Skip to comments.House to Vote in May on Holding IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt
Posted on 04/25/2014 1:08:10 PM PDT by smoothsailing
April 25, 2014
John D. McKinnon
The House of Representatives will vote in May to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, a move that likely will fan the ongoing controversy over IRS targeting of conservative groups.
House GOP leaders made their plans known on Friday in a memo outlining their priorities for the month.
The vote to hold Ms. Lerner in contempt could have more immediate impact. The IRS controversy already has become a rallying cry for the GOP conservative base heading into the 2014 election campaign.
In the meantime, the contempt vote could put the Obama administration in an awkward spot.
The law says that if the House or Senate votes to hold someone in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena, the matter is referred to the local U.S. attorney. It is then the duty of the U.S. attorney to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action, according to the statute.
The Department of Justice recently has declined to take contempt cases to a grand jury where executive branch officials asserted executive privilege. But this case involves the Fifth Amendment, not executive privilege, raising a difficult question for the department.
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They’re WAY behind the times.
I’ve held Lois Lerner in contempt ever since I first heard her speak.
What’s the rush?
This ‘prosecution’ against the misuse of the IRS is proceeding at a pace that makes a Glacier resemble a meteor!
This is being draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaged out by hidden RINOs for hidden reasons.
It should be done, but it’s only symbolic. The current corrupt ‘justice’ department will not prosecute her.
In a few months, she will get a high-paying low-effort job, thanks to the dem party.
The closer to the mid-terms, the better IMHO
In May they’ll decide to delay the vote until February.
In what way is it "difficult" for them? It's quite simple, really. The Holder DOJ has failed to follow the law before; and the Holder DOJ will continue to break the law.
I agree with you. I like the picture of dems being forced to defend a lawless IRS agent just before an election.
I’m all set to vote right now on demonstrating my complete and utter contempt for the House of “Representatives”.
What a worthless collection of reprobates, liars, cretins and vermin they are.
Too bad that Todd Beemer and his pals didn’t just stay in their seats.
Another worthless contempt charge handed out by a worthless Congress?
Are they going to hold their breath until then?
What’s taking so long?
What if only a distant U.S. attorney is available?
Way too little and WAY too late.
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The lights are set on extra low and the smoke machines are running 24/7 in those back rooms. Oh, to be a fly on the wall. THIS is where it gets interesting. Up till now has been just fluff. Now, the rubber will meet the road.
I do so hope the pubbies slam her but good, preferably into prison for 10-15 years.
We have GOT to stop letting these sleazy slime bags do horrible things and get away with just a mild slap on the back of the hand.
Way past time for a hangin’ judge.
Great pic smooth.
Which May? May of 2999? Or May on 5590?
In the year 2525
Close enough. Don’t want to rush things. A better solution, in my opinion, would be to put out the word that she has something that would be damaging on Hillary. And let nature take its course.
Hell, what's the holdup?
If that’s all we can get, ok. But it would be a better picture for her to be sentenced and doing a perp walk by then.
they should have done it on April 15.
“Whats the rush?”
Exactly. I can’t get excited by a move that is so dispassionate and measured that it can be put off for weeks and weeks.
Molasses moves faster in the winter.
Yep, so what?
A contempt charge is toothless and meaningless.
But if nobody reports it...