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  • Re-energizing the Authority of Congress

    09/23/2015 1:51:42 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | Larry Huss
    Former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015. For those of you expecting anything near the truth to be outed during this hearing, guess again. The whole structure of the congressional committee hearings is to give the members of Congress an opportunity to bloviate, obfuscate and create campaign sound bites. Nothing is geared toward finding the truth.
  • Sheriff Arpaio says federal judge “hated” him, has been out to get him

    08/11/2015 11:27:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 11, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Judge is pursuing contempt after finding sheriff’s office discriminated against HispanicsMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has petitioned to have the federal judge who’s investigating him kicked off the case, telling an appeals court that Judge G. Murray Snow’s wife admitted to friends that her husband was intent on destroying the Arizona lawman. Judge Snow has been battling Sheriff Arpaio for years, and in 2013 ruled that the Maricopa County department discriminated against Hispanics by targeting them for immigration enforcement. Earlier this year the judge began contempt proceedings, accusing the sheriff of intentionally ignoring his orders — but Sheriff Arpaio says...
  • We Now Know Where Lois Lerner's Emails and Backup Tapes Were Destroyed

    07/31/2015 12:59:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies ^ | July 31, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    There have been dozens of questions surrounding the disappearance of emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS targeting scandal. Some of Lerner's emails have been recovered, after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said under oath they were lost forever. Thousands are still missing. But perhaps the most compelling questions that have been asked since the IRS targeting scandal broke in May 2013 are 1) Exactly where were Lerner's emails and backup tapes destroyed? 2) Who destroyed them? Now, we have an answer. According to Americans for Tax Reform,Lerner's hard drive was...
  • Judge to IRS attorneys: I’m about to charge Koskinen personally with contempt

    07/30/2015 6:15:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has had a bad week. Thanks to his efforts to obstruct a Congressional investigation into the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, House Republicans have demanded his dismissal by Barack Obama, and have threatened to impeach Koskinen if Obama does nothing. On top of that, a federal judge yesterday got fed up with the IRS’ attempts to obstruct a FOIA demand that he threatened to haul Koskinen into court in order to charge him with contempt. It might be a bad week for the IRS’ attorneys, too: During the a status hearing today, Sullivan...
  • DOJ: No contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner

    04/01/2015 1:26:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/01/2015 | By JOHN BRESNAHAN and RACHAEL BADE
    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 Lerner’s 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 Machen’s office has...
  • IRS’s Lois Lerner won’t be charged with contempt

    04/01/2015 1:10:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration informed House Speaker John A. Boehner this week it will not prosecute former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner for contempt of Congress, concluding that she did not waive her Fifth Amendment rights to avoid answering questions when she was called to testify nearly two years ago. Ms. Lerner, the figure at the center of the IRS’s tea party targeting scandal, is still facing investigation over the intrusive scrutiny of conservative groups, but the decision by U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen not to pursue the contempt charge approved by the U.S. House does away with at least some of...
  • Whistle-blower: State Dept. Employees Who Don’t Sign Separation Agreement Face ‘Dire Consequences’

    03/22/2015 9:17:44 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 03/22/2015 | Chris Enloe
    According to the Daily Caller, not signing the “formal separation agreement” (OF-109) upon departing employment at the State Department can have “dire consequences.”These comments come from well known State Department security agent and whistle-blower, Richard Higbie: “Ramifications for lower-level State Department employees include the withholding of retirement benefits and possible investigations conducted by the agency into why employees declined to sign the form, whistle-blower Richard Higbie says.” Per the State Department’s own rules, employees leaving the agency must sign the OF-109 document, certifying that turned over any and all documents in their possession related to any State Department business.If what...
  • Outgoing US attorney hasn't acted on Lerner contempt charge

    03/18/2015 5:16:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-18-15 | Jeesse Byrnes
    Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia appointed by President Obama and set to step down next month, has not acted on a contempt of Congress charge for former IRS official Lois Lerner. Machen, who announced at the beginning of the week he'd step down April 1 to return to private practice, has not referred Lerner's case to a grand jury. Her contempt citation for not testifying at two hearings has been in Machen's hands since May 2014. During Machen's five-year tenure as a top prosecutor, the largest U.S. Attorney's Office was dominated by cases related to...
  • BREAKING: Obama misled Fed. Court, issued amnesty documents. Time for Contempt (ABBOTT)

