House votes to find IRS’s Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress

Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
5/7/2014

Nearly a year to the day after she revealed the IRS gave inappropriate scrutiny to some groups applying for tax-exempt status, the House voted Wednesday to declare Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for blocking its investigation, sending her case to the legal system.

Six Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the citation, underscoring the deep political divisions over the way Republicans have handled their probe into her activities.

But minutes later, more than two dozen Democrats joined Republicans to vote on a resolution asking the Justice Department to name a special prosecutor to look into the question of IRS targeting more broadly. That vote underscored the political danger some Democrats believe they face back home from the IRS scandal.

The request for a prosecutor is nonbinding and is likely to be dismissed by the Obama administration, which has denied any political motivation in the tax agency’s missteps and argues that the Republican probes are off base…

 

 

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