House Ways and Means Committee Republicans aren’t ruling out the use of the chamber’s “inherent contempt” authority if Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to act on the panel’s accusations against former IRS official Lois Lerner.
The committee voted Wednesday to seek an investigation of whether Lerner violated federal law by using her power to ensure Right-leaning groups were targeted for extra scrutiny by the agency, giving misleading information during a probe of the matter by the Treasury Department’s inspector general and using her personal email to conduct official business, which could have resulted in the disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said of the referral. “As I’ve said, if Lois Lerner continues to refuse to testify, then the House will hold her in contempt. And we will continue to shine the light on the administration’s abusive actions and use every tool at our disposal to expose the truth and ensure the American people get the answers they deserve.”
The scandal may directly link directly to Obama, Lois Lerner mentioned potentially getting a job at an offshoot of President Obama’s campaign, according to newly released documents. Is possible she was promised a job for attacking conservatives before the Obama reelection fraud.
Conservatives have faulted the Justice department for having failed so far to pursue “wrongdoing charges” against Lerner. The Department of Justice prematurely claimed and announced that it would not be pursuing wrongdoing charges, which tells me that they are at this point not taking the investigation seriously and trying to protect Obama.
On Thursday congress will begin contempt proceedings against Lerner. House GOP leaders who said Wednesday that they supported the Ways and Means referral are also on record backing contempt charges.
“It is now apparent that Ms. Lerner was directly and improperly involved in targeting conservative applications, all while getting promised from Obama for jobs within his administration. Republicans also suggest Lerner tried to influence the appeals process for exempt organizations whose application was denied, an area outside her jurisdiction.
Plus, GOP lawmakers say that Lerner gave Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration a “half-truth” by not revealing she knew that Tea Party cases were being flagged as far back as 2010.
In all, Ways and Means says the laws that Lerner might have violated are punishable by up to 11 years in prison. Lerner should be prosecuted for several crimes, if the Obama administration was involved Obama needs to be impeached.