    03/04/2015 5:49:54 PM PST · by txhurl · 95 replies ^ | 03-04-15 | GREG ABBOTT
    Greg Abbott @GregAbbott_TX · 3h 3 hours ago BREAKING: Obama Admin. misled Fed. Court & issued thousands of amnesty documents illegally. Time for Contempt. #tcot #txlege
  • Brian Williams and Hillary Clinton have demonstrated their contempt for the American people

    02/07/2015 4:58:02 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 39 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 7, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    The New Orleans Advocate reports: "NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who apologized on the air Wednesday night for lying about an experience covering the Iraq War, is now facing scrutiny over his gripping accounts of Hurricane Katrina, the disaster that burnished his nightly news bona fides almost a decade ago. Williams’ account of seeing a body float by in the French Quarter — which remained largely dry — and even a claim of catching dysentery from drinking Katrina floodwaters have raised eyebrows among bloggers and elsewhere since he took it on the chin this week over a claim that he...
  • Trickle Down Hatred and Contempt

    11/13/2014 5:05:09 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/14 | Leigh Bravo
    When we support leaders who use polarization to their own political ends, then it will, one day, be our own beliefs that will be at the receiving end of the trickle down hatred and contempt Trickle down hatred and contempt. Is it real? Is it being used to control us? Where does the buck stop on this issue, or more importantly, where does it begin? We have all heard of trickle down economics, but what about trickle down hatred and contempt? Can a leader set the stage and simply imply by their action or non action, that they will tolerate...
  • Obamacare Architect Exposes Progressive Totalitarianism (Gruber article)

    11/13/2014 6:23:34 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 21 replies
    Front Page ^ | 13NOV2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Professor Jonathan Gruber of MIT, who designed the Affordable Care Act, used to be the symbol of the Democrats’ technocratic bona fides, and an example of how big government with its “scientific” experts can solve social and economic problems from health care to a warming planet. Yet a recently publicized video of remarks he made at a panel in 2013, along with 2 other videos in the same vein, has now made him the poster child of the elitist progressives’ contempt for the American people, and their sacrifice of prudence and reason to raw political power. In the video Gruber...
  • Lawmakers’ lawyers suggest fines, jail time for Eric Holder for contempt

    10/03/2014 9:38:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 3, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Attorney General Eric Holder should be held in contempt of court for refusing to release “Fast and Furious” documents in line with a judge’s order — and even given jail time if necessary, lawmakers said. Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to fine Mr. Holder if he doesn’t comply with her own order issued back in August — the one where she said he couldn’t claim executive privilege to keep private certain documents related to the federal gun-running program, “Operation Fast and Furious,” Politico reported. Mr. Holder was supposed...
  • Contempt of Congress case against Holder will proceed

    09/25/2014 1:14:42 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    A federal judge earlier this week ruled that the Justice Department will have to begin submitting documents next month related to the botched Fast and Furious gun operation in a case brought by Judicial Watch. “I don’t think it’s any coincidence he’s resigning as the courts are ruling the Fast and Furious information has to be released,”
  • Attkisson: Obama Admin Refusing to Tell Congress Where Illegal Children Went

    09/03/2014 6:52:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/3/14 | Breitbart TV
    Wednesday on Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show," former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson said the Obama administration is refusing to tell Congress where the ten of thousands of unaccompanied minors who crossed the U.S.-Mexican Border this summer were sent after they were processed though holding centers along the border. Attkisson said the Obama administration seems to be intentionally stonewalling by not answering letters from members of Congress or reporters questions.
  • Holder Attacks Palin: Bad VP Candidate, 'Even Worse Judge' of Impeachment

    07/13/2014 10:35:34 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7/13/14 | breitbart tv
    Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Attorney General Eric Holder blasted former Gov. Sarah Palin's (R-AK) for her call to impeach President Barack Obama by saying, "She wasn't a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She's an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why." House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and other senior Republicans have dismissed Palin's calls and instead have opted to file a lawsuit against Obama's executive overreach. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said earlier on the program, "We are not working on or drawing up articles of impeachment. He has not...
  • Text of H.Res. 664, Providing for the arrest of Lois G. Lerner

