On April 10th, the House Oversight Committee will finally meet to discuss filing Contempt of Congress
charges against Lois Lerner, and if they do, what then? If law is followed, the U.S. Attorney General in Washington, D.C. must take the case to a Grand Jury. The U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C. is Obama-appointed Ronald C. Machen, Jr. Machen should have been the next step in Eric Holder’s Contempt of Congress charges over Fast and Furious, but Machen works for Holder. It was Holder’s Deputy Attorney General in the DOJ who notified Congress that there would be no prosecution. There was a complete run-around Attorney General Machen in the case of the only Cabinet member to be held in Contempt of Congress:
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, also wrote in a letter to Machen that the Cole letter “has put the cart before the horse.” He suggested the U.S. attorney has not yet had a chance to make an informed decision on whether to move forward with the case. Source: Fox News
In August 2012, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee filed suit against Holder in civil court. In March 2013 Holder asked for dismissal. In September 2013, the motion for dismissal was denied. In January 2014, Holder asked the Court for summary judgement in favor of Holder. The Republican response in February 2014 was to ask the court to find that “there is no basis in the Constitution to do what the Attorney General proposes.” The House has asked for a summary judgement in it’s favor. The Judge in Case No. 1:12-cv-1332 is Amy Berman Jackson.
In the meantime, as Americans continue to seethe at the contempt the IRS shows taxpayers, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), also an Oversight Committee member and Lerner supporter, has been asked to reveal his conversation with Lerner’s attorney, William W. Taylor III, and has so far refused.
Issa questioned if last-minute talks on immunity were more than just another stalling tactic and asked Cummings to share his discussions with Taylor.
“Your insistence on the prospect of immunity is surprising,” Issa wrote. “In discussions with my staff, Mr. Taylor stated that his client does not fear prosecution and would not make any incriminating statements if she testified, with or without immunity.
“Ms. Lerner does not require immunity to testify truthfully about facts that would not incriminate her,” he added.
Lerner is the lead IRS supervisor involved in delaying and denying
granting of tax exempt status to numerous Tea Parties and Tea-Party-minded organizations before the 2012 election. Such applications should take only a few months to process.
An IRS inspector general report confirmed the agency had targeted conservative groups:
The IRS inspector general this year released a report finding that the agency had singled out conservative groups for special scrutiny and asked intrusive questions about their activities. Source: Washington Times
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has said publicly that there is “increasing and overwhelming evidence” that Lerner and other “high-level IRS employees in Washington abused their power as the 2012 elections approached.
“There are still mountains of documents to go through, but it is clear the IRS is out of control and there will be consequences.”
What consequences? Expect the consequence of fading into history with barely an official whimper. In Holder’s Contempt of Congress, he was charged with failure to produce critical documents. Obama declared Executive Privilege over the documents. In this case, doing the same would certainly show the White House and/or DOJ involved in a scheme to protect 2012 elections against an Obama blowblack, but they do not fear shame. This Congress, cannot be impeached, literally or in the media. Just another day on Capitol Hill.
The video: A Criminal Protection Racket taking place at the highest levels of Government.