Levin: IRS's Lois Lerner 'Part of a Coverup'

By Ali Meyer | March 6, 2014 | 4:53 PM EST

Conservative author and talk-radio host Mark Levin.

-- Conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin said he believes Lois Lerner, the former director of IRS exempt organizations, is “part of a coverup” concerning the IRS-Tea Party scandal. Levin made his remarks at a Citizens United-sponsored event on Thursday in National Harbor, Md.
At the event, CNSNews.com asked Levin, “What do you think of Lois Lerner using the Fifth Amendment right in regards to the conservative, tea party groups, targeting?”
Levin said, “What I think of her using the Fifth Amendment? Obviously, she has the right to use it. But I don’t know why she’s using it. I think she’s part of a coverup. I think she’s key in all this."
“That effort by her was intended to, and did help, Obama’s reelection," said Levin.  "The Democrats are circling the wagon because they don’t want to get to the bottom of this because the bottom of this is them. So we’ll need a new president, a special prosecutor to really dig in.”
Earlier this week, Lois Lerner claimed her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the IRS targeting of tea party groups. In response to Rep. Darrel Issa’s (R-CA) questioning, Lois Lerner repeatedly said, “On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question.”

IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, before the House Oversight Committee hearing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

This is not the first time that Lerner has used her Fifth Amendment right to avoid incriminating herself.
On May 22, 2013, Lerner pleaded the Fifth, stating, “And while I would very much like to answer the committee’s questions today, I’ve been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing.”
Information uncovered by the Oversight Committee and other investigators shows that numerous applications for tax-exemption status by tea party and conservative groups -- starting back in 2010 and reportedly still ongoing today -- were delayed for approval.
This raises the question of whether such groups were intentionally targeted by the IRS to delay and obstruct their right to fully participate in the political process, particularly during the election years 2010 and 2012.