    07/10/2014 3:37:41 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Rep. Steve Stockman (TX-R) ^ | July 10 2014 | Rep. Steve Stockman (TX-R)
    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...
  • Bill submitted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt: Congress takes first step towards arrest

    07/10/2014 2:33:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 07/10/2014 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – WND has learned the House of Representatives is considering whether to send Lois Lerner to jail for contempt of Congress. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has just submitted a bill, HR 664, which finds Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before a congressional committee. Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division, has admitted the IRS improperly targeted conservative groups seeking 501(c)(3) status. However, Lerner twice invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify before the House Oversight Committee. The bill only has to pass the House, not the Senate, in order...
  • Networks Spend 27 Minutes on Climate Change, Just 15 Seconds on Lois Lerner Contempt Vote

    05/08/2014 2:58:09 PM PDT · by upchuck · 8 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 8, 2014 | Geoffrey Dickens
    Not even a full vote by the House of Representatives to hold Lois Lerner in contempt can shake the networks out of their slumber in covering the IRS scandal. On Wednesday the House voted 231-178 (all Republicans voted yes with six Democrats) to hold Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Total coverage by ABC, CBS and NBC? Just a 15-second brief on Thursday’s edition of ABC’s Good Morning America. However the Big Three networks did find the 110x more time this week to tout the “dire” and “alarming” findings from the White...
  • House votes 231-187 to hold IRS’s Lerner in contempt

    05/07/2014 4:14:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7, 2014 | Bernie Becker and Cristina Marcos
    The House voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the agency’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups. The 231 to 187 vote, which attracted just 5 Democrats, marked the latest escalation in the nearly yearlong IRS controversy, which broke last May when Lerner acknowledged and apologized for the agency’s singling out of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status. Republicans said the move to hold Lerner in contempt was both reluctant and a long time coming, after they’d tried to secure her testimony for more than 11 months. Lerner has...
  • House votes to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress

    05/07/2014 4:12:34 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published May 07, 2014 |
    The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the agency’s targeting of conservative groups.
  • BREAKING: House Will Vote Today on Lerner Contempt

    05/06/2014 9:46:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 5/6/14 | Katie Pavlich
    The House of Representatives will vote today, Tuesday, at 5 pm on whether to hold former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Lerner was voted in contempt by the House Oversight Committee back in April after failing to answer questions from lawmakers. Many argue Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights last year because she made an opening statement declaring her innocence before claiming she wanted to remain silent.
  • State Department: Kerry Will Not Appear Before Congress To Talk About Benghazi

    05/06/2014 5:02:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 37 replies
    CBS DC / AP ^ | May 6, 2014
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The State Department said Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry would not appear before the House Oversight Committee on May 21 to talk about Benghazi — as demanded in a subpoena from the panel’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry planned to travel to Mexico at that time and officials would discuss alternative options with the committee.
  • White House may not cooperate with Benghazi select panel

    05/05/2014 12:01:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 103 replies
    White House may not cooperate with Benghazi select panel By Justin Sink - 05/05/14 02:40 PM EDT The White House suggested Monday it may not cooperate with a new House select committee investigating the terror attack in Benghazi. Press secretary Jay Carney said that the White House has "always cooperated with legitimate oversight," but called the new probe a “highly partisan effort to politicize” the deadly attack. "If you look at even what some Republicans have said, it certainly casts doubt on the legitimacy of an effort that is so partisan in nature," Carney said. "I don't think there are...
  • Cantor: Lois Lerner Contempt Vote Set for Next Thursday

    05/02/2014 3:16:20 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 22 replies
    News Max ^ | May 01 2014 | Todd Beamon
    The Republican-controlled House will hold a contempt vote next Thursday on embattled former IRS supervisor Lois Lerner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor says. If the legislators vote to hold Lerner in contempt, it will be the most serious step taken by lawmakers in the controversy surrounding the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative, tea party and religious groups.
  • Lawyer for ex-IRS official Lerner seeks to address House ahead of contempt vote

