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U.S. Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Lois Lerner is sworn in to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on alleged targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status from by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 22, 2013. Lerner, the IRS official who this month revealed the tax agency U.S. Director of Exempt Organizations for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Lois Lerner is sworn in to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on alleged targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status from by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 22, 2013. Lerner, the IRS official who this month revealed the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups asserted her constitutional right not to answer questions before a congressional committee on Wednesday. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTXZWJC  

Lois Lerner: Contempt Vote Would Be ‘Un-American’

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s attorney said that a vote to hold her in contempt would be “un-American.”

Lerner’s lawyer Bill Taylor wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor that a contempt vote would be “unfair, and indeed, un-American.”

The letter claimed that Lerner did not waive her Fifth Amendment privilege, contrary to determinations made by the House Oversight Committee and U.S. House counsel, and even cited the McCarthy hearings to claim that Oversight did not warn her that she would be held in contempt if she refused to testify at a March 5 hearing.

However, Oversight chairman Rep. Darrell Issa did, in fact, warn Lerner that she would be held in contempt if she refused to answer his questions.

Lerner previously apologized for targeting conservative groups and organizations with unfair and un-American scrutiny and audits, then stonewalled the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the scandal.

She currently awaits a May contempt vote from the full House of Representatives at her lavish $2.4 million home in Bethesda, Maryland.

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