Skip to comments.Issa says committee could consider holding Lerner in contempt next week
Posted on 03/05/2014 7:07:17 PM PST by Red Steel
California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa told Fox News Wednesday his House committee could move as early as next week to consider holding former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt.
Lerner refused earlier in the day to testify on her role in the agencys targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups.
Her decision to plead the Fifth Amendment marked the second time in 10 months that she asserted her constitutional right not to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said of her refusal, at some point Lerner must testify or be held in contempt.
Our committee will consider it, Issa, the committee chairman, told Fox News Greta Van Susteren on On the Record.
We could consider it as early as next week.
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Issa is a POS and complicit. He proved it today. He has done nothing but drag out these dog and pony shows with no results.
Couldn’t it be Boehner that is tying Issas hands?
I know everyone wants to blame Issa, but without the Leadership, what chance has he got?
Boehner has shown he will cut off a republican at the knees long before he ever would would a guilty ‘rat.
I’m not defending Lerner, just asking a question here: If she has a legal right to take the fifth, how can she be held in contempt?
If he were any kind of a leader he’d do his job and hand it to Bhoner on a stick. What Bhoner does or does not do is them up to him. But Issa is playing politics at a great cost to the Constitution.
If she has a legal right to take the fifth, how can she be held in contempt?
The oversight committee held a hearing on June 28: Videos of the hearing available :
June 28, 2013 Full Committee Business Meeting Part I
June 28, 2013 Full Committee Business Meeting Part II
Gowdy only - 6 min
LERNER: Rep. Gowdy - Full Committee Business Meeting
Oversight Committee: Lerner Waived Her 5th Amendment Right
On a vote of 22-17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today approved a resolution determining that IRS official Lois Lerner waived her 5th amendment rights when at a May 22, 2013 hearing she offered testimony and answered questions.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
What happened during Lerner's IRS hearing? ELIJAH CUMMINGS HAD AN OUTBURST, BLAMING REPUBLICANS!!!!
The GUILTY Dems really know how to grab the headlines by engaging in 'Diversionary Tactics 101'. Notice how Lerner stuck around during Cummings' outburst instead of leaving? That was the plan all along.
When you're GUILTY, have an OUTBURST!!!
Unless there is serious threat of actual federal prosecution and real jail time, no one from the regime will give up any information. Holder, Reid and bohner hold all the cards.
just like holder was held in contempt of congress ?
that sure accomplished a lot didn’t it ?
congressional hearings are political theater and do nothing.
how about let’s see a federal grand jury empaneled to start handing out indictments ?
the obozo regime is the most corrupt administration in American history and we have seen how many indictments up until now ?
DON”T “COULD”, Just do it damn it.
Hold Lerner in Contempt and send her ass to jail, along with any other IRS official who refuses to testify.
Also ask for a federal grand jury to investigate obstruction of congress and obstruction of justice charges.
Time to quit holding hearings unless you subpoena everyone in the IRS who had any contact with the suppression of conservative groups’ tax-exempt application efforts.
Hand out subpoenas like candy, line them up in the halls, make all their names and job descriptions public, put them under oath, and then act like the Roto-Rotor Man, and “Drill, Baby, Drill”.
Let the American public know who their enemies are, even if they take the Fifth. By the end of these hearings, they will be drinking the Fifth.
Offer immunity to the first 5 people who take it. Then go after the rest. Let the rats piss in their panties.
Do not bluff. Play hard ball and hit their balls out of the hearing room, along with their careers. Go after the IRS Inspector General too. If they haven’t done their job, subpoena their ass too.
Time to put away the toys and bring out the lumber.
“Our committee will consider it”
Translation: It ain’t gonna happen.
Next week? ZZzzzzz.
And then what? Nothing? Just like with Holder?
Find Lerner in contempt and then arrest both Lerner and Holder.
So you mean if Lerner testified before, then she’s not able to ever claim the 5th?
Also people are criticizing Darrel Issa a lot here, but what else could he have done in today’s testimony other than continue to read each of his revealing questions for the public record. She then declared the 5th every time, but I just don’t know how he could have done better. Or who would have done better under these circumstances?
She’s a swamp rat just like all the other dishonest DemoRat thugs.
If Issa holds her in contempt, will the rest of the Republican reps back him up and throw her in jail?
Otherwise just shut down all your phony "investigations" and go away.
Issa adjourned for obvious reasons, but also wanted to adjourn before democrats could do what Cummings did. The dems have been vicious in these hearings.
I don’t know what else he could have done - unless he held the contempt hearing right then (not sure on procedures). He may have known that Cummings was agitated before the hearing started.
Keep in mind Cummings was named in ethics charges on this very issue. He sent 3 letters to Catherine Engelbrecht and she filed a complaint.
Gowdy knows how to get Lerner to talk...
From the Kelly file 3.5.14
IRS Scandal - Republicans Consider Measures To Force Fmr IRS Official To Testify - Trey Gowdy
That’s a big time problem with Congress - they wait, and wait, and wait and in time everything blows over and justice is once again denied.
If you have a case, just do it, and do it now!!!