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    House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt

    House votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt

    Ball now in Eric Holder’s court — expect delay of game.

    Vote just took place, 231-187.

    House Vote Holding Lois Lerner in contempt

    The House then voted to require Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups by the Internal Revenue Service, 250-168, with 26 Democrats voting in favor.

    House Vote Special Prosecutor IRS Targeting

    The contempt is based on Lerner’s failure to answer questions during hearings on the IRS targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups, even after Lerner gave an opening statement proclaiming her innocence:

     

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    smalltownoklahoman | May 8, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Biggest surprise for me on this was that we actually got democrats voting with the republicans to hold Lerner in contempt and to have Holder appoint a special prosecutor on the IRS investigation. Cracks anyone? Maybe (I haven’t checked) these were dems at risk of getting booted out of Congress if they don’t at least try to distance themselves from Obama and his cronies?


       
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      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to smalltownoklahoman. | May 9, 2014 at 1:33 am

      If the House ‘pubs had any stones (especially John Boehner), Lerner would be in jail right now. Turning this over to Holder was less than a punt.

      The ‘pubs made their show of it, and now they’ve washed their hands so they can get back to the hard work of getting re-elected. When the U.S. Attorney, via instructions from Holder, fails to act diligently, Boehner & Buddies can throw up their hands and say, “Well, we tried. We can’t control the Justice Department.”


     
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    Bruce Hayden | May 8, 2014 at 9:34 am

    From Drudge this morning (link to US Attorney to oversee Lerner contempt case appointed by Obama) I thought that Obama and Holder were doing the right thing. But, apparently, all the article was saying was that the next step is for the US Atty from the DC District to decide the next step, and that US Atty was, of course, appointed by Obama. Interesting to me, the CBS article stated that there was no evidence of coordination outside the IRS, ignoring that Lerner had talked to both the FEC and DoJ.


       
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      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Bruce Hayden. | May 9, 2014 at 1:41 am

      “Interesting to me, the CBS article stated that there was no evidence of coordination outside the IRS, ignoring that Lerner had talked to both the FEC and DoJ.”

      I’m supposing that your statement is rhetorical, but in case it isn’t, you’ve answered your own conundrum: CBS.


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