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Stockman files motion ordering the arrest of Lois Lerner
Rep Steve Stockman ^ | 7/10/2014 | Steve Stockman

Posted on 07/10/2014 6:25:35 PM PDT by markomalley

Democrats endorse arrest powers: “I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day” Pelosi said just days ago

> CNN, New York Times also endorse the House’s power to arrest

 

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman Thursday filed a resolution directing the House Sergeant-At-Arms to arrest former IRS Director of the Exempt Organizations Unit Lois Lerner on charges of contempt of Congress.

“Asking the Justice Department to prosecute Lois Lerner for admittedly illegal activity is a joke.  The Obama administration will not prosecute the Obama administration.  How much longer will the House allow itself to be mocked?  It is up to this House to uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those who illegally targeted American citizens for simply having different ideas than the President,” said Stockman.

“Democrats have openly stated the House has the powers to arrest those in contempt of Congress and imprison them in the Capitol.  I don’t want to go as far as Democrats in exercising the House’s powers to arrest.  Ms. Lerner will be held in the D.C. jail,” said Stockman.

Under the resolution Lerner would be held in the D.C. jail and would have full legal rights and access to an attorney.

“It’s time to for House to stop tacitly endorsing this administration’s illegal activity by refusing to hold him accountable.  I expect Democrats to defend and even praise criminal activity.  The question is whether Republican leadership will join them in mocking the House and breaking the law,” said Stockman.

Contempt of Congress is a criminal offense (Act of January 24, 1857, Ch. 19, sec. 1, 11 Stat. 155.)  Congress’ power to hold someone in contempt has been recognized by the United States Supreme Court four times.

Democrats admit the House has the power to arrest those in contempt of Congress.  “I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,” former House Speaker and current House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi told The Huffington Post just days ago, on June 20.  “I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol. If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him.”

CNN has also recognized Congress’ power to arrest those in contempt of Congress, going so far in 2008 as to televise potential locations where Rove would be held.

The New York Times also recognizes the House’s power to arrest. 

“From the Republic’s earliest days, Congress has had the right to hold recalcitrant witnesses in contempt — and even imprison them — all by itself. 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,” the Times wrote in a Dec. 4, 2007 editorial.

“In 1821, the Supreme Court upheld Congress’s 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 Senate’s 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,” the Times wrote.

The text of the resolution, H.Res. 664, follows.

Providing for the arrest of Lois G. Lerner to answer the charge of contempt of Congress

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mr. STOCKMAN submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on ______________

RESOLUTION

Providing for the arrest of Lois G. Lerner to answer the charge of contempt of Congress

Whereas Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, has been found to be in contempt of Congress for willfully and intentionally refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, thereby obstructing the Congress in the lawful exercise of its constitutionally mandated legislative powers; and,

Whereas such behavior is an insult to the dignity of the House of Representatives, an attack upon the integrity of its proceedings, works violence upon the rights of the House collectively, and therefore implicates the long-recognized inherent power of the House to punish and commit for contempt, privileged under the Constitution; and,

Whereas recent history with similarly contumacious and insolent witnesses such as Eric Himpton Holder, Junior, strongly suggests that the present statutory judicial rubric set up to punish and reform such insubordinate and obstructionist witnesses would be ineffective in this case, as it is likely that the US Attorney for the District of Columbia would refuse to perform his lawful duty to bring the offending contemnor Lerner before a Grand Jury and prosecute the same for her misconduct pursuant to section 104 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 194) and section 102 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 192); and,

Whereas the executive and judicial branches’ prolonged and dawdling failure to prosecute Attorney General Holder’s insolent contempt of the 112th Congress strongly suggests that a like proceeding against contemnor Lerner would be similarly futile, and the threat of such prosecution has clearly been insufficient to encourage contemnor Lerner to be honest and candid with the Congress regarding the heinous actions of the Internal Revenue Service;

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Speaker issue his warrant, directed to the Sergeant-at-Arms, or his deputy, commanding him to arrest and take into custody forthwith, wherever to be found, the body of Lois G. Lerner, and bring her to the bar of the House without delay to answer to the charge of contempt of its authority, breach of its privileges, and gross and wanton insult to the integrity of its proceedings, and in the meantime keep the body of Lerner in his custody in the common jail of the District of Columbia, subject to the further order of the House. While in custody, Lerner shall enjoy no special privileges beyond those extended to her fellow inmates, shall not access any computer or telephone, and shall not be visited by anyone other than her counsel, clergy, physician, or family.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: fascism; gettherope; impeachnow; irs; loislerner; stevestockman; texas

1 posted on 07/10/2014 6:25:35 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Popcorn please. And not that cheap microwave stuff...


