Trey Gowdy exploded in righteous indignation at a House Oversight Committee held for the purpose of a determining whether to hold Lois Lerner in contempt. The former IRS executive in charge of tax exempt entities is at the center of the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal, but has obstructed the investigation by declaring her Fifth Amendment right to silence, while making other statements in her defense.
From the Washington Post:
The outcome of the upcoming contempt vote is all but assured for the Republican-controlled committee, which already determined in a party-line vote last year that Lerner waived her right not to testify by declaring innocence before declining to answer questions at a June 2013 hearing.
If the contempt resolution is approved, then it goes to the full House before Lerner would face the consequences of her actions.
Gowdy finished his fiery speech with the angry denunciation:
“The same Constitution that allows her the right, if she wants to, to sit there and say nothing, allows these groups the right to petition their government for redress.”