The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In essence, Lois Lerner does not want to incriminate herself. In court, it sticks nicely. In the court of public opinion, Lois Lerner is guilty, as is the Internet Revenue Service.
“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.
Nobody seems willing to admit that some conservative groups were treated unfairly, but they’re not willing to defend their actions, either. As far as the world is concerned, they’re guilty as can be.