By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
What is she hiding? Brian wants to know why Lois Lerner is taking the fifth! PLUS: Brian is shocked at the news that the Department of Justice and the administration have been taking FOX News phone records since 2009 in their hunt for individuals who leak big stories.
Brian's co-host on FOX & Friends, Gretchen Carlson, weighed in on the IRS hearing and doesn't understand why Lois Lerner is taking the fifth. "The company line that's been going out from this administration was that it was Lois Lerner and all of the underlings who were responsible for this... We were supposed to believe that she was the highest ranking person who was behind the targeting of the conservative groups," Carlson said.
Mike Emanuel, FOX's Chief Congressional Correspondent, weighed in on the latest updates from the IRS hearing. Emanuel agreed with Brian that Rep. Cummings (D-MD) seemed to be more on the same page with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) in wanting more information from Obama's labor nominee, Tom Perez. "I think what's irritating to lawmakers from either party is the fact that... not only that this was going on, but these guys were not straight up with congress," Emanuel exclaimed.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) also weighed in on the latest news surrounding the IRS scandal. "If George Washington came back today, he'd be profoundly disappointed in terms of what's happened to America," Johnson exclaimed. He went onto say, "it should make no difference where you fall on the political spectrum. You should be offended by this, you should be frightened by it."
Ambassador John Bolton talked to Brian about Lois Lerner taking the fifth. Bolton thinks that Darrell Issa shouldn't take that. "When you give your case, even in an abbreviated form and say, 'I'm innocent, I didn't do anything wrong, and by the way, I'm not going to answer any questions about it,' you have waived the privilege," Bolton explained.
America's Newsroom co-hosts, Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, stopped by and weighed in on the investigation in the Department of Justice on various reporters. "You're stupid if you write any text message or any e-mail with any incriminating information about yourself," Hemmer exclaimed, "You are to blame." MacCallum chimed in and said, "How frightening is it that we're even having this conversation and that there's a shred of truth to it?"