I Plead Fifth…but What Exactly Does That Mean?

April 1, 2014

Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the alleged targeting of Tea Party political groups that applied for tax-exempt status in 2010 and 2012, recently invoked the Fifth Amendment when called to testify before the United States Congress about her involvement in the politically-charged scandal. If she has not been charged with any crimes, why did she take the Fifth?