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  • Ted Cruz: Congress Should Impeach Eric Holder If He Takes No Action on IRS Targeting Scandal

    04/11/2014 4:31:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 40 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 4-10-2014 | Tony Lee
    In a Thursday appearance on Sean Hannity's radio program, Cruz said Holder should be impeached for "defying Congress and the rule of law." He said Holder's actions were not in the spirit of the Department of Justice, which Cruz said has "a bipartisan tradition of resisting partisan pressure and upholding the rule of law." Cruz cited examples of Holder's predecessors (Janet Reno and Elliot Richardson, respectively) from Bill Clinton's and Richard Nixon's administrations. Cruz said he was "very pleased" that Lerner was held in contempt by the House Committee but noted that the Justice Department has not indicted one person...
  • Cruz: Holder Should Be Impeached For ‘Defying Congress And The Rule Of Law’ In IRS Scandal

    04/11/2014 9:53:48 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 04/11/2014 | CBS DC Staff
    Sen. Ted Cruz said Attorney General Eric Holder should be impeached if he doesn’t indict former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who is linked to the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. Speaking on Sean Hannity’s radio program Thursday, the Texas Republican labeled Holder the “most partisan attorney general the country has ever had,” and added that Holder should be impeached for “defying Congress and the rule of law.” Cruz cited the attorney general’s refusal to indict anyone in the months since the inspector general found that conservative and Tea Party groups were singled out for tax purposes.
  • CBS’s Bob Schieffer Interviews Dem. Elijah Cummings, Ignores His Relationship With Lois Lerner

    04/13/2014 4:09:20 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 13, 2014 | By Jeffrey Meyer
    ... Instead of asking Congressman Cummings about this damaging new report surrounding the IRS scandal, Schieffer ignored the entire issue, and focused on ObamaCare and equal pay for women for the entirety of the interview. The CBS host even falsely claimed that the GOP did not support equal pay for women: “Marsha Blackburn says Republicans are actually for equal pay for women. But yet, it was blocked in the Senate by Republicans…What is going on here?” Given that Schieffer had the opportunity to interview the ranking Democrat on the committee leading the IRS investigation, it would have made sense to...
  • True the Vote president calls Cummings damning emails ‘the tip of a very ugly iceberg’

    04/12/2014 8:04:39 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    BIZPAC Review ^ | 4-12-2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    April 12, 2014 True the Vote president calls Cummings damning emails ‘the tip of a very ugly iceberg’ by Michael Dorstewitz The explosive discovery by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that its ranking Democratic member coordinated with the IRS to target True the Vote came as no surprise to its founder and president. She called it “the tip of a very ugly iceberg.”Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the committee’s chairman, released emails earlier this week strongly suggesting that Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was in direct communication with disgraced IRS supervisor Lois Lerner in an effort to target True the...
  • Congress Unplugged: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) says Lois Lerner Committed Felonies

    04/10/2014 9:15:23 AM PDT · by revdavis · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04/10/14 | TellDC
    Rep. Roskam (R-IL) answered the following question to TellDC: What is going on to happen with potential contempt charges today against Lois Lerner in your House Ways and Means committee? (02:42)
  • Schock: ‘Clear Evidence’ Lerner Broke The Law

    04/09/2014 6:10:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/9/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Rep. Aaron Schock (R., Ill.) told Fox News host Gretchen Carlson there is “clear evidence” embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner broke the law Wednesday on Fox News. The House Ways and Means Committee released a report today revealing evidence highly incriminating to Lerner, and will refer her to the Justice Department for prosecution. Among the more startling allegations, Schock revealed the committee found evidence she deliberately attempted to obstruct Crossroads GPS’s 501 (c)(4) approval for purely political reasons. “We have in writing her own e-mails after meeting with liberal-leaning groups like Democracy 21 and others where they specifically say,...
  • Speaker Boehner Comments on the Criminal Referral For Lois Lerner

    04/09/2014 6:37:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    Speaker of the House ^ | 4-9-2014 | Press Release
    Speaker Boehner Comments on the Criminal Referral For Lois Lerner Posted by Speaker Boehner's Press Office April 9, 2014 Press Release WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the House Ways & Means Committee sent a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Attorney General outlining probable criminal actions taken by Lois Lerner during her tenure at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):“The Ways & Means Committee, led by Chairman Camp, has conducted a serious and thorough investigation of the IRS, uncovering abuses and criminal acts that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the...
  • 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
    Breitbart.com ^ | 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...
  • House panel votes to hold ex-IRS official Lerner in contempt of Congress

