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Here’s the contempt resolution against Lois Lerner, plus an explainer
Washington Post ^ | 4/8/2014 | JOSH HICKS

Posted on 04/08/2014 3:37:53 AM PDT by markomalley

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday plans to vote on the resolution below to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the panel.

4-10-14 CONTEMPT REPORT.pdf

Lerner, who headed an IRS division that reviews tax-exemption applications, has twice invoked her Fifth Amendment right when asked to testify about the agency’s targeting of certain nonprofit advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions.

The outcome of the upcoming contempt vote is all but assured for the Republican-controlled committee, which already determined in a party-line vote last year that Lerner waived her right not to testify by declaring innocence before declining to answer questions at a June 2013 hearing.

The panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), has argued that Republicans cannot legally pursue contempt charges against the former IRS official because they did not explicitly overrule her Fifth Amendment assertion or clearly direct her to answer the committee’s questions.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) contends that Cummings is “wrong on the facts and the law.” He said the committee effectively overruled Lerner’s Fifth Amendment by voting that she had waived her Fifth Amendment right, and that his office advised Lerner that she could face contempt charges if she refused to answer questions at a March hearing.

The House’s general counsel issued a memo last week largely agreeing with Issa’s position, but 25 legal experts, including a former House attorney and three former Supreme Court clerks, have backed Cummings’ theory.

Even if the committee votes in favor of the contempt resolution, the full House would still need to vote on the matter before Lerner could face meaningful consequences. To understand more about how this works…

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: irs

1 posted on 04/08/2014 3:37:54 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
25 Legal expert?, More like 25 Fascist Tools
2 posted on 04/08/2014 3:41:25 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: markomalley

Drafting a resolution is one thing, passing and ENFORCING IT is another.

Wait and see, this will eventually go NO WHERE! DOJ will not enforce it OR, odumbo will pardon her immediately.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 3:41:28 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: markomalley

Good Luck. We shouldn’t hold our breath.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 3:49:07 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Deodorant and Common sense. The ones who need it most don't use it. . . . .)
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To: DAC21

25 lawyers. Ha....

During the Clinton LEWINSKY SCANDALs, a full page ad was printed. In this ad, 400 Constitutional Scholars (their assertion) effectively stated that a Bl@w J@b is not a high crime or misdemeanor, therefore not impeachable.

Among them, the noted historian and NPR/PBS/Liberal Rag mouthpieceforliberaldomwhentheyneedanhistorian, Dr. Doris Kearns Goodwin. She said a Bl@w J@b isn’t a misdeanor - even one that is given under a desk in the Oval Office as the President is discussing our military with a US Congressman.

25 lawyers indeed. My ass.


5 posted on 04/08/2014 3:49:21 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Progov
DOJ will not ...

Dept of JustUs has nothing to do with it, as it is an internal House thing, and is completely separate from the executive branch. When jail is involved, is is specified as a "common jail".

odumbo will pardon...

Can not do. Again, it is an offense against the House, not of the US... pardon's have no bearing.

6 posted on 04/08/2014 3:50:10 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: DeaconRed
"Good Luck. We shouldn’t hold our breath."

Yep, Holder wears his contempt citation as a badge of honor. Until the House actually jails someone, this is just kabuki theater.

7 posted on 04/08/2014 3:54:57 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: DAC21

Only 25? Oh well...yeah, just like 33,000 scientists back global warming.../s


8 posted on 04/08/2014 3:56:40 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: markomalley

No one escapes Issa and the House Oversight Inquisition.
Like Holder, I see a Comfy Chair in Lerner’s future.
(Sit in it! Are you comfortable? Now!? Scrunch down!)


9 posted on 04/08/2014 4:06:13 AM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: C210N
Great points and all valid in a nation of laws...

never mind.

10 posted on 04/08/2014 4:38:11 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: markomalley

Reading the report now.


11 posted on 04/08/2014 6:13:27 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: C210N

Lois has had plenty of time to learn the intricacies of “under the bus” comfort and travel.

A bigger question relates to the discussion between Cummins and Issa regarding Cummins backdoor talks with Lerner’s lawyer. That could lead to a slew of Contempt of Congress hits.

Issa and his guys may be playing Rope-a-dope to drag this out to just before November and then have Lois singing like a bird at the perfect time.


12 posted on 04/08/2014 6:35:58 AM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: Gaffer
effectively stated that a Bl@w J@b is not a high crime or misdemeanor, therefore not impeachable.

They were correct. However, Clinton was not impeached for that. He was impeached for perjury.

13 posted on 04/08/2014 6:50:37 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: markomalley

In other words this is going to be a non event.


14 posted on 04/08/2014 6:58:56 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I realized that. However, one still can see the utterly duplicitous behavior of these so-called ‘scholars,’ can’t one?

Also, what do you think about a President that gets one of these BJs under his desk while he is talking on the phone to a Republican Congressman about US Forces deployment, etc. Do you not think that is a high crime or misdemeanor?


15 posted on 04/08/2014 7:01:10 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Gaffer
No, no. I knew you knew that. I guess I wasn't clear in that the people you mentioned knew that as well but were intentionally obfuscating the issue.

But then, you knew that too. You're so smart I should just shut up and read.

=;^)

16 posted on 04/08/2014 7:16:42 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

These ‘scholars’ and liberals are counting on us old farts to begin to ‘not remember’ what they actually said and in what surrounding context they tried to fool us all.

They are counting on their opposition to give up and forget. I will not. Not as long as I’m alive, even though getting old enough to forget some things would be a benefit, as in getting to the point when all my DVDs become ‘brand new’ again. :o)


17 posted on 04/08/2014 7:26:32 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: markomalley
The persecution is real: My wife's United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter was refused an EIN dozens of times -- until they removed the "UDC" from their chapter name on the application.
18 posted on 04/08/2014 8:34:01 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: markomalley

This is all for show- Lois Lerner’s pardon is ready for the community organizer to sign whenever needed.


19 posted on 04/08/2014 12:26:36 PM PDT by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Gaffer
In this ad, 400 Constitutional Scholars (their assertion) effectively stated that a Bl@w J@b is not a high crime or misdemeanor, therefore not impeachable.

Unfortunately for billy jeff and the 400 scholars, he was not impeached for a Bl@w J@b; he was impeached for commiting perjury, subourning perjery, and obstruction of justice.

20 posted on 04/08/2014 3:12:41 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember

Read the following posts.


21 posted on 04/08/2014 3:59:21 PM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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