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House Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress
Wa Po ^ | 5/7/14 | ed o'keefe

Posted on 05/07/2014 9:37:46 PM PDT by Lmo56

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the agency's special targeting of groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names that were seeking tax-exempt status.

On a 231 to 187 vote, the House approved a contempt citation against Lois G. Lerner, whose admission last year that the tax-enforcement agency had targeted conservative groups infuriated lawmakers in both parties, led to an overhaul of the IRS and Lerner's eventual retirement from government service.

Six Democrats -- a band of moderates and others facing difficult reelection challenges -- joined with all voting Republicans to approve the contempt charge.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: contemptofcongress; irs; irsscandal; lerner
Pelosi skipped the vote to go to a fundraiser ...
1 posted on 05/07/2014 9:37:46 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Lmo56

2 posted on 05/07/2014 9:38:47 PM PDT by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Democrat_media

Easy answer is Putin. But none of them have dared accuse him of “hatred of a black man”.


3 posted on 05/07/2014 9:39:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Lmo56

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4 posted on 05/07/2014 9:41:34 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Lmo56

I can hear the liberal howling now...


5 posted on 05/07/2014 9:42:35 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Lmo56

When does the Capital Police SWAT Team enforce the order??

SHOW OF HANDS:
How many think....

1) She flees to another country to avoid Testifying.

2) She has an “accident”.


6 posted on 05/07/2014 9:43:05 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: tcrlaf
She has an “accident”

She always wanted to see Ft. Marcy Park ...

7 posted on 05/07/2014 9:44:49 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Lmo56

If you’re a baseball player rumored to have taken steroids, you’ll be under the kleig lights for over one year.

A single loose, foolish statement in a private phone call, and you can lose a basketball team.

But if you steal an election an terrorize people purely for political reasons, then you might get off, Scott-free.

At the very least you can show up, make a long, high-handed defensive statement, and then turn around and plead the fifth.

Following the law is just for the Little People?

We shall see.


8 posted on 05/07/2014 9:47:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: mylife
Liberals love to take a solitary Republican vote and call it bipartisan. Six Democrats voting for contempt will make it harder for Democrats to say that this was partisan.

Don't get me wrong, I fully expect them to try. Hypocrisy is not a problem for Democrats.

-PJ

9 posted on 05/07/2014 10:00:52 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Barber, Barrow (GA), McIntyre, Murphy (FL), Peterson, and Rahall are the dims voting for it.


10 posted on 05/07/2014 10:18:24 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: gaijin

Pretty much. Until Blubbering Boehner is replaced nothing will happen.


11 posted on 05/07/2014 10:29:01 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: Lmo56

Anyone think Holder will prosecute?


12 posted on 05/07/2014 10:48:21 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Lmo56

About damn time. Now what?


13 posted on 05/07/2014 10:53:26 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: gaijin

Oh-oh-oh-oh, boy is she in deep doo-doo now.


14 posted on 05/07/2014 11:16:36 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: biff

nope

Holder will not prosecute her unless he loses on purpose


15 posted on 05/07/2014 11:19:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

I forgot the /s


16 posted on 05/07/2014 11:41:29 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: tcrlaf
2) She has an “accident”.

Slip-n-fall just inside the door of her jet?


18 posted on 05/07/2014 11:41:59 PM PDT by 867V309 (GOPe? NOPe!)
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To: biff

I thought so

I just nuked it from orbit to be sure


19 posted on 05/07/2014 11:44:04 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Lmo56

Oh wow, I’ll just bet Lois and the Dems are shaking in their boots! Not!

Boehner is probably already in the fetal position.

Sorry, but not one thing is going to happen, and the Dems know it!


20 posted on 05/08/2014 12:28:21 AM PDT by Artcore
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To: Lmo56
Six Democrats -- a band of moderates and others facing difficult reelection challenges -- joined with all voting Republicans to approve the contempt charge.

Bipartisan agreement!

21 posted on 05/08/2014 1:59:52 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: GeronL

If I understand Congress’ power correctly, under a Contempt of Congress order, it has the power to incarcerate the person cited until such time as they decide to release him, the person testifies, or the current Congressional session ends. The next session has the power to do it all over again.

In that regard, there is no Holder to this, really. It is beyond his purview and powers, IMO.


