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Posted on 05/11/2014 8:07:02 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Boehner: House won't arrest Lerner
By Russell Berman - 05/11/14 10:53 AM EDT
The House has held Lois Lerner in contempt, but it wont use its power to place the former IRS official under arrest, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said on Sunday.
Under a precedent affirmed by the Supreme Court, each chamber of Congress can authorize its sergeant-at-arms to detain individuals it holds in contempt. But Boehner said on "Fox News Sunday" that he has no interest in doing that with Lerner, whom the House last week voted to hold in contempt over her refusal to testify about her role in the IRSs targeting of conservative groups.
Im not sure we want to go down that path, Boehner said. Its never been used, he said of the provision allowing Congress to arrest individuals and place them in the Capitol jail. The Senate has in fact used that power, but not in the last 80 years. Im not sure that its an appropriate way to go about this, Boehner said.
The contempt charge has been referred to the Justice Department, and Boehner said it is up to Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Lerner.
Now will he do it? We dont know, but the ball is in his court, Boehner said.
The U.S. attorneys office in Washington has said it is reviewing the referral. Lerner has repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, but the House contends she waived that right by defending herself in an opening statement at a House hearing last year before she refused to answer questions from lawmakers.
So it’s like getting a speeding ticket.
“up to Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Lerner.”
No, not him, the US Attorney in DC SHALL bring the matter before the appropriate court for consideration.
The Republicans simply do not have the power to render justice to Obama’s commissars. The commissars know they will be protected by Obama and Holder. Boehner needs to be more creative.
I never expected them to.
Ok....then can they waterboard her instead.../ s
Just another example of why no matter how many conservatives are elected over RINOs/GOPEs, if the leadership doesn't change not much else will.
Excellent strategy. /sarc
Tell them EXACTLY where and when you will retreat and cower.
“Timeline for withdraw” and all that...
And we need to remind both parties that we will continue to demand justice after the elections so they may as well get with it.
Too often things like this have been allowed to slide down the memory hole because we won and the urgency went away.
Par for a gutless coward RINO.
Not quite. With a ticket, the odds are high you will pay something.
More like a written warning AKA a frig’en joke
Dumbass GOP tips its hand again...
Just couldn’t leave that uncertainty out there, could you, Boehner?
Why not? Are you afraid? Stupid question, yes you are.
So, Speaker Boner, if I guess that Holder won't do a thing about it (and I KNOW that I will be correct), does that mean you will resign? After all, if I, a nobody, bests you on political insight, maybe you ought to get lost.
Actually, he's orange.
Well of course not. This was a manufactured joke from the beginning. Issa and the GOPe only do this crap they pull to get us to vote for them.
Conservatives only or NOTHING. I don’t care WHO that helps or hurts. Do ... not ... care.
Okay. So now we know that the FBI is afraid of Obama’s IRS and will not arrest anyone for breaking the law with their attacks against the American people. Now we see the GOP is also afraid of Barry’s IRS and is not going to arrest anyone for breaking the law. Don’t tell me that ObamaCare is “the law of the land”. Same goes for “gun control.” I don’t want to hear it. We don’t do laws in America anymore.
John “No Balls” Boehner.
Just when I don’t think Boner could say anything stupider, he does.
Hasn’t Holder already been held in contempt of Congress?
It seems to me he’s the one who should be arrested.
However twisted, immoral and socialist the Democrat party is, at least their base is confident that they have elected people who are not afraid to DO SOMETHING.
The conservatives in this country are stuck with the party of strongly worded letters, surrender, capitulation and raw steaks held to the eye.
The kids that get’s his lunch money stolen from the school bully every day knows that he is morally straight, but that is little consultation when he goes hungry every day. Until he stands up and fights back, he is just a victim and a sucker.
I’m so sick of getting beat up on the playground
No surprise here. This the same Boner that presides over a GOP-e contingent that voted to continue funding OBAMACARE. America does NOT have two political parties.
Not that anything else is expected of either Congress, Boehner, or Holder. No, Holder won’t prosecute Lerner anymore than Congress will detain her—only difference is Boehner is un-motivated because of fear, Holder is motivated because he perceives he is in control.
Revolt is coming.
Add the motivation for Holder of loving evil.
Color me surprised, right?
Not at all, with a speeding ticket you actually face a penalty.
The fact that he "don't know" that the arch-criminal running DOJ will piss on the contempt charge is the reason he won't be SOTH for much longer.
Americans are fed up with the lawlessness in DC and failure to hold the political class accountable for criminal activity.
No consequences for wrongdoing means more wrongdoing.....
Does anybody know when was the last time the house ordered someone held and actually did it?
Why am I not surprised? This guy is worthless, gutless, and ball-less. What a major, huge disappointment.
Unlike so many here that were sooooo excited over this contempt vote......it got a big yawn out of me. I knew it would mean nothing.
Now watch the committee hearings on Benghazi. Its all just red meat. Yawn.
How nice for Lerner.
She had no problem threatening ordinary Americans with arrest, huge fines, jail and even violence if they did not cooperate.
She tried to bankrupt them with legal demands, entrap them with arcane rules, and investigate the smallest aspect of their lives.
But Boner is worried about looking mean and maybe upsetting women.
Ask the Engelbrechts how they feel about that.
-- Abraham Lincoln (and others)
A Boner with no balls.
When dealing with people who terrorize the American public, you need to keep all options on the table.
I can’t find that anyone has ever been physically held in contempt of congress.
And if you add on to that....they have to deal with Holder. Seriously!? Why anyone expected anything to happen is beyond me.
So says John "Poker Face" Boehner - but wrongly.
Even the NY Times knows more about congress than the Republican congressional leader:
"Congress Has a Way of Making Witnesses Speak: Its Own Jail In 1795, shortly after the Constitution was ratified, the House ordered its sergeant at arms to arrest and detain two men accused of trying to bribe members of Congress. The House held a trial and convicted one of them.
In 1821, the Supreme Court upheld Congresss right to hold people in contempt and imprison them. Without this power, the court ruled, Congress would be exposed to every indignity and interruption, that rudeness, caprice, or even conspiracy, may mediate against it. Later, in a 1927 case arising from the Teapot Dome scandal, the court upheld the Senates arrest of the brother of a former attorney general carried out in Ohio by the deputy sergeant at arms for ignoring a subpoena to testify."
Here’s the NY Times on it when there was a Republican administration:
After the CIC and AG are in prison, then we can discuss who’s next.
Once again boner proves he is no boner. Limp.
No we don’t. We have the “red short blue shirt” uniparty. The only difference is that, quite a number of the “blue shirts” are true believers in their marxist totalitarian vision, and will work day and night to enforce it. The “red shirt” side just wants to protect its perks and local power, and will cave on every plank in the platform to do so. They don’t care if they don’t attain the majority for purposes of directing the course of the country, they just want to protect their personal power and position.
No, more like jaywalking. A speeding ticket has more consequences.
So why bother. Might as well erect a statue of her for all the good the contempt citation does.
Of course, my contempt for Congress is unending. Just think, we are paying EACH AND EVERY MEMBER of Congress $174k/yr. plus benefits. And they enrich themselves on insider trading. And THEY DO NOTHING.
Exactly. Holder at DOJ places politics above the law and now so does Boehner.
Not only is Obama lawless, so are Boehner and McConnell.