    04/10/2014 10:34:36 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10, 2014 | FOX News/AP
    A House committee voted Thursday to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress, as Republicans escalated their bid to "get to the bottom" of the former IRS official's role in the political targeting scandal. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt. The party-line vote followed hours of heated debate on the committee. The contempt measure heads next to the House floor. House Speaker John Boehner predicted earlier this week that unless Lerner agrees to cooperate, the full House will support contempt -- from there, the case would likely head to the courts. "This...
  • 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: http://www.c-span.org/video/?318725-2/resuming-shortly-irs-targeting-investigation-contempt-hearing
  • 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
    (CNSNews.com) - 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."
  • IRS Official Who Targeted Tea Party Wanted to Work for Obama SuperPAC

    04/10/2014 8:39:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/10/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s all one big revolving door between the Democratic Party and the Federal government. And it’s the same job. Help the left win. Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner talked about taking a job with President Barack Obama’s nonprofit advocacy group Organizing for Action (OFA) while she had official oversight at the IRS over nonprofit tax-exempt groups.The revelation was made Wednesday in the House Ways and Means Committee’s referral letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute Lerner on criminal charges. Ways and Means voted to refer Lerner to DOJ.The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to vote Thursday...
  • Democrat Elijah Cummings Faces Up to Five Years in Federal Prison

    04/10/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 89 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 10:07 PM | Posted by Jim Hoft
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) could face up to five years in federal prison for obstructing a Congressional proceeding. On Wednesday, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the committee sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries from the IRS, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing: “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional...
  • 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.
  • Abolish The IRS

    04/10/2014 5:13:13 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil
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  • House Republicans won't rule out arresting Lois Lerner if Justice Department doesn't

    04/09/2014 6:54:49 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 155 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | April 9 2014 | JOEL GEHRKE
    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.
  • Trey Gowdy to Eric Holder: Prosecute Lerner, Prove You're a Real AG

    04/09/2014 7:50:15 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 09 Apr 2014
    Attorney General Eric Holder must take seriously congressional allegations against former IRS official Lois Lerner if he is to be trusted as the nation's top law enforcement official, Rep. Trey Gowdy says. "What happened today was really big . . . You remember when the president said there's not a smidgen of criminality?" Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "So, now you have the Ways and Means, which is one of the more widely respected committees in Congress, sending three separate, potential criminal acts to the Department of Justice and a referral. "This...
  • Rep. Elijah Cummings could go to prison for 5 years

    04/09/2014 7:32:00 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 52 replies
    “This is the law. And every two years — let me tell you something. Every two years I come to the Congress, just like my good friend, Mr. Labrador, we put up our hands to swear to uphold the Constitution and the laws of this country. It is the law.” That’s what Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings told Anderson Cooper last October. What was he talking about you may wonder. Was it the disastrous Fast and Furious scandal and the cover-up that followed? No, Rep. Cummings dismissed questions over the DOJ Attorney General Eric Hold’s role in the affair as “an...
  • Rep. Issa Reveals Emails Between Rep. Cummings' Staff and Targets of IRS Investigation

    04/09/2014 3:52:54 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 9, 2014 | by John Sexton
    The heat in the IRS investigation just went up. Rep. Darrell Issa, head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter today to ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings in which he accuses Cummings of working to "obstruct the investigation" into IRS misbehavior. The bulk of Rep. Issa's letter is devoted to some recently uncovered emails which demonstrate that Rep. Cummings was seeking information on True the Vote, the voter integrity group based in Texas which became the target of much unwanted government attention. Cummings' staff contacted the IRS in August 2012 to inform them that they...
  • NEW EMAILS SUGGEST COLLUSION BETWEEN IRS, REP. CUMMINGS IN TRUE THE VOTE TARGETING

    04/09/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4.9.2014 | by LOGAN CHURCHWELL
    The U.S. House Oversight Committee today released emails between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Democrat Minority Leader Elijah Cummings of the same committee detailing joint attempts to collect non-public information from True the Vote. According to the release obtained by Breitbart Texas, House Oversight offered glimpses into coordinated fishing attempts for information: Five days after Cummings contacted True the Vote seeking “copies of all training materials used for volunteers, affiliates, or other entities,” the IRS sent True the Vote a letter requesting True the Vote provide “a copy of [True the Vote’s] volunteer registration form,” “…the process you use...
  • Darrell Issa says emails suggest Elijah Cummings prompted IRS targeting of True the Vote

