Last week, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced that Lois Lerner, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS, would be testifying this Wednesday about her role in the improper targeting of conservative groups.
Issa reiterated that Lerner would testify before his Committee during an appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.
Despite being issued a subpoena, Lerner’s attorney said Issa doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
That attorney, William W. Taylor, said Issa is wrong.
“As of now, she intends to continue to assert her Fifth Amendment rights,” Taylor told POLITICO. “I do not know why Issa said what he said.”
SC Congressman Trey Gowdy, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee was on Fox News earlier today, to clear things up.
“I’ve read the emails – they are clear and unambiguous between Chairman Issa and Miss Lerner’s attorney. They agreed to come Wednesday and they agreed to answer our questions,” Gowdy said. “She is coming Wednesday. There is no question about that.”
The caveat, apparently, is that she is asking for a one week delay. “Why she’s not ready – I can’t answer that,” Gowdy said. “She’s not prepared to answer questions from 40 different members of Congress after nine months.”
As for why she’s not prepared to testify after nine months to think about it, he said, “she knows that most of her previous comments are demonstrable false and untrue. This did not originate in Cincinnati. Remember what she said last time she testified before Congress ‘I’ve done nothing wrong, broken no laws, and broken no rules and regulations.’ All three of those comments are false.”
Gowdy promised that he planned to reveal the motive for the targeting of conservative groups whatever Wednesday she decides to come.
“She’s coming back not out of a sense of civic duty. We have the evidence,” he said. “And it’s either save yourself or go down in flames. She needs to save herself.”