Skip to comments.DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner
Posted on 04/01/2015 1:26:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Justice Department will not seek criminal contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure in a scandal that erupted over whether the tax agency improperly targeted conservative political groups.
Ronald Machen, the former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a seven-page letter this week that he would not bring a criminal case to a grand jury over Lerners refusal to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March 2014. The House approved a criminal contempt resolution against Lerner in May 2014, and Machens office has been reviewing the issue since then.
Lerner and other IRS officials, however, are still under investigation by the FBI for the tea party targeting matter which is a separate probe entirely.
Lerner cited her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself during congressional testimony on March 5, 2014, although then-Oversight Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said she had waived that right by giving an opening statement at a hearing 10 months earlier when she asserted her innocence. Issa wanted her charged by the Justice Department with criminal contempt of Congress for failing to answer questions about her role in the scandal.
Machen said the Oversight Committee followed proper procedures in telling Lerner that it had rejected her claim of privilege and gave her an adequate opportunity to answer the committees questions.
However, Machen said DOJ lawyers determined that Lerner did not waive her Fifth Amendment right by making an opening statement on May 22, 2013, because she made only a general claims of innocence.
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Lois could be tossing 3 year olds off the IRS building and the DOJ would give her a pass.
Chicago Street gangs would give her a pass too...
This is the FUNNIEST April Fool’s Day story yet!
I am shocked and chagrined, mortified and magnified. This is outrageous. It’s stupefying, slanderous, and salacious....
” I am shocked and chagrined, mortified and magnified. This is outrageous. Its stupefying, slanderous, and salacious....”
But how do you REALLY feel ?
Nope. Honor among thieves.
I am shocked! SHOCKED I TELL YOU!
The Justice Department — there is no such thing.
The Progressive Liberal Democrat Communist Party hierarchy protects their own and only their own, anyone on the outside is subject to gov’t wrath, those inside gain protection as well as immunity, it is much like a mafia style protection racket, the IRS (Lerner had no fear) being the main enforcer along with all other gov’t bureaucratic organizations.
Well, as long as they were 3 yr old white conservative children.
There’s us, who are guilty of the littlest infractions, and then there’s Them, who are above all suspicion and guilt.
After all, didn’t God in Heaven anoint them to rule over us?
We are their puppets and slaves ... media included!
I am shocked and chagrined, mortified and magnified. This is outrageous. Its stupefying, slanderous, and salacious....
I am flabbergasted.
That it took this long for DOJ to dismiss charges.
yep, ‘America’ a Stranger in our Arms ....?
I would continue to drag her before Congress. I would do everything I could under the guise of a hearing to ruin her life and bankrupt her financially. I would make her take the 5th a hundred more times.
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