A Newsmax panel has issued a split decision on the fate of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official recently held in contempt of court for refusing to testify about the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking non-profit status.
National Review writer A.J. Delgado and C. Edmund Wright, a columnist for Breitbart.com and American Thinker, were asked by Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg if Lerner should be granted immunity in exchange for testifying before Congress about what she knows.
"Originally I wasn't in favor of this, she did breach her Fifth Amendment right when she proclaimed her innocence, but let's be realistic and let's keep our goal in mind,'' Delgado said.
"We want the truth to come out and if we need Lois to play ball, giving her immunity, it's the right thing to do. Keeping in mind that we need to know what happened."
Wright doesn't agree and recommends the threat of a prison cell to make her talk.
"I would prefer [House Speaker] John Boehner send the Sergeant-at-Arms and lock her up and motivate her to talk that way," Wright said.
"This is a major fundamental question of whether or not we have a government that we have to fear or a government that we can trust on some level. To me, it doesn't matter how far up the ladder Lois Lerner's order went.
"The fact of the matter is that this is exactly what liberals in charge of a totalitarian organization do and it really doesn't matter where the orders came from, this is who they are. This is who Lois Lerner is. This is who [President] Barack Obama is. This is who [Attorney General] Eric Holder is.''
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Delgado countered that the arrest of Lerner would do more harm than good for Republican lawmakers.
"It would be a huge stain on the GOP from the average media viewer and the average American would not take kindly to those photographs of Lois Lerner being put in handcuffs,'' she said.
"Are you kidding me?'' Wright shot back.
"The last photo I saw of Lois Lerner was two legs sticking out from under a house in Kansas,'' he said, referring to the famous scene in "The Wizard of Oz" when a Dorothy's house drops on Wicked Witch of the East …
"Lois Lerner is totally unsympathetic. She is the banality of evil. Google the history of that term, and I think her picture will be there."
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