Skip to comments.GOP lawmaker calls for criminal penalties against IRS's Lerner
Posted on 09/13/2013 6:52:37 AM PDT by Qbert
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Thursday called for criminal penalties against Lois Lerner, the former director of exempt organizations at the IRS, for lying to Congress about her involvement in the IRS targeting scandal.
Gohmert read an op-ed from The Wall Street Journal today that outlines various emails the House Ways and Means Committee was able to secure from Lerner. The committee obtained the emails weeks after she testified to Congress that lower-level employees in Cincinnati were responsible for targeting groups based on their political affiliation, which resulted in lengthy delays for conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Lerner's emails, which the Committee released today, show that Lerner appeared to have some say over the IRS's targeting activities. In one 2011 email, for example, Lerner suggests that IRS officials in Washington should handle the issue, and others show that she was aware of Washington's involvement.
"It certainly appears that the IRS was weaponized for the political purpose of one party," Gohmert said on the House floor in reaction. "Here we are with a group of Democratic operatives doing things with the IRS that Richard Nixon could only dream of doing.
"I think there are criminal implications here that need to be followed up."
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) warned Thursday that Lerner would face unnamed consequences for her apparently untruthful comments to Congress.
"There is increasing and overwhelming evidence that Lois Lerner and high-level IRS employees in Washington were abusing their power to prevent conservative groups from organizing and carrying out their missions," he said. "There are still mountains of documents to go through, but it is clear the IRS is out of control and there will be consequences." Gohmert said the Obama administration continues to stonewall Congress on requests for information about the IRS, last year's attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and other scandals. He warned that continued use of federal agencies in this way is a danger to the country.
"When one party in power in the executive branch can weaponize its federal agencies against its political opponents
unless it is stopped, this little experiment in democracy will come to an end," he said.
Faced with hard time, she’ll sing like a canary.
In my state, there's a statute for "official oppression". It's intended to be used for government employees that abuse their position to intimidate someone.
I want to see Lerner in jail for her partisan activities. She was supposed to be an IRS employee, not Obama's chief enforcer to attack his opponents.
This kind of behavior is not only inexcusable, it's criminal. It should be treated as such, and send the strongest possible message to other government employees that it won't be tolerated.
Audit the bitch!
Then hang her.
Louie is one for the few house republicans that has a spine and balls. I’m proud to say, he’s a Texan
She’s a vile, demented, evil libtard... she’ll never see a day behind bars. The fact that she isn’t there now is a travesty. But with the gutless, ball-less pansies called the GOP, every true conservative has a target painted on their back. The GOP-E could care less what the IRS did... they see the Tea Party as much of a threat as the Demonic Party.
What exactly is the status of this investigation? Or has the GOP simply folded up the tents, hoping no one would notice??
Damn it, stop "warning" and charge the bitch already!!!
Get that witch back on the stand.
I must be missing something. How can the GOP charge anyone when the RASCIST Holder runs the DOJ.
Only in Washington DC does appearing on a Sunday talk show count as action.
Issa, Gohmert, Camp, etc. are wearing me out with their inaction.
They should have impeached Holder two years ago over Fast and Furious .. now he knows they'll never lay a glove on him
talk. the GOP is in on this.
More chin music from the GOP.
Delay, deny, lie, obfuscate, ignore, eyeroll, snicker.
Dem tactics that work.
That's not the Chicago Way. If Chicago rules are in effect, Obama will publicly declare that Lerner should do "the right thing." That'll be her signal that she'll be set for life after she gets out of whatever min-security prison she gets sent to . . . if she even goes.
Agree. Holder is home free. In a very real sense he’s an Untouchable.
> Audit the bitch!
Then hang her.
And anyone else that has been used by The One to intimidate, harass, blackmail, etc conservative groups.
The GOP-E could care less what the IRS did... they see the Tea Party as much of a threat as the Demonic Party.
Absolutely true. The Tea Party has to fight against the dirty Democrats, a corrupt media and a back stabbing GOP-e.
Holder, Lerner, the head of EPA, and many others in this outlaw Obama regime need to be in prison. In fact Obama should be there himself for the fraud of taking an office he is not entitled to .
"The GOP-E could care less what the IRS did... they see the Tea Party as much of a threat as the Demonic Party."
Yep. I can almost guarantee you that some Republicrats like Boehner and Cantor are sitting there wishing that the Tea Party would tone down the heat on this... because it "hurts" the GOP-e's efforts to compromise with the Dems.
What this partisan ideologue has done is to subvert and to deny the freedoms affirmed to us by the US Constitution.
In my book, nothing less than execution is warranted.
More reason to shut down the corrupt irs completely.
Exactly what legal penalty is there for contempt of Congress? The trouble with having the executive branch taken over by lawless partisan thugs (actually a communist-Islamist coup, IMHO) is that you then have nobody who CAN execute the laws. Congress is supposed to make the laws, not execute them. Congress’ power to check and balance the executive branch is the power of impeachment and the power of approving/refusing executive appointments.
