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BREAKING: House Ways and Means Committee Votes to Refer Lois Lerner For Criminal Charges
Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich

Posted on 04/09/2014 10:13:18 AM PDT by Kaslin

The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to 23-14 along party lines to refer former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for prosecution. Although the details about exactly what charges will be have not yet been released, lawmakers are arguing Lerner has not been truthful with Congress or the IRS inspector general and leaked confidential tax information.

Last time a referral like this happened, it was to Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens, who was pursued by the Department of Justice for lying to Congress but was exonerated in court.

This is a test for the Department of Justice and the Obama administration. What's more important? Baseball and steroids? Or the most powerful federal agency abusing its power to target innocent conservative groups?

Last summer President Obama called the targeting "outrageous" and promised to hold people responsible and accountable for what happened. If the Justice Department refuses to pursue charges against Lerner, it's fair to say one reason is because they don't want information leading back to the administration coming out in court.

Tomorrow the House Oversight Comittee will vote on whether to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: contemptofcongress; doj; irs; irsscandal; jail; lerner; loislerner; waysandmeans
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1 posted on 04/09/2014 10:13:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

She’s being reffered to the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT? To Eric Holder? Ha, ha, ha, ha.


2 posted on 04/09/2014 10:14:42 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Kaslin

Wake me when somebody goes to jail.

Till then, this is nothing but another dog and pony show.


3 posted on 04/09/2014 10:15:01 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Cicero

Crying while ROTFLMAO


4 posted on 04/09/2014 10:16:22 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Kaslin

I want to see E. H0lder frog marched.


5 posted on 04/09/2014 10:17:15 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin
And the state controlled media will cover this story just like they did Watergate.

[U funny FReeper. Funny, ha ha.]

5.56mm

6 posted on 04/09/2014 10:19:14 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Kaslin

Criminal charges? Oh please...stop! You're killing us!

7 posted on 04/09/2014 10:20:36 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Kaslin

Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Just wet my pants. The joke of the century.


8 posted on 04/09/2014 10:20:39 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Kaslin

This process of branding Lerner with criminal acts is very good publicity for coming elections.

I know Eric Holder is a ideologue and will do nothing.
But it is good to expose the dirty laundry in public.


9 posted on 04/09/2014 10:21:35 AM PDT by entropy12
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To: Kaslin

10 posted on 04/09/2014 10:21:55 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Kaslin

Is there any way she can be brought up on charges in a state court? That would take it out of OBozo`s @ssclown circus and back into the real world of legal consequences.


11 posted on 04/09/2014 10:22:08 AM PDT by nomad
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To: Kaslin

And if she ain’t they guy, she needs to name the guy. I’m thinkin’ the lyin’ king/fauxbama. Good luck with holding him responsible for ANYTHING.


12 posted on 04/09/2014 10:22:33 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Redneck. Race: Daytona 500)
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To: Kaslin

Any Federal Prosecutor that attempts to charge this traitor will be fired by zero’s JustUs Department.


13 posted on 04/09/2014 10:23:29 AM PDT by soycd
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To: Kaslin

Criminal charges? Yup,I'll get right on that.....

14 posted on 04/09/2014 10:23:33 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Kaslin

Refering someone to the DOJ is little more than “recommending”. The contempt charge is more likely to result in actual jail time.


15 posted on 04/09/2014 10:23:50 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Kaslin
The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to 23-14 along party lines to refer former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for prosecution.

Oh, good....she's being referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. Now we'll get some action!

16 posted on 04/09/2014 10:24:52 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Paladin2

Silence is golden. I hope Lois gets her due for the protection of who she is protecting! Holder can’t even cover his own a$$. Look for footnotes of this case in 2080! While the GOP plays pin the tail on the Donkey! It seems self evident that 0’s staff or 0 himself asked for the intrusion!
Hey Lois be sure to look out for the big black bus!


17 posted on 04/09/2014 10:25:22 AM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Kaslin

Careful there fellas... you might end up doing something.


18 posted on 04/09/2014 10:25:48 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Kaslin

The latest Republican joke on America.


19 posted on 04/09/2014 10:26:12 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Kaslin

What would be interesting is if Holder’s DoJ declines to pursue (as expected) and it turns out that Issa has hard evidence (via whistleblowers and their documents) of collusion between Lerner, Holder/subordinates, and the House Dems. Including quid pro quos promising not to prosecute in return for Lerners silence...


20 posted on 04/09/2014 10:28:21 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Kaslin
(AP) 12/25/2014 Grand Inquisitor Issa and key House Oversight members sit Lois Lerner in the chair: Comfy Chair photo: Comfy Chair SpanishInquisition7.png The Comfy Chair!
21 posted on 04/09/2014 10:28:25 AM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Kaslin

Shouldn’t this be in Breaking?


22 posted on 04/09/2014 10:28:34 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Kaslin
The House Sergeant at Arms can arrest Leaner and Congress can hold her INDEFINITELY until she testifies.

Time for Congress to reopen its own jail?

23 posted on 04/09/2014 10:29:20 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: taxcontrol
The contempt charge is more likely to result in actual jail time.

I hate to be the one to break this to ya but:

1) There is no Easter Bunny

2) There is no Santa Claus

3) Miss Lerner's "punishment" will be to be given full retirement,at $200K a year,with a solid gold (free) health plan and unlimited access to the Senate cloak room and gym.