    04/09/2014 4:07:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/9/2014 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    This story was published at 4:33 p.m. and has been updated with a response from Rep. Cummings.House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has accused the panel's top Democrat of prompting the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 to target a conservative organization applying for non-profit status. Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud.The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official whom Issa's panel is poised...
  • BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

    04/09/2014 2:24:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 306 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/9/14 | Katie Pavlich
    New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote.
  • Lois Lerner 2013 e-mail: Maybe I can land an office job at Organizing For Action

    04/09/2014 1:55:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/9/14 | Allahpundit
    Organizing For Action is, of course, the group founded by Team Obama in 2009 after he was sworn in to push his agenda while in office. It’s the successor to Obama For America, his 2008 campaign outfit. The first OFA got him elected, the second OFA is supposed to help get his policies through Congress. Here’s who was running the scrupulously impartial IRS Exempt Organizations Division that targeted dozens of tea-party nonprofits for extra scrutiny. Was she joking or wasn’t she? That’s the juiciest bit released today by the House Ways and Means Committee, which voted — along party lines,
  • Committee to DOJ: IRS Official Denied Conservative Groups ‘Due Process and Equal Protection’

    04/09/2014 12:14:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 9, 2014 - 2:43 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Lois Lerner, who was director of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Division, used her position in the IRS to deny conservative groups their constitutionally protected rights to due process and equal protection of the law, the House Ways and Means committee alleged today in what the committee called a “criminal referral letter” sent to Attorney General Eric Holder. The letter presents information the committee says “tends to show intentional wrongdoing, including targeting specific taxpayer groups for adverse treatment, making misleading statements to law enforcement, and the possible disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.” …
  • 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....
  • BREAKING: Committee Votes to Refer Lois Lerner for Possible Criminal Prosecution

    04/09/2014 9:29:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    cns news ^ | 4/9/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The House Ways and Means Committee voted 23 to 14 today to refer former IRS official Lois Lerner to Attorney General Eric Holder for possible criminal prosecution. In a contentious open-to-the-public hearing that lasted only few minutes, the House Ways and Means Committee voted this morning to immediately go into a closed session to discuss a letter proposed by the committee’s majority to refer former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution. When Ranking Member Sander Levin (D.-Mich.), seeking to make a point of order, repeatedly interrupted Chairman Dave Camp’s (R.-Mich.)...
  • GOP Prepares Multiple IRS-Related Criminal Charges

    04/08/2014 8:25:27 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 4-8-2014 | B. Christopher Agee - Commentary
    GOP Prepares Multiple IRS-Related Criminal Charges Lerner has been the most recognizable face of the ongoing controversy over the past year. B. CHRISTOPHER AGEE — APRIL 8, 2014 Just days before she is set to face a contempt vote by the House Oversight Committee, Republicans in the chamber are drafting a series of criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner.According to recent reports, the House Ways and Means Committee is preparing a letter to be sent to Attorney General Eric Holder in hopes that his Justice Department will pursue three separate counts against the disgraced tax-exempt division director. A...
  • Lois Lerner Should Go To Jail

    04/08/2014 4:43:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    Investors.com ^ | April 8, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Corruption: A House panel votes this week to formally ask the DOJ to pursue criminal charges against former IRS employee Lois Lerner. It is time someone in this administration were held accountable for something. A staff report by House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa reveals testimony by IRS agents that the IRS has not deliberately targeted progressive groups. Now comes word that the House Ways and Means Committee is sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder accusing former IRS director of tax-exempt organizations Lois Lerner of committing at least three crimes in the IRS's targeting tea party and other...
  • Handling of Former IRS employee Lois Lerner makes lawyers cringe

    04/07/2014 10:01:36 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4-7-2014 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Lawyers say Ms. Lerner and her legal team may have stumbled on several occasions, including by initially professing her innocence but refusing to talk to Congress last year, then agreeing to provide information to the Justice Department without any promise of immunity, and then refusing yet again to talk to House investigators about the same subject.</p>
  • Boehner on IRS Scandal: 'I Don't Care Who Is Going to Be Fired. I Want to Know Who Is Going to Jail'