But rather than doing any of those things they stand around and pick their noses, as if those checks and balances are insignificant. The saying that “The President deserves to be able to choose his own cabinet” is basically saying that the Founding Fathers were ignoramuses who made a mistake when they REQUIRED the checks and balances to the executive power. The Constitution doesn’t say that getting elected as POTUS entitles a person to appoint whoever they want as long as it’s not a convicted criminal on death row. Instead, it gives the Congress the power - AND RESPONSIBILITY - to check the absolute power of the executive branch.
It is CONGRESS which put us where we’re at right now, because they coasted their way through as if nothing serious was at stake.
The Constitutional remedy at this point is impeachment, and the whole dang Obama regime needs to be impeached, replaced with people who will faithfully execute the laws, and then handed over to the purified justice department to face real justice. That’s the only way we get out of this mess that these morons put us in. Obama needs to purge the known criminals from his regime within 24 hours or he needs to be impeached for those crimes as well as all the other crimes he needs to be impeached for.
This little part though is troubling:
Gohmert read an op-ed from The Wall Street Journal...
I do hope that The honorable Mr. Gohmert has better contacts in DC than to rely on the WSJ as his source of information on this subject.
Hopefully, he was merely taking advantage of the story to bring this important issue back to the front.
Good gesture, but Lerner is just a distraction from the real perpetrator. Hit her hard, but only in the process of going all the way to the top with the investigation.
"Issa, Gohmert, Camp, etc. are wearing me out with their inaction."
Perhaps- but they are in the process of collecting crucial damning evidence, and that takes time to review. It's the rest of the party that needs to get its act together on hammering away at this- and to stop playing fetch for whatever stick Obama throws out today...
N-i-c-e take---important contribution to the thread. There's also criminal penalties for someone in govt authority using "Special Skills," granted to them alone, for nefarious purposes.
In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staffincluding then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Pazthat a Tea Party matter is "very dangerous," and is something "Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on." Ms. Lerner adds, "Cincy should probably NOT have these cases." Mmmmmmmm....that sounds familiar.
The meticulously researched timelines posted elsewhere on FR, are significant since they chronicle the times the Tea Party began heating up---holding massive rallies, and showing up at townhalls to protest Obamacare.
The arrogant, self-entitled Obamatons surely went ballistic. Does not take much imagination to know the WH con artists were thinking up demonic ways to stop the Tea Partiers who stood in their path.
SIGNIFICANT Remember that the Obamatons also took over the census. When Rahm Emanuel landed at Treasury, he had all the tools at his disposal to target individuals, tea parties, patriot groups, and so on.
NOW HEAR THIS---CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSMAN AND THE LOCAL MEDIA WITH THIS MESSAGE: All of the Treasury factotums doing Obama/Rahm Emanuel's bidding need to be identified and brought before Congress to testify under oath.....possibly prosecuted. We need to know the specifics WRT Emanuel's activities at Treasury including dates and times when Emanuel consorted w/ the IRS.
TALKING POINTS--WSJ REPORT--On Jan 20, 2009 Timothy Geithner was appointed Obama's Secy of the Treasury. But within three weeks, the obama White House tightened its grip on Treasury. Obama put his COS, Rahm Emanuel, in charge of Treasury---Rahm Emanuel's dual role was an unusual move.
When he got to Treasury, White House COS Rahm Emanuel was so involved in the inner workings of the Treasury that the phrase "Rahm wants it" had become an unofficial mantra among subservient govt staffers, prostrate in obeisance, scurrying to accede to Rahm's wishes, according to Treasury government officials. Reported by WSJ / 05/31/09
More here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124113406528875137.html
MOMENTS TO REMEMBER Obama was fond of saying "Tea Parties are a threat to democracy."
Obama told Hispanics "we will punish our enemies, and reward our friends."
Valerie Jarrett ominously warned, they "would not forget" which Americans did not worship Obama.
I’m sure Eric Holder will be in a really hurry to prosecute her.
I want to see someone - ANYONE - in this corrupt clown administration being sent to prison for their crimes against AMERICA.
Patience, patience, patience. Holder is not going to have his SS guardsmen surrounding him for the rest of his life. There’ll come a day when he can be sucker punched just like any other old man walking down the street.
Unfortunately, impeachment is a one-at-a-time remedy. We have no mechanism within our system for wholesale replacement outside of elections. There is no political analogy to heroic medicine within the system.
I believe she is an excellent candidate for indictment under criminal law. Let’s get on with it!!!
Then impeach them one at a time, ten in a day if necessary.
How will they use this information?? To do what with?
We need to have people sign up to work for Planned Parenthood (or something like that) and find out whether Obama has had homo sex and how many abortions Boxer and Feinstein have had, as well as how many botox treatments Pelosi has had and what condition her liver is in.
Then we need to let these people know that they will become the laughingstocks of the world if they keep up the communist-Islamist coup.
These folks may be exempt from Obamacare, but their providers aren’t. Their providers have to answer these questions, right? I suppose they can all afford to pay money to get their providers to leave some information out, huh? I suppose that’s the purpose of that option. Well, maybe we can find out how much they are paying to have their info kept secret...