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  • Eric Holder blasts ‘orange man’ Trump: ‘We want the America of Barack Obama’

    11/07/2017 4:44:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 104 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 7, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he is glad to be unshackled from his old job because employment with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee lets him lash out at Republicans like “orange man” President Trump. Politico recently went on the road with the NDRC’s chairman in Virginia for get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for Virginia governor. An interview at Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond covered everything from NDRC’s efforts to raise over $30 million for gubernatorial races to Mr. Trump’s alleged role in empowering “neo-Nazis and white nationalists.” “You don’t do...
  • IRS chief: I’ve never spoken to Lois Lerner

    05/23/2016 1:49:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    washington times ^ | 5/23/16 | Stephen Dinan
    RS Commissioner John Koskinen has declined to testify in his own defense at a congressional hearing Tuesday, but insisted in a statement that his bungling of a subpoena doesn’t rise to the level of “treason, or high crimes and misdemeanors” needed for him to be impeached. The Judiciary Committee hearing is being viewed by some House Republicans as the precursor to impeachment, with the House’s top investigator saying Mr. Koskinen defied a congressional subpoena that demanded all of former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner’s emails be preserved as part of the investigation into tea party targeting. But Mr. Koskinen,...
  • BREAKING: Federal Judge Obama Appointed Strikes Down His Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim

    01/19/2016 12:57:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    After significant deliberation U.S. District Judge Amy Berman has struck down Obama's assertion of executive privilege over documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice program that allowed the sale and trafficking of thousands of weapons to violent Mexican drug cartels. Berman was appointed to the Court by President Obama in 2011. POLITICO has the details: U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that the Justice Department's public disclosures about its response to the so-called "gun walking" controversy undercut Obama's executive privilege claim. The standoff over the records led to a House vote in 2012 holding...
  • Judge rules against Obama on 'fast and furious'

    01/19/2016 11:27:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    A federal judge on Tuesday ruled President Obama cannot use executive privilege to keep records on the "fast and furious" gun-tracking program from Congress. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson requires the administration to release to Congress all records they are withholding that are considered "attorney-client privileged material, attorney work product, private information, law enforcement sensitive material, or foreign policy sensitive material." House Republicans launched the suit after voting to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over the records. Operation Fast and Furious was launched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,...
  • Lois Lerner Gets Off - Hillary Clinton Breathes Easier

    04/06/2015 9:42:58 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 6, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The Justice Department says Lois Lerner, who used her IRS office to target the Tea Party, didn't waive her Fifth Amendment rights before Congress and won't be prosecuted for contempt over her missing emails. Until former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is called to testify under oath before Congress about her multiple private email accounts on a personal server kept in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home, she won't get a chance to plead the Fifth Amendment as former IRS official Lois Lerner did in May 2013 before the House Oversight Committee regarding her division's targeting of Tea Party groups.
  • EXPOSED: Department of Justice Shut Down Search For Lois Lerner’s Emails

    03/02/2015 10:05:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 56 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/2/15 | Patrick Howley
    The Obama administration’s Department of Justice shut down an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails at off-site storage facilities. The IRS never looked for Lerner’s backup email tapes at the West Virginia storage facility where they were being housed. Treasury deputy inspector general Timothy Camus told Congress that the IRS never asked IT professionals at the New Martinsville, W.V. storage site for the backup tapes. Camus only found the backup tape for Lerner’s missing 2011 emails about two weeks ago. But the Obama administration knew that emails were stored at off-site facilities,...
  • Eric Holder: Law enforcement challenging, vital, often thankless

    10/27/2014 2:42:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | Phillip Swarts
    Speaking to a gathering of police chiefs Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the work of law enforcement is “often thankless” and “challenging,” but is absolutely “vital” to the U.S. and to the world. “These sacrifices are too often overlooked,” Mr. Holder told the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “And I believe we do ourselves, our communities and our nation a grave disservice if we ignore these difficulties.” Law enforcement officials, who the IACP represents, provide leadership in their communities, but must continue to address ongoing tensions like those in Ferguson, Missouri, the attorney...
  • Gohmert: Lois Lerner will miss Eric Holder

    09/25/2014 1:15:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-25-14 | Patrick Hawley
    Republican Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert said that Lois Lerner will miss departing-Attorney General Eric Holder’s presence in the Department of Justice. Holder, who announced his resignation as attorney general Thursday, has been overseeing a federal criminal investigation into the IRS scandal that has been accused of protecting the key Obama administration officials involved. “For many years now, I have been calling for Attorney General Holder’s resignation,” Gohmert said in a statement. “Not only has he lied before members of Congress and, ultimately, been held in contempt, he has obfuscated the truth and been the most partisan, partial, prejudiced, and self-pitying...
  • House Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt Of Congress

    05/07/2014 9:37:46 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 33 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 5/7/14 | ed o'keefe
    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...
  • 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.
  • BREAKING: House Ways and Means Committee Votes to Refer Lois Lerner For Criminal Charges

    04/09/2014 10:13:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to 23-14 along party lines to refer former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for prosecution. Although the details about exactly what charges will be have not yet been released, lawmakers are arguing Lerner has not been truthful with Congress or the IRS inspector general and leaked confidential tax information. Last time a referral like this happened, it was to Major League Baseball player Roger Clemens, who was pursued by the Department of Justice for lying to Congress but was exonerated in court....
  • Gohmert to Holder Over Fast and Furious: I Don't Need a Lecture From You About Contempt!

