HER LIPS ARE SEALED

IRS Official Pleads the Fifth

Chip Somodevilla

You’re going to have to do better than that, Lois. The IRS official at the center of the scandal over the agency’s scrutiny of conservative groups pleaded the Fifth during Wednesday’s hearing. Lois Lerner said she did nothing wrong or illegal and gave no false or misleading information to officials before invoking her constitutional right to remain silent in the face of lawmakers’ questions. Lerner admitted to the agency’s targeting of conservative groups two weeks ago and apologized for its actions. The revelation has implicated the Obama administration for having knowledge of the IRS’s conduct.