Bill O'Reilly: The IRS scandal getting even more intense

By Bill O'Reilly

Today, the woman in charge of the IRS Department of Tax Exempt Organizations refused to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee.


LOIS LERNER: I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations. And I have not provided false information.


O'REILLY: All right. Now Ms. Lerner still on the job, if you can believe it. She should be suspended immediately. Yes, she has the right to remain silent. But she does not have a right to hold a job that has paid her about $750,000 bucks over the last four years. Hey, lady, that's taxpayer money. You owe us the truth not the Fifth.

Lerner knows she is in big trouble. It's possible she was clueless about the IRS abuses, but not probable. Many believe she will be charged with a crime which is why her lawyers have clamped her up.

Another guy in major trouble former IRS Director Douglas Shulman who was Lerner's boss.


REP. JIM JORDAN: Are you sure you didn't talk to anyone at the White House about this issue, Mr. Shulman?

DOUGLAS SHULMAN, FORMER IRS COMMISSIONER: About singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny?

REP. JIM JORDAN: Well, that's what we are talking about, isn't it.

SHULMAN: I'm absolutely sure I did not talk to anyone --

REP. JIM JORDAN: 118 visits it didn't come up in a casual conversation after 132 members of Congress contacted you about it? Are you sure you didn't bring it up with anybody at the White House?

SHULMAN: Not to my memory.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There might be many reasons you would be at the White House. What would be some of the reasons why you might be at the White House?

SHULMAN: The Easter egg roll with my kids.


O'REILLY: That's a wise guy answer, totally inappropriate to the subject at hand. As you heard Shulman visited the White House 118 times. 118 times! A red flag for sure.

Now, here is how bad the IRS scandal is getting. Even devoted liberal Democrat Elijah Cummings is disgusted.


REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS (D), MARYLAND: I believe that there was gross incompetence and mismanagement in how the IRS determined which organizations qualified for tax exempt status.


O'REILLY: Over at the White House briefing room, the message remained consistent.


HENRY: The President said he was outraged last week by the IRS scandal. Is he outraged then that Lois Lerner is taking the Fifth since you said he wants answers. Is he outraged that she is taking the Fifth?

JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I can't speak to any individual's decision about how they will approach congressional hearings. What I can tell you is that the President will not be deterred in the effort to find what happened here and who is responsible.


O'REILLY: See I would have lunged at Mr. Carney and I would have been dragged away by the Secret Service because that wasn't the question. Here is the question that Ed Henry asked; Is the President outraged that Lois Lerner took the Fifth? Yes or no? Carney can speak to that. He just will not. Our tax dollars at work, again.

President Obama must know his image has taken a hit. A new Fox News poll asks do you feel the government is out of control? A whopping 68 percent said yes; 26 percent don't think so.

Another question is Barack Obama honest and trustworthy? 49 percent yes? 48 percent no.

If the IRS scandal continues and the White House continues to dodge that untrustworthy number will surely rise.

And that's "The Memo."