House panel to consider holding ex-IRS official in contempt
April 3rd, 2014
01:43 PM ET
8 months ago

House panel to consider holding ex-IRS official in contempt

(CNN) - The House Oversight Committee plans to vote next Thursday on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the agency's alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, its chairman, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, said.

The official is Lois Lerner, the former IRS director of tax-exempt organizations, Lerner retired last year after being placed on administrative leave by the IRS after she said the IRS applied extra scrutiny to both conservative and liberal political groups seeking tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.

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  1. don in albuquerque

    California

    I agree, but until we hold the entire Shrub regime accountable for thousands of deaths, and torture, then your shrieks about Benghazzzzzzzzzzi!! are totally meaningless.

    April 3, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. CALIFORNIA

    don in albuquerque
    California

    I agree, but until we hold the entire Shrub regime accountable for thousands of deaths, and torture, then your shrieks about Benghazzzzzzzzzzi!! are totally meaningless.
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    One wrong doesn't make another wrong right.

    April 3, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Tom

    But what else do you expect the GOTP to do??? They have wasted millions on what...50 and counting votes to repeal ObamaCare. That's real fiscal responsibility they keep showing us, wouldn't you say?

    April 3, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    California

    Your logic totally escapes me. Because there is no logic in it. One wrong? Hummmmm, really that easy to write of thousands upon thousands of graves filled for no reason.

    April 3, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    @CALIFORNIA – One wrong doesn't make another wrong right.
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    but it's OK as long as it's YOUR wrong ?

    April 3, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    ACA will fail quickly.
    ACA will fail eventually on its own.
    ACA will fail no really – we will sabotage and lie about it to make sure.
    Um ACA will do bad things really soon – you will see.
    Not enough people will sign up.
    Well no more people will sign up.
    They are lying about the people that signed up.
    ........ um IRS, Benghazi!!!

    April 3, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    @smith-

    Do try to put aside your right leaning talking points if you're going to call yourself an independent. Susan Rice is not an independent leaning concern and never will be.

    April 3, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. CALIFORNIA

    The REAL Truth...
    @CALIFORNIA – One wrong doesn't make another wrong right.
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    but it's OK as long as it's YOUR wrong ?
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    Fact is one doesn't make another one right. BTW it's YOU'RE.

    April 3, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. CALIFORNIA

    don in albuquerque
    California

    Your logic totally escapes me. Because there is no logic in it. One wrong? Hummmmm, really that easy to write of thousands upon thousands of graves filled for no reason.
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    By your logic you'll over look one and scream about the other. No logic there.

    There's a reason lady justice is blindfolded.

    April 3, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Hillary Clinton - Butcher of Benghazi

    At least Lois Lerner didn't get 4 Americans killed because of incompetence and not giving a damn about their safety and security.

    April 3, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. The REAL Truth...

    @CALIFORNIA – Fact is one doesn't make another one right. BTW it's YOU'RE.
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    BTW – it's NOT you're.. that's a contraction for "you are".. the correct spelling is YOUR when referencing ownership.. pls try to keep up. Most of us independents are educated.. but not all.

    April 3, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    @Hillary Clinton – At least Lois Lerner didn't get 4 Americans killed because of incompetence and not giving a damn about their safety and security.
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    I guess FNC never mentioned where Stevens was offered and refused EXTRA security? Of course not..

    April 3, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Hilllary Clinton-Butcher of Benghazi

    Any proof at all to your statement or just more Fox News? You apparently know more then the rest of us, so please fill us in.

    April 3, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @The REAL Truth...
    @Hillary Clinton – At least Lois Lerner didn't get 4 Americans killed because of incompetence and not giving a damn about their safety and security.
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    I guess FNC never mentioned where Stevens was offered and refused EXTRA security? Of course not..
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    Or when the GOP repeatedly, on record, de-funded embassy security.

    April 3, 2014 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. rs

    smith

    @rs-Then why plea the fifth? She did something illegal.
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    Rudy already touched on this, but yeah, I think putting anything into the record in front of Issa would be highly dangerous. He has shown to be a hyper, McCarthyesque partisan with no ability to even attempt to be fair in this investigation, or in handling evidence (he pretty well butchered the Benghazi story). He is a Republican and so is she. He he's willing to toss her under the bus as a scapegoat for the IRS- or wants her to fabricate "evidence" about higher ups- well taking the 5th makes sense-guilt or innocence and that is her right.

    April 3, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. rs

    Question:
    If Mr. Issa goes ahead with a contempt charge against Ms. Lerner, how is this going to work? He's essentially blown up his own committee by shutting down his second in command, and denied him his rights in asking witnesses questions or playing a role in the committee's affairs. Clearly, his committee is non-functional, and getting evidence or testimony is no longer its main function. This is, in essence, Issa "unplugged"- a solo act. This next phase then, will be more theatrical and less legally binding than the last and likely just as meaningless.
    So, the point is...?

    April 3, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    I think the IRS should investigate all of these new 501(c)4 PAC's, liberal and conservative, and make sure that they spend less than 50 percent of their money on politics. Make each one prove it, or remove their 501(c)4 status.

    April 3, 2014 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Thomas

    @Hillary Clinton – Butcher of Benghazi
    At least Lois Lerner didn't get 4 Americans killed because of incompetence and not giving a damn about their safety and security.
    ===========

    Did anybody ever let you know , Glenn Beck is an entertainer ?

    April 4, 2014 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  19. Thomas

    The IRS needs to go after religious non profit mega churches ,

    Transparency is essential for religious freedom , religion for profit and greed is a corporation .

    April 4, 2014 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
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