    04/07/2014 10:39:48 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 38 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | April 8, 2014 | Staff
    On Monday’s “The Kelly File,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gave a wide-ranging interview on the various issues the House of Representatives is confront with including the scandals surrounding the Internal Revenue Service and the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the possibility of taking up immigration reform by the House. On the IRS scandal, Boehner suggested it’s not a matter of someone being fired within the IRS, but criminal charges that would lead to jail time for guilty parties. “Misleading the Congress," Boehner said of what criminal charges former director of the IRS exempt...
  • A House could fall on Lerner

    04/06/2014 1:57:59 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette ^ | 3-31-2014 | Glenn Farber - OP/ED
    March 31, 2014 A House could fall on LernerGlenn Farber Look out for that House! For all we know, Lois Lerner could be roused out of bed one morning this week or next by a congressional complaint charging her with contempt for having refused repeatedly to testify at two House hearings regarding the IRS targeting of certain nonprofit advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions. Lerner, who headed the IRS division that reviews tax-exemption applications, has repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right instead of testifying about the agency, and she, her former lawyers, and her...
  • 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...
  • Obama Impeachment Almost Complete

    03/24/2014 5:55:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    Jim Jordan wants to know what the White House knew about the IRS targeting scandal, and when they knew it-- as if we didn’t know. The conservative Representative from Ohio has penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the activities of the IRS and, more specifically Lois Lerner, the former IRS official who is at the center of the controversy. Jordan essentially is saying where there is smoke there is fire, and oh yeah, where there’s fire, there is fire too. “Emails and testimony that we confronted Ms. Lerner with showed her...
  • Issa pens scathing letter to Cummings as IRS feud escalates

    03/14/2014 6:16:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-14-2014 | Chad Pergram
    March 14, 2014 Issa pens scathing letter to Cummings as IRS feud escalates Chad Pergram Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has penned a personal, scathing letter to his Democratic counterpart on the House oversight committee, escalating the public feud between the two high-ranking lawmakers amid the committee's investigation into IRS targeting. The letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on that committee, was obtained by Fox News. In it, Issa countered, point by point, a series of claims that Cummings and two legal experts made earlier this week about whether former IRS official Lois Lerner could be held in contempt...
  • Democrats: Issa's Gaffe Will Block Lerner Contempt Charge (Dems desperate to protect IRS)

    03/13/2014 12:41:39 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 3-13-2014 | Melissa Clyne
    Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 Democrats: Issa's Gaffe Will Block Lerner Contempt Charge Melissa Clyne Democrats are rushing to the aid of former IRS official Lois Lerner, saying GOP Rep. Darrell Issa fumbled the opportunity to force Lerner to answer questions about the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, Politico reports. In a five-page memo from constitutional law expert Morton Rosenberg to Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rosenberg writes that Issa failed to provide Lerner — the former director of Exempt Organizations of the Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division of IRS — due...
  • 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...
  • ‘We’re Going to Get Creamed’: Lerner Emails Paint Picture of Planning 501(c)(4) Scrutiny

    03/12/2014 11:04:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 11, 2014 - 5:44 pm | Rodrigo Sermeńo
    A House committee report claims Lois Lerner, who oversaw the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, lied to Congress about her involvement in the targeting scandal. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report Tuesday concluding that Lerner “created unprecedented roadblocks for Tea Party organizations” and “worked surreptitiously to advance new Obama administration regulations that curtail the activities of existing 501(c)(4) organizations.” […] The emails paint a picture of IRS officials being aware of the potential political consequences of their actions and the increasing attention on the issue. On several occasions, Lerner received...
  • New Oversight report claims Lois Lerner misled Congress on IRS targeting

    03/11/2014 10:18:46 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-11-2014 | Susan Ferrichio
    POLITICS: PennAve New Oversight report claims Lois Lerner misled Congress on IRS targeting BY SUSAN FERRECHIO | MARCH 11, 2014 AT 12:23 PM A GOP-led House panel Tuesday released an extensive report that attempts to show former top Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner lied to Congress about her involvement in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the 141-page report “offers detailed evidence about steps she took to crack down on organizations that exercised their Constitutional rights to free political speech.” The report comes as Issa weighs...
  • House Report: Lois Lerner's Involvement in the IRS Targeting of Tax-Exempt Organizations