2 posted on 07/10/2014 6:26:58 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: markomalley

Oh to see her CLAPPED IN CHAINS and hauled off, wailing, to prison..!

And passed around a cell-block, among hardened lezboz like a wrinkled pack of cigarettes..!

HERE is to hoping..!!


3 posted on 07/10/2014 6:28:18 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: markomalley

DC jails are nasty


4 posted on 07/10/2014 6:31:38 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: markomalley

Stockman is awesome. He’s frequently portrayed as a lunatic, but I think he’s basically just a freeper who happens to be in Congress.


5 posted on 07/10/2014 6:31:43 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: markomalley

I want Moochie and Obastard arrested! Lerner is chump change


6 posted on 07/10/2014 6:32:19 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: Viennacon

Holder is next.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 6:38:15 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: markomalley

Now, the million dollar question: will they really arrest Lerner or are they just pissing into the wind?

CC


8 posted on 07/10/2014 6:38:54 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: markomalley

I want her arrested so she can sing like a canary that this white house is responsible for the entire IRS scandal. Lerner was just a good little liberal minion doing Chicago Barry’s dirty work.


9 posted on 07/10/2014 6:39:27 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: markomalley

Really? call my skeptical


10 posted on 07/10/2014 6:44:07 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Sometimes the bum with the sandwich board walking through the crowded streets yelling “The end id nigh!” is really the sane one.

Today? More often than not I think.


11 posted on 07/10/2014 6:44:12 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Fungi

the soldiers will give up the capos, the capos will give up the Don.


12 posted on 07/10/2014 6:44:28 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Bullish
"I want her arrested so she can sing like a canary..."

Me too.

13 posted on 07/10/2014 6:45:19 PM PDT by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Have you seen the film "Watchmen"? or read the graphic novel?

Not to everyone's taste, but there is a bum with a sandwich board that says "The End Is Near". He walks around from time to time, barely noticeable. But he's not who he appears to be and ultimately it's hard to know if he's seriously crazy or seriously sane.

Certainly most of the people in the story are insane, although technically they are quite "normal".

14 posted on 07/10/2014 6:48:00 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Yeah - I want the good old TV Time stuff with popcorn on one side and the tube of grease on the other side.


15 posted on 07/10/2014 6:49:56 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: markomalley

About time appropriate action was taken.


16 posted on 07/10/2014 6:50:10 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: FlJoePa

Roger that!!!


17 posted on 07/10/2014 6:50:39 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: markomalley

“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,”

What stopped her? She’d have done the Tea Party a great service.


18 posted on 07/10/2014 6:53:10 PM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: Politicalkiddo

Too true...


19 posted on 07/10/2014 6:55:48 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: markomalley
Resolved, That the Speaker issue his warrant,...

Like that will happen.

20 posted on 07/10/2014 6:58:31 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: ClearCase_guy

Read the GN a while back. We need a Dr. Manhattan.


21 posted on 07/10/2014 6:59:16 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: VR-21
It's totally ridiculous for anyone to think that Lerner and the IRS cooked this whole conspiracy up on their own, but of course, that's what the regime wants us to believe. The only thing that makes sense is that they were doing this at the request of the president. That's what happened here and the truth needs to come out. The American people should be out in the streets in front of the WH and DOJ demanding justice.

If Lois Lerner wants to give up her freedom and her life for this tyrannical Kenyan puke then so be it. Let's give her the option and see what she chooses.

22 posted on 07/10/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: markomalley

As Snoop Doggy Dog might say, “Do the Bitch” or was that Mayor For Life Marion Barry after he was arrested for using crack and eating some?


23 posted on 07/10/2014 7:02:01 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: markomalley

Lerner may be armed and dangerous. Those with a warrant to arrest her should be prepared to protect themselves.

Set tasers on maximum stun... or let the dogs loose.


24 posted on 07/10/2014 7:02:22 PM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: Carl Vehse

Yeah, flash bang middle of the night. Quit resisting. She came at us.


