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February 10, 2016

Text of Stockman Resolution Calling for House to Arrest Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the Internal Revenue Service. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

Providing for the arrest of Lois G. Lerner to answer the charge of contempt of Congress


Mr. STOCKMAN submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on ______________


Providing for the arrest of Lois G. Lerner to answer the charge of contempt of Congress

Whereas Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, has been found to be in contempt of Congress for willfully and intentionally refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, thereby obstructing the Congress in the lawful exercise of its constitutionally mandated legislative powers; and,

Whereas such behavior is an insult to the dignity of the House of Representatives, an attack upon the integrity of its proceedings, works violence upon the rights of the House collectively, and therefore implicates the long-recognized inherent power of the House to punish and commit for contempt, privileged under the Constitution; and,

Whereas recent history with similarly contumacious and insolent witnesses such as Eric Himpton Holder, Junior, strongly suggests that the present statutory judicial rubric set up to punish and reform such insubordinate and obstructionist witnesses would be ineffective in this case, as it is likely that the US Attorney for the District of Columbia would refuse to perform his lawful duty to bring the offending contemnor Lerner before a Grand Jury and prosecute the same for her misconduct pursuant to section 104 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 194) and section 102 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 192); and,

Whereas the executive and judicial branches’ prolonged and dawdling failure to prosecute Attorney General Holder’s insolent contempt of the 112th Congress strongly suggests that a like proceeding against contemnor Lerner would be similarly futile, and the threat of such prosecution has clearly been insufficient to encourage contemnor Lerner to be honest and candid with the Congress regarding the heinous actions of the Internal Revenue Service;

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Speaker issue his warrant, directed to the Sergeant-at-Arms, or his deputy, commanding him to arrest and take into custody forthwith, wherever to be found, the body of Lois G. Lerner, and bring her to the bar of the House without delay to answer to the charge of contempt of its authority, breach of its privileges, and gross and wanton insult to the integrity of its proceedings, and in the meantime keep the body of Lerner in his custody in the common jail of the District of Columbia, subject to the further order of the House. While in custody, Lerner shall enjoy no special privileges beyond those extended to her fellow inmates, shall not access any computer or telephone, and shall not be visited by anyone other than her counsel, clergy, physician, or family.

  • Brenda Huddleston

    Yes! She is not above the law. I think she has been given many promises to protect her, but they never realized how mad the country would be. Don’t stop until she faces those who’s lives she has damaged and used her power to abuse. Bring justice to this entire illegal scam that she advocated.

  • Bob Vaught

    I would pay good money go to visit her in jail….and laugh. :)

  • fourCatssoon

    Stockman and Republicans daily demonstrate to the American people what a bunch of Clowns that were elected to Congress. Republicans and Cancer are the same disease that only works to destroy the Spirit of the American people while these Clowns in Congress destroy our Democracy as plan and daily like Boehner just play Golf while he does not do the job he was elected to perform! Stockman/Boehner – CLOWNS OF CONGRESS. SHAME YOU BUMS!

    • SlutGoat

      Please opine for us how democrats from the top down using the irs to target conservative groups is not only unethical, but also somehow is not totally illegal! We’ll wait.

      • willieearlhart

        The only unethical and illegal issue we have going on here is when a group of conservative Congressmen stopped the IRS from DOING THEIR JOB and investigating whether ot not groups filed the proper status and are conducting a politically motivated witch-hunt. The Tea Party groups filed as “social welfare organizations” which states plain as day in the filing status that the majority of your activity can not be political. I get daily emails from a few of these groups to see what they are up to and every day, 100% of the time, 100% of the information is political in nature, and asking for money money so they can conduct MORE POLITICAL ACTIVITY. Both left and right wing groups were examined and, percentage wise, more left leaning groups were denied the status. It was when the Tea Party was first starting out and there was a deluge of groups with those type of names, so the numbers of more right wing groups were checked,but that was only because in sheer number there was a far greater percentage of right wing groups to examine. They want that status to hide the names of their donors, plain and simple, and that filing allows them to accept “dark money” while still claiming to be a “grassroots” organization. It blows their scam when the public finds out they’re getting million dollar checks from right PAC’s and billionaires. That’s why they, and their lackies in Congress are throwing such a hissy fit over this. Once everyone sees they’re really funded by DC PAC’s and right wing groups, and that the local campaign contributions they make aren’t really local at all (when they do make contributions and the leaders don’t just fatten their own wallets) but come from out of state, there goes their support and, in the case of the heads of many of the Tea Party groups, there goes their gravy train as well.

      • Ulyssess

        Since it’s only in republicans’ heads, it’ll be a long wait. The best idea would be for you to hold your breath.

  • Tina Trenner


  • Amanda Nevada

    To pay off its egregious debt, the US government would have to pay out a billion dollars – over 17,000 times.

  • Dev Looshen

    Rather than taking the Federal budget process seriously, today’s democrats resort to brain-dead fear-mongering:

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