An attorney at the Independent Women's Forum says Lori Lerner,
the IRS official who would not answer questions before Congress,
should be called back before a House Committee and asked some
probing questions about the scandal.
After testifying before the House Oversight Committee that she
did nothing wrong, Lerner, the IRS tax-exempt organization
director, said she would not answer any questions or testify about
the subject matter of the committee meeting.
Gayle Trotter is a Washington attorney and senior fellow at the
According to Trotter, even if Lerner "took five" as criminal
lawyers say, she could have been asked more pointed questions by
the panel about the agency's treatment of conservative groups
seeking tax exempt status.
"I would have asked her do you realize that before 2010
the time frame for review and approval of IRS tax exempt status was
normally three to six months for a 501 (c) (4) organization," says
Trotter. "I think that's something she should definitely
And Trotter says Lerner should be called back to testify
even if she pleads the Fifth.
"In cases like this, even asking the questions themselves
is very revealing and it makes the information out there for the
public to see what this agency is doing," Trotter tells
"And the reason that we're concerned about it is because
this just gives credence to our view that a huge federal
bureaucracy has too much power over our lives," she adds.
Trotter says that is why Congress should use its
constitutional power of the purse to hold these federal agencies
accountable to the people.