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IRS hearing explodes, Republicans inch toward contempt
POLITICO.COM ^ | 3/5/2014 | Rachael Bade

Posted on 03/06/2014 7:22:52 PM PST by FreeAtlanta

Republicans are inching toward a vote to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress after fireworks erupted at a House hearing on the tea party targeting on Wednesday. Lerner, former head of the IRS tax-exempt unit and a lightning rod for Republicans in the nine-month-old scandal, invoked her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer self-incriminating questions at a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing — as she did at a May hearing last year.

Across the Capitol campus, Speaker John Boehner threatened to hold her in contempt if she continues to refuse to testify.

“I’ll wait for a report from [House Oversight] Chairman [Darrell] Issa about what happened and what will happen, but at some point … she has to testify or she should be held in contempt,” the Ohio Republican said at a news conference after a closed party meeting Wednesday.

Article Link: IRS hearing explodes, Republicans inch toward contempt - Rachael Bade - POLITICO.com (http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/irs-hearing-lois-lerner-contempt-104293.html)


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: contempt; darrellissa; elijahcummings; irs; loislerner
Why won't they hold Obama and Eric "the terrible" in contempt? What are they afraid of?
1 posted on 03/06/2014 7:22:52 PM PST by FreeAtlanta
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To: FreeAtlanta
Contempt with extreme prejudice.
2 posted on 03/06/2014 7:25:41 PM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: FreeAtlanta

Is that a ‘truncated’ headline?

I read it and the first thought hitting my mind is the headlines is trying to accuse the Republicans of being contempt(ible).

Maybe just my mind ‘jumping to conclusions’ as a result of all the BS the media has been putting out in the guise of reporting.


3 posted on 03/06/2014 7:28:57 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 --In CNNs (feeble) mind, EVERYONE that doesnt ask for more Kool-Aid is bullying BO)
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To: FreeAtlanta

I think Holder has already been found in contempt (for failure to turn over documents). You can see what an impact it had on him.


4 posted on 03/06/2014 7:29:00 PM PST by livius
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To: FreeAtlanta

Yeah - she only blatantly trampled a bunch of civil rights. What’s the big deal?


5 posted on 03/06/2014 7:31:34 PM PST by Tzimisce
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To: FreeAtlanta

All talk, no action, ‘Rat lite. Not one dimes worth of difference.


6 posted on 03/06/2014 7:34:13 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Across the Capitol campus, Speaker John Boehner threatened to hold her in contempt if she continues to refuse to testify.

Bonehead, quit acting like you are intelligent. Lerner should have been held in contempt months ago and in jail.

7 posted on 03/06/2014 7:36:58 PM PST by Logical me
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To: xrmusn

No, I think that was their weasel like intent.


8 posted on 03/06/2014 7:39:39 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: VRWC For Truth

If the GOP was serious they would have known Lerner would slap them in the face again by taking the 5th. Boehner would have gaveled the House into session a few minutes after the hearing ended and passed the contempt citation, forcing the Dems to go on the record supporting corruption of the IRS in an election year. The fact they are just talking shows they aren’t serious.


9 posted on 03/06/2014 7:39:43 PM PST by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Cummings did precisely what Sheila Jackson Lee does and other black “leaders” do - they go belligerent and then accuse you of being racist when you characterize their behavior as belligerent.


10 posted on 03/06/2014 7:42:17 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Tzimisce

11 posted on 03/06/2014 7:42:33 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: Soul of the South

Nothing interferes with Bonor’s Jameson’s.


12 posted on 03/06/2014 7:42:44 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: FreeAtlanta


13 posted on 03/06/2014 7:43:57 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: FreeAtlanta

My prediction: nothing will happen to Lerner. It will get the Benghazi treatment, and no one will ever hear anything else about it again.


14 posted on 03/06/2014 7:43:58 PM PST by hsrazorback1 (Seek truth.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

GASP, WHEEZE...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

BOEHNER DOESN'T HAVE THE BALLS TO HOLD LERNER IN CONTEMPT.

15 posted on 03/06/2014 7:46:38 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: FreeAtlanta

Washington Republicans don’t inch, they slither.


16 posted on 03/06/2014 7:50:18 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Hey, The Voice is on tonight.


17 posted on 03/06/2014 7:51:55 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: FreeAtlanta

So what is the penalty for being in contempt of congress?


