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GOP Prepares Multiple IRS-Related Criminal Charges
Western Journalism ^ | 4-8-2014 | B. Christopher Agee - Commentary

Posted on 04/08/2014 8:25:27 PM PDT by smoothsailing

GOP Prepares Multiple IRS-Related Criminal Charges

Lerner has been the most recognizable face of the ongoing controversy over the past year.

B. CHRISTOPHER AGEE — APRIL 8, 2014

Just days before she is set to face a contempt vote by the House Oversight Committee, Republicans in the chamber are drafting a series of criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner.

According to recent reports, the House Ways and Means Committee is preparing a letter to be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder in hopes that his Justice Department will pursue three separate counts against the disgraced tax-exempt division director. A GOP source confirmed each of the allegations relate to her role in specifically targeting conservative groups for added scrutiny.

Lerner has been the most recognizable face of the ongoing controversy over the past year. After initially conceding that her department unfairly targeted organizations with a Tea Party affiliation, she has been notoriously tight-lipped in subsequent interrogations.

After repeatedly invoking her Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has repeatedly threatened her with contempt. On Thursday, a committee vote is set to determine whether she will be held in contempt of Congress.

The letter being drafted by the Ways and Means Committee, however, is a completely separate endeavor. Reports indicate the correspondence will only be available to committee members prior to its delivery to Holder because it contains substantial confidential information related to individual taxpayers. Democrats in the House will have an opportunity to propose amendments to the GOP’s draft.

Assuming the committee approves the letter, Holder will decide whether to pursue charges against the former official. Criticized by many conservatives for politicizing the Justice Department, a decision to hold Lerner accountable for potential criminal acts would likely earn him some much-needed credibility among his detractors.

Reports show the Justice Department did not respond to initial requests for comment on the matter.

In any event, Lerner faces an onslaught of Republican backlash for her department’s handling of conservative groups. Many feel, however, that she was just part of a much larger conspiracy to suppress anti-Obama sentiment ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

In order to determine exactly who commissioned the unjust targeting, Lerner must be compelled to completely and truthfully answer investigators’ questions. Issa’s ongoing campaign, culminating in Thursday’s contempt vote, is designed to do exactly that.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial
KEYWORDS: doj; irs; loislerner; teaparty

1 posted on 04/08/2014 8:25:27 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Until I see this bitch frog marched to jail I won’t believe anything these yoyos say.


2 posted on 04/08/2014 8:27:07 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: smoothsailing

Special Prosecutor.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 8:27:43 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: smoothsailing

In addition to pursuing criminal charges the House can and should imprison her to compel testimony.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 8:30:03 PM PDT by Ray76 (Take over the GOP? You still beg! Forget them. Second Party Now.)
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To: smoothsailing

Fantastic graphic.


5 posted on 04/08/2014 8:31:45 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: smoothsailing

Never happen.


6 posted on 04/08/2014 8:31:57 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: smoothsailing

They definitely need a Special Prosecutor; numerous members of the Obama administration and the Eric Holder Justice Department are CO-CONSPIRATORS in this criminal enterprise. There is no way the Holder/Obama DOJ would prosecute a Lerner criminal case—way too many conflicts.


7 posted on 04/08/2014 8:32:14 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: smoothsailing

So it’ll be another three years or so before we get to the bottom of this?


8 posted on 04/08/2014 8:32:58 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: smoothsailing
a decision to hold Lerner accountable for potential criminal acts would likely earn him some much-needed credibility among his detractors

Oh yeah, if there's one thing Holder cares about, it's "credibility among his detractors:.

9 posted on 04/08/2014 8:35:24 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: upchuck

LOL, that’s why I posted the article. Their was no new info, but the graphic is a hoot!!! B^)


10 posted on 04/08/2014 8:36:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: upchuck
CORRECTION: There was no new info, but the graphic is a hoot!!!
11 posted on 04/08/2014 8:39:53 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: unixfox
Until I see this bitch frog marched to jail I won’t believe anything these yoyos say.

Am I correct in assuming that only Holder can prosecute Lerner? If so, she walks. I just wonder if a Pubbie AG could, or even would have the stones to prosecute? How long before the statute of limitations runs out?

12 posted on 04/08/2014 8:43:30 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: smoothsailing

The Republicans have been toothless and asleep for five years.

Nothing will happen with this.


13 posted on 04/08/2014 8:43:31 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: smoothsailing

“According to recent reports, the House Ways and Means Committee is preparing a letter to be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder in hopes that his Justice Department will pursue three separate counts against the disgraced tax-exempt division director. A GOP source confirmed each of the allegations relate to her role in specifically targeting conservative groups for added scrutiny.”

And Holder’s response, “go pi$$ up a rope!”


14 posted on 04/08/2014 8:45:43 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: smoothsailing

Holder will get right on it after he finishes his investigation on himself.


15 posted on 04/08/2014 8:46:58 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Never happen.

I thought so too, in fact I think I said so several times. Now I'm not so sure. There's blood in the water and the Dems are looking at disastrous numbers. They let her visit the Grey Bar Hotel and get to shriek that the Republicans hate women. I could see them welcoming it. These aren't nice people.

