Republican Congressmen were furious last month when Lois Lerner declared herself innocent in the IRS scandal – then promptly invoked the Fifth Amendment and was allowed to leave the hearings.
From Congress to the media to the general public, many complained it was wrong that Lerner could benefit from “the best of both worlds” by claiming her innocence – then refusing to be cross-examined. Thursday, one Congressman did more than complaining; he proposed a bill that would fire federal employees who attempt Lerner’s tactic.
Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks sponsored legislation that would make refusing to testify before Congress a fireable offense for federal workers, as reported by The Hill.
Simply, the proposed legislation says the following:
“Any federal employee who refuses to answer questions in a congressional hearing after being granted immunity shall be terminated from employment.”
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