She’d probably plead the Fifth before she’d answer that question, too.
Via Fox News:
“On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question,” she said in response to several questions.
But ranking Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., got into a heated argument with Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., after Issa tried to adjourn the hearing.
Issa at first stood up and prepared to leave as Cummings said he wanted to ask a “procedural question.” In seconds, tensions flared.
“Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this,” Cummings appealed.
Cummings’ microphone was then turned off, and then flipped back on again. Issa sat down momentarily, but then abruptly told Lerner she was “released” and said: “We’re adjourned, close it down.”
Cummings, his microphone again turned off, continued to shout, complaining about the Republicans’ “one-sided investigation.”
“I am a member of the Congress of the United States. I am tired of this,” he shouted.
The clash bared long-running tensions between the Democratic and GOP members of the committee over the IRS probe.
Lerner headed the IRS division that improperly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups. After publicly disclosing the targeting, Lerner refused to answer questions about it at a congressional hearing last year. Lerner then resigned from her post as the agency’s director of tax-exempt organizations.
Issa and Lerner’s attorneys have argued about whether she is now still protected from having to testify under the Fifth Amendment. Emails obtained by Fox News revealed an attorney for Lerner negotiated over whether she would testify.
Issa claimed Wednesday that Lerner’s testimony remains critical.
“Ms. Lerner is uniquely positioned to provide testimony that will help the committee better understand how and why the IRS targeted conservative groups,” he said.
Issa warned that the committee may consider whether to hold her in contempt if she continues to stay silent. House Speaker John Boehner later made the same threat.
Last week, Lerner lawyer William Taylor made public a letter in which he told the committee that Lerner would testify on Capitol Hill only if compelled by a federal court or if given immunity for the testimony.
He was responding to a letter from Issa saying, in part, that Lerner’s testimony remains “critical to the committee’s investigation.”
Issa explains why he cut off Cummings’ mike: “He was actually slandering me at the time that his mike went off…”