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July 10, 2014
Texas Republican Steve Stockman filed a resolution Thursday directing the House sergeant-at-arms to arrest former IRS official Lois Lerner on charges of contempt of Congress.
“Asking the Justice Department to prosecute Lois Lerner for admittedly illegal activity is a joke,” Stockman said in a statement. “The Obama administration will not prosecute the Obama administration. How much longer will the House allow itself to be mocked? It is up to this House to uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those who illegally targeted American citizens for simply having different ideas than the President.”
Under the resolution Lerner would be held in the D.C. jail and would have full legal rights and access to an attorney. CQ Roll Call has reported on the House’s rarely-used power, confirmed by the Supreme Court, to arrest and hold those found in contempt of Congress.
The full text of Stockman’s proposal, H.Res. 664 is below. Full story
June 24, 2014
Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee went after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen again Monday, while Democrats on the panel reserved much of their ire for Chairman Darrell Issa.
Issa, involved in a high-profile clash earlier this year with Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the panel, was criticized repeatedly during Monday’s hearing by Democrats who dismissed the proceeding as election-year posturing.
At one point, the California Republican warned Democrats that House rules forbid members from questioning the integrity or motives of other members — touching off a heated protest from Rep. Steven Horsford. The Nevada Democrat angrily contrasted Issa’s admonition Monday with the March 5 incident, in which Cummings’ microphone was turned off mid-statement on Issa’s orders.
June 23, 2014
Is C-SPAN suddenly “Must See TV”? Some members of the House seem to think so.
Republicans are promoting Monday night’s IRS hearing at 7 p.m. like it’s a new reality show on Fox, with Speaker John A. Boehner tweeting promos, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa fielding questions on Facebook and the committee itself unveiling a new “IRS Targeting Investigation” website.
— Speaker John A. Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) June 23, 2014
As the tweet above notes, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is set to appear at 7 p.m. before the panel to answer more questions about the tax agency’s handling of emails related to the targeting of conservative groups. On Friday, the former Clinton and Bush administration official, who was brought in last year by the White House to clean up the IRS, was grilled by Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee.
The harsh questioning from Congress comes amid new questions about the IRS after revelations the agency has irretrievably lost months of emails from Lois Lerner, the former official at the center of the scandal.