Skip to comments.House panel votes to hold ex-IRS official Lerner in contempt of Congress
Posted on 04/10/2014 10:34:36 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
A House committee voted Thursday to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, as Republicans escalated their bid to "get to the bottom" of the former IRS official's role in the political targeting scandal.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt. The party-line vote followed hours of heated debate on the committee.
The contempt measure heads next to the House floor. House Speaker John Boehner predicted earlier this week that unless Lerner agrees to cooperate, the full House will support contempt -- from there, the case would likely head to the courts.
"This is not an action I take lightly," House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said before the vote. But he said lawmakers "need Ms. Lerner's testimony to complete our oversight work and bring truth to the American people."
The vote comes a day after the House Ways and Means Committee voted to refer Lerner's case to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the committee claimed Lerner may have violated "one or more criminal statutes." The Department of Justice is not obligated to take up the committee's request.
Both committee actions divided Republicans and Democrats, who have decried the steps against Lerner as unwarranted and political.
Democrats argue that Lerner properly invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify last year, and again last month.
"Guilty or innocent, Ms. Lerner has a constitutional right to remain silent on this issue," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said. Further, she said if the committee were truly serious about pursuing this case, they would offer Lerner immunity.
Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., said the case would "be laughed out of court."
But Republicans, in bringing up the contempt measure, claim Lerner waived her Fifth...
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About damn time...
WhooHoo!!!! I heard Rush Limbaugh saying she can be arrested.
Set the alarm and wake me when they :
Put her in the slammer.
Stop her huge retirement paid for by us.
This woman dissed us on our dime.
Also let me know when they do something to that racist Cummings.
Yawn. No one is getting arrested. This is all kabuki theater. They are just doing this song and dance to get the rubes worked up in an election year.
I remember when Alan Dershowitz talked about how she pretty much torpedoed her fifth amendment rights.
After I reading that, I knew that it was all down hill from there for her.
Gotta throw OBots in jail to rein in their unabated crime sprees.
what’s the next step? is boner going to write her a stern letter?
I hope she is arrested.
The referral to DOJ was for violation of “one or more criminal statutes.” Contempt of Congress is another matter.
These people—Obama & Co.—like to have it both ways: here this 32 year veteran federal political hack started running her mouth telling her story, then when her string and the little plastic ring wound up again into her back she wanted to clam up. She was called to testify so we could find out what happened here.
If a witness herself elects to waive her privilege of self-incrimination and discloses her criminal connections, she is not permitted to stop, but must go on and make a full disclosure. In other words, a party like Lerner who voluntarily takes the witness stand in her own behalf waives the privilege against compulsory self-incrimination.
This is typical hubris/arrogance from the `hope and change’ gang. Now she’s hoisted ... and the `pubs will make her run a feather pillow gauntlet.
She’s going to try and take it to the judicial system. Wonder if the House has gonads enough to tell the courts to butt out.
“..is boner going to write her a stern letter?..”
He might cry a bit... he’s good at it.
Yep. What else would be done. This nation is a banana republic.
If the House of Representatives votes to hold her in criminal contempt, the contempt citation is referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for prosecution. However the U.S. Attorney is a left wing Democrat appointed by Barack Obama (as are all 93 U.S. Attorneys Obama appointees).
The U.S. Attorney can refer the contempt citation to a Grand Jury and the penalties, if convicted, can be one month to one year imprisonment and a fine of $100 to $1000.
Eric WithHolder will not prosecute IRS Gangster Lois Lerner, of course, and even if he did, Barack Al-Obama would likely pardon her for her Federal crimes. But, can she be prosecuted in any STATE courts??
Ol’ Uncle Jemima looks good in stripes.
He’s a marked man at this point!!
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s purpose is to investigate abuses, etc., BY GOVERNMENT.
Questions for Issa to pursue:
1) By what authority did Cummings use taxpayer-funded Committee staff to investigate the internal operations of a private group, which was not then involved otherwise in matter before the Committee?
2) If Cummings claims it was “official business”, he must explain exactly what, and why it was kept secret.
Surely Cummings actions were illegal, and a violation of House rules. Issa is milking this for political points, but I want formal charges for specific violations.
Boy, a thousand dollar fine, that’ll teach her huh.
She probably has shoes that cost that much.