    04/29/2014 3:41:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 29, 2014
    The lawyer for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner sent a letter to House Republican leaders on Monday, asking for an opportunity to address the House ahead of a vote to hold his client in contempt of Congress. "Holding Ms. Lerner in contempt would not only be unfair and, indeed, un-American, it would be flatly inconsistent with the Fifth Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court," Lerner's lawyer, William W. Taylor III, wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Taylor requested "an opportunity to present to the House the reasons why it should not hold Ms....
  • Lois Lerner’s Lawyer: Holding Her in Contempt Would Be ‘Un-American’

    04/28/2014 10:19:54 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 60 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-28-2014 | John D. McKinnon
    <p>Lois Lerner’s Lawyer: Holding Her in Contempt Would Be ‘Un-American’</p> <p>A lawyer representing former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner is requesting a chance to plead her case against a planned House vote to hold her in contempt of Congress.</p>
  • House to Vote in May on Holding IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt

    April 25, 2014 House to Vote in May on Holding IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt John D. McKinnon The House of Representatives will vote in May to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, a move that likely will fan the ongoing controversy over IRS targeting of conservative groups. House GOP leaders made their plans known on Friday in a memo outlining their priorities for the month. ... The vote to hold Ms. Lerner in contempt could have more immediate impact. The IRS controversy already has become a rallying cry for the GOP conservative...
  • GOP legislation would cut off Holder's salary

    04/16/2014 3:48:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/16/2014
    A Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut off pay to Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials who have been held in contempt of Congress. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, introduced the "Contempt Act" on Tuesday, less than a week after alluding to the measure during a contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing where Holder faced criticism from GOP lawmakers. "The American people should not be footing the bill for federal employees who stonewall Congress or rewarding government officials’ bad behavior," Farenthold said in a statement. "If the average American failed to do his or her job, he or...
  • GOP writes legislation to deny Eric Holder his salary

    04/16/2014 8:02:40 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would stop government paychecks for officials who have been found in contempt of Congress — a move that seems designed in the short term to go after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Mr. Holder has refused to cooperate with House Republicans’ probe into the Fast & Furious gun-walking operation, and the House has voted to find him in contempt. Mr. Holder is challenging that vote in court.
  • Holder: No racial component in his criticism of Congress

    04/14/2014 1:03:07 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 14, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Attorney General Eric Holder said he was careful not to allude to a racial component when criticizing Congress’s treatment of him last week. "I didn't say there was a racial component. I was very careful not to say that," Holder told The Huffington Post on Monday. Last week, Holder told a civil rights group he and President Obama’s administration have been subject to "unprecedented" and "ugly" attacks. He asked what attorney general or president in history had to deal with the same. Instead of race, Holder said he was alluding to the "breakdown in civility" and the ability to cultivate...
  • Republican Incensed by DOJ Stonewalling

    04/12/2014 12:22:08 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 April 2014 | John Semmens
    Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Tex) described himself as “frustrated and mystified” by his inability to obtain copies of Department of Justice communications that have been provided to the attorneys defending men facing charges for terrorist acts in Illinois. “Why can’t the Attorney General have the common courtesy to give a member of Congress equal access?” Gohmert wondered. AG Eric Holder insisted that the distinctly different treatment was warranted. “These men are on trial and need this information to defend themselves,” Holder argued. “They face serious consequences if they don’t have the best possible defense.” “In contrast, I have determined that Congress...
  • Rep. Trey Gowdy: How does Lois Lerner Still Have the Right to Remain Silent?

    04/10/2014 9:10:33 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies ^ | 10 Apr 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) challenged the notion that former IRS official Lois Lerner still had the right to remain silent since she had made factual assertions since she invoked her Fifth Amendment right. Gowdy said that he counted 17 separate factual assertions by Lerner which in his opinion was enough to force her to be cross-examined. “That’s a lot of talking for someone who wants to remain silent. That’s a lot of talking!” Gowdy thundered. “If you honestly that you can make 17 separate factual assertions and still invoke your right to remain silent, then please tell me what waiver...
  • Oversight committee votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

