Contempt Vote set for Lerner

IRSDarrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled an April 10th vote on whether to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. Lerner, the former Director of IRS Exempt Organizations has become the focal point of the controversy surrounding the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

The committee is looking to hold Lerner in contempt 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.”

At the May 22nd hearing, Lerner began by stating, “I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.” She then proceeded to invoke her 5th Amendment right and refused to testify further. Issa and Congressman Trey Gowdy argue that she waved her 5th Amendment right by giving an opening statement while others argue she could selectively invoke her right to silence.

In announcing the vote, Issa said, “Americans expect accountability and want Congress to do all it can to gather relevant evidence about what occurred and who was responsible so that this never happens again. 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.”

Federal law states that anyone who is called as a witness and refuses to testify shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of no more than $100,000 nor less than $100 and imprisonment of no less than one month and no more than twelve months.

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  1. Why is this criminal behind bars at this juncture? It is clear the crime the administration and the IRS committed here. It appears that the criminals of this Government irregardless of Party love to orchestrate the charade of a Democracy for the millions of their slaves and dependents.

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