25 posted on 07/10/2014 7:11:27 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob
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To: Politicalkiddo

“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,”

What stopped her? She’d have done the Tea Party a great service.


Can she still?


26 posted on 07/10/2014 7:13:06 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: markomalley

Lois Lerner in her natural habitat.


27 posted on 07/10/2014 7:19:17 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Viennacon; All
"I want Moochie and Obastard arrested!"

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28 posted on 07/10/2014 7:26:35 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Celtic Conservative

.....”will they really arrest Lerner or are they just pissing into the wind?”.......

History clearly answers that question.


29 posted on 07/10/2014 7:32:07 PM PDT by caww
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To: markomalley
I've written and called and written and called every representative, state/federal I can pleading with them to do something...anything.

Our gubbamint is a freakin joke with the exception of a few.

Damn, citizens are trying their level best to do things the right way, legally, nonviolent.

For all that is holy...someone in gubbamint do SOMETHING! Stop pontificating and take some action.
>Congress,defund Obozo’s agencies....EPA,TSA,DHS,IRS,ABC,LMNOP.
>Congress, file articles of impeachment.
>State officials...FIGHT BACK, resist the federal government.
Gimminie Christmas, will someone with some balls stand up and fight for the citizens of this great country.

30 posted on 07/10/2014 8:08:11 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: markomalley

Go Steve go! I’ve had enough of Daryl Issa Kabuki Theatre. Time to break some heads.


31 posted on 07/10/2014 8:08:49 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: markomalley

The HEAD OF THE IRS will have a bit of trouble gaining sympathy from Americans, considering who she is and what she did.

The Republicans will still likely chicken-out, but if they don’t - the president may regret what happens next.


32 posted on 07/10/2014 8:31:56 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Bullish
"It's totally ridiculous for anyone to think that Lerner and the IRS cooked this whole conspiracy up on their own,..."

I'm inclined to agree, BO would certainly orchestrate something like this, or possibly the vile, Rasputin-like Valerie Jarrett. There is no question but that the Obama administration is a criminal syndicate. There is another possibility that can't be overlooked though, and that is the politicized bureaucratic leviathan that has quietly but inexorably developed over the decades. Many people simply don't understand the fact that the left is conspiratorial by nature, and when they come into positions of power or authority they bring in others by hiring etc. to buttress their authority and thereby further the leftist cause. The infiltration of the O.S.S., Office of War Information, the State Dept. and other federal government offices during the Roosevelt administration is a very good example. They would migrate from Dept. to Dept. to elude exposure with the help of communists and spies in management roles. Our alphabet bureaucracies are as riven with them now as then, and they lord over us more than many can imagine. The IRS and the EPA with their heavy handed tyranny are good examples of what exists presently. I fear that we've allowed them to coil themselves around us like snakes for many years, and now, regardless of who gets elected or when...there's little if anything to control them. Federally appointed judges and attorneys wreak incredible havoc too.

33 posted on 07/10/2014 9:12:47 PM PDT by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: markomalley

Bump


34 posted on 07/10/2014 9:13:35 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: caww

True enough.

(sigh)

CC


35 posted on 07/10/2014 9:14:43 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: VR-21
your analysis is spot on VR. Communists couldn't destroy us with weapons so they came in the back door and now permeate every level of our govt. They just call themselves "liberals" and "progressives" instead of what they really are.... Communists. Us older people know all about it but young people seem to know nothing about it these days. I'm afraid they're going to have to pay for their ignorance.
36 posted on 07/10/2014 10:28:30 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: servantboy777

Ted Cruz spoke for 21 or so hours to try and fight against obamacare. He was called crazy and ridiculed for it by both parties. That should tell you that nobody’s really on our side in the District of Corruption.

Ted Cruz should be our next president.


37 posted on 07/10/2014 10:34:00 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: Bullish

The law should read that once found in contempt, or a felony, the guilty loses his government job and all pensions and benefits.


38 posted on 07/11/2014 1:06:19 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Article V)
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To: gaijin

“Oh to see her CLAPPED IN CHAINS and hauled off, wailing, to prison..!”

Somehow, I just don’t picture holder doing that-—even if scotus demanded it. After all, the pos pres has a paper and pencil.


39 posted on 07/11/2014 5:39:57 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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