BREAKING: Congressman Demands Lois Lerner’s Arrest

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In a press release Thursday, Texas Rep. Steve Stockman announced a resolution he filed calling on the U.S. House Sergeant-at-Arms to arrest former IRS official Lois Lerner for her repeated refusal to answer questions about her role in the improper targeting of conservative groups.
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He concluded that relying on Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to take charge in prosecuting her for contempt of Congress “is a joke,” noting that everyone involved is working together.

“The Obama administration will not prosecute the Obama administration,” he stated. “How much longer will the House allow itself to be mocked?”

In an effort to progress the ongoing investigation into the IRS scandal, Stockman said that House Republicans must act on their own constitutional authority.

“Democrats have openly stated the House has the powers to arrest those in contempt of Congress and imprison them in the Capitol,” he said. “I don’t want to go as far as Democrats in exercising the House’s power to arrest. Ms. Lerner will be held in the D.C. jail.”

He went on to quote House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who recently contended that Democrats could have arrested Karl Rove during the Bush administration.

By failing to act, Stockman alleged that Republicans are allowing the criminal behavior of the IRS – and presumably other agencies – to go unpunished.

“It’s time for [the] House to stop tacitly endorsing this administration’s illegal activity by refusing to hold him accountable,” he said. “I expect Democrats to defend and even praise criminal activity. The question is whether Republican leadership will join them in mocking the House and breaking the law.”

Read Stockman’s resolution in its entirety 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.

If you agree that it is time for Lerner to face justice for her outrageous obstruction, add your name to this petition.

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  1. Edwardkoziol says:

    There would be nothing better then to see Lerner being led in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit to the table in front of the Issa committee.Pignose is covering for someone in the White House

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