    04/08/2014 1:13:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    During a hearing today on Capitol Hill, an exchange between Attorney General Eric Holder and Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert became heated over Operation Fast and Furious and contempt of Congress charges. Holder, who is still in contempt for refusing to provide documents related to the lethal operation, became offended when Gohmert implied he didn't think contempt charges were "a big deal." Holder told Gohmert he "didn't want to go there" and said he believed the contempt vote taken against him by Democrats and Republicans in June 2012 was unjust. Holder also slammed the "gun lobby." Gohmert, who served three terms...
  • Lois Lerner could go to jail in contempt clash

    03/30/2014 8:54:52 AM PDT · by sgtyork · 90 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2014 | editorial board
    This may come as a shock to Lois Lerner, but the House of Representatives has the authority to jail her unless she changes her mind about refusing to answer questions about her role in the IRS scandal. Essentially, what is required for that to happen is for a House majority to vote for a motion holding her in contempt and House Speaker John Boehner to then direct the House sergeant at arms to arrest and confine her. Under the Constitution, the House can do that under its “inherent contempt” authority, which was initially exercised in 1795 during the First Congress...
  • Trey Gowdy: IRS' Lerner to be Held in Contempt of Congress Soon

    03/26/2014 5:54:48 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 84 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 3-26-2014 | Greg Richter
    March 26, 2014 Trey Gowdy: IRS' Lerner to be Held in Contempt of Congress Soon Greg Richter Former IRS official Lois Lerner will be held in contempt of Congress "in the very near future," Rep. Trey Gowdy told Fox News on Wednesday. The South Carolina Republican sits on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and told "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" that he wants to see an end to the delay in providing subpoenaed emails from Lerner over the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. IRS Chief John Koskinen was grilled Wednesday by the committee over his...
  • Former IRS Official Lerner Gave Interview to DOJ

    03/07/2014 2:32:11 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-7-14 | John D. McKinnon
    A former Internal Revenue Service official who declined to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing the Fifth Amendment, gave a full interview to the Justice Department, her lawyer said. That’s raising questions among Republican lawmakers, who wonder whether her choice to talk to Justice reflects a lack of concern about the DOJ probe. They also question the propriety of letting her avoid questions by lawmakers when she is answering DOJ’s. The comments by Lois Lerner‘s attorney “cast further doubt on the seriousness of the Justice Department’s so-called investigation of IRS targeting, as well as the legal basis of Ms....
  • Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies at Wednesday’s oversight hearing

    03/04/2014 1:06:01 PM PST · by servo1969 · 181 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-4-2014 | Patrick Howley
    Lois Lerner fears for her life if she testifies openly before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday, according to her attorney. House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa announced Sunday that Lerner will testify at Wednesday’s hearing, but Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor said that Lerner will seek to continue invoking her Fifth Amendment rights and will also seek a one-week delay of her testimony. Oversight members are reportedly open to granting Lerner a one-week delay if she petitions for one in person at Wednesday’s hearing. The delay would allow Lerner’s lawyers to continue negotiating for immunity, which they...
  • Judge Blocks Eric Holder's Fast and Furious Contempt Appeal

    11/19/2013 11:08:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it over the weekend, late Friday night Attorney General Eric Holder issued a motion to appeal after U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled in September she will not dismiss contempt and executive privilege lawsuits against the Justice Department. Department of Justice attorneys argued the lawsuits should be dismissed on grounds the judiciary has no business getting in-between Executive branch and Legislative branch disputes. Jackson disagreed with their argument, saying the judiciary has an obligation to look at these kinds of disputes. Holder was hoping to get the case in front of the U.S....
  • AG Holder asks for appeal in Fast and Furious case holding him in contempt

    11/16/2013 1:02:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2013
    <p>Attorney General Eric Holder wants to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that allows the House to continue with its contempt case, related to Holder’s refusal to turn over documents concerning the Justice Department’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking program.</p>
  • Holder discussed gun-running with Mexico in 2009

    08/06/2013 6:30:43 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | August, 06, 2014 | Chelsea Schilling
    Later denied knowing about Operation Fast and Furious Attorney General Eric Holder has denied under oath that he had any involvement in Operation Fast & Furious and claims he only became aware of the scandal in 2011 – but newly obtained Department of Justice documents reveal Holder traveled to an April 2009 “US/Mexico Arms Trafficking Strategy Meeting” concerning gun-running between the U.S. and Mexico. In June 2012, the Obama administration invoked executive privilege to stop disclosure of documentation to Congress following Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-walking scheme that resulted in the deaths of more than 200 people, including U.S....
  • House panel says IRS official waived 5th Amendment right ( Lois Lerner )

    06/28/2013 12:51:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | June 28, 2013 | Tom Cohen
    Republicans on a House committee rejected strenuous Democratic objections in voting Friday that Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner waived her constitutional right against self-incrimination at a prior hearing. The resolution was the first step in an effort by Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the GOP chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to force Lerner to return to answer questions about targeting of conservative groups by the unit she headed. It passed on a 22-17 vote, with every Republican in favor and every Democrat opposed, following an unusually vitriolic hearing. ... Under subpoena to testify before Issa's panel on May...