Legislation Would Fire Federal Employees Who Plead the Fifth

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) has introduced legislation that would make it a fireable offense for federal employees who refuse to answer questions in front of Congress.

The bill is nicknamed the “Lerner” bill after Lois Lerner, the¬†Director of IRS Exempt Organizations who refused to answer questions in front of a House committee on May 22 about her role in the IRS targeting conservative groups.

“This is a statement which should not be made by federally appointed officials before a congressional hearing if they are faithfully carrying out the duties of their office,” Brooks told The Hill when speaking on introduction of the legislation.

He added, “That is why I am introducing¬†H.R. 2458, which would terminate the employment of any federal employee who refuses to answer questions before a congressional hearing or lies before a congressional hearing. This legislation is constitutional and necessary to enable Congress to provide proper oversight for the American people.”

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