The Corner

‘Caught the Attention’

Margaret Carlson begins her Bloomberg View column:

Happy Tax Day, when just getting the forms filled out and mailed is cause for celebration.

One person not celebrating is former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner. She was a regular green eyeshade employee carrying out thankless tasks until, one day, she caught the attention of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan. Since then, her life has been a living hell. Her latest reward for doing her job is a 97-page criminal referral to the Justice Department by the Republican Congress.

How did Lois Lerner catch the attention of Congress? Because she planted a question with a friendly lawyer at a convention so she could baldly lie about what she and her agency had done in a way she assumed would let her best manage media coverage. It didn’t work, but she kept lying until, on advice of counsel, she realized that she should stop lying and plead the Fifth Amendment. Green-eyeshade stuff, to be sure. But, all the same, I think she still probably belongs in prison

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