24 posted on 04/09/2014 10:31:08 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Kaslin
Glad that they did this (finally) but don't expect this lawless DOJ to do anything with it.
25 posted on 04/09/2014 10:32:14 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Lerner and H0lder should be sent to the North Carolina University where the EPA keeps their Diesel Inhalation torture chambers.


26 posted on 04/09/2014 10:32:40 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

Yeah, like Holder will do anything.
He’ll foot drag until the next Whig Administration gets elected.


27 posted on 04/09/2014 10:32:48 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: Kaslin

The DOJ will do NOTHING.


28 posted on 04/09/2014 10:33:08 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Cicero

This is the long awaited showdown with the corrupt Eric Holder. If he doesn’t choose to pursue the criminal case, then he may be subject to impeachment by the House.

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The attorney general is nominated by the President of the United States and takes office after confirmation by the United States Senate. He or she serves at the pleasure of the president and can be removed by the president at any time; the attorney general is also subject to impeachment by the House of Representatives and trial in the Senate for “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors.”


29 posted on 04/09/2014 10:33:09 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: tanknetter

What would be interesting is if Holder’s DoJ declines to pursue (as expected) and it turns out that Issa has hard evidence (via whistleblowers and their documents) of collusion between Lerner, Holder/subordinates, and the House Dems. Including quid pro quos promising not to prosecute in return for Lerners silence...

**Interesting..I also read on another thread that if DOJ declines, then Congress can act on own & eliminate the DOJ from saying they overstepped authority.
Really hoping this is not another Kabuki. Time to play hardball GOP.


30 posted on 04/09/2014 10:33:27 AM PDT by rainee (Her)
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To: Kaslin

Lerner’s problems are not over...

Lois Lerner’s bad week

http://nypost.com/2014/04/08/lois-lerners-bad-week/


31 posted on 04/09/2014 10:34:03 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Kaslin
Here's a classic example of someone referred to the DO"j" for criminal charges .....


32 posted on 04/09/2014 10:34:31 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Kaslin
Well, that will show her. Now she's in deep doo-doo. There is gonna be hell to pay.
Just look what happened to Attorney General Holder when he was cited for Contempt of Congress.

Oh! Wait a minute. Oh yeah,
Never mind.

33 posted on 04/09/2014 10:39:12 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Kaslin

Erratic WithHolder will not only clear her of charges, he will appoint her to the Justice IRS Oversight Branch.


35 posted on 04/09/2014 10:42:12 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Kaslin

Mr. Asparagas —the man who as a student radical with a mod-squad fro took over an ROTC building— will prosecute the woman charged with attacking the enemies of “diversity”..?

Wow...!


36 posted on 04/09/2014 10:42:14 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Kaslin

Breaking news — DOJ replies to Congress, “You don’t want to go there.”


37 posted on 04/09/2014 10:42:58 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Lazamataz

Breaking news: Cookie thief remanded to solitary confinement in kitchen.

These people are such frauds. Just like their supporters.


38 posted on 04/09/2014 10:46:11 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Cicero

You naughty girl, now you are going to lose your private parking place Holder’s involved—LOL!

Why don’t that idiot Boehner create a special select committee and go after these criminals instead of this piecemeal individual committee crap?

Race—obama’s race, they afraid to go after the first black president even though he is a criminal through and though, bunch of gutless wonders in the GOP House.


39 posted on 04/09/2014 10:48:48 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: sarge83

Because he is one of them.


40 posted on 04/09/2014 10:50:39 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: unixfox

“Wake me when somebody goes to jail”

Well hello there,Rip Van Winkle.

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41 posted on 04/09/2014 10:52:37 AM PDT by Mears
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To: entropy12
"This process of branding Lerner with criminal acts is very good publicity for coming elections."

I agree.


42 posted on 04/09/2014 10:53:06 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Kaslin
This is a test for the Department of Justice and the Obama administration. What's more important? Baseball and steroids? Or the most powerful federal agency abusing its power to target innocent conservative groups?

I think we already know the answer to this one.

43 posted on 04/09/2014 10:55:45 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cicero

Pathetic. When are the idiots in DC ever gonna figure out where this country is at?

Maybe when the rest of us figure it out and say it plainly without worrying about losing our “credibility” in the eyes of the same incestuous media-political orgy that put us in this mess in the first place...


44 posted on 04/09/2014 10:55:53 AM PDT by butterdezillion (Note to self : put this between arrow keys: img src=""/)
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To: Kaslin
We gots your referral right here...


45 posted on 04/09/2014 10:56:08 AM PDT by headless_thompson_gunner
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To: Kaslin

Referred to what? The un-justice department. How far will that go. Should have been settled in the House by sending her to jail.


46 posted on 04/09/2014 10:56:24 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: DannyTN

Holder has a million reasons to be tossed. Including contempt. they have done nothing.


47 posted on 04/09/2014 10:57:33 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Then they should open the jail for Holder too. He has already been held in contempt!


48 posted on 04/09/2014 11:03:16 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Kaslin

That’s like ‘referring Eva Braun to Hitler for prosecution.’


49 posted on 04/09/2014 11:07:16 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: Kaslin

When CRIMINAL charges are being decided along party lines, this is a sure sign that your nation is headed toward banana republic status.


50 posted on 04/09/2014 11:10:05 AM PDT by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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