    04/10/2014 2:32:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/10/14 | Christopher Bedford
    The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted on Thursday to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. The committee’s approval paves the way for a vote in the full House of Representatives. Lerner is accused of leading an effort to target the tax status of conservative organizations, while giving liberal organizations a pass. Lerner previously pled the Fifth Amendment when questioned by the committee on May 22, 2013. The Fifth Amendment protects against self-incrimination. But since Lerner had previously professed her innocence in a statement, a little over one month later the committee voted that...
  • Resolution to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt of Congress (C-Span Live Feed)

    04/10/2014 9:24:12 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 4-10-2014
    APRIL 10, 2014 Resolution to Hold Lois Lerner in Contempt of Congress The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee convened for a business meeting to consider a resolution holding Lois G. Lerner, former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions before Congress on May 22, 2013 and March 5, 2014, at a hearing entitled, “Targeting Americans for their Political Beliefs.” Live Link:
  • Speier: Lois Lerner Just a 'Mid-Level Bureaucrat' -- 'No Connection to the White House'

    04/10/2014 8:47:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/10/14 | Susan Jones
    ( - Today is not about Lois Lerner or the alleged inappropriate tactics she may have employed," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. "Today is about protecting the integrity and the credibility of this committee." Speier accused Republicans of fabricating a "vast conspiracy" around a "mid-level bureaucrat who may have made some poor decisions." "There is no connection to the White House," she said. "What we are trying to do is hold in contempt a mid-level bureaucrat, and the actions of this committee won't stand up to judicial scrutiny."
  • House panel to hold contempt vote on IRS official [Live Thread]

    04/10/2014 5:51:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 434 replies
    AP via WaPo ^ | April 10, 2014
    WASHINGTON — A House committee is voting on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.
  • Holder Threatens Louie Gohmert During Hearing

    04/08/2014 9:42:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 101 replies
    Gohmert threatens to contempt for AG Holder. Holder snaps “you don’t want to go there." Gohmert: “I don’t need lectures from you” Holder is testifying at a House hearing on Oversight at the DOJ. Watch live below..
  • Holder: Gohmert Disagreement Example of Unprecedented Racism Against Him and Obama

    04/09/2014 6:45:39 PM PDT · by cornelis · 59 replies
    "I have been proud to stand along side of you in supporting efforts to advance the cause of justice that has always been at the center of this , this administrations work I am pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and lasting reforms, even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted ugly adversity. And if you don't believe that, you look at the way ...forget about me... forget about me , you look at the way the Attorney General of the Untied States was treated yesterday by a House...
  • Holder on Gohmert: What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?

    04/09/2014 10:58:19 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 59 replies ^ | 4/9/14 | Chuck Ross
    Eric Holder ventured off script in a speech Wednesday to the National Action Network, the organization led by MSNBC host and recently-exposed FBI informant Al Sharpton. “I’m pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms,” said Holder at the conference of black activists, before improvising “even in the face, even in the face, of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity.” “If you don’t believe that, if you look at the way, forget about me, forget about me, if you look at the way the attorney general of the United States...
  • GOP lawmaker suggests Eric Holder should ‘be in jail’ — to his face! [VIDEO]

    04/09/2014 5:33:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 4/8/14 | Brendan Bordelon
    Texas Republican congressman Blake Farenthold refused to ask Eric Holder questions during a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, saying the attorney general should “be in jail” for ignoring congressional subpoenas instead of testifying before Congress. Farenthold’s turn for questions came towards the end of a contentious hearing. The lawmaker explained that he would not exercise his right to question the witness as a protest against Holder’s refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents related to the IRS’ Tea Party targeting investigation. “I’m committed to maintaining the constitutional balance of power and the authority this branch, this legislative branch, has,” Farenthold...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder disrespects Congress

    04/09/2014 6:32:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    One Citizen Speaking ^ | April 08, 2014
    April 08, 2014 Attorney General Eric Holder disrespects Congress and needs to be impeached -- warns Gohmert (R-TX) to avoid talking about Holder's contempt citation There comes a time when the Constitution must be defended by those members of Congress, regardless of their party affiliations, who have taken an oath …
  • Eric Holder explodes at GOP rep: ‘You don’t want to go there, buddy!’ [VIDEO]