22 posted on 05/08/2014 3:11:16 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Lmo56
led to an overhaul of the IRS

OVERHAUL?

They must be taking about the new IRS decision to make persecution of conservatives approved policy.

Or maybe they refer to the salary bonuses that were handed out to all the IRS employees who used the IRS to persecute the Tea Party and other patriots.


23 posted on 05/08/2014 4:14:17 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Malaysia Flight MH370 Black Box signals reported in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: Lmo56

——former-—

Last I heard she is still salaried but doing nothing


24 posted on 05/08/2014 4:18:17 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Lmo56

This is a nothing-burger. It doesn’t even rise to the level of kabuki theater. Your establishment isn’t going to do anything. Not because they are spineless and gutless. It’s because they fully intend to preserve this power to use against their political enemies when the red wing of the one govermnet party gets it’s turn. And those enemies aren’t liberals...it’s you.


25 posted on 05/08/2014 4:26:11 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Lmo56
Sending Lerner to the slammer as quickly as possible should send fear to the rest of the lying libtard crooks that the Republicans finally mean business.
I'm jazzed that Trey Gowdy will chair the Benghazi select committee.
He's sharp as a tack (unlike the dolt Obama), quick, brilliant, relentless, fearless, and a Patriot.
26 posted on 05/08/2014 4:38:36 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: bert

No, she actually retired while she was out on “administrative leave”


27 posted on 05/08/2014 4:52:41 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Lmo56

And?...

She’s not in the slammer?

“It is tale told by an idiot,
Full of sound and fury.
Signifying nothing.”


28 posted on 05/08/2014 5:01:32 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Lmo56
“House Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress”

BIG Freaking Deal, so what, nothing will happen.

29 posted on 05/08/2014 5:31:11 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Amagi

Count on a Democrat smear campaign against Trey Gowdy. Guaranteed.

Its intensity & shrillness will be the direct gauge of the effectiveness of his investigation.

It starts with his being a conservative white Southerner from a red Southern state. Automatic “racist” there.

Cong. James Clyburn (Doofus-SC) will charge him with racism, since Hillary is married to America’s first black president. And it will only go downhill from there.

Question: which will the House Democrats do - boycott the Gowdy committee with a showy walkout, or will Snaredrum Face Pelosi appoint some real clowns & troublemakers to turn the proceedings into a circus?

Think Elijah Cummings times five.


30 posted on 05/08/2014 5:48:07 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: GeronL
Anyone think Holder will prosecute?

If there is no evidence that he was involved and to take the heat off of himself for FF then maybe.

31 posted on 05/08/2014 7:21:24 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Gaffer
The resolution that was voted on and passed refers the citation to the US Attorney for DC for consideration. From H. Rept. 113-415 ...
There is no constitutional impediment to (i) the Committee approving a resolution recommending that the full House hold Ms. Lerner in contempt of Congress; (ii) the full House approving a resolution holding Ms. Lerner in contempt of Congress; (iii) if such resolutions are approved, the Speaker certifying the matter to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, pursuant to 2 U.S.C. S:194; and (iv) a grand jury indicting, and the United States Attorney prosecuting, Ms. Lerner under 2 U.S.C. S:192.
I do agree that Congress could act just as you outlined. The majority in the House chose not to. The text of H.Res.574 is ...
House Resolution 574

Resolved, That because Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, offered a voluntary statement in testimony before the Committee, was found by the Committee to have waived her Fifth Amendment Privilege, was informed of the Committee's decision of waiver, and continued to refuse to testify before the Committee, Ms. Lerner shall be found to be in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a congressional subpoena.

Resolved, That pursuant to 2 U.S.C. Sec. 192 and 194, the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall certify the report of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, detailing the refusal of Ms. Lerner to testify before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as directed by subpoena, to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, to the end that Ms. Lerner be proceeded against in the manner and form provided by law.

Resolved, That the Speaker of the House shall otherwise take all appropriate action to enforce the subpoena.


32 posted on 05/08/2014 7:35:44 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

Their power to imprison is implied under the term “inherent contempt”, the power to imprison which has been confirmed by at least two Supreme Court Cases. It really rests in the ability of the House Leadership to grow some gonads and stiffen up them jelly spines.


33 posted on 05/08/2014 8:57:46 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Iron Munro

You beat me to it - and you’re right !


34 posted on 05/08/2014 12:44:03 PM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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