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Florida lawmakers outraged as IRS official plans to take the 5th

Florida lawmakers are outraged that Lois Lerner, the IRS official who oversaw a program that singled out tea party groups for scrutiny, plans to invoke the 5th Amendment tomorrow before the House oversight committee.

“What’s she hiding?” said Rep. Vern Buchanan, who has said Lerner should be fired. “The American people demand and deserve answers. Pleading the fifth is a direct slap in the face of every American taxpayer betrayed by the IRS’s gross abuse of power.”

Sen. Marco Rubio simply tweeted the news: "@marcorubio: #IRS official Lois Lerner with take the 5th tomorrow at House Oversight Committee hearing on #IRSscandal."

Rubio this afternoon offered an amendment to the farm that "provides for mandatory termination and criminal liability for IRS employees who knowingly violate the constitutional rights of a taxpayer," his office said.

“This IRS scandal has destroyed the American people’s confidence in this government institution and exposed the dangers of a large, unaccountable government operating under a President and administration that routinely intimidate and harass their political opponents,” Rubio said in a statement. “With every new twist and turn in this IRS scandal, one can’t help but think that this is the type of thing that only occurs in third world countries, not in the United States of America."

Rubio has often critized legislation that is packed with unrelated issues but the IRS seems too hard to resist. Last week he unsuccessfully tried to amend the water bill.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:39pm]


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