    03/11/2014 7:49:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    Committee on Oversight and Government Reform ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Staff Report
    II. Executive Summary In February 2012, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began investigating allegations that the Internal Revenue Service inappropriately scrutinized certain applicants seeking tax-exempt status. Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code permits incorporation of organizations that meet certain criteria and focus on advancing “social welfare” goals.1 With a 501(c)(4) designation, such organizations are not subject to federal income tax. Donations to these organizations are not tax deductible. Consistent with the Constitutionally protected right to free speech, these organizations – commonly referred to as “501(c)(4)s” – may engage in campaign-related activities provided that these activities do not...
  • Lerner contempt charges on hold

    03/10/2014 4:23:14 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-10-2014 | Bernie Becker
    March 10, 2014 Lerner contempt charges on hold Bernie Becker The House Oversight Committee is unlikely to consider potential contempt charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner this week, a GOP aide said Monday. Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had said that he could move on holding Lerner in contempt this week, after the former head of an IRS tax-exempt division invoked her Fifth Amendment rights for a second time on Wednesday. But Issa likely won’t meet that timeline, after a dust-up between the California Republican and the top Democrat on the Oversight panel, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), dominated headlines...
  • Comical Thread:If You Were Darrell Issa,What Questions Would You Asked Of Lois Lerner?

    03/08/2014 7:14:12 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 49 replies
    Put yourself in Darrell's shoes.It's been three questions so far and Lois is still giving you the "Sargaent Schultz Response".By this time you have lost your patience and decide to mess with her.What Darrell should of done was ask her "Miss Lerner,Are You A Conservative Who Despises Liberals,or a "Liberal Who Despises Conservatives"?.Darrell had the opportunity to make her look like a fool if he had just asked a few simple questions just to see if she answered them.Can you imagine if he had asked:,Miss Lerner,are you a Male,Female,or "Gender Neutral"?, Now that would of made for an interesting response...
  • Embattled IRS official Lois Lerner’s husband’s law firm has strong Obama connections

    03/08/2014 8:27:33 AM PST · by managusta · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/16/2013 | Patrick Howley
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official who apologized for targeting conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny is married to an attorney whose firm hosted a voter registration organizing event for the Obama presidential campaign, praised President Obama’s policy work, and had one of its partners appointed by Obama to a key ambassadorship. IRS Exempt Organizations Division director Lois G. Lerner, who has been described as “apolitical” in mainstream press coverage of the IRS scandal, is married to tax attorney Michael R. Miles, a partner at the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. The firm is based in Atlanta but has...
  • Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence (Elijah Cummings deeply saddened)

    03/07/2014 2:40:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-7-2014 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH
    Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence By JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH | 3/7/14 2:00 PM EST Updated: 3/7/14 3:53 PM EST Not even a trove of new evidence will stop Darrell Issa from going after Lois Lerner’s testimony. The House Oversight Committee Chairman is plowing forward with plans to hold the former IRS official in contempt of Congress - possibly as early as next week - despite word from the tax agency that it plans to hand over a broad set of documents spanning Lerner’s entire career at the IRS. Republicans have long sought...
  • Bozell on IRS Scandal: ‘Bigger Than Watergate’

    03/07/2014 12:36:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | March 7, 2014 | NB Staff
    Media Research Center President Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” last night and chastised the networks for skipping the substance of the latest congressional hearing on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. Bozell’s comments came after Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the scandal, once again refused to answer questions during a congressional hearing, instead choosing to use her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Rather than discussing the merits of the latest hearing, all three networks chose instead to play up the verbal confrontation between Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD),...
  • 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...
  • GOP rips Lerner for talking to feds

    03/06/2014 4:59:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    House Republicans on Thursday slammed the former IRS official at the center of the agency’s targeting controversy for answering questions from the Justice Department after invoking the Fifth Amendment in a congressional hearing. Republicans on the Oversight Committee said that Lois Lerner’s decision to sit down with federal investigators made them wonder how seriously the Justice Department was taking the investigation into the IRS’s treatment of Tea Party groups. “Think about it: Actually, the people who can put her in jail — she’ll talk to them,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told The Hill. “But she won’t talk to a bunch...
  • CBC asks that Issa be stripped of gavel

    03/06/2014 11:15:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    VIDEO: 4 minutes - Rep. Marcia Fudge's oral presentation of the privileged resolution on House floor. The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus is calling House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to be stripped of his gavel for his behavior at a contentious IRS hearing on Wednesday. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday that Issa’s conduct in the hearing — which included cutting off the microphone of Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat — amounted to “an affront to the expectations of the American people.” Fudge also said Issa should apologize on the House...