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Steny Hoyer urges Dems to oppose Lois Lerner contempt
Politico ^ | 5-5-2014 | Lauren French

Posted on 05/05/2014 8:10:59 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Steny Hoyer urges Dems to oppose Lois Lerner contempt

By LAUREN FRENCH | 5/5/14 2:00 PM EDT

House Democratic leaders are urging their members to vote against holding former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on Monday.

The Maryland Democrat said leadership would oppose the contempt vote, which is scheduled to reach the House floor this week, on grounds that it is “political messaging.”

Lerner, who retired from the IRS last fall, was responsible for the agency division that targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny as they sought a tax exemption. She has repeatedly refused to answer questions from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s panel, prompting the contempt vote.

"We’re going to express our opposition certainly to the Lerner [vote],” Hoyer said.

Speaker John Boehner has previously said Lerner would face a contempt vote as long as she refused to testify and Republicans are hoping a court will determine that she waived her Fifth Amendment right not to self-incriminate after giving a short speech before the Oversight Committee last May.

Hoyer said he predicts any court will side with Lerner. “People want to read the Constitution right up until the time it makes them uncomfortable with providing people with the rights that they don’t think they ought to have,” he said. “I think if it passes, the courts will sustain Ms. Lerner’s claim of Fifth Amendment privileges.”


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1 posted on 05/05/2014 8:10:59 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

the entire Democrat Party is contemptuous.
They need to be banned , outlawed , rounded up and put in camps . Infrastructure projects you know .....


2 posted on 05/05/2014 8:17:11 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: smoothsailing

The long line of democrats in congress outside Lerner’s door hoping to sick her agency on their enemies is long. Nobody wants that side of the story coming out.


3 posted on 05/05/2014 8:18:58 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

Once the country collapses, I’m pretty sure that in whatever lawless hell remains, they will be.


4 posted on 05/05/2014 8:20:31 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: smoothsailing

Steny and his commie ‘RATS are circling the wagons. The most “transparent administration ever” has turned out to be the most corrupt.


5 posted on 05/05/2014 8:20:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: LeoWindhorse
the entire Democrat Party is contemptuous just like the Soprano gang.
6 posted on 05/05/2014 8:23:56 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Norm Lenhart

If they live that long. Paybacks are a be-yotch.


7 posted on 05/05/2014 8:24:55 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

They’re showing their dirty underbelly now. They reek of desperation.


8 posted on 05/05/2014 8:27:50 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

What!!! I thought you’d boycott this issue also. /s


9 posted on 05/05/2014 8:37:48 PM PDT by QT3.14
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To: QT3.14

LOL. It would be more fun if they’d stage a walkout and then run off to Maryland and hide. B^)


10 posted on 05/05/2014 8:42:21 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Par for the course for Damocrats and Hoyer. Contempt for them is not strong enough


11 posted on 05/05/2014 9:08:47 PM PDT by falcon99
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To: smoothsailing

there must be emails connecting Hoyer to Learner, DOJ and the Whitehouse then.


12 posted on 05/05/2014 9:21:30 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: RginTN

Through Elijah Cummings, most likely. He and Hoyer are top dogs in the Maryland delegation.


13 posted on 05/05/2014 9:24:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

“If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous. And there’s no place for it,” Obama told reporters.

“And they have to be held fully accountable. Because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they’re ... applying the laws in a nonpartisan way.”

MAY 2013


14 posted on 05/05/2014 9:56:02 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: LeoWindhorse

The drumbeat that needs to be started — because it’s completely true — is that Barack Obama has DESTROYED the traditional Democrat Party. The mainstream press has lately been presenting articles about division amongst “Republicans” and “Tea Party Conservatives” in the 2014 elections. Don’t let them get away with that.

The big story should be how many “traditional” Democrats realize their party has become some sort of Fascist/Communist group they NEVER would have belonged to if given the choice. If you read the “mainstream” — ie: Democrat — media these days, you can tell how much their “Republican” vs. “Tea Party” stories mask their growing awareness that what Barack Obama has wrought does not, and will not, appeal to the “traditional” Democrat base. They’re in BIG trouble.


15 posted on 05/05/2014 9:56:05 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: smoothsailing

The RATs own the federal bureaucracy. Of course they aren’t going to go against their own.


16 posted on 05/05/2014 10:48:22 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Don't give up! The liberals are buggering and aborting themselves into extinction.)
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To: smoothsailing

What are you guys hiding, Steny?


17 posted on 05/06/2014 1:37:00 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: smoothsailing

as IF the Communist Dems needed any urging to do this...duh!


18 posted on 05/06/2014 3:38:23 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: smoothsailing

The article left a significant piece of information!

Correction:
“House Democratic leaders are urging their members to vote against holding Internal Revenue Service official Comrade Lois Lerner in contempt”


19 posted on 05/06/2014 3:49:05 AM PDT by Rock N Jones
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To: Rock N Jones

Thanks Steny for reminding me why you continue to make my top 10 most hated CommuRats list.


20 posted on 05/06/2014 4:53:56 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Steny sold his soul a long time ago. He hasn’t a “smidgen” of integrity left IMHO


21 posted on 05/06/2014 4:54:37 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: smoothsailing

The Democrats have turned the United States Government into a criminal organization and they are defying anyone to do anything about it. This is a far cry from the occasional shady deal that has been done by individual politicians since time immemorial. This is an entire party’s decision to seize power and then sell the use of that power to the highest bidder. One of the first steps is to destroy those who do not cooperate with them.

They are not just protecting Lois Lerner, they don’t really care about her. But, there are many Lois Lerners out there doing the Democrats bidding and they are worth protecting.


22 posted on 05/06/2014 5:06:14 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: smoothsailing

It is apparent they have EVERYTHING to hide.


23 posted on 05/06/2014 8:55:16 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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