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Rep. Trey Gowdy: Only Jack Bauer could coax truth from the IRS

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There may be only one man who can get to the bottom of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups.

Unfortunately, that man does not serve in Congress.

“Unless your name is Jack Bauer, you cannot make people talk,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, referring to the iconic protagonist on the long-running television thriller “24,” known for getting information by employing torture and other unsavory methods.

Mr. Gowdy was asked whether House Republicans will recall IRS official Lois Lerner and compel her to reveal what she knows about the agency’s extra scrutiny directed at conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Ms. Lerner previously testified before Congress and said she had done nothing wrong, but then she invoked her Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer questions.

By asserting her innocence but then staying silent, Mr. Gowdy and other Republicans believe she waived her Fifth Amendment rights.

Ms. Lerner may be called back before Congress, but in the absence of Bauer, there’s no guarantee she’ll say anything.

“We can bring her back, but you can’t make someone talk,” Mr. Gowdy said.

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Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang

Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

Before joining the Times in March 2011, Ben spent four years as a political reporter at the Republican-Herald in Pottsville, Pa.

He can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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