    04/08/2014 11:36:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/08/2014 | Caroline May
    Attorney General Eric Holder exploded at Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert during a House hearing Tuesday. In the midst of questions about the Justice Department’s failure to divulge documents about the Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial, Gohmert made a side comment about how the House of Representatives found Holder in contempt in 2012 for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight,” Gohmert said. “You don’t want to go there, buddy! You...
  • House GOP sets first vote to hold Lois Lerner in contempt over IRS targeting

    04/03/2014 11:32:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 3, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans said Thursday that they’ll vote in committee next week to hold Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in the IRS’s tea party targeting scandal. Rep. Darrell Issa, the House’s top investigator, said that as a senior official at the center of the agency’s targeting, Ms. Lerner must either talk or face penalties. “Ms. Lerner’s involvement in wrongdoing and refusal to meet her legal obligations has left the Committee with no alternative but to consider a contempt finding,” he said. Mr. Issa has scheduled a Thursday vote in the House Oversight...
  • Oversight Committee Will Move to Hold Lerner in Contempt [here we go again]

    04/03/2014 11:26:31 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/3/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    The House Oversight Committee will vote next Thursday on whether to hold former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, sources say. A committee aide tells National Review Online the panel will “make an announcement on the contempt process for Lois Lerner sometime today,” and a GOP congressman confirms that committee chairman Darrell Issa has indicated the vote will take place “next week.” Lerner has twice declined to answer questions from lawmakers about her role in the targeting of right-leaning groups. At a June hearing, the panel determined in a party-line vote that she had waived her...
  • Cummings says Issa killed chances for Lois Lerner contempt proceedings

    03/13/2014 12:25:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 13, 2014 | BY JOSH HICKS
    --SNIP-- The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, said in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that Republicans have already botched any plans they might have for contempt actions against Lerner, who headed an IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Cummings, citing opinions from two legal experts and “Supreme Court case law,” said Republicans cannot pursue contempt charges against Lerner because of how the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, abruptly adjourned a hearing with the former official last week. The letter said Issa “failed to take the basic — but Constitutionally required — steps necessary to hold...
  • Will Lois Lerner Be Held in Contempt?

    03/07/2014 9:10:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/07/2014 | Matthew Vadum
    As the Obama administration’s coverup of former IRS official Lois Lerner’s wrongdoings moves into high gear, Democrats are doing everything they can to direct public attention away from the scandal and tamp down growing calls for the president’s impeachment. Lerner may soon be compelled to testify or be cited for contempt of Congress. After a hearing concluded Wednesday at which Lerner refused to answer questions, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated that Republicans are growing tired of the former IRS executive’s shenanigans. “At some point, I believe that she has to testify, or she should be held in...
  • Oversight lawmaker: Holding Lois Lerner in contempt is ‘where we’re moving’ (A House End Run?)

    03/06/2014 7:15:56 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-6-2014 | Patrick Howley
    March 6, 2014 Oversight lawmaker: Holding Lois Lerner in contempt is ‘where we’re moving’ Patrick Howley The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is moving in the direction of holding ex-IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress sooner rather than later, committee member Rep. Jim Jordan told The Daily Caller.“I think that’s where we’re moving,” Jordan said. “I think that’s where this is headed.”Jordan added that he feels holding Lerner in contempt is “the right thing to do.”An Oversight Committee staffer confirmed that a contempt charge is being considered.Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment on each question Issa asked...
  • IRS hearing explodes, Republicans inch toward contempt

    03/06/2014 7:22:52 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 35 replies
    POLITICO.COM ^ | 3/5/2014 | Rachael Bade
    Republicans are inching toward a vote to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress after fireworks erupted at a House hearing on the tea party targeting on Wednesday. Lerner, former head of the IRS tax-exempt unit and a lightning rod for Republicans in the nine-month-old scandal, invoked her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer self-incriminating questions at a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing — as she did at a May hearing last year. Across the Capitol campus, Speaker John Boehner threatened to hold her in contempt if she continues to refuse to testify. “I’ll wait...
  • Lois Lerner Again Takes the Fifth at Congressional Hearing

    03/05/2014 6:50:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/5/14 | Jim Hoft
    But There’s Not a Smidgen of Corruption. Today Former IRS official took the Fifth Amendment again during a House hearing on the IRS targeting scandal.