FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
House Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt
Via the Washington Post:
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.
Now the matter will be referred to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. The contempt charge will then be referred to a grand jury for further review, but it is unclear how the Justice Department will proceed. Politically, however, House Republicans will be able to declare victory after working swiftly in the last year to investigate the matter and hold a senior IRS official accountable for the agency’s decision and her unwillingness to cooperate with a congressional investigation.
If ever convicted, Lerner could face between one and 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.
Lerner, the record has shown, took the overt politicization of the IRS to new heights, singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
There is zero chance the lawless Obama administration will do anything about this, given that the Justice department is run by the ethically and morally compromised Eric Holder who is also under a contempt citation for his role in covering up the ill conceived and wildly mismanaged Fast & Furious gun running operation. The good news is that if we win the White House in 2016, the new Attorney General will be able to pursue both cases.