16 posted on 04/08/2014 8:48:21 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: smoothsailing

Get Whitey Holder will do nothing. RICO, RICO, RICO.


17 posted on 04/08/2014 8:53:07 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VRWC For Truth

I like the way you think! (Since I’ve been thinking the same thing!) B^)


18 posted on 04/08/2014 8:55:57 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Oh, they can talk and threaten and prepare a stack of papers but they’ll do nothing.


19 posted on 04/08/2014 8:57:19 PM PDT by bgill
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To: smoothsailing
According to recent reports, the House Ways and Means Committee is preparing a letter to be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder in hopes that his Justice Department will pursue three separate counts against the disgraced tax-exempt division director.

OMG are you kidding me? When is the GOP going to wake up and introduce articles of impeachment. Totally spineless.

Holder claims 'vast amount' of discretion in enforcing laws...
20 posted on 04/08/2014 8:58:28 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: bgill

They will do as they are told ... and that doesn’t mean they will be listening to We The People.


21 posted on 04/08/2014 8:59:21 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: smoothsailing

According to recent reports, the House Ways and Means Committee is preparing a letter to be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder in hopes that his Justice Department will pursue three separate counts against the disgraced tax-exempt division director.
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And I just sent off an e-mail to Holder asking him to please deposit $1 million in my bank account. I expect to be just as successful as Ways and Means.

There is zero chance that Holder will move on any of this. While Obama is in office Democrats are above the law.


22 posted on 04/08/2014 8:59:50 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: smoothsailing

Now why on earth would Obama’s pet file charges against someone that his boss ordered to intimidate and harass his opponents, namely the Tea Party?


23 posted on 04/08/2014 9:00:59 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jiggyboy

So it’ll be another three years or so before we get to the bottom of this?
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I don’t know if we’ll ever get to the bottom of it. You can take it to the bank that the corrupt Obama will be issuing a number of “generic” pardons (pardoning for “any crimes or acts” that may have been committed during the time of service to the Obama administration) to a LARGE number of his operatives scattered through out the government.


24 posted on 04/08/2014 9:10:37 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: InterceptPoint

I think our only hope is for Gowdy to get her under oath again.. and make her plead the 5th 20 times in 5 minutes.

RATS will not welcome visions of those optics in ads for Nov elections.


25 posted on 04/08/2014 9:11:49 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: smoothsailing
What a F.ing joke this is. I'm getting so tired of these blow holes spouting hot air I'm getting used to believe America is in the toilet. Lerner is home free and the Republicans will take the finger. Is this rough enough or can I say what I really feel?
26 posted on 04/08/2014 9:15:36 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: smoothsailing
According to recent reports, the House Ways and Means Committee is preparing a letter to be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder in hopes that his Justice Department will pursue three separate counts against the disgraced tax-exempt division director.

Useless, a waste of time, and a diversion. Send the House Sergeant of Arms to arrest Learner immediately.

27 posted on 04/08/2014 9:17:25 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: InterceptPoint

The Committee has the power to arrest her for contempt and put her in the Capitol jail.

They don’t have the stones to do so.

https://opencrs.com/document/RL34114/


28 posted on 04/08/2014 9:38:32 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: smoothsailing

“much needed credibility”??? Why do you think he needs or cares? Who writes this drivel? Yeah. Holder will prosecute. *major eye roll*


29 posted on 04/08/2014 9:51:00 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: smoothsailing

Yeh Eric will jump right on it. :-)


30 posted on 04/08/2014 9:59:16 PM 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: unixfox

The Congress can only detain any member of the executive branch. The Sergeant-at-arms can hold them until the end of a session (recess?).


31 posted on 04/08/2014 10:26:58 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: henkster; smoothsailing; 2ndDivisionVet; House Atreides; RIghtwardHo; All

After Lerner’s and Holder’s shameful appearances at the hearings and contempt citation, what the Republicans should consider is, in addition to sending the criminal referrals on Lerner, to add a criminal referral on Holder (for “obvious obstraction of justice”) - this
a) cannot be possibly ignored by the media and
b) may immediately force Holder’s hand to be recused from Lerner’s “investigation” due to “conflict of interests” and
c) is more likely to result in appointment of Special Prosecutor, if GOP wants it.

This one move will force the issue and will make sure that the matter doesn’t die and can no longer be silenced or be obscured by the media in the period before 2014 elections.

This is somewhat similar to what Dems did to the AG Alberto Gonzales, only this will have a lot more gravitas and heft in the substance behind it. It will pretty much cripple Holder and the DOJ, will put pressure on Democratic Senators and may help give basis or reason for some people, who otherwise would be indifferent or apathetic, to vote for turnover of power in the Senate.


32 posted on 04/09/2014 6:09:02 AM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: smoothsailing
According to recent reports, the House Ways and Means Committee is preparing a letter to be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder in hopes that his Justice Department will pursue three separate counts against the disgraced tax-exempt division director

Wanna' buy a bridge..or a gold watch cheap?

33 posted on 04/09/2014 7:00:41 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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