18 posted on 03/06/2014 7:54:06 PM PST by Eternally-Optimistic (anything is possible)
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To: hsrazorback1; FreeAtlanta

Non-privileged people in private sector America have been held in contempt for a ringing cell phone and yawning in court...No joke

Yet here is a major official of a large government department telling the American people to go screw themselves, refusing to answer legitimate and credible questions...

These arrogant deceiving SOB’s in government clearly think the tax payers work for them.


19 posted on 03/06/2014 8:00:07 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Eternally-Optimistic

Hope it’s not too severe, because I’m definitely guilty!


20 posted on 03/06/2014 8:00:09 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: FreeAtlanta

Lerner will be protected by the GOP-e and the commies; the common enemy is the Tea-Party.


21 posted on 03/06/2014 8:00:20 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: crusty old prospector

It is!???????


22 posted on 03/06/2014 8:20:26 PM PST by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: Moonman62

They millimeter.(not 9, either-that’s scary)


23 posted on 03/06/2014 8:21:38 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Inch?

I would say more like millimetering, but I don’t think they are actually moving at all.


24 posted on 03/06/2014 8:22:19 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Soul of the South

” Boehner would have gaveled the House into session a few minutes after the hearing ended and passed the contempt citation, forcing the Dems to go on the record supporting corruption of the IRS in an election year.”

There’s plenty of 2014 to go before November, and the public has the long-term memory of a fruit fly. Patience. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.

One of the following things will happen by November; Lerner will be looking at long-term housing in the Graybar Hotel, she will sing, or she will have an unfortunate car accident/heart attack, no doubt due to all of the stress those nasty Tea Partiers brought down upon her.


25 posted on 03/06/2014 8:28:00 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: livius

“I think Holder has already been found in contempt (for failure to turn over documents). You can see what an impact it had on him.”

That’s not going to look good on his resume’.


26 posted on 03/06/2014 8:30:24 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: FreeAtlanta

Lerner will be Fostered before she ever testifies.


27 posted on 03/06/2014 8:37:53 PM PST by LALALAW (one of the asses who's sick of our "ruling" classes)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Why hasn't Cummings been held in contempt?
Conservative files abuse of power complaint against Dem. Rep. Elijah Cummings February 7, 2014

According to Engelbrecht, Cummings used his power to harass and intimidate True the Vote and may have encouraged the IRS and other agencies to target her organizations.

"Congressman Cummings on three separate occasions sent letters on letterhead from this committee, stating that he had concerns and felt it necessary to open an investigation on True the Vote," she said.

TOP DEMOCRAT Elijah Cummings Admits Corruption and Abuse of Power at IRS (VIdeo) May 22, 2013


28 posted on 03/06/2014 8:40:59 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

They are inching? Weird


29 posted on 03/06/2014 8:41:52 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

Republicans are worms that measure Marigolds.


30 posted on 03/06/2014 8:43:31 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

!


31 posted on 03/06/2014 9:13:16 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: The Antiyuppie

“One of the following things will happen by November; Lerner will be looking at long-term housing in the Graybar Hotel, she will sing, or she will have an unfortunate car accident/heart attack, no doubt due to all of the stress those nasty Tea Partiers brought down upon her.”

Or maybe a pleasant single-engine plane ride in Hawaii.


32 posted on 03/06/2014 11:36:25 PM PST by vette6387
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To: FreeAtlanta
G.O.P. = Give Obama (Supreme) Power.

The GOP, and Romney and Issa, are responsible for mess.

33 posted on 03/07/2014 3:30:49 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: FreeAtlanta
If and when it all comes out, I think it will be found that the Obama admin ran a "get the enemy" campaign that will make Nixon look like a boy scout.

I think what we are seeing from Lehner is the 1 millimeter slice at the very top of the iceberg

34 posted on 03/07/2014 3:34:58 AM PST by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: Eternally-Optimistic

Real question: has Congress opened an official investigation of criminal conduct by the IRS, with the goal of reaching findings that would lead to a Federal indictment?

IIRC, only refusal to testify under subpoena in an ongoing criminal investigation can result in being held in contempt of Congress. Like what happened to G. Gordon Liddy in the 1970’s.

It’s also a matter of political will by the House majority. The GOP-E hasn’t got it.


35 posted on 03/07/2014 5:33:34 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: FreeAtlanta

Lerner and Holder: Oh, they’re going to hold me in contempt? I’ll try to get over it. Oh, wait, I already have.


36 posted on 03/07/2014 5:35:19 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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