During a brief opening statement before Congress, Lois Lerner (IRS Director of Exempt Organizations) stated she ‘did nothing wrong, broke no laws, didn’t violate IRS rules’…
…then invoked the 5th Amendment…and refused to answer ANY questions.
The 5th Amendment says “No person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…” (emphasis added).
But, if she did nothing wrong, broke no laws, violated no IRS rules, why invoke the 5th?
She can’t be a witness ‘against herself’ if she’s telling the truth…because under those circumstances her answers would only support her ‘did nothing wrong’ contention.
So, by invoking the 5th to use as a shield she’s either lying about her own innocence (while under oath, it would appear), or she’s protecting someone else.
She’s broken the law, either by lying about her innocence, or by using the 5th under false pretenses…i.e., NOT to protect her own rights, but to protect someone else.