Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner will not testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unless she's given immunity from prosecution, her lawyer told POLITICO Tuesday. Now it's beginning to move---unless, of course, we see some (chi style) accident happening to her. What stops her from taking immunity and then claiming that she knows nothing?
So this means that her lawyer agrees that she blabbed her fifth amendment rights away and behaved illegally. Strange behavior given that the only people who could prosceute her is Holder's Justice Department.
What stops her from taking immunity and then claiming that she knows nothing?
Rita Lavelle (EPA) was indicted for lying to Congress; convicted; sentenced to 6 months in prison, 5 years probation thereafter, and a fine of $10,000. Holder has also been held in criminal and civil contempt of Congress. So far, he continues on.
[reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown ... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,... Tribune] Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn intends to take action today on legislation that would allow guns to be carried in public, and he's widely expected to insert changes to the bill to try to put in place stricter regulations.
This is the bill Illinois was ordered to do by the Circuit Court of Appeals, which said that Illinois' previous prohibition of concealed carry was an unconstitutional infringement on the 2nd amendment. Much as Chicago has been trying to get around the USSC decisions of Heller and MacDonald, Illinois, the Dems and Quinn in particular are trying to get around this one. It isn't going to work but it might get Quinn past the 2014 election, and that's really all he cares about. He's a Chicago pol, remember...
While Quinn would not say Monday what he plans to do with the concealed carry measure, sponsoring Rep. Brandon Phelps said the governor's office told him that Quinn would rewrite the proposal using his amendatory veto powers.
Quinn is a staunch gun-control advocate who has decried the federal appellate court decision that struck down Illinois' long-standing concealed carry ban. The ruling forced politicians to strike a compromise to set up rules on who can carry guns and where before a court-ordered deadline expired and left a lack of regulation on the books.
But the legislation politicians approved did not include a number of restrictions pushed by Quinn, including a statewide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. It's unclear what changes Quinn plans to make, but Phelps said he believed limiting the number of rounds that could be carried in a gun is at the top of the governor's list.
Phelps blasted Quinn's decision to make changes in a bill that was delicately negotiated and supported by politicians on both sides of the gun debate. He accused the governor of making changes for political reasons in an effort to pander to Chicago voters who are predominantly anti-gun rights as Quinn prepares for what is expected to be a tough re-election bid.
Doc, Quinn may be a Chicago pol, but he has no clout. He is being challenged in the Dem primary so far by Bill Daley, who has raised a ton of money, and likely Lisa Madigan. Gun control is his windmill to tilt at. Stick a fork in him, he's done.
Quinn has all the political cover he would need to just sign this and move on. That's not the issue. Quinn's problem is that once he signs gun crime will go down, and that is something the Dems can't allow.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.