Republicans target ex-IRS officer over 2013 tax scandal

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The_Traveler wrote:

They will get their pound of flesh …

Let’s check some facts: The panel Republican led panel found no evidence of political collusion between the IRS and the White House and no evidence of criminal activities. Now, keep in mind that this panel was chaired and led by Republicans so no talk of “hiding the truth” or other “liberal” conspiratorial nonsense.

If they had found any evidence of wrong doing, then it would have been bound over for trial by a Grand Jury. Didn’t happen.

So they’ll set her up for “contempt” because she used her Constitutionally guaranteed 5th Amendment right twice.

Now, who is walking all over the Constitution?

Apr 10, 2014 1:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Stickystones wrote:

Congress should make a law requiring Federal Employees to cooperate with Congressional investigations or risk total loss of their Federal Pension. Throwing Lois in jail won’t get answers, but take away a bureacrat’s pension and they will talk …. probably even more than we want to know!

Apr 10, 2014 1:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

So, the Republicans have time to go after one government employee but they can’t come up with a single real JOBS bill? That party has nothing at all. This is more proof.

Apr 10, 2014 1:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/04/08/heres-the-contempt-resolution-against-lois-lerner-plus-an-explainer/

Apr 10, 2014 1:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

Stickystones wrote:
‘Congress should make a law requiring Federal Employees to cooperate with Congressional investigations or risk total loss of their Federal Pension.’

uh, there’s that little thing the Republicans only remember when it suits them called the Constitution. The 5th amendment is in there.

Apr 10, 2014 1:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sabrefencer wrote:

I can think of nothing more dangerous, to the UNITED states of America, than using a huge govt agency like the IRS, to squelch a political movement, right before an election…I think this has to be criminal under our laws…I think she is guilty, probably holder and Obama more so..If holder wont prosecute, because he is involved, then they all should be IMPEACHED and thrown into JAIL……

Apr 10, 2014 2:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
4825 wrote:

@sunnydaysam wrote: “uh, there’s that little thing the Republicans only remember when it suits them called the Constitution. The 5th amendment is in there.”

Sammy, there is also that little thing called a government check that Ms. Lerner received from the tax payers. Her refusal to testify is admission to guilt with most of us common folk. She should have been fired immediately upon her first refusal to testify and the investigation needs to continue until the truth comes out. If she was innocent then she would have testified to the facts. She did not so we all now have to wonder exactly what kind of illegal activity she may have been involved in. Lack of testimony let’s the publics imagination run wild.

Apr 10, 2014 2:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
The_Traveler wrote:

It would appear that Rep. Darrell Issa didn’t follow procedure when he ended the interview session. As he failed to follow Constitutional Law, it would appear that bringing contempt charges against Lerner would violate her Constitutional right against further prosecution under the 5th Amendment.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/03/13/democrat-says-issa-killed-chances-for-lois-lerner-contempt-proceedings/

Rep. Cummings supported his stance with a letter citing 25 other legal authorities on the matter: http://democrats.oversight.house.gov/uploads/Contempt%20Expert%20Opinions%20Packet.pdf

This case will be interesting to watch as it pits legislative process against Constitutional Law. I would imagine this may escalate to a higher judiciary if it can’t be resolved at the legislative. In that case, she could be found in contempt of court.

Apr 10, 2014 2:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

The_Traveler wrote:
It would appear that Rep. Darrell Issa didn’t follow procedure when he ended the interview…’

That’s because Issa is a GOP partisan hack who has been wasting Millions of our tax dollars on NOTHING – Not one thing has become of his ‘investigations’. The Party of Nothing in action again, using our money.

Apr 10, 2014 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

4825 wrote: ‘Her refusal to testify is admission to guilt with most of us common folk…’

Really? I’m sure Governor Christie’s aides should be informed of that. they took the 5th. btw; the Constitution protects ALL of us, not just those you pick.

Apr 10, 2014 3:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

The_Traveler@ Thanks, nice post, I appreciate the credible links. That will be interesting to watch.

Apr 10, 2014 3:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Randy549 wrote:

Cummings has recently become a possible accessory to the alleged actions by Lerner; emails have recently surfaced between Lerner and Cummings’ staff that took place during the time period of the alleged extra scrutiny. This will be very interesting to watch.

No one on the left seems to want to discuss the fairly mainstream view that Lerner waived her right not to testify by making a statement to the committee prior to invoking the 5th. If she had just sat silently and waited to invoke the 5th until she was asked questions, she wouldn’t be in the pickle she’s in.

Apr 10, 2014 12:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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