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    Ex-IRS official’s silence speaks volumes about Obama administration

    Former IRS official Lois Lerner (far right) appeared at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this month.
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    Former IRS official Lois Lerner (far right) appeared at a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this month.

    RE “Former IRS official refuses to testify” (March 6): If Lois Lerner, the former head of the division of the IRS that oversees tax-exempt groups, has nothing to hide from the House oversight committee or the American people, why does she continue to seek protection under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution?

    Doesn’t this former public servant owe us the truth about what went on in her office with regard to the investigations of conservative groups that were seeking tax-exempt status?

    Why doesn’t President Obama tell Lerner to come clean? After all, what could the leader of what is supposedly the most transparently honest administration in US history possibly want her to hide?

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    It seems clear what’s going on. It seems as if the Obama administration has abused its power by using the IRS as a bludgeon against its political enemies in order to stifle free speech and get reelected.

    